Mitacs is a Canadian not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs since 1999. It works with industry, academia and both federal and provincial governments to support applied and industrial research-based innovation. It is dedicated to building international partnerships to help strengthen connections, improve economic performance and create jobs. Over the past 20 years, Mitacs has funded more than 20,000 research projects, trained more than 33,000 students and postdocs and supported more than 3,600 international research collaborations. South Mediterranean University (SMU) has established a partnership with one of Mitacs’ exchange programs, namely, Globalink to carry out joint industrial and academic research projects through leading research groups in top-ranked Canadian universities. The partnership includes two exchange initiatives.

One is Mitacs Globalink Research Internship (GRI) for undergraduate students at their final years of studies and combined undergraduate/master’s program students enrolled full-time in a Tunisian university. GRI provides an opportunity for top-ranked applicants to participate in a 12-week (between May and October) research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines including science, engineering, mathematics, management, humanities and social sciences. Through this program, the student is given the opportunity to participate in professional trainings and interactions with companies for project management and entrepreneurship experiences. The grant is $12,000 CAD (with a $4000 CAD student’s contribution) and covers student airfare, visa fees, medical insurance, living stipend and research costs. For more information about student’s eligibility, application requirements, implementation timeline and other relevant details regarding matching process and evaluation criteria; please visit the following link:


The second program included in the SMU-Mitacs partnership is Mitacs Globalink Research Award (GRA). This mobility exchange is not only designated for undergraduate students at their final years of studies, but also for master’s and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows with full-time affiliations in a Tunisian university. The program allows the participants to work on advanced research projects for a period of 12-24 weeks. It is the responsibility of the participants in this initiative to identify and develop research projects under the joint supervision of a Canadian university faculty member and a professor at a Tunisian university. The grant is $6000 CAD (with a $3000 CAD participant’s contribution). Applications to this program should be made through the SMU. For more information about participant’s eligibility, application requirements and other relevant details; please visit the following link:

If you are interested to apply for one of these programs through SMU-Mitacs partnership, please fill in the following form :  

For more details about the application process through the SMU-Mitacs partnership and the exchange mobility between Tunisia and Canada through Mitacs, please contact: Yasmine Guefrachi, Ph. D. (Assistant Professor at MedTech) at

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