Research Fellowship Program

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

  • promote research which contributes to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of the people of the Northwest Territories (NWT); 
  • support research projects that seek active community participation;
  • develop the research capacity within the NWT; and
  • encourage partnerships between researchers and Aurora College (AC) staff and students.

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

Program Guidelines 
The Aurora Research Institute (ARI) will administer the Research Fellowship Program, which can provide up to $6,000 for expenses associated with research projects based in the NWT.

Applicants must demonstrate that their proposal involves meaningful participation of NWT residents (including AC staff and students) in key roles.  The research project must also 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 AC staff.  Recommendations will be submitted to the Research Advisory Council and the Aurora College Board of Governors for final approval.

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


Download your Application Form here.


Assessment Criteria 
Applicants 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?
  • Does the proposal involve Aurora College faculty, students, or 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 your research plan include details for knowledge translation and for communicating 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