NB: The deadline has passed for the 2023/24 call. The form will reopen in 2024 for academic year 2024/24.
The 2024 Globalink Research initiative offers full funding for up to five Durham undergraduates to complete a 12-week research internship in Canada during the summer of 2024 in a variety of academic disciplines from science, engineering, and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences. Successful applicants will complete an internship under the supervision of a professor at one of 70 participating Canadian universities. Mitacs have developed some impact stories showcasing the experience of previous Globalink interns. Examples can be found here and here.
Students who successfully apply for the scheme will have the chance to:
Interested students need to meet Mitacs’ eligibility criteria. At the point of expressing interest in this initiative students must:
This initiative is open to any Durham student who meets the eligibility criteria above. As this is a fully funded scheme, expressions of interest are particularly welcomed from students from backgrounds where participation in study or work abroad is traditionally low. Applications is encouraged from students who:
We are aware that students will be concerned about the impact of the MAB on their Expression of Interest. The MAB is affecting 145 universities across the UK, therefore, this issue (in relation to Mitacs) is not unique to Durham students. We have raised this question with Mitacs to seek clarification:
"...that given the circumstances - universities can nominate students based on their predicted grade/GPA [...] to avoid any unintended biases. Once the actual grades are known we [Mitacs] can update any tables/nominations [until] the 21 Sept"
Therefore, we would advise expressing an interest if you genuinely think that you will meet the GPA requirements. If you subsequently do not meet the grades, you may be withdrawn. In interpreting "genuinely", we would ask students to make good-faith common sense decisions. E.g.
To apply students must register their interest by completing the following form. Please note that the deadline is 17th July (12:00) 2023.
Please note that completing the 'register to apply' form is only the first step of a longer application process. Students will be vetted by both Durham and Mitacs to confirm eligibility. Thereafter, Mitacs will invite students to make a formal application.
Mitacs / UUKi have produced the following guide for students:
Durham students were invited to London to deliver short speeches at the Canadian High Commission about their MITACs research placements.