Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


This call for applications is open to PhD students from UArctic member institutions outside Québec working in the field of northern or Arctic research. The goal of this call is to identify six finalists that UArctic will select to represent UArctic and present their work at the Arctic Circle Assembly, held from 10 to 13 October 2019 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

PhD students from UArctic member institutions outside of Québec are eligible to apply. Another six finalists representing Québec, Canada, will also be present in Reykjavik. Together the 12 finalists will give their presentations at a plenary session at the Arctic Circle. More instructions on the format of the actual presentation will be given to the selected six students after the selection. The language of the presentations and proposals is English.

Applications including the following should be sent to the UArctic International Secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by July 30, 2019:

  • Application cover letter with the applicant’s name, name of sending UArctic member university, name of the PhD topic, name of supervisor, expected year of graduation
  • Letter of recommendation from the supervisor (at a UArctic member institution outside of Québec)
  • A 300-word abstract of the topic/presentation
  • Letter of motivation by the applicant

All candidates are required to secure funding for their travel, accommodation as well as conference fee themselves.

UArctic will make the selection from the applications received by the deadline. This selection will be primarily based on the academic quality and societal relevance of the topic. In addition, UArctic aims at an overall balance with the group’s selection on areas of northern research, geographical distribution, as well as gender balance. A committee consisting of UArctic’s leadership will select the six finalists who will be invited to present their project in Iceland. UArctic strongly encourages students with an indigenous background to apply. The successful candidates will be informed on August 15, 2019.

For more information, please contact the UArctic International Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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