Our reach and impact has grown through collaboration with supporters, individuals, and northern and academic-focussed institutions that share this view. A few examples include…

  • Early-Career Northern Researcher (ECNR) Annual Meeting (with ArcticNet)
  • “Illustrate Your Research” contest (with APECS Canada)
  • The Kay and Peter McGeer Scholarship for Northern Research ($3,000)
  • The Dr. Weston Blake Jr. Memorial Doctoral Scholarship ($10,000)

ACUNS brings together nearly 40 academic institutions where northern studies are in place, offering unique opportunities for students to learn and create knowledge about and for the North. This critical convening capability is timely in a world where climate change, global geopolitics, and environmental and resource issues have contributed to increasing global interest in the North.

The North will always bring its unique challenges. ACUNS looks forward to continuing to go further together through its collaborations with institutions like yours to fulfill its primary purpose of supporting Northern research and research training and scholarship.

Please join us! Contact ACUNS directly for a membership package and more information.

Become a Member of our Association

Membership fees from colleges and universities make up the core funding for ACUNS, which supports the promotion and management of award opportunities and the academically rigorous adjudication process for the awards. Membership pledges are sent to current member institutions once per year, but this information is available at any time. ACUNS staff is available to provide information and support for the justification of Association membership to your institutional leadership.

If you are interested in having your institution become a member, contact ACUNS directly for a membership package and more information.

Become a Director on the ACUNS Board

  • Director: You must be a representative of one of our member institutions (post-secondary and research) and be able to serve a three-year term.

If you are not yet a member of the Association, you can become one! 

  • The Student Director is open to students from one of our member institutions. You must be enrolled in post-graduate studies during your two-year term on the ACUNS Board.

Please submit your CV, short bio (200 words, max) and rationale for wanting to be on the ACUNS Board of Directors (300 words, max) to the Executive Director, Samantha Darling, at awards@acuns.ca