Weston Family Awards in Northern Research

About Weston Family Awards

Weston Family Awards in Northern Research

Since 2007, the Weston Family Awards in Northern Research (previously The W. Garfield Weston Awards in Northern Research) have provided unparalleled support to young scientists in Canada pursuing research in Canada’s North. Funded by the Weston Family Foundation (formerly The W. Garfield Weston Foundation), these annual awards are some of the most prestigious in the country for students pursuing a master’s degree, a doctoral degree or postdoctoral fellowship. Over 270 early-career researchers have been selected to receive an award since the program’s inception, forming a community of Weston Family Northern Scientists who are at the forefront of northern scholarship and who are helping shape a better future for Canada and the world.

Weston Family Award winners undertake research projects across a broad spectrum of fields and disciplines in the natural sciences, including studies of northern ecosystems, biodiversity, flora and fauna, meteorology, oceanography, glaciology, geography and environmental studies.

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COVID-19: Information and resources

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions to northern regions in Canada have been imposed to reduce the risk of transmission to vulnerable northern communities. While this is a critical step in ensuring the safety and well-being of all, many research permits have been suspended as a result and upcoming trips to northern regions for fieldwork, research, and community engagement have been cancelled or postponed. 

Below is a link to helpful resources and information compiled by ArcticNet regarding travel restrictions to northern regions and various regional updates. Please continue to consult local, provincial/territorial and federal websites and information from public health officials to stay up to date on the latest recommendations surrounding travel, research activities and public safety. 

Resources from ArcticNet: https://arcticnet.ulaval.ca/covid-19-update 

2021 competition

The 2021 competition will launch November 4.

Download the list of past award recipients

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research

At this point in time there are no plans to continue with The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research in its current form. Therefore, we are not accepting applications for the award this year.

Operating between 2011-2019, The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research recognized nine senior Canadian researchers who have made important contributions to the study and understanding of Canada’s North.

The prize was awarded based on nominations from other researchers in the field. It included a cash prize and support for a research fellow to pursue scientific research and field work, attend conferences/scientific meetings, and engage with Northern communities.

List of past prize winners: 

Contact us

For more information about The Weston Family Awards in Northern Research or The Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research, please contact:

Daphne Wellman
Program officer
Tel: 613-563-1236 ext. 219

About The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

The predecessor to The W. Garfield Weston Foundation was first established in the 1950s by Willard Garfield Weston and his wife Reta, with a donation of shares from the family company, George Weston Limited. The Founders believed that because the funds were generated through the hard work and success of Canadian businesses, the Foundation’s donations should be given in Canada for the benefit of Canadians.

With a focus on medical research, the environment, and education, the Weston Family aims to catalyze inquiry and innovation to bring about long-term change. As the family’s charitable giving marks its 60th anniversary, it continues to collaborate with a broad range of Canadian charities to further world-class research, explore new ideas, and create tangible benefits for the communities in which it works.

For more information, please visit www.westonfoundation.org.

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