2018 Mitacs Global Research Internships

Sustaining the Knowledge Commons (SKC) is pleased to offer 1 – 2 open access research oriented 2018 summer internships for international undergraduate students through the competitive Mitacs Globalinks Research Internship program. The call for 2018 applications is now open. Following is a brief description of the Mitacs Globalink Research Internship and the SKC internship project.

The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship

From the Mitacs website: “The Mitacs Globalink Research Internship is a competitive initiative for international undergraduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, India, Germany, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. From May to September of each year, top-ranked applicants participate in a 12-week research internship under the supervision of Canadian university faculty members in a variety of academic disciplines, from science, engineering and mathematics to the humanities and social sciences.

Mitacs Globalink Research Internships are currently available at over 45 universities across Canada. For more information, please click on “Information for Students” to see the list of universities hosting Globalink interns in 2017.

Globalink Research Internship alumni interested in returning to Canada for graduate studies are eligible for the Globalink Graduate Fellowship.​

For further information or to submit an application, go to:


The Sustaining the Knowledge Commons internership: details

The research

The central idea driving this research is that humanity collectively shares all of our knowledge. Everyone should thus be able to access scholarly works free of charge and everyone capable should be welcome to contribute to the knowledge commons. We study alternative economic approaches, for example the commons and the gift. We do quantitative research on costs related to producing a scholarly article. We also do qualitative research, talking with the directors of scholarly journals about the resources required for journals to be open access. The approach is one of open research; to learn more: sustainingknowledgecommons.org


There is a broad consensus among researchers, librarians, research funding agencies, non-governmental organizations and even most scholarly publishers that today the optimum method of sharing the results of research is open access, that is, articles, books and data that are freely available through the internet. The dilemma is how to transform a system based on demand (subscriptions and purchases) to a system based on production in order to sustain free access for the reader. Sustaining the knowledge commons targets the means of transformation by studying the models used by open access scholarly journals (for example, article processing fees or subsidies).

Thanks to a generous grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, we are a team in the process of growth consisting of the principal investigator and several students, most of whom are at the doctoral level. We are conducting a longitudinal study using an innovative open research approach. We publish our data and results as part of the work process. The idea is to facilitate research in this area (other researchers use our data, for example) and to speed up knowledge translation, because there are organizations that want to accelerate the transformation process by using their funds, like the signatories of OA 2020 http://oa2020.org/

Skills required

Preferred: knowledge of open access and/or open science, experience with academic writing, social media, research processes, teamwork. Attention to detail (e.g. research data gathering and management, analysis of large datasets with tools like the open source data statistical package JASP or PSPP) is desirable. French / English bilingualism, and/or other languages, would be an asset.


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