My Northern Project 2024 | Call for participants

*** Please note: The Provincial Final (May 2024) will be held in French (students must present their project in French). Students selected for the International Final (October 2024) will be required to present their project in English. ***

Institut nordique du Québec invites master's and doctoral students conducting research on northern or Arctic themes, to participate in the My Northern Project science popularisation competition.

An exercise in scientific popularization and synthesis, My Northern Project /Mon Projet Nordique is a contest where students have 5 minutes to present, their northern research project. The aim of the exercise: to popularise, inform and captivate!

The prize

A place in the international final of the competition*, which takes place in Iceland during the Arctic Circle Assembly, one of the most important international meetings for dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. On May 7, 2024, as part of  INQ's Annual Symposium,  5 candidates will be selected to participate in the international final. Please note that the travel and accommodation expenses of the students are covered by Institut nordique du Québec and its partners.

Timetable (updated on March 28, 2024)

  • Launch of the call for applications by INQ -  January 23, 2024
  • Deadline for applications - April 8, 2024 before midnight
  • Evaluation of applications received by the evaluation committee - April 9 to April 12, 2024
  • Announcement of the ten winning entries - week of April 15, 2024
  • Provincial final of the competition in Québec City - May 7, 2024
  • International Final at the Arctic Circle Assembly - October 17 to 19, 2024


procedure MPN2024


1. Eligibility

To be eligible for the My Northern Project competition, you must:

  • Be enrolled in a master's* or doctoral program at one of INQ's member institutions
  • Work on a research project with a northern theme (>49th parallel)

*Note that to participate in the competition, master's students must have completed the analysis of their field data.

2. Presentation guidelines

  • Presentation must be 5 minutes in length
  • Presentation must be accompanied by visual aids (eg. PowerPoint ) comprised of a maximum of 10 slides without animations
  • Presentation and visual aids must be in French for the Québec competition
  • You may use a prop during your presentation. However, the prop should not be the centerpiece of your presentation. It should be used in a way that supports what you are saying.

3. Application file

The application file must include the following elements:

  • Student's complete name
  • Email address
  • Affiliated university
  • Program of study (please indicate if you are a master's or doctoral student)
  • A letter of introduction and motivation (one page maximum)
  • Letter of recommendation from your research supervisor (see the model)
  • Title of research project
  • Project summary (300 words)

4. Submitting your application


International final and participation at the Arctic Circle Assembly

The competition

Since 2017, the international final of the My Northern Project science popularisation contest has been held within the framework of the Arctic Circle Assembly, one of the most important international meetings for dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. During the final of the competition, Quebec students must take the stage and captivate a diverse audience by presenting their northern research project in English. To do so, the finalists have an maximum of five minutes and 10 slides without animation to support their presentation. Five students, selected from other Arctic countries will join the competition. Members of the on-site audience will be asked to vote for their favourite presentation and thus determine the international laureate of My Northern Project.

The Québec delegation at Arctic Circle Assembly

In order to consolidate the province's international network of northern and Arctic partners and maintain Quebec's position as a key player in the field, Quebec sends a delegation to the Arctic Circle Assembly every year. The Quebec finalists selected for the international final of the My Northern Project competition are integrated into this delegation and take part in its activities. For these students, it is an exceptional opportunity to understand the role of such a delegation while discovering the behind-the-scenes activities at a major international gathering from which a multitude of scientific collaborations arise.

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