SFU-IIT India Initiative

Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Mitacs have partnered to support research collaborations between SFU and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Together they will provide 10 awards annually for IIT senior undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research at SFU and 10 awards annually for SFU senior undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research at IIT partner institutions in India.

Through these awards students can participate in a 12-week research project abroad, jointly supervised by an IIT and an SFU faculty member. Students will refine their research skills in new environments while gaining cultural fluency. Faculty members can expand their international research networks and strengthen their research capacity.

For IIT Faculty and Students

Thank you for your support of this initiative! The 2018 call for nominations is now closed and the 10 selected students and supervisors are completing full applications. Please consider this opportunity again in 2019.

Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Mitacs have partnered to support research collaborations between SFU and the IITs. Together they will provide 10 awards annually for IIT senior undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research at SFU. Awards are valued at $6,000 CAD per student and help to support travel, accommodation, and living expenses over a 12-week research project.  An additional $2,000 top-up from SFU is available for students participating in research placements with SFU’s Faculty of Applied Science ($8,000 CAD total award value).

Eligibility
The program is open to senior undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in an IIT in India. Students must have the support of their supervisor at their home institution.

Interested in applying?

To discuss your interest in this opportunity, please contact the SFU faculty member in your research area or contact:

Please refer to the FAQs below for more information.

Please note, that due to visa processing timelines, placements for summer could begin as late as June.

Frequently asked questions

Q1: I am an IIT student, how do I proceed?
A: 
Find a faculty member at SFU in your area of interest and contact them with your CV, transcript and expression of interest. You will also need an 'anchor' for the internship on the IIT-end so please find a faculty member at IIT willing to supervise you from that side.

List of schools in the Faculty of Applied Science (FAS):

Faculty of Science: https://www.sfu.ca/science.html

Q2: What level of students are eligible?
A:
The exchange is open to IIT undergraduate students in third year and above, or graduate students. All graduate students, Master's or PhD are eligible and encouraged to seek a host lab at SFU for their research.

Q3: Is there a deadline?
A:
This exchange is open all year around, until the seats allocated are filled up. For undergraduate students looking to visit Vancouver in summer period to coincide with your summer holidays, it would be important to start early. Normally, MITACS will take 4-6 weeks to approve completed paperwork filed with them. The visa process in India will take some time (approximately 9 weeks). Factor these times to get an idea of when you have to start to seek SFU faculty interest to apply.

Q4: Who do I contact?
A:
See Q1 above. Find your host lab from these links and contact your host lab Professor directly with your CV/transcript(grades).

List of schools in FAS that are likely relevant:

Find an anchor at the IIT side, a Professor their who can supervise your internship from that end.

Q5: The MITACS link shows the deadline has passed.
A:
This program is a parallel new program to the MITACS GRA program and it is specific to IIT and SFU student exchange. This is a special call and these deadlines do not apply.

For SFU Faculty and Students

SFU and Mitacs have partnered to support research collaborations between SFU and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). Together they will provide 10 awards annually for SFU senior undergraduate and graduate students to conduct research at the IITs. In addition, this internship may be eligible as a co-op term. Please work with your co-op office to determine eligibility.

Awards are valued at $6,000 CAD per student and help to support travel, accommodation, and living expenses over a 12-24 week research project. An additional $5,000 CAD of in-kind support will be provided by the IITs to support research expenses, accommodation, meals, and other expenses related to providing secure and comfortable environment.

Interested in applying?

SFU students, please speak with your faculty supervisor or SFU International co-op coordinator Amy Lee at icoop@sfu.ca to identify an IIT professor who works in your research area. Reach out to the professor(s) about your research and hosting your potential project and apply by following the information below.

SFU faculty members, please share this information with your students who might be interested in conducting research at an IIT. Connect with your IIT collaborators about hosting your student’s project and apply with your student by following the information below.

How to apply:

  • Application instructions and materials available on the Mitacs website.
  • Applications require a signature from the SFU Office of Research Services via the SFU Signature Sheet prior to submission to Mitacs:
    • List the SFU Faculty Supervisor as the Principal Investigator. The student should subsequently be listed in parentheses, i.e., "Supervisor Name (Student Name)"
    • SFU Signature Sheets are signed by the SFU Faculty Supervisor, then their Chair/Director, and then their Faculty Dean. Once these signatures are obtained, the SFU Signature Sheet will be sent to SFU ORS for final approval.
    • Once final approval has been granted, SFU ORS will return the signed application documents to the SFU Faculty Supervisor.
  • Applicants should submit completed application packages to SFU’s Mitacs representative Allison Brennan at mitacsbd@sfu.ca.
  • Please note that the “Student Code of Conduct and Ethics” and “International pre-departure form” are NOT required by Mitacs at the time of application.