MITACS Programme: research scholarships at the University of Montreal for UNIL Master students


The MITACS programme enables UNIL Master students to complete a research stay of 3 to 6 months at the University of Montreal. All fields of research are eligible. A stay in an institution affiliated to the University of Montreal (e.g. HEC Montreal, Polytechnic School of Montreal) is not possible. 

For such a research stay, a scholarship of 6000 Canadian dollars is available, regardless of the length of the stay. Half of this sum comes from MITACS, a Canadian not-for-profit organisation, which has signed an agreement with the University of Montreal, and the other half from UNIL. In total, 5 scholarships are awarded. 

Added value

  • No enrolment fee is payable to the University of Montreal
  • Stay in one of the leading research universities in the world 
  • Enlargement of the professional network in a new scientific and cultural environment
  • Exchange programme student status and access to student services
  • Most of the stay is financed by the scholarship.


  • Must be enrolled as a Master student at UNIL and remain enrolled throughout the research stay
  • Must have a research project for the Master thesis and wish to benefit from the expertise of a researcher from the University of Montreal
  • The curriculum attended at UNIL must allow the Master student to stay at the University of Montreal for 3 to 6 months. In this regard, consult the mobility advisor of your faculty
  • Must find a research professor at the University of Montreal who agrees to invite you andsupervise your work:
  • Payment of transport costs and living expenses (accommodation and food); these costs will be largely covered by the scholarship
  • Master students will be required to conclude a specific, separate agreement with the University of Montreal (provisions relating to intellectual property resulting from the research activities and the publication and development of such activities)
  • Obligation to take out a group health insurance plan for the duration of the stay and to pay the premiums
  • Compilation of a short report for the attention of Mr. Matthias Buess within 4 weeks after the end of the stay
  • Completion of the application form (see below).



  • Call for applications: most probably in the first half of the month of August 2020 
  • Deadline for submitting the application form: most probably in the first half of October 2020.


Please complete the application form and return it completed and signed by electronic means to Mr. Matthias Buess.

  • Please read carefully the preliminary information (form 0 of the application form)
  • The different forms can be completed either in French or in English
  • Please note that the commitment letter (form 8, lettre d'engagement pour le co-financement) must not be signed, there is no need to attach it to the application form
  • A student has one year after the approval by MITACS to start the research stay
  • A student already in Canada cannot apply for a MITACS scholarship unless he or she returns to his or her country and then departs again for the research stay at the Université de Montréal. 
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Mr. Matthias Buess
International relations office
Phone: 021 692 20 21