Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards

The Canadian Northern Studies Trust (CNST) is the student awards program of the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). The Trust offers student awards for exceptional northern-based research, to foster scholars and scientists with northern experience and to enhance educational opportunities available for northern residents.  The CNST provides a range of scholarships, studentships and awards from endowments and annual donors, ranging in value from $1,500 to $50,000 per year.


Application Procedures

Please read award guidelines and instructions carefully before completing the forms. In order to apply, you will be required to create a CNST Account by clicking the signup button at the top of this page. Once you have registered, you will receive an email to confirm. Your CNST Account will allow you to save your application and track the progress of your application, referee reports and transcripts. If successful, this Account will allow you to track your progress reports, payments and deliverables. The CNST Account remains unique to you, and can be used each year in applying for CNST Awards.
There are 3 parts (4 parts for W. Garfield Weston awards) to a CNST application, the application form, referee’s reports and transcripts. All 3 (or 4) parts must be received in the office before January 31, 2017. 
Referee’s report
Once you have created your CNST Account, you will be asked to enter the names and email addresses of the individuals you will ask to serve as referees in support of your application. Referees will receive a direct email that will include the report. The referee’s report is to be completed according to the award guidelines. If you are applying to more than one CNST Award, your referee is required to complete a separate form for each application. Upon submission of the report, your CNST Account will be updated to reflect its completion. Referee Guidelines
Only original transcripts will be accepted. Please note that it can take several weeks to have official transcripts ordered and delivered. It is highly recommended that you order these well in advance of the application deadline. Please send one copy of all required official grade transcripts, in a single package to:

Canadian Northern Studies Trust Awards Program
Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
32 Colonnade Road, Suite 200
Ottawa, ON K2E 7J6
Tel: (613) 290-8555

If you are applying to more than one CNST Award, you may submit a single set of transcripts for all applications. Once your transcripts have been received in the ACUNS office, your CNST Account will be updated to reflect the completion of this task.

Adjudication & Notification 
Review of applications to the CNST Awards Program takes place over the spring. The final adjudication meeting takes place in May. Only winners and runners up in each award category will be notified. Information about successful recipients and their projects is posted to the ACUNS website.

Eligibility Summary

To be eligible for a CNST award, applicants must be:

  • Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Enrolled in full time post-secondary education at a recognized Canadian University or College
  • Have an aspect of northern or circumpolar fieldwork included as part of research that is conducted within the term of the award. ACUNS defines “northern” Canada as on or north of the line indicated on their Northern Boundary Map.

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

Annual Value

From $1,500 to 50,000 per year