Northern Scientific Training Program

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NOTE: The deadline for this award has passed (December 15, 2017)

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Deadline: Friday, December 15, 2017

Student Status: Full Time

Type: External


  • Canadian
  • Permanent Resident


  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Counselling
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science (Management)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education

The NSTP encourages universities to undertake northern research in a wide range of disciplines and to undertake multi-disciplinary projects where appropriate. Bearing in mind that the purpose of the Program is to develop northern scientists with an awareness of northern issues, supervisors and students should ensure that their research is relevant to current northern concerns.

For the purpose of these Guidelines, the term "research" includes all forms of scholarly and professional inquiry and related training activities (subject to the limitations outlined herein). The term "North" is normally understood for purposes of the Program to include that part of Canada which lies north of the southern limit of the discontinuous permafrost zone. Specific criteria for work in foreign countries is provided under “Research Projects in Northern Regions of Other Circumpolar Countries”.

The Northern Scientific Training Program supports projects that lie north of the southern limit of the discontinuous permafrost zone (see map at:; and the other seven circumpolar countries (Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States (Alaska).

NSTP funds are intended to assist in defraying the additional costs attributable to northern research projects (i.e. transportation costs, living expenses, freight costs and interpreter fees), and are therefore supplementary in nature. NSTP funds are not intended as a source of primary support for students, nor as on-going support in the form of general scholarships, with the exception of four $1,000 scholarships awarded annually. Candidates are asked to clearly indicate other sources of funding on the application for funds, so it is clear that requested NSTP funds are indeed supplementary.


  • Be enrolled in a degree program at a Canadian university.
  • Students supported by training funds must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Summer and winter projects are eligible.


  • Variable
  • up to two years of funding for thesis-based research at the Masters level / up to three years of funding for thesis-based research at the doctoral level.

Internal Deadline: Dec.15 * extended

For further information, application manual and the online application forms, visit NSTP website.