Northern Scientific Training Program

New for 2022-2023:

  • NSTP funding may be used for the purpose of dissemination or reporting back to the community 
  • Students may apply for up to $6,000.00 in funding per year

Please note:

  • All student research must be tied to their thesis work (i.e., not RA support)
  • Field Assistants/Post doctoral researchers are not eligible for NSTP funding
  • Existing recipients of NSTP funds must complete a research report using the online forms


The Laurier Northern Studies Committee coordinate applications from Wilfrid Laurier University students and submits them to Polar Knowledge Canada for the Northern Scientific Training Program (NSTP).  Polar Knowledge Canada does not accept applications from individuals. After the Northern Studies Committee reviews the applications, they will be checked for completeness and submitted to Polar Knowledge Canada for funding. Upon receipt of funding the Committee will allocate funds and then inform applicants.

The purpose of NSTP is to help pay for transportation and living costs to enable students to obtain practical fieldwork experience in the North.

The NSTP Program Information Manual for 2022-2023 is available HERE.


Criteria set by Polar Knowledge Canada’s (POLAR’s) Science & Technology Program:

You must be enrolled in a degree Program at a Canadian university.

NSTP will provide one year of funding for thesis-based research at the undergraduate level, up to two years of funding for thesis-based research at the Masters level and up to three years of funding for thesis-based research at the doctoral level.

Students supported by training funds must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Summer and winter projects are eligible.

Training funds support projects on northern topics from all disciplines and in multi-disciplinary fields.

The Program supports projects that lie north of the southern limit of the discontinuous permafrost zone, with the addition of all of the Southern Yukon in the West; that section of Labrador south to and including Red Bay; and the other seven Arctic countries (Finland, Greenland (Denmark), Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S.A. – Alaska).

NSTP funds are restricted. They are a supplement meant to offset the additional costs of northern research (e.g. transportation and living costs). The NSTP is not intended to be a source of primary support for students pursuing northern research.


Work with your supervisor to complete the online application form – there are also sections of the online form that must be completed by your supervisor.

We strive to ensure all completed applications are submitted as part of the application to POLAR, however incomplete or incorrectly filled out forms will be removed from Laurier’s NSTP submission.

Value of Scholarship: Up to a maximum of $6,000 

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Varies depending on the number of applicants and the amount of funding allocated to the Laurier Northern Studies Committee by Polar Knowledge Canada.


Completed applications (by student and supervisor) must be submitted online before end of day November 10, 2021.