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Northern Resident (Undergraduate) Award

Prizes Available: 1


1. The Northern Scientific Training Program is sponsoring eight awards, valued at $5,000 each, for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada who are identified as long-term residents* of Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon, or the Provincial North, and are enrolled in a post-secondary undergraduate diploma/degree program at a Canadian college or university during the tenure of the award (September 2015 - April 2016). *A “long-term resident” is identified as a person who has resided in the north for eight years or more. 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 where the research project (a) results in a significant paper for course credit, (b) includes an aspect of direct northern field research or experience, (c) involves a northern community partner who will directly benefit from the project work, and (d) includes an outreach component or organized outreach activity. The outreach activity can be in the form of a final report distributed to the community in which (or about which) the research project took place, a presentation of the research project results (a seminar or other public demonstration), a comprehensive bibliography or text contribution to a heritage archive, or volunteer hours, amongst others. Preference will also be given to projects that are undertaken as a unit of directed study. 

3. The selection committee will be guided by the following considerations: academic transcripts, the quality of the written application, the potential benefits of the proposed research, the referees’ reports, the proposed community outreach activity, and the applicants’ commitment to the north and northern studies. Eligible applicants must demonstrate in their proposal 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

4. 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. 

5. Award recipients will be announced in May; only successful candidates will be notified. The award covers an eleven month period of study. Payment, to be issued in three instalments, is intended as a research stipend. Proof of registration in an accredited program of study and two progress reports are 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 3 parts to a CNST application, the application form, referee’s reports and transcripts. All 3 parts must be received in the office before January 29, 2016.

1. 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. 

2. 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. Referee Guidelines
3. 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