UArctic is seeking 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 19-22, 2023. 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 North American UArctic member institutions (with the exception of the province of Québec, Canada) and non-Arctic member institutions are eligible to apply. The call is targeted to applicants from small northern institutions. Depending on their location, UArctic will grant the selected student up to 2500€, which can be used for airfare, accommodation, and participation fee during the Arctic Circle Assembly.

To apply:

Please send the following attachments to the UArctic International Secretariat ( by April 28, 2023:

  • 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
  • Motivation letter
  • 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

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. 

For more information, please contact the UArctic International Secretariat at