The aim of the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP) is to promote interest in northern research, and provide opportunities for advanced undergraduate and graduate students to obtain experience and professional training in the North (see full Program Overview).
The NSTP provides research grants to students in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences to help offset the costs of conducting research in the North (as defined by the NSTP map). Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply and you must be working on an undergraduate or graduate thesis in a degree program at a recognized Canadian University. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible for funding through the NSTP.
Every fall, the NSTP puts out a call for applications for students to request funding to help offset the costs of northern fieldwork. The NSTP is administered by Polar Knowledge Canada, and all applications must be submitted using the NSTP online system. These are reviewed and evaluated by the Northern Research Committee prior to being submitted to the NSTP office.
If you received NSTP funding in the 2019-20 fiscal year, you are required to submit a report on your research progress by November 8, 2019.
If you wish to apply for NSTP funding for the 2020-21 fiscal year, new applications are due by November 8, 2019.
Deadlines related to 2020-21 reporting and applications will be posted early in October, 2020.
As you apply for funds, you are required to review the Safety section of this website, read the Carleton University Risk Management Manual and complete a draft of the Field Safety Form, in consultation with your supervisor. You must consider feedback provided on your draft and complete the final version of this safety form at least 5 days prior to your travel or NSTP funds will be withheld.
Please claim your expenses promptly after you return from the field.