On 8 July, during the Australian Canadian Economic Leadership forum, Universities Australia, and Mitacs (a Canadian organisation that funds research and training) signed an agreement to provide elite international research opportunities for high-achieving Australian undergraduate students.
A call for applications to participate in the 2016 program will be announced shortly, with applications closing in late August. Successful candidates are likely to be those interested in pursuing a career in research and building long-lasting connections between Australia and Canada.
Faculty with Canadian research interests and collaborators across all disciplines are encouraged to promote the opportunity to their high-achieving students:
- Australian senior-level undergraduate students will participate in 12-week research projects supervised by faculty at Canadian universities from June 2016. This is a competitive initiative currently limited to international students from Brazil, China, France, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. Mitacs Globalink hosted more than 475 students from around the world in 2014, and is expecting more than 750 in 2015.
- Participants will receive professional skills training and gain valuable knowledge about Canadian industry and innovation.
- Participants interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies will be eligible for a Mitacs Graduate Fellowship.
The signing marks the first-ever Australia-Canada undergraduate research partnership. The following Australian universities are participating in the pilot program:
- Macquarie University
- The University of Sydney
- Monash University
- Queensland University of Technology
- James Cook University
- University of Wollongong
- The University of Western Australia
- The University of Queensland
- University of Tasmania
For further information please contact MI International Relations: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mitacs is a national not-for-profit research and training organisation dedicated to advancing collaborations between industry, academia and government in Canada, and to fostering international research networks between Canada and the world.