Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) is the student awards program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). It was established in 1982 to further the Association’s mandate to advance knowledge and understanding of Canada’s North by offering student awards for exceptional northern-based research. The purpose of the CNST is to foster scholars and scientists with northern experience and at the same time to enhance educational opportunities available for northern residents to obtain post-secondary education at Canadian colleges and universities.

The following awards are offered:

  1. CNST Scholarship $10,000
  2. Polar Knowledge Canada Scholarship $10,000
  3. The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Studies (Doctoral) 10 x $50,000
  4. The W. Garfield Weston Award for Northern Studies (Masters) 15 x $15,000
  5. Northern Resident Scholarship (graduate) 4x $10,000
  6. Northern Resident Award (undergraduate) 8x $5,000
  7. Caribou Research and Management Award $1,500 - $5,000
  8. Arctic Co-operatives Award $2,500
  9. Research Support Opportunity in Arctic Environmental Studies
  10. The W. Garfield Weston Postdoctoral Fellowship in Northern Research 4 x $50,000 + up to $10,000 in travel/conference expenses

To be eligible for a CNST award you must be:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in full time post-secondary education at a recognized Canadian University or College
  • For the majority of the awards, you must have an aspect of northern or circumpolar fieldwork included as part of your research that is conducted within the term of your award. (ACUNS defines “northern” Canada as on or north of the line indicated on our Northern Boundary Map. To view the map, please consult our website.

Additional, award-specific requirements are included in award guidelines. The awards and amounts offered may change depending on availability.

Award deadline: January 29, 2016

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