NRC-MITACS-RWTH Globalink Research Award Program

Key Info

Basic Information

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



Jan Müller

Strategie Amerika & Australien


+49 241 80 90299



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
Implementation of HR-EBSD and ECCI for advanced microstructure analyses on the Nanoscale 2.0 University of British Columbia Six months 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
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)
Sensitivity analysis on ammonia shipping as a hydrogen carrier University of Waterloo Twelve months MSc or PhD students see project description
Techno-economic analysis of dual purpose NH3+CO2 transport from BC to Asi University of Victoria 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: 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.


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 Jan Müller to discuss further.