Under the partnership between HKU and Mitacs, students can apply for Globalink Research Internship (GRI) to spend 12 weeks (between May and October, 2023) in Canada on a research project in their area of interest under the supervision of a professor.



Highlights of GRI


  • Estimated full cost of GRI programme per each student – a maximum of CAD$12,000 (i.e. airfare, visa, medical insurance, living stipend, accommodation, Globalink Student Mentors, professional development training, programming, matching, evaluation, administration and research cost) covered by funding from Canada and HKU


  • An opportunity to take part in professional training (e.g. teamwork, project management, problem solving, communication and entrepreneurship)


  • A chance to interact with companies of interest through events or individual meetings


  • Extensive opportunities for cultural, social and recreational experiences as well as international exposure


  • A gateway to further study and career opportunities in Canada



Information on Globalink Research Internship (GRI) from Mitacs



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List of available research topics in 2022





  • Full-time undergraduate students in non-final year
  • Latest CGPA (as of Semester 2, 2021/22) of 3.3 or above
  • Completed at least 2 semesters of undergraduate study in HKU when applying to International Affairs Office (IAO)
  • Year 3 and then Year 2 students (in the academic year of 2022/23) will be given higher placement priority



Application Procedure for GRI


Before applying for GRI with Mitacs, you will first need to make an application to IAO. Only successful applicants who are nominated by IAO can apply to Mitacs.


1. Apply through the online application system.


2. Submit the required documents on the online application system:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Research rationale (a maximum of 200 words) with these details:
    • Why you would like to take part in a research internship in Canada
    • Why you believe you should be accepted into the programme
    • What you hope to have accomplished by the end of your stay in Canada
  • Official transcript/screen capture(s) of academic results from HKU Portal with your latest CGPA


3. Receive nomination offer from IAO


4. Apply to Mitacs


5. Students who have got an internship offer will be invited to pay a deposit of HKD2,000 (please refer to Deposit Payment Instruction) and submit the payment slip to the online application system by the given deadline.

  • The deposit is refundable upon your completion of the programme and the submission of your report.
  • Under normal circumstances, no deposit shall be refunded if you withdraw from the programme after accepting the offer OR if you fail to complete the programme.



Timeline for GRI


Activity Date/Month
Application deadline with IAO August, 2022 (exact date tbc)
Announcement of application results by IAO September, 2022 (exact date tbc)
Application deadline with Mitacs September, 2022 (exact date tbc)
Announcement of project matching by Mitacs December 2022 to January 2023




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