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The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research (Masters)


1. The W. Garfield Weston Foundation is sponsoring up to 15 scholarships, valued at $15,000 each for students currently enrolled in a masters program in the natural sciences pursuing northern research. 

2. Applicants who wish to be considered for The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Research must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada enrolled full time at a Canadian university. Candidates must be in the first thirteen months of a masters program at the time of application and, at the time of receipt of the award, must have received approval of their research proposal, including any required ethical review and /or research license.  

3. Applications are invited from candidates engaged in a natural science program leading to a thesis who demonstrate exceptional promise, academic excellence, and leadership, a strong commitment to northern research. Preference will be given to applicants who (a) have a clearly defined research project that includes significant research time spent in the Canadian north (b) demonstrate excellence in northern research (c) show the relevance of the research to northerners and northern scholarship and (d) exhibit a willingness to communicate research results within the scientific community, and in northern or national meetings.

4. The Selection Committee will be guided by the following considerations: academic record, research ability, leadership skills, potential benefit of the research, referees’ reports, and the applicants’ interest in, and commitment to, the north and northern studies. 

5. Projects from all natural science subject areas will be considered, provided they include a field research component conducted within the term of the award in the Canadian north. ACUNS defines northern Canada as on or above the line indicated on the Northern Boundary Map.

6. 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. 

7. This scholarship may be held concurrently with other awards and financial support, except for those administered by the CNST Program. 

8. Please note that the applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee; technical jargon should be kept to a minimum.

Application Instructions:
There are 4 parts to a CNST application, the application form, referee’s reports, transcripts and *additional questions. All 4 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. Two of these forms must be from academics and the third must come from a northern resident capable of judging the methods and objectives of the research project (e.g. a territorial government scientist, an academic living full-time in the North, a member of a First Nation responsible for local licensing, etc.). The CNST Management Committee requires that the northern reference will have a meaningful geographic and relevant research engagement in the jurisdiction where the project will take place. If possible the northern reference should have a direct connection to the research and/or be able to comment on the proposed research plan.
 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.

4. Additional Questions
If given the opportunity to spend additional time in the North, how would you maximize your time there? What would be the potential benefits to you and communities in the North? (Max. 250 words)

What would be the duration of this extended time in the North, and what would the required funding be? (Max. 100 words)
*Answers must be sent as a Word document, as per deadline, via email to:

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