Mitacs Research Award

Aboriginal Peoples
Arctic and Northern Regions
Community, Regional & Enterprise Development
Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage


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Memorial Deadline: Friday 16th, July 2021

External Deadline:


Mitacs is undertaking a Pilot Program called the Mitacs Research Award. The award will provide two (2) opportunities for senior undergraduate and graduate students, who self-identify as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit participant, to undertake a short-term paid research training internship at a Canadian institution. Students receive an opportunity to enhance their skills through interaction with faculty and hands-on research and training experience.

The primary goals of the opportunity are to:

  • Enable students to develop connections/collaborations with Post-Secondary Education faculty members/researchers
  • Provide students with hands-on research and training experience
  • Build students’ research skills, project management skills, and subject/technical knowledge
  • Increase awareness of potential educational and career pathways for students
  • Identify new research connections or directions, potential for further collaboration, or project continuation through other Mitacs programming

Concept model

  • Projects are designed and led by students
  • Mitacs will contribute $6,000 to be allocated to student stipend
  • The award will cover research projects of 12-16 weeks duration
  • Each project will require supervision to oversee the work and the student
  • Students are expected to meet weekly with their supervisor to report on the progress of their project — virtual meetings are acceptable
  • Both students and supervisors will be required to complete a Mitacs Exit survey at the end of the internship reporting on skills developed and providing feedback on the experience
  • Projects submitted to Mitacs will be evaluated internally to confirm eligibility for the opportunity (eligibility

requirements below)

  • Students must complete a Final report and deliver a final presentation summarizing the work that was completed to their supervisor during the last week of the award term
  • Supplemental online training will be provided to students through the Mitacs learning management system

Eligibility requirements

Students must:

  • Be a registered senior undergraduate or graduate student at an eligible academic institution
  • Not be an active participant in another Mitacs project
  • Self-identify as a First Nations, Métis or Inuit participant. Eligible students opting to apply under the Indigenous status criteria must provide reasonable indication of Indigenous status
  • Copy of academic transcript to be provided at time of submission (minimum B- cumulate average)

Supervisors must:

  • Be a faculty member eligible to hold Tri-Council funding

Information about Mitacs can be found here.




Funding Sources


This opportunity was posted by: RGCS

Last modified: July 7, 2021