Mobility of researchers: a new partnership between Wallonia-Brussels and Canada


Wallonia Brussels International’s new agreement with Canada’s Mitacs will enable PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from Canadian and French-speaking Belgian Universities (Wallonia-Brussels Federation) to take part in advanced research projects in Canada and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.

The agreement strengthens Wallonia-Brussels/Canada relationships and provides a catalyst for the development of new links between universities from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Canadian institutions.  

This new program offers Canadian PhD students and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to carry out a 12-to-24-week advanced research project at university of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Similarly, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from universities of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation will have the possibility to undertake a 12-to-24-week research project at a Canadian university.

This bilateral program will be valid for an initial period of two years, commencing on October 1, 2019, and will support up to 10 students (each way) from Canada and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation each year. After this pilot phase, and upon evaluation of both parties, the agreement may be extended in scope.  

Pascale Delcomminette, CEO of WBI, spoke: “I am delighted to sign this memorandum of understanding with Mitacs today. This is a fantastic opportunity for our PHD students and Postdoctoral researchers wishing to conduct an advanced research project in Canada, which is renowned worldwide for its research excellence. Likewise, our universities are at the forefront of Scientific excellence and I am thrilled they will be able to welcome more researchers from Canadian institutions. I would also like to underline that this arrangement is for all disciplines and specialities, which perfectly corresponds to the values of our universities. I am convinced that this agreement means a significant step towards further integration within the scientific cooperation between Wallonia-Brussels and Canada and I look forward to working closely with Mitacs.”

Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs: “At Mitacs, we are delighted to work with Wallonia-Brussels International to promote Canada as a top destination for research opportunities and showcase Canadian research expertise around the world. The researchers from both countries will grow their skills and their global networks. This partnership represents a shared commitment to talent development and economic growth in both our countries.”

About Mitacs:

  • Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada by solving business challenges with research solutions from the best academic institutions at home and around the world. See
  • Working with more than 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • Funded by the Government of Canada, Canadian provinces, and Canadian universities, the Mitacs Globalink program offers two-way research opportunities between Canada and Mitacs partner countries for undergraduate and graduate students.