Mitacs is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that supports student research and innovation projects through a number of different programs for both domestic and international opportunities. Senior undergraduates at Lakehead are eligible to participate, including international students. Except where noted, all disciplines are eligible.
1. Mitacs Accelerate: Accelerate supports research collaborations between the university and for-profit corporations and eligible not-for-profit corporations, municipalities, and hospitals in Canada, as well as for-profit businesses outside of Canada (Accelerate International). Undergraduate students can complete up to 3 internship units (each unit is 4-6 months in duration). Total awards are $15,000 per internship unit ($10,000 paid to the student, $5,000 for research costs). Partner organizations must be willing to host the intern for 50% of the project duration and must also contribute $7,500 in cash funding per internship unit. Open call (no deadline) - Applications are submitted through the Office of Research Services; contact: Lexi Haslehurst, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Globalink Research Awards provide funding for short-term international research stays in over 50 eligible countries (see the Mitacs website for the current list of eligible countries). Students propose a research project, to be co-supervised by a Lakehead supervisor and a host supervisor. Successful applicants will receive a CAD 6,000 award to support a 12-16 week research stay. It is open call – no deadline to apply, but applications should be submitted approximately 4 months before the desired start date (e.g. apply by January for a summer project).
Lakehead also offers a special GRA program through the CALAREO Consortium, for opportunities in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico).
Applications are submitted through the Office of Research Services; contact Jill Sherman, email@example.com.
Periodically, Mitacs will issue calls for GRA applications to work with specific international partners on specific research topics. In Fall 2021, Mitacs is launching a thematic call that will focus on (1) Advanced computing (Quantum and AI); (2) Achieving Net Zero; and (3) Global Health. Up to 5 students may be proposed for each project. Application Deadline: December 1, 2021. Depending on the specific partner, there may be eligibility restrictions. Contact: Jill Sherman, firstname.lastname@example.org
BSI internships are to work with companies on innovation projects, under the supervision of a Lakehead professor and a company supervisor. Awards to students are for $10,000 for four-month blocks or the equivalent (part-time projects will be extended to 6 months); multiple blocks are permitted. Internships may be conducted on a full-time (4 months, 40 hours per week) or on a part-time basis (6 months), and part-time students are permitted to participate. All disciplines are eligible. For more information, contact:
- Faculty of Business students: Ms. Maryann Kleynendorst, Experiential Learning Navigator, email@example.com
- All other students: Ms. Kelly Fettes, Office of Innovation, Partnerships and Economic Development (IPED), firstname.lastname@example.org.
In collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Mitacs supports summer research internships for undergraduate students at universities across Germany. Students from Canada and other countries in STEM-related programs compete for over 100 internships on offer. The selection process is competitive, with the call for applications held each Fall (late October-December) for the following summer. Internships are ideally conducted the summer before the student’s final year; students who graduate before completion of the internship will not be eligible. For more information and assistance, contact: Jill Sherman, email@example.com.