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Research Support Opportunity in Arctic Environmental Studies


This unique opportunity consists of logistical support for up to 365 days, within a pre-determined three year period beginning in 2016, for research undertaken at Eureka on Ellesmere Island, a Canadian High Arctic Weather Station (HAWS). At the discretion of the Prairie and Northern Atmospheric Monitoring Section of the Meteorological Service of Canada, the dates may be moved to the summer of 2017, if room is available.
Canadian students or permanent residents in Canada, engaged in graduate programs at Canadian universities, in any appropriate environmental discipline in the physical and/or biological sciences, may apply. Preference will be given to master’s students and doctoral students at an early stage in their programs. Preference will also be given to proposals for which the HAWS location on Ellesmere Island is demonstrably advantageous. Research support opportunities are not confined to students engaged in weather-related studies.
Nature of the Opportunity
Recipients will receive full accommodation and other benefits at the Eureka station for up to 365 days within a pre-determined three-year period. A certain amount of technical and other support will be available at the station for such things as instrument setup and maintenance, monitoring, data transmission, etc. Transportation to and from the site will be available on a space available basis on air charters from Yellowknife, NT.
Recipients will be required to enlist as volunteer members of the HAWS support staff. They will be responsible to the Officer-in-Charge for light station duties, up to 4 hours per day, 5 days per week during stays at the station. The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) shall not be held specifically culpable or liable for any properties of the recipient in transit or on site, in any way.
Progress reports of the recipient’s research must be submitted twice a year (on predetermined dates) and copies of all published papers and theses resulting from the work must be forwarded to the MSC for ultimate transmittal to the station concerned. All such publications should acknowledge the MSC Research Support Opportunity in Arctic Environmental Studies.
Recipients must be medically fit for isolated posting verified by a personal physician or a designated Health Canada physician. Emergency medical assistance/air charters will be a MSC responsibility. Travel insurance and personal insurance will be the recipient/university responsibility.
A brief questionnaire on the candidate’s suitability, compatibility, and adaptability for living in an isolated environment is to be completed by the applicant’s supervisor/referee with the application. A satisfactory level of personal suitability and compatibility will be required.
All applications should be submitted to the Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST), where they will be screened for transmittal to and final selection by the MSC Opportunities Committee. Applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee; technical jargon should be kept to a minimum. Award winners will be announced in May 2016. Only successful applicants will be notified.
One opportunity will be allocated per CNST Award season. The Research Support Opportunity may be held concurrently with other awards and financial support, except for those administered by the CNST Program.
Application Instructions and Selection Procedures:

Applications will be judged, subject to points made above, on their academic merit and the appropriateness of the HAWS base for the proposed work. An opportunity will not be issued until certification is received from the institution accepting the individual. There are 3 parts to an application, the application form, referee’s report 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 one referee complete the online referee’s report, which must be completed by the supervisor of the research project. During the application process, you will be asked to enter the name and email address of the individual you will ask to serve as referee 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