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Eligibility The Northern Science Award is presented annually to an individual or a group who has made a significant contribution to meritorious knowledge and understanding of the Canadian North and, in the spirit of the last International Polar Year (2007-2008), recognizes the transformation of knowledge into action.

Laureates of the award receive the Centenary Medal and $10,000.

Until 1997, the award was presented to an individual who made distinguished contributions to northern Canada through scientific work. In recognition of the contribution of indigenous knowledge to the scientific understanding of the North, the eligibility requirements for the award were expanded to include indigenous groups who possess and share indigenous knowledge.

Definition of northern science:
For the purpose of this award, “northern” is defined as that part of Canada that lies north of the southern limit of discontinuous permafrost and “science” refers to all fields of inquiry, including those based upon indigenous knowledge, that advance our understanding of the natural world and society.

Selection Committee and Selection Process:
A five-member selection committee appointed by the Chairperson of Polar Knowledge Canada reviews all nominations and recommends the recipient for the award. Committee members are chosen from outside the federal public service for their broad understanding of northern science.

As part of the selection process, the selection committee will assess each candidate on the following combination of achievements:
  • wide recognition of the quality and significance of the knowledge created;
  • significant contribution to advancement of northern knowledge;
  • relevance to northern societies or communities, with an emphasis on transforming knowledge into action; and
  • training or participation of Northerners in the work.
  • Value Laureates of the award receive the Centenary Medal and $10,000.
    Currency Canadian
    Tenable at No details on tenability available
    Deadlines January 31
    Application Details Anyone can make a nomination. The term "candidate" includes either an individual or a group.

    The nominator should provide to the selection committee:
  • A letter of nomination clearly demonstrating the merit of the accomplishment of the candidate (in 500 words or less);
  • Supporting documentation includes:
  • the candidate’s curriculum vitae (10 pages), evidence of the candidate's scientific achievements in northern science (research activities, publications, other awards and distinctions, professional and public services, sharing of indigenous knowledge), and evidence of the application of the new knowledge and its impacts.
  • Three letters of support highlighting the candidate's achievement(s).

  • Nominations must be submitted electronically (in .pdf format) to: info@polar.gc.ca

    For more information, please visit their website: https://www.canada.ca/en/polar-knowledge/fundingforresearchers/awards.html

    Updated: December 03, 2019

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