Dr. Jim McDonald Scholarship for Northern Research

NOTE: The deadline for this award has passed (January 31, 2024)

Award Quick Look

Deadline: Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Amount: $5,000

Student Status: Full Time

Type: External


  • Canadian
  • Permanent Resident


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education
  • 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 in Management


  • School of Graduate Studies

The Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Research (ACUNS), with the support of the family of the late Dr. Jim McDonald, is sponsoring one scholarship valued at $5,000 for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada currently enrolled in graduate studies in the social sciences and humanities as these pertain to Canada's north and its inhabitants. Community-based-research, interdisciplinary research and local Indigenous collaboration will be given special consideration, as will those that can demonstrate a specific focus to their projects. 

Value: $5,000


  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in a graduate program in social sciences and humanities at a Canadian University:
    • that includes direct northern field research or experience as part of their studies
    • has community-based-research, interdisciplinary research and local Indigenous collaboration will be given special consideration
    • applicant's project demonstrates specific focus to their project
    • applicant's research culminating in a thesis or other such document
    • applicant's program makes a contribution to the North
    • applicants demonstrate leadership in northern scholarship
  • Applicants must not concurrently hold two ACUNS awards, but may hold other awards and financial support while holding an ACUNS award
  • Applicants include a northern fieldwork component in their research that is conducted between May (in the year they receive the award) and the following March or May depending on specific award

Applications and guidelines can be found on the ACUNS website.