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Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research


Changes to the nominations process for the W. Garfield Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research are coming soon!

These changes will be posted shortly.

Nomination Guidelines
The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies is seeking nominees for the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, an award which recognizes a significant contribution and broad impact of a career devoted to Northern research by an individual who has demonstrated leadership, inspiration, and mentorship in research in the Canadian north. The recipient will receive a $50,000 cash prize.
Nominees must be presently active in and demonstrate a sustained program of northern research in the natural sciences. Posthumous or self-nominations will not be accepted. An individual may win the prize only once, and may not win the prize if they are sitting on the Adjudication Committee. Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of Canada, for five years, at the time of nomination.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by an individual or group of individuals. Only nomination forms submitted through the website by January 29, 2016 will be accepted. In order to submit a nomination, 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 upload your supporting documents, to save and track the progress of your nomination form. Nominations will be valid for a 3-year period. The nominator will have the opportunity to update the nominee’s curriculum vita each year, however the remainder of the nomination package will remain as originally submitted.

The following is required when submitting a nomination for the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

1. Nomination Letter (up to five pages), which must provide:

  1. - the name, current position, and affiliation of the nominee and of the person(s) submitting the nomination;
  2. - description of the nominee’s contributions to northern research, including advancement and application of knowledge in her/his field
  3. - indication of the significance of the nominee’s lifetime contributions and how they relate to one or more of the following:
    • - consideration of indigenous knowledge
    • - commitment to interdisciplinary and collaborative research
    • - integration of natural and social sciences concerned with the north
    • - involvement with and impacts on northern communities
    • - implications of the research for public policy or management
 2. Nominee’s curriculum vita
This should be obtained from the nominee and be in one of the standard NSERC/SSHRC/CIHR formats 

3. Letters of support from as many as five, arm’s length referees.
- solicited by the nominator(s)
- m
ay include former (>5 years) students or colleagues
- may include academic, government and industry staff and administration; community members; colleagues

Letters of support must be dated and signed, and include the referee's name, position, affiliation, e-mail address and telephone number; nominee's name and the period of time and capacity in which the referee has known the nominee; and overall assessment of the nominee's accomplishments and impact in their northern research.

Nominations will be reviewed based on the significance and impact of each candidate’s contribution to northern research. A distinguished committee with extensive experience in the North will review the nominations and recommend the prize winner. Please note that the applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee; technical language should be kept to a minimum. The award recipient will be identified in Spring 2016. The recipient must be willing to personally attend an award ceremony as well as speaking or press engagements as required.