MITACS Programme with the University of Montreal for PhD students


The MITACS programme enables UNIL PhD 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 6,000 Canadian dollars is available, regardless of the length of the stay. In total, 5 scholarships are awarded to PhD students. 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.

Added value

  • No enrolment fee is payable to the University of Montreal 
  • Exchange programme student status and access to student services
  • Stay in one of the leading research universities in the world
  • Most of the stay is financed by the scholarship


  • Must be enrolled as a PhD student at UNIL and remain enrolled throughout the research stay
  • Must have a research project and wish to benefit from the expertise of a researcher from the University of Montreal
  • The curriculum attended at UNIL must allow the PhD student to stay at the University of Montreal for 3 to 6 months
  • Must find a research professor at the University of Montreal who agrees to invite you and supervise your work:
  • Payment of transport costs and living expenses (accommodation and food); these costs will be largely covered by the scholarship
  • PhD 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 Matthias Buess within 4 weeks after the end of the stay
  • Completion of the application form online (see below)


The following schedule applies to a stay commencing in April 2020 at the earliest.

  • Call for applications: 8 August 2019
  • Deadline for submitting the application form: 1 October 2019
  • Assessment process by the UNIL Research Commission: October 2019
  • Forwarding the selected written applications to the International Affairs Office of the University of Montreal: end of October 2019
  • Decision by MITACS: January 2020 


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

  • Please note that the commitment letter (form 8, lettre d'engagement pour le co-financement) must not be signed and there is no need to attach it to the application form. 
  • The different forms can be completed either in French or in English. 
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M. Matthias Buess
International relations office 
University of Lausanne
Tél.: 021 692 20 21