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Mitacs

A national, not-for-profit organization that offers funds to support internships for full-time students and postdoctoral researchers.

Be a catalyst in shaping Canada's knowledge-based economy.

Mitacs supports collaborative research and innovation projects between industry partners and post-secondary institutions. Eligible industry partners for Mitacs projects can include for-profit companies of all sizes (including startups), non-profit organizations, hospitals and municipalities. This support helps business and community partners to succeed, improves students’ on-the-job skills development, and strengthens Canada’s world-class innovation ecosystem.

Mitacs programs offer support for paid internships  across all industries and all disciplines. Mitacs offers over a dozen different programs. Learn more about the most popular Mitacs programs below, and be sure to check their website for the full range of opportunities.

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Mitacs Programs


Mitacs Accelerate

Accelerate is the flagship program of Mitacs, and is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from all disciplines. Accelerate interns will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry on research-focused projects. (Student entrepreneurs should contact Mitacs about a special opportunity to apply for funding for their own startups under this program.) Projects can range from four months up to 5 years in length, with funding starting at $10,000.  Applications are accepted throughout the year on a non-competitive basis.

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Mitacs Elevate

Elevate is a competitive two-year fellowship for postdoctoral fellows (PDFs), where participants undertake a research project with an industry partner. The program provides PDFs with experiential training in R&D through an industry-academic research collaboration, as well as leadership training and business acumen through the program’s training curriculum. Applications are open twice a year, and are selected from across Canada on a competitive basis.

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Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA)

The Globalink Research Award provides $6,000 for senior undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to conduct 12–24-week research projects at universities overseas.  (This award is also open to  students and postdoctoral fellows currently studying at foreign universities to conduct research in Canada.) For more information, please visit the following pages for incoming students and outgoing students. This award is open year-round for applications on a competitive basis.

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Mitacs Business Strategy Internship (BSI)

The Business Strategy Internship (BSI) program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from all disciplines. BSI interns will have the opportunity to collaborate with industry on innovation and development-focused projects. Innovation-based projects are those aimed at improving products and services, processes, or the organization as a whole. Projects can range from four months up to 5 years in length, with funding starting at $10,000.  Applications are accepted throughout the year on a non-competitive basis.

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Whether you're a business, not-for-profit or municipality, you can qualify for matching funds from Mitacs to bring skilled talent to your team.

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Receive funding for students and postdocs to join your research project in collaboration with an eligible industry partner. No limit on the number of interns per project, and some funding may also be available to cover eligible research expenses.

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Access paid internship experiences and valuable training programs in your field, , develop your career, and benefit from a variety of research connections. Pursue research and training opportunities both at home and abroad.


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