Northern Scientific Training Program

Deadline: FRIDAY, November 8, 2019

NSTP Scholarship


-All student research must be tied to their thesis work

-Field Assistants will no longer be eligible to be funded by NSTP


The Arctic Institute of North America and the University of Calgary Northern Studies Committee coordinate applications from University of Calgary students and submits them to Polar Knowledge Canada for the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP).  Polar Knowledge Canada, does not accept applications from individuals. After the Northern Studies Committee reviews the applications, they will be ranked and submitted to Polar Knowledge Canada for block funding. Upon receipt of block funding the Committee will allocate funds and then inform applicants. NSTP will help pay for transportation and living costs to enable students to obtain practical fieldwork experience in the North.

The program Information manual can be accessed online.



Criteria set by Polar Knowledge Canada's (POLAR's) Science & Technology Program:

You 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. Post-doctoral studies are not supported.

Students supported by training funds must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Summer and winter projects are eligible.

Training funds support 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).

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.

Criteria set by the UofC Northern Studies Committee:

You must have confirmed enrollment at the University of Calgary.

You must have a University of Calgary faculty member as your supervisor.

Be certain (to the best of your current knowledge) that you are actually traveling north before applying (if you end up not doing northern fieldwork, funds will not be released to you).


Complete the online application form

Print a copy of the completed online application and submit to the UofC Northern Studies Committee c/o the Arctic Institute of North America along with the following supporting documentation:

  • Student contact information. Please provide a reliable email and phone number that we will be able to contact you at for the next year.
  • A short research proposal, approximately three pages in length, describing the project's background, goals, methods and importance. This need not be an in-depth proposal but should be adequate to allow the committee to determine the significance, quality and feasibility of the research project. Research methodology must also be clearly detailed in the proposal. The Northern Studies Committee strongly emphasizes that the application and the research proposal must be complete. 
  • A detailed budget showing any other funding and its source being provided to the project by the student's supervisor. Please distinguish between the applicant's portion of funding and the overall funding for a project.
  • Official academic transcripts or equivalent from your department's records.
  • An independent letter of support.

State if the supervisor is supporting more than one application, and if so the supervisor must rank their students applications according to priority.

Value of Scholarship: Up to a maximum of $5000

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Varies depending on the number of applicants and the amount of funding allocated to the UofC Northern Studies Committee by Polar Knowledge Canada.


Complete application must ARRIVE at the Arctic Institute office by 4:00 pm FRIDAY November 8, 2019.


Arctic Institute of North America

Attn: Northern Studies Committee, NSTP 

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive N.W., ES-1040

Calgary, Alberta, Canada 

T2N 1N4


IN PERSON: Earth Sciences- 1040




* All parts of the application, except official transcripts, may be submitted electronically.



Melanie Paulson

Administrative Coordinator, AINA