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Dr. Jim McDonald Scholarship for Northern Research


1. The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Research (ACUNS), with the support of the family of the late Dr. Jim McDonald, is sponsoring one scholarship valued at $5,000 for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada currently enrolled in a graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities as these pertain to Canada’s north and its inhabitants. Community-based-research, interdisciplinary research and local Aboriginal collaboration will be given special consideration, as will those that can demonstrate a specific focus to their project.
ACUNS defines northern Canada as the region on or above the line indicated on the Northern Boundary Map:
2. Proposals are invited from candidates from all subject areas who (a) engage in research culminating in a thesis or other such document, (b) include direct northern field research in Canada or the circumpolar North, (c) whose program makes a contribution to the North and (d) who demonstrate leadership in northern scholarship.  Note:  For projects including field research outside of Canada, the relevance and benefit of the circumpolar fieldwork to Canadian northern scholarship must be clearly indicated. 
3. The research project must involve a northern fieldwork component that is conducted in northern Canada or the circumpolar north (Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the USA-Alaska) between May 2016 and March 2017.
4. The selection committee will be guided by the following considerations: academic record, the quality of the written application, the potential benefits of the proposed research, the referees’ reports, and the applicants’ leadership skills and interest in, and commitment to northern scholarship. Eligible proposals must demonstrate in their application how they address one of more of the priority areas identified in the Canadian Polar Commission’s State of Northern Knowledge in Canada report.  The report can be found at
5. Award recipients will be announced in May; only successful candidates will be notified. The scholarship covers an eleven month period of study. Payment will be issued in two instalments and is to be used as a stipend. Proof of registration and one progress report is required. First payment will be issued after proof of September 2016 registration is received.
6. This scholarship may be held concurrently with other awards and financial support, except for those administered by the CNST Program.
7. Please note that the applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee; technical jargon should be kept to a minimum.

Application Instructions
There are three parts to a CNST application, the application form, referee’s reports and transcripts. All three parts must be received in the office before January 29, 2016.
a) Application
Please read award guidelines and instructions carefully before completing the form. In order to apply, you will be required to create a CNST account by clicking the signup button at Once you have registered, you will receive an email to confirm. Your CNST account will allow you to save your application and track the progress of your application(s), referee reports and transcripts.
b) Referee Reports
For this award, applicants are asked to have two referees complete the online referee’s report. The first must be from an instructor or supervisor of the directed study. The second report should be from the community partner acknowledging the relevance of the project and describe the contribution of the planned outreach activity to the community partner.  During the application process, you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of the individuals you will ask to serve as referees in support of your application. Referees will receive an email directly which will include the report to be completed. If you are applying to more than one CNST Award, your referee is required to complete a separate form for each application. Upon submission of the report, your CNST account will be updated to reflect its completion.
c) Transcripts
Only original transcripts will be accepted. Please note that it can take several weeks to have official transcripts ordered and delivered. It is highly recommended that you order these well in advance of the application deadline. Please send one copy of all required official grade transcripts, in a single package to:                           
Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards Program
c/o Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
2464 Sheffield Road
Ottawa, ON K1B 4E5