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Concordia-Mitacs outbound Globalink Research Award (GRA)

This program will give you the opportunity to conduct short co-supervised research projects with academic institutions in Mitacs eligible countries and gain valuable international research experience while you expand your networks.

How the GRA works

Under the joint supervision of a home and host professor, successful senior undergraduate students, graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows will receive a $6,000 research award to conduct a 12- to 24-week research project in Mitacs’ eligible countries. We invite you to apply!


       Call for proposals open from September 13 - November 10, 2023


Program Objectives

  • Develop or strengthen strategic partnerships overseas;
  • Support Concordia’s strategic directions: 1, “Double our Research” and 7, “Embrace the World”;
  • Build institutional bridges between Concordia University and key international institutions in eligible countries;
  • Help students to gain international research experience, fostering cultural awareness, and develop their international networks;
  • Support the development of partnerships by faculty members;
  • Enrich Concordia's research activities and drive innovation by bringing different perspectives and ideas.

Key Deliverables

Deliverables include:

  • A final report that summarizes the project. The participant is responsible for drafting the final report and securing approval and signatures from the participating supervisors;
  • Mitacs exit survey.

Application Process and Review 

Please read carefully the details of the Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA) program and application process. 

To participate in this competition, Concordia candidates need to meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be registered as full-time senior undergraduates, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows at Concordia and remain as such throughout their Globalink Research Award.
  • Undergraduate applicants completing their first post-secondary degree must have completed their second year of studies prior to departure. All applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree must have maintained a B average in their two most recent semesters prior to application. This average can be cumulative over the two semesters.
  • Postdoctoral fellows may apply if their date of graduation from a Ph.D. program is no more than five years prior to the proposed start date of the research project and they have postdoctoral status at Concordia. 
  • Cannot undertake a research project at an institution where they have previously completed a degree.
  • Cannot undertake a research project in a country where they hold citizenship.
  • Applicants who hold citizenship of Canada and another eligible country may apply to do a project in either country.    
  • Must be the legal age of majority in Canada (18 years of age or older).
  • Must meet travel requirements for their intended destination, including visa and/or immigration requirements and associated documentation. 


  • 12-24 weeks. 25% of your research project may be completed at your home institution, upon Mitacs approval.
  • Projects must start no later than 12 months from the date the award is granted.


  • Six thousand Canadian dollars C$6,000 for a period of 12 to 24 weeks.
  • Approved recipients will receive funds in stipend.
  • Funding is based on a project duration of 12 weeks, though projects durations of up to 24 weeks are acceptable (funding will remain the same, C$6,000, independently of the project's duration). 
  • The host and home supervisors are not eligible to receive funding under this competition. Funding must be used to support Mitacs GRA interns. 

Step #1 Find a Home and Host Supervisor

  • Students will need to secure a home (Concordia) supervisor as well as one at your host university in a Mitacs eligible country
  • The best place to start looking for a host supervisor may be with a Concordia professors (whether he/she is your supervisor or another professor in your department or faculty). Professors have broad international networks and may have colleagues in your country of interest.
  • You can also do your own research by exploring universities in your preferred destination, and identifying professors working in your areas of interest. We suggest narrowing down your preferred country or countries, eligible universities, and professors working in your research area. You’ll end up with a shortlist of potential professors.
  • Concordia University has an extended network of partners across the world, you can take advantage of these relationships to identify and approach a professor at these institutions.
  • For more ideas on how to find a supervisor please visit Three ways to find a professor for a Globalink Research Award collaboration.
Supervising professors' eligibility
  • Must hold a faculty position at an eligible university. 
  • Must be eligible to supervise graduate students.
  • Supervisors at Canadian institutions: Must be eligible to hold Tri-Agency funding.  


Step #2 Complete your application on the Mitacs application portal

  • Apply on the Mitacs Globalink Research Award Application Portal 
  • Important to note: download a copy of your completed online Mitacs application for internal submission to Concordia International.
  • For internal submission to Concordia interns must upload the completed Mitacs application and register on the Concordia International Mobility portal. The portal regroups all the application documents for mobility programs. Click on the application link below. 

We recommend reading the Mitcas GRA Program Guide to make sure all the information and support material is included in your application.

Complete your application on the Mitacs Globalink Research Award Application Portal.

  • The application will be signed by Concordia International and the Office of Research 
  • The signed application will be submitted by the Concordia International Office to  ConRAD and to Mitacs. 
  • In a second stage, Mitacs will assess individual applications based on 1) expected benefit to the intern’s academic studies and research career 2) benefit to Canada 3) quality of the research proposal 4) level of supervision and mentorship committed by the host supervisor 5) strength of recommendation by the home supervisor.
  • If successful, Mitacs will send a “Review Result” email to indicate that the project will be funded (outcome letters are typically issued 10-12 weeks after application submission).
  • The Student Code of Conduct and Ethics and International Pre-departure forms must be completed by the intern after the award is approved.
  • Please note that GRA interns are responsible for obtaining any travel documents required by their host country (including work permits and visas).

If your application is successful, following the receipt of your outcome letter from Mitacs.

1. Participate in a pre-departure session provided by Concordia International and get the appropriate signature for your Mitacs Pre-departure form. For more information please visit: Completing a Mitacs Pre-departure form;

2.   You will have to send your Pre-departure and Code of Conduct and Ethics forms to Mitacs -directly;

3.   Obtain appropriate travel documents (i.e. passport, visa, work permit);

4.   Obtain appropriate travel/health insurance

5.   Make sure you provide your Canadian bank account to Concordia International through the online Concordia International mobility portal.

6.   Arrange for housing

7.   Make sure that you review and follow the directives provided by applicable institutional, municipal, provincial/territorial, and federal bodies in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.

8.  Interns will receive their award once they arrive at their host country and they have provided a Canadian bank account to Concordia International. You will need to be prepared to make arrangements to travel to your host country.

**It is important to inform Mitacs and Concordia International of any changes affecting your research project, including change of dates, major changes to the project, eligibility of both supervisor and/or intern, etc.

N Action Responsible Office/Person Deadline

Individual GRA application submission

Apply on the Mitacs Online application portal. 

Interested interns submit the application through the Concordia International website.

November 10, 2023
2 Results of projects’ pre-selection Concordia Internal Committee November - December, 2023
3 Individual GRA application submission  Approved applications are submitted  through ConRad December, 2023
4 Result of individual GRA applications Mitacs

February, 2024

5 Student Code of Conduct and Ethics and International Pre-departure form submission Intern 2 weeks after receiving Mitacs award letter
6 Request Academic Visitor Status, and if needed, apply for a IRCC Offer of Employment for the intern Concordia faculty member Upon receiving Mitacs Approval letter


*Interns are responsible to obtain their visa and/or other travel documents.

* Travel is not permitted prior to the approval of the award.

*Projects must begin no later than 12 months from the date the letter of award is received.


Once visa/work permit have been confirmed and all documents have been submitted to Mitacs 

Once you have received the Academic Visitor status at Concordia

Within 12 months after receiving the Mitacs award letter

8 Research project All

12 to 24 weeks

* 25% of your 12-24 week-long research project may be completed at your home institution upon Mitacs approval

9 Submit a final report Intern

After project completion

Apply now

Step 1: Complete your application on the Mitacs Portal

Mitacs Globalink Research Award Application Portal

Step 2: Submit your completed application to Concordia

Concordia International Mobility Portal

Useful Resources

Useful Contacts

Concordia Contact

Caroline Eastwood

Mitacs Contact

Dr. Natalie Rachel

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