Grants and Scholarships

Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) grants

The Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) Grants are sponsored by the Polar Knowledge Canada (PKC). The block grant awarded to the UofA is based on a submission of individual projects and reports on awards from previous years. Full guidelines for the NSTP are available at:

The NSTP grants are a supplementary source of funds intended to initiate rather than completely support northern projects. NSTP terms of reference and eligibility criteria are set by the NSTP Management Committee of Polar Knowledge Canada.

UofA Northern Research Awards

The UofA Northern Awards is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, University of Alberta. These awards are open to graduate and senior undergraduate students of the University of Alberta.  They provide funds in support of research in any subject area.

The geographic area of focus is the circumpolar north (any area of the world north of the southern limit of the boreal forest). The priority is for costs related to field research expenses, but other expenses are considered. NOTE: These grants will NOT support the acquisition of equipment, or a salary for the applicant.

For more information on how to apply for both these funding programs, please go to:

Apply for Funding

UofA Northern Research Awards Committee

The UofA Northern Research Awards Committee is appointed each year to evaluate applications to the NSTP and the UofA Northern Research Awards program. As per the NSTP guidelines, the Committee that adjudicates award recommendations is required to be formally recognized as such by the President of the university.

The committee comprises four academic staff members of the UofA, appointed to represent broad disciplinary areas (life/biological Sciences; earth sciences/engineering; social sciences/humanities/fine arts/medical sciences) for a three-year term (staggered), and serving as Chair in the third year appointment; one student representative, appointed for a one-year term; and one ex officio member from UAlberta North (non-voting). 

Definition of North

For the purposes of the grants program, the term `North` is understood to include that part of Canada which lies north of the southern limit of the discontinuous permafrost zone in Canada (arctic and subarctic).  For the CBAR envelope, the ‘North’ also includes the Boreal Forest or ‘Northern Transition Zone,’ and the Northern Alberta Development Council Area of Alberta.  The ‘Circumpolar North” refers to the eight countries of the Arctic Council (Canada, Finland, Greenland [Denmark], Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States [Alaska]).

Map Southern Limit of Discontinuous Permafrost Zone

Map-Northern Alberta Development Council Area of Alberta

For more information:

Anita Dey Nuttall