Onto the international stage: partnership with Canada

Mitacs, a Canadian innovation support organization, and Sorbonne University have joined together to develop two-way student mobility between Canada and France. Two international mobility scholarship programs have been set up to this end.

Mitacs and Sorbonne University have set up two international mobility scholarship programs enabling student exchanges between France and Canada for research placements: The Globalink program for students in their 4th year of higher education and the Graduate Research Award program for students in their 5th year of higher education or above.


These measures strengthen Sorbonne University’s already strong ties with North America , one of the focus regions for the international development of the Community of universities and institutions.


Practical information

Target groups

The Globalink program covers:


  • fourth year higher education students at a Sorbonne University institution who are applying for a research placement at a Canadian university participating in the Mitacs program; 


  • Canadian undergraduate students wanting to carry out a research placement in a Sorbonne University laboratory or team. 


An initial call for applications was opened in December 2013 for summer 2014 research placements.


The Graduate Research Award covers:


  • students enrolled in their fourth year of higher education and above (studying for a one or two year Master’s degree or PhD) at a member institution of Sorbonne University wanting to carry out a research placement at a Canadian Mitacs partner institution;


  • students enrolled on a Master’s degree or PhD at a Canadian institution participating in the Mitacs program who are applying for a research placement at a Sorbonne University institution.


  • These research placements aim to strengthen current scientific collaborations and those in their start-up phase.


  • All fields of research are eligible.


  • Sorbonne University research lecturers who already have scientific connections with colleagues at Canadian universities participating in the Mitacs program are invited to use this program to strengthen these collaborations by accepting Canadian students financed by Mitacs or by inviting their students to apply for a research placement within partner teams in Canada.

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