CNS Graduate Scholarships

Scholarship Number & Value
Eligible Students
Application Form/Materials
Selection Process
Application Deadline


By making a significant commitment and investment in the late 1980s in the Centre for Northern Studies (CNS), Lakehead University established itself as a university "of the North, in the North” and laid the foundation for its present high standing among Northernists.  In-order to continue its support of education, the CNS has established two graduate scholarships to be awarded annually to one graduate student applying to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the other the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The scholarships are meant to attract and retain graduate researchers at Lakehead University who have demonstrated proficiency and excellence in northern studies.

Scholarship Number and Value

Two scholarships will be given out each year (one SSHRC and one NSERC). The scholarship value is based upon the success of the original endowment and will vary from year to year. However, the maximum will be $1,200.00 per annum.


The scholarship will be awarded to a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or registered international student enrolled full-time in approved research masters and or doctoral programs at Lakehead University.
SSHRC and NSERC eligible graduate students in all disciplines are eligible.  The Committee will not consider more than one application per individual researcher per competition.

  • Master’s students can only receive one scholarship throughout their studies.
  • Doctoral students can only receive one scholarship throughout their studies

Recipients must remain enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program. Recipients who fail to meet the deliverables to the CNS, withdraw or transfer programmes without due cause, will not be provided with the second payment.

Recipients must exhibit overall academic excellence. For applicants entering the 1st or 2nd year of graduate studies, they must have an average of at least A minus, or the equivalent, on the last 20 one-term/semester courses or the equivalent completed. For applicants entering 3rd year or beyond of graduate studies, they must have an average of at least A minus, or the equivalent, on all graduate courses completed.

Recipients will also exhibit research ability or potential; excellent communication skills; and interpersonal and leadership abilities.  Recipients may hold this scholarship along with other awards. The award will be offered for one calendar year (i.e., January-December). Recipients must maintain excellent academic standing and be making progress at a satisfactory pace through their programs in order to receive the scholarship.

All projects will be assessed equally but applications for projects concerned with topics outlined in CNS's mandate are particularly welcomed.

Application Forms and Materials

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Process

Proposals will be rated based on the following criteria:

  • Appropriateness of the project to the goals of Northern Studies;
  •  Need and justification for the study;
  • Adequacy of proposed methods to the project objectives;
  • Originality and innovation of the proposed research;
  • Demonstrated ability of student to execute the proposed project;
  • Demonstration that the project can be completed within the given timeframe;
  • Financial need; and
  • Ability to conduct a presentation and meet the expectations of the Centre for Northern Studies.


Successful applicants will be encouraged to make a presentation in our speaker series and showcased in the annual report, Northern Studies Resource Centre, and the CNS website.  They will also provide copies of final thesis, reports and publications to CNS. Any subsequent publications or technical reports produced from the study will be provided to the CNS and the Northern Studies Resource Centre. A summary report of the research project activities must be submitted to the CNS by 31 March.


Applications must be e-mailed or delivered in person no later than 15 January 2014. Faxed applications will be accepted if it is not possible to provide a digital copy (Fax to the CNS at +1 807 346 7775 ). Consideration and recommendation of the scholarship applications will be made by the CNS Scholarship/Grants Sub-Committee with notification of awards anticipated by mid-January.