The goal is to identify five Nordic (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands and Iceland) finalists that UArctic will select to represent UArctic at the international science popularization contest during the Arctic Circle Assembly held in Reykjavik  (13-16 Oct 2022 in Reykjavik, Iceland).

UArctic will grant selected 5 students each 1300€, which can be used for airfare, accommodation, and participation fee during the Arctic Circle Assembly.

PhD students from UArctic Nordic member institutions are eligible to apply. Another six finalists representing Québec, Canada, will also be present in Reykjavik. Together the 12 finalists will present their northern research project in five minutes on the joint day of UArctic and the Arctic Circle. The language of the presentations and proposals is English.

To apply:
Please send your project proposals in the form of video and the following attachments to the UArctic International Secretariat ( by May 6, 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 Ph.D 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 on the video:
The main goal is to make 5 minutes (or less) 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 honestly, while confined at home, 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.

UArctic aims at an overall balance with the group’s selection on areas of northern research, geographical distribution, (participant from each Nordic country) as well as gender balance. A committee consisting of UArctic’s leadership will select the six finalists 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.