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Research Fields TEST Northern topics from all disciplines and in multi-disciplinary fields.
Categories No categories available
Citizenship Canadian or Permanent Resident
Eligibility In 1961, the government established the Northern Scientific Training Grants Program to encourage Canadian universities to train northern specialists to meet national needs. Today, it is the the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP). It provides supplementary funding to over 300 students annually at over 35 universities across Canada.

The program supports scientific training provided by Canadian universities which gives advanced students professional experience in the North and encourages them to develop a commitment to northern work. The program aims to increase the number of graduate and senior undergraduate students in Canadian universities who have specialized in some aspect of northern scientific studies and who have northern research experience.

Applications for NSTP funds must be made by the Chairperson of a Northern Studies Committee at a Canadian university (or equivalent). The Committee must be officially recognized by the President of the university. Applications from individuals are not accepted. If a student's university does not have a recognized Northern Studies Committee, the candidate may apply through a participating university.

  • must be enrolled in a degree Program at a Canadian university.
  • Funds are available in support of graduate students. However, senior undergraduate students entering their final year and intending to undertake an honours thesis based on northern fieldwork or research which will be continued in subsequent graduate studies are also eligible.
  • Students supported by training funds must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Summer and winter projects are eligible.
  • Post-doctoral studies are not supported
The program funds projects on northern topics from all disciplines and in multi-disciplinary fields.

The Program supports projects that lie north of the southern limit of the discontinuous permafrost zone, with the addition of all of the Southern Yukon in the West; that section of Labrador south to and including Red Bay; and the other seven Arctic countries (Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S.A. - Alaska). Please see a link to a map, to help you decide if your project falls past this boundary: https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/fundingforresearchers/maps.html

NSTP funds are restricted. They are a supplement meant to offset the additional costs of northern research (e.g. transportation and living costs). The NSTP is not intended to be a source of primary support for students pursuing northern research.

NSTP annual cycle is April 1 to March 31, the start date of the project must fall between these dates to be eligible.

Note: For field durations less than 21 days, please make sure you explain why your planned expedition is relatively short.

Visit http://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/fundingforresearchers/index.html#h2-2 for the Program Overview.

We encourage students to read over the NSTP Information Manual 2017-2018, for more details about the process and for further application details: https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/fundingforresearchers/nstp-information-manual-2017-2018.html
Value Average allocation is between $2500 to $3000 per student, dependent on funds provided from NSTP.
Currency Canadian
Tenable at University of Manitoba
Deadlines October 25
Application Details The following internal and online application forms must be submitted on or before the deadline of October 25, 2017 to the Awards Assistant, Faculty of Graduate Studies, 500 University Centre:

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