NRC-MITACS-RWTH Globalink Research Award Program
- Target Group:
- Doctoral Candidates
- Direction / Place:
RWTH Aachen University proudly announces a new program in cooperation with Mitacs, a Canadian not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in collaboration with Canadian universities, companies, federal and provincial governments, and the National Research Council of Canada, NRC for short, one of RWTH’s key partners in North America and Canada’s largest federal research organization.
Starting in 2021, this program allows 25 students per year from RWTH to conduct combined research stays at a Canadian partner university participating in the program.
The placements are jointly funded by the NRC, Mitacs and RWTH and can be from six to twelve months in duration. The goals of the program are to strengthen and intensify relations between RWTH, the NRC, and participating Canadian universities; develop international networks; establish joint research and industry projects; prepare joint publications; enhance researcher training; and foster other forms of collaboration.
Who Can Apply?
The program is open to RWTH Master’s students and doctoral candidates who wish to conduct a combined research stay at one of the participating Canadian universities in collaboration with the NRC, working under the joint supervision of an RWTH Aachen professor, a university professor at the Canadian host university, and an NRC researcher.
Scholarship Amount and Funding Period
Up to 18,000 CAD will be provided for six-month to one-year stays.
Duration and Organization of the Research Stay
The research stays are between six and twelve months in duration. A possible extension beyond twelve months may be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
- Master’s student or PhD student at RWTH Aachen University
- Excellent academic performance
- For Master’s students: Minimum GPA (German “Notendurchschnitt“) of 3.0
Due to administrative considerations, submission is recommended approximately six months before the intended start of the research stay.
There is no application deadline; applications can be submitted at any time.
Please note, however, the adjacent note.
|Advanced Anode Materials for Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolysis (PEMWE)||Carleton University||Twelve months||MSc or PhD students||see project description|
|Integrated Decision Support System for Health and Safety||Carleton University||Twelve months||PhD students||
Background in biomedical signal analysis, image/video processing, computer vision, machine learning or deep learning
|Structured-light 3D Tomography||Laval University||Six months||MA or PhD students||Student in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science. Experience in 3D vision, 3D imaging, signal processing and nonlinear regressions|
|Bioinspired Multifunctional Ceramics||McGill University||Twelve months||PhD students||
|Alchemical Perturbation DFT Simulations of High Entropy Alloys for Electrochemical Energy Applications||McMaster University||Twelve months||MSc or PhD students||see project description|
|Smart Textiles for Health and Well-being||McMaster University||Six to twelve months||MSc or PhD students||see project description|
|Intelligent Query and Learning System for Logistics||Ontario Tech University||Twelve months||MSc or PhD students||see project description|
|Ultrastructural analysis of neuroinflammation||University of Alberta||Twelve months||MSc or PhD students||see project description|
|Virtual Reality Cognitive Rehabilitation for Depression at Home: An Exploration of bWell-D||University of British Columbia||Twelve months||MSc or PhD students||see project description|
|Digital-twin of bioreactor for accelerated design and optimal operations in production of complex biologics||University of Ottawa||Twelve months||PhD students||see project description|
|Understanding the Baseline and Changes in Canada’s Blue Economy Workforce||University of Victoria||Twelve months||PhD students||see project description|
|Analysis of Renewable Ammonia Production and Transmission across the Atlantic Ocean||University of Waterloo||Twelve months||MSc students||
|Sensitivity analysis on ammonia shipping as a hydrogen carrier||University of Waterloo||Twelve months||MSc or PhD students||see project description|
- Step 1: Identify a research leadership team: NRC Research Officer, Canadian Academic Supervisor, RWTH Aachen Supervisor.
- Step 2: Articulate a joint project: Describe the project and suitability for Master’s or PhD student, time duration and any knowledge or know-how pre-requisites (template provided). The project description is advertised to RWTH students on the RWTH Aachen website.
- Step 3: Complete Application Documents: Supervisors complete letters of reference (templates provided) and the student completes the Mitacs application.
Express your interest in a project listed below by emailing your CV, letter of interest and transcripts to: Daniel.Holder@zhv.rwth-aachen.de specifying the project number.
Note: Please account for four to six months for the application and travel visa process. A complete application package requires contributions from the student, their supervisor at RWTH Aachen University, a host supervisor at a Canadian university and a researcher-supervisor from NRC in Canada.
CDN Researcher/University Information
The Aachen-NRC partnership with Mitacs is a special initiative and follows similar rules and requirements to the Globalink Research Award Thematic call. Please be aware that additional GRA endorsement and co-funding is not required from the Canadian institution. Typical approvals for supporting international students through the Office of Research or International Office are still required. Canadian academic supervisors can contact their local Mitacs Business Development representative for more information on how to obtain this signature. This process may take between two to three weeks and varies in each Canadian university.
After Your Application is Submitted
Mitacs will review the application, in collaboration with the NRC. After the decision has been made, Mitacs will inform applicants about the outcome of the application.
If you are a researcher working at RWTH Aachen University, the NRC, or at a Canadian university wishing to cooperate with RWTH Aachen and NRC, it is also possible to proactively develop new projects with colleagues from the respective partner institutions. If you are interested in doing so, please contact Dr. Daniel Holder to discuss further.