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Polar Knowledge Canada Scholarship

Prizes Available: 1


1. Polar Knowledge Canada offers one scholarship valued at $10,000 available to students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada presently enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at a Canadian university. 

2. Proposals are invited from candidates who (a) engage in research culminating in a thesis or other such document, (b) have an interdisciplinary emphasis to their research, (c) demonstrate excellence in Polar studies and, (d) are willing to communicate results in a major national or Northern forum. 

3. The Selection Committee will be guided by the following considerations: academic record, potential benefit of the research, originality, innovative approach, and the applicants' interest in, and commitment to, polar studies. 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   

4. The research must involve a northern fieldwork component that is conducted between May (in the year the award is granted) and the following March. ACUNS defines northern Canada as on or above the line indicated on the Northern Boundary Map

5. Award recipients are identified in May. Only successful candidates will be notified. The scholarship covers an eleven month period of study. Payment will be issued in three installments and is to be used as stipend. Proof of registration and one progress report are required.

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, one of which must be from the supervisor of the research project and must demonstrate the interdisciplinary qualities of the student. 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