ACUNS established its scholarship program, the Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) in 1982 to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North. The purpose of the CNST is to develop a cadre of scholars and scientists with northern experience and, at the same time, to enhance the educational opportunities available for northern residents.
The CNST is a volunteer committee of up to 13 persons, including a Chair, responsible for administering the Trust programs and for adjudicating the student awards. Membership of the committee includes up to six representatives from Canadian Universities and up to six other members representing stakeholders or interested individuals. Members are selected to represent a variety of geographic regions and a balance of disciplines and expertise commensurate with the applications received for the awards program. Other considerations are language and gender. Members are appointed for 3 years with staggered terms that may be renewed at the discretion of the ACUNS Board and the recommendation of the Trust.
The CNST provides a range of scholarships, fellowships and awards from Association endowments and annual donors, including The W. Garfield Weston Foundation; the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP); the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC); the Canadian Polar Commission (CPC); the Arctic Cooperatives Ltd; and the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board (BQCMB).
To view the awards offered by the CNST, please click here.