Mitacs Information for Students and Postdocs

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Mitacs is a national not-for-profit that helps industry and non-profit partners solve strategic challenges by leveraging Canada’s world-class post-secondary talent and a global network of industry, academic, and government partnerships. Through these collaborations, Mitacs helps business and community partners succeed, improves students’ on-the-job skills development, and strengthens Canada’s world-class innovation ecosystem.

Funding is open to all disciplines. All Mitacs internships are paid a minimum of $10,000, and funding can go up to $180,000. Projects can last between 4 months to 4 years.

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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.

Learn more about Accelerate

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.

Learn more about Elevate

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.

Learn more about Globalink

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.

Learn more about BSI

How it Works

Attend a Mitacs workshop

To learn more about our programs and how to apply, join one of our introductory workshops.

Find a project

Identify a faculty member or partner organization with a project you can join.

Define your project

Write a draft application for pre-screening and feedback by a Mitacs representative.

Submit your application

Applications have a success rate of over 90%. Once an application has been approved, you can begin the same day, or anytime within 12 months.

Mitacs Program Eligibility and Funding

Name of Program/Type of Intern Accelerate BSI Globalink Elevate
Postdoctoral Fellow
Graduate Student Not eligible
Undergraduate Student Not eligible
Part-time Student Not eligible Not eligible

 


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