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Durham University

Erasmus, Exchange & Study Abroad

2021 UK Canada UG Research Mobility Programme

** The call for expressions of interest has now closed **

This page provides information for students who submitted their initial expression of interest prior to the Durham deadline of 4th August 2020.

Application Timeline and Next Steps

  • 14th August 2020:
    • students who submitted an expression of interest will receive an email from Durham International Office telling them whether or they are eligible to apply for the scheme, following a screening by Universities UK International (UUKi). Approved eligible students will need to browse research projects and apply to the Globalink Research Internship programme on the Mitacs website, choosing between three to seven research projects they would be interested in applying to. The links to these websites will be provided to eligible students by email. Please note, the Mitacs online portal will request students upload their transcript, along with online application. Durham students can upload their statement of marks (accessible through Banner Self Service) in place of a transcript.
  • 23rd September 2020:
    • Applications close at at 13:00 Pacific Time (21:00 British Summer Time).
    • Please view the 'Extra Guidance for applications' in the resources section below.
  • Late September ‘20:
    • Mitacs start to review applications and evaluate each student’s eligibility. At this stage, Fair Access information invited by Durham at the expression of interest stage (see below) will be taken into consideration by Mitacs
  • October – November:
    • Interviews between professors and candidates may take place, and valuations of the preferences of both groups will be tabulated
  • December – late January:
    • The matching process is completed by Mitacs, and successful students will be offered a project match. Students accept or decline the offer
  • Late January – early February:
    • Mitacs communicates final list of all UK student placements to UUKi. Letters of invitation are sent to students and students begin applying for visa permits, if necessary
  • March 2021:
    • Successful students start to arrange travel and accommodation
  • May – October 2021 (12 weeks within this period):
    • Successful students travel to Canada to begin their internships, setting up Canadian bank accounts to receive internship funds and flight reimbursements.

Call Details

Durham University is delighted to participate in the 2021 Globalink Research initiative; a partnership between Universities UK International (UUKi) and Mitacs, a not-for-profit Canadian national research organisation. This initiative offers full funding for up to four Durham undergraduates to complete a 12-week research internship in Canada during the summer of 2021 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.


Interested students needed to meet Mitacs’ eligibility criteria. At the point of expressing interest in this initiative students needed to:

  • Be at the end of their first year of a three year programme, or at the end of their second year of a four year programme. This is to ensure that successful students will have one full year of study remaining at the time of the prospective internship (summer 2021);
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Have a minimum weighted average of 65% or higher for their most recent academic year, equivalent to a high 2:1
  • Be able to spend 12 weeks within in the period May – October 2021 at a university in Canada;
  • Demonstrate oral and written fluency in English or French, depending on the primary language of the project;

Fair Access

In 2020 this initiative was open to any Durham student who meets the eligibility criteria above. As this is a fully funded scheme, expressions of interest were particularly welcomed from students from backgrounds where participation in study or work abroad is traditionally low. Applications were encouraged from students who:

  • Have received or are eligible for the Durham Grant Scheme;
  • Have participated in the Supported Progression Scheme or Sutton Trust Summer school at Durham University;
  • Are from a minority ethnic group
  • Have a home address in an area of low progression to higher education (ie your postcode is listed '1' or '2' in the Polar checking tool;
  • Are a care-leaver (at any time) or an estranged student, or
  • Have had limited or no previous access to overseas opportunities

Further information

Please see the student guidance notes (below, under resources) and if you have queries, please contact Emma Moore on If you have any questions regarding the Mitacs application please contact Sophie Da Silva (Partnerships Officer at UUKi) on or the Mitacs helpdesk on