NRC-MITACS-RWTH Globalink Research Award Program

Key Info

Basic Information

Target Group:
Doctoral Candidates
Master’s Students
Direction / Place:



Daniel Holder

Stellv. Abteilungsleiter / Strategie Amerika & Australien


+49 241 80 90695



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.

Selection Criteria

  • Master’s student or PhD student at RWTH Aachen University
  • Excellent academic performance
  • For Master’s students: Minimum GPA (German “Notendurchschnitt“) of 3.0

Please Note

Due to administrative considerations, submission is recommended approximately six months before the intended start of the research stay.


Application Deadline

There is no application deadline; applications can be submitted at any time.

Please note, however, the adjacent note.


Open Projects

Title Location Duration Level Requirements
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
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Fundamentals of Solid Mechanics
  • Fundamentals of Materials Engineering
  • Basic knowledge of CAD software
  • Basic knowledge of a finite element software
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
Analysis of Renewable Ammonia Production and Transmission across the Atlantic Ocean University of Waterloo Twelve months MSc students
  • Ability to work in a team and fluent in English
  • Undergraduate studies in Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, or a closely related field
  • Knowledge in programming in Excel and Python
  • Enthusiasm in renewable energy and sustainability
  • Experience with process modelling (required), TEA or LCA (optional)

Application Process

  • Step 1: NRC researchers propose projects in collaboration with a Canadian university and complete the “NRC-Mitacs Internship Identification Form” for each of the proposed projects. The projects are required to come under an NRC Challenge or Supercluster Program.
  • Step 2: The “NRC-Mitacs Internship Identification Form” is submitted by the NRC researcher to the Program Director and Challenge Officer for approval. Once the document is approved by the Challenge Officer it will be sent back to the Program Director cc’ing
    The following criteria should be included in the Identification Form:
    • Title and short description of the project (150 words)
    • Duration and preferred start/end dates (of the student’s project)
    • Preferred target group: Master's and/or PhD students
    • Location and Canadian partner university
    • Pre-requisites for the student researcher, for example completed courses, prior work experience, knowledge of programming languages, et cetera.
  • Step 3: Once approved by the NRC National Program Office (NPO), the internship identification forms are posted on the RWTH website. NRC-NPO will provide a tracking number (GBL-001, GBL-002,…) for each project such that this number can be used to track the application process. Mitacs will provide its own project ID number but only upon submission of the application. The NRC-NPO tracking number will appear on the Mitacs Internship Identification Form.
  • Step 4: Student researchers consult the project platform on the RWTH website and contact their RWTH supervisor for their endorsement.
  • Step 5: Student researchers indicate interest in a project by forwarding their CV, Letter of Interest (describing their motivation / suitability), and transcripts by .
  • Step 6: Student Letters of Interest are reviewed by NRC and RWTH (NRC DocZone link will be provided to NRC researchers by International Relations Office (IRO)).
  • Step 7: NRC researcher/supervisor and the Canadian university supervisors review the submissions and launch discussion with potential student researchers. NRC researcher, Canadian university supervisor, RWTH supervisor and student researcher specify project details and timelines.
  • Step 8: A letter of support is written jointly by the NRC researcher and the supervisor of the Canadian university for the selected student researcher; the RWTH supervisor writes a recommendation letter.
  • Step 9: The Student researcher requests the Mitacs application package by from the RWTH contact.
  • Step 10: The student researcher and the host researchers complete the application documents.
  • Step 11: The Student researcher submits all documents, including the signed “NRC-Mitacs Internship Identification Form” to RWTH contact by .
  • Step 12: Mitacs provides information on the outcome of the application (student researcher, RWTH Aachen, NRC International Office) and outlines the next steps.

Application Documents (see Step 11)

  1. Mitacs application form with signatures from all participants
  2. NRC-Mitacs Internship Identification Form provided by the NRC (which includes a 150-word project description and other details – see above Application Process)
  3. Curriculum Vitae with contact details (mailing address, email)
  4. Applicant Letter of Interest (for example letter of motivation)
  5. Letter of recommendation from the supervisor of RWTH Aachen University, ideally with reference to the research project and details on the expected outcome and/or prospective cooperation in the future
  6. Letter of support from NRC researcher and Canadian host university supervisor
  7. Host supervisor’s CV
  8. Enrollment certification (for master’s students)
  9. Transcript of records (for master’s students) or publication list (for PhD students)

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.


Please Note

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.