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Northern Scientific Program (NSTP)

The purpose of the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) is to encourage and support Canadian university students with an interest in northern studies and conducting thesis research in Northern regions, by assisting them to gain northern professional experience and training, through the issuance of supplementary funds.

Universities receiving Northern Scientific Training Program support are encouraged to develop a special focus for training in northern studies, to orient students towards northern studies and northern careers, and to foster an exchange of information among scholars of various disciplines with an interest in the Canadian North.

You are :

  • A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and are registered at a Canadian university or a northern college ;
  • A graduate student at the Master’s or PhD level or a Bachelor’s student in your final year of studies;
  • You are planning to carry out a M.Sc. or Ph.D. research projects north of the southern limit of the discontinuous permafrost zone;

then you are eligible for the NSTP!

The Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) is administered by Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR). It was established in 1961 to encourage Canadian universities to participate in training northern specialists to meet national needs.

This program interests you? Each fall, the program receives online applications from students all over Canada. All applications and reports (filled out by those who have received the grant the previous year) must be completed online by the last day of October every year.

Each university has its own NSTP chairperson. For more information, please contact the chairperson at your university or visit the NSTP website.

CEN affiliated institutions NSTP Chair person Email Phone number
Université Laval Mickael Lemay mickael.lemay@cen.ulaval.ca (418) 656-3340
INRS-ETE Monique Bernier monique_bernier@ete.inrs.ca (418) 654 2585
UQAR Sandrine Hogue-Hugron sandrine_hogue-hugron@uqar.ca (418) 723-1986 #1965
UQAC Milla Rautio milla.rautio@uqac.ca (418) 545-5011 #5084
UQTR Christophe Kinnard christophe.kinnard@uqtr.ca (819) 376-5011 # 3351
UQAM Jonathan Verreault verreault.jonathan@uqam.ca (514) 987-3000 # 3375
Université de Montréal Pierre de Coninck pierre.de.coninck@umontreal.ca  (514) 343-7909
Université de Sherbrooke Alexandre Langlois A.Langlois2@USherbrooke.ca (819) 821-8000 #65690
McGill University Hans Larsson hans.ce.larsson@mcgill.ca (514) 398-4086 #089457
Concordia University Mark Watson mark.watson@concordia.ca (514) 848-2424 #2545

FRQ Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award

Are you a university student or a postdoctoral fellow and in the past 6 months, have you published an article (in a peer-reviewed journal), a book, a book chapter, etc., resulting from research you carried out in the province of Québec? You might be interested in the FRQ Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award of 1 000 $, which is awarded every month. 

Canadian Northern Studies Trust scholarships and prizes

The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) is the student awards program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). The Trust 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.

Prizes and scholarships (ranging from 1 000$ to 50 000$) are awarded each year. For more information visit ACUNS website.


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