Applications for 2019 are now closed.

The North Star Travel Award for Northern or Remote Research is a travel bursary worth up to $5,000. It’s for students and part-time academic researchers conducting housing related research or fieldwork in northern or remote parts of Canada.


The CMHC Travel Award for Northern or Remote Research is a travel bursary of up to $5,000.

It allows people doing housing research or fieldwork to travel to Northern or remote areas of Canada. The field of research must be in one of the National Housing Strategy’s priority areas.

The goal is to build knowledge and fill research gaps on Northern or remote housing.


Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible and apply for the the North Star Travel Award, you must be:

  • a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • a registered, full-time college or university student (graduate, and post-graduate) at an accredited post-secondary institution in Canada or a part-time/contract faculty (must be affiliated with an accredited post-secondary institution )
  • in good standing with CMHC

Research Subject Eligibility

Your research proposal must be related to housing in Canada’s north or in remote areas. For the purposes of the CMHC Housing Research Awards, Canada’s north includes:

  • Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
  • northern provincial areas from British Columbia to Labrador

The concept of remoteness applies to communities that are removed from major population centres, service centres, roads or transportation and/or general amenities.

See the SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION section below for submission requirements.


A review committee made up of CMHC staff will evaluate all eligible complete applications using pre-established selection criteria and recommend the recipients of the award. The committee will also recommend the amount of eligible funding for each recipient up to a maximum of $5,000.

Criteria 1: Relevance (20%)

Relevance to housing in Canadian Northern or remote societies or communities and, if applicable, alignment with one or more NHS priority areas.

Criteria 2: Research impact (40%)

Evidence of how research will contribute to the advancement of Northern or remote housing research and knowledge.

Criteria 3: Applicant strength (30%)

Demonstrated strength of applicant based on the letter of support from the sponsor.

Criteria 4: Presentation (10%)

Evidence that the application questions were clearly answered, well presented, articulate, complete and easy to evaluate.

Conditions of Funding:

Funding of the award is conditional on the signing of a recipient award agreement. You will be required to submit a report within 1 month of travel. This report should:

  • include a breakdown of travel dates, locations and other expenses
  • highlight the results of the research undertaken and explain how the travel award helped to achieve those results



Applications for 2019 are now closed.


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Date Published: May 2, 2018