To complement the already launched calls, the goal is to identify one additional PhD student working in the field of northern or Arctic research who is currently studying at a small northern institution. The selected student will represent UArctic at the international science popularization contest during the Arctic Circle Assembly held in Reykjavik, Iceland on October 13-16 2022. Two other calls are ongoing to identify 10-12 participants from Québec, Canada and the Nordics. Together the finalists will present their northern research project in five minutes at a dedicated session at the Arctic Circle Assembly. The language of the presentations and proposals is English.

PhD students from UArctic member institutions outside the Nordic countries and Québec are eligible to apply. The call is targeted to applicants from small northern institutions. Also students from non-Arctic member institutions are eligible to apply. Depending on their location, UArctic will grant the selected student up to 2000€, which can be used for airfare, accommodation, and participation fee during the Arctic Circle Assembly.

Due to collaboration between UArctic and Russian institutions being paused, PhD students from Russian institutions are not eligible to apply in this call.

To apply:

Please send your project proposals in the form of video and the following attachments to the UArctic International Secretariat ( by May 12, 2022:

  • Cover letter with the applicant’s name, name of sending UArctic member university, name of the PhD topic, name of supervisor, expected year of graduation
  • Letter of recommendation from the PhD thesis supervisor
  • A black and white headshot (square pictures are preferred) and a short bio (100 – 150 words)
  • 300-word abstract of the topic/presentation

Instructions for the video:

The main goal is to make a five-minute video presentation on your northern research project to a general audience. You are free to choose the format of the presentation, but you must be the principal speaker in your video. Technical specifications should be adapted for internet viewing, but considering current COVID restrictions, using your cell phone camera in selfie mode will suffice.

  • Image: 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Suggested format: H264 (MP4)
  • Sound: make sure it's clear

UArctic will make the selection from video presentations (including the other mandatory attachments) received by the deadline.

Special attention is paid to the following regarding the video presentations:

  • Clarity and ease of presentation
  • Scientific popularization of the subject
  • Respect of time and technical criteria requested
  • Structure and content of the presentation
  • General appreciation

It should be noted that no extra points will be awarded for audio-visual editing so that the greatest number of students, regardless of their knowledge in the audio-visual field, can participate. However, special attention must be paid to the sound and image quality of the video.

A committee consisting of UArctic’s leadership will select the finalist who will be invited to present their project in Iceland. UArctic strongly encourages students with an Indigenous background to apply. The successful candidates will be informed by June 30.

For more information, please contact the UArctic International Secretariat at


More about My Northern Project:

Meet the winners of My Northern Project Competition 2021

My Northern Project winner 2021: Jennifer Fiebig

The introduction to the My Northern Project / Mon Projet Nordique competition in the 2019 UArctic Shared Voices magazine

The 2018 competition "People's Choice" winner Kirill Gurvich's article on his winning topic


My Nothern Project is a cooperation project between Québec and the Nordic countries in Culture, Society, Research and Innovation supported by Nordic Council of Ministers.