Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards Program

Canadian Northern Studies Trust
January 31, 2023

The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) established its annual 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 funds administered by the CNST come from a variety of donors committed to northern research.

  • CNST Scholarship (funded by ACUNS) – $10,000
  • Dr. Weston Blake Jr. Memorial Doctoral Scholarship – $10,000
  • NEW! Kay and Peter McGeer Scholarship for Northern Research – $3,000
  • Dr. Jim McDonald Scholarship for Northern Research – $5,000
  • Gunther Abrahamson Caribou Research and Management Award (funded by the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board) – $5,000

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 below.

The application is administered through SurveyMonkey, which requires an account (accessible here). Confirmation of account registration will be sent via email. This account will allow you to save and track the progress of your application(s), referee reports and transcripts.