Research Assistant Program

Statement of Purpose 
The purpose of the Research Assistant Program is to:

  • develop research capacity within the Northwest Territories (NWT); and
  • promote the hiring of NWT residents as research assistants on projects taking place within the territory. 

The Research Assistant Program welcomes applications from researchers in the health, social, applied, physical and natural sciences. Community initiated research is encouraged.

Applications must demonstrate that the assistant(s) will be employed in meaningful work that will develop northern-based research capacity.

Program Guidelines
The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) will administer the Research Assistant Program, which will provide up to $2,500 towards the wages of any NWT resident hired as a research assistant.

To qualify for financial support, the applicant must hire at least one research assistant who has lived more than half of his/her life in the NWT. Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed research will involve meaningful participation of the research assistant(s), and that the research will develop northern-based research capacity. The research proposal must be well-defined, methodologically sound, and achievable within the proposed budget, timeframe and personnel resources.

All applications for funding will be reviewed by a Screening Committee comprised of Aurora College (AC) staff.  Recommendations will be submitted to the Research Advisory Council and Aurora College Board of Governors for final approval.

Applications are to be submitted to the Manager of Scientific Services.  The deadline for applications is midnight (MST) February 28th.


Download your application here.


Assessment Criteria 
Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Does the research proposal address one or more of the priorities identified by NWT aboriginal, municipal or territorial governments?
  • Are the project objectives and methodology well defined?
  • Are the goals achievable within the proposed budget, time frame and personnel resources?
  • Are the terms of employment for the Research Assistant (s) sufficient for meaningful involvement in the project?
  • Does the proposed research involve NWT residents in meaningful collaboration?
  • Is community participation and support reflected in the application?
  • How will the research project contribute to the development of northern-based research capacity?
  • Does the proposal include a plan for knowledge translation and communication of results to the Northwest Territories audiences (e.g. NWT residents; education centres; research and academic communities)?
  • If additional resources are required, have they been secured? Grants may be conditional upon securing all required funding.
  • Is the application complete and supported by the appropriate documentation (e.g. letters of support from community partners)?

For more information, please contact the Manager, Scientific Services at:

Aurora Research Institute
P.O. Box 1450
Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
Phone: (867) 777-3298 Ext. 231
Fax: (867) 777-4264