The Borealis Council provides leadership on scholarly Northern research and educational activities occurring within/at York University.  The council focuses on “northern” regions, particularly those in the Canadian Arctic and Subarctic; to foster and facilitate northern scholarship and research through mentoring and supporting external research grant applications.

More specifically, the Council’s mandate is to:

  1. increase awareness of the importance of Northern studies;
  2. facilitate Northern research by York University faculty and graduate and senior undergraduate students;
  3. represent York University’s interests in Northern studies;
  4. educate and ensure the ethical conduct of research by York community members In northern Canada.


Directory of Borealis Associates

The Borealis Council consists of faculty and graduate associates at York Unviersity who specialize in research on Northern regions and the Arctic. A full list, with associate profiles, may be found here


Northern Scientific Training Program Funding

Are you conducting Research in the Canadian Arctic?

Take advantage of this funding opportunity offered by the Canadian Polar Commission called the Northern Scientific Training Program. It is designed to support students interested in solving the pressing environmental, health, cultural, socio-economic, political, educational, legal, engineering or resource development challenges facing the Arctic and its peoples.

This program makes it possible for students to address these issues by providing supplementary funding to cover expenses associated with northern travel, accommodations, freight and translators/interpreters.

Over 300 York University graduate and undergraduate students have gained experience conducting research in Canada’s North through the NSTP.

You are eligible for NSTP funding if you are a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and will be undertaking thesis research (BA, MA or PhD) with a York University professor in the North during 2017. For more information visit the official website

The application form may be found here

Applicants from York University must submit by November 18. 2016 to be considered for the 2017 term.


For more information on the Borealis Council, contact