ACUNS administers the Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST), which includes eight different awards that support up to eighteen students in various disciplines that engage in northern research. Donors to the CNST provide funds to students at college, and university undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral researchers to facilitate their northern research.
The annual award cycle launches on October 30 and closes on January 31.
The ACUNS Awards Program does not expect applicants and recipients to carry out fieldwork and/or community outreach activities during a global pandemic. It appears travel and social restrictions will extend well into 2021. Therefore, we will waive the fieldwork/community outreach criterion when adjudicating and administering the ACUNS award.
ACUNS administers a scholarship program that is unique and multi-disciplinary, with a national reach through a strong core network of dedicated individuals. This supportive community for student development relies on the expertise of its member institutions and representatives, engaging experts in both the natural and social sciences.
Open to all disciplines
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How to Apply
A successful applicant will:
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
- be enrolled full-time in college or university at
- the time of application, and
- over the tenure of the award;
- include direct northern fieldwork or experience as part of their studies;
- not concurrently hold two CNST awards, though other awards and financial support can be held simultaneously;
- include a northern fieldwork component, to be conducted between May in the year of award and the following March or May (depending on award);
- conduct the research project in the North as defined here (NOTE: The Interactive Northern Boundary Map requires Adobe Flash).
- For projects including field research outside of Canada, the relevance and benefit of the circumpolar fieldwork to Canadian northern scholarship must be clearly indicated.
- Applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary committee. Please make the application as accessible as possible by limiting the use of technical jargon.
- Applications to more than one CNST award require each referee to complete a separate form for each application.
- Award recipients are identified in May. Only successful candidates will be notified.
- Payment will be issued in instalments and is to be used as a stipend.