John Thor Arnason Research Award

John Thor Arnason

The Arnason Award was created in 2020 to honour Dr. John Thor Arnason, his immeasurable contributions to student training and mentorship, and his commitment to respectful field research. An annual award of up to $2500 will be presented annually to a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow who is a member of the Natural Health Products Research Society of Canada to help defray the costs of field research on a topic related to Indigenous Traditional Knowledge/Medicine and NHPs. Projects may include relationship-building and planning activities, primary research, and/or knowledge exchange and dissemination. Recipients of the Arnason Award will benefit from the development of cross-cultural knowledge; Indigenous ways of seeing; Indigenous ways of being; and respectful practices and will be featured on the NHPRS website.

March 30th of each year

Applicants must be student members of the NHPRS, or members who have received their graduate degree within two years of the application deadline.

A single PDF document should be e-mailed to by March 30 th consisting of:

  • Cover letter – Maximum 1 page
  • Short proposal
    • Free-form; refer to application package (Link to download application)
    • Maximum 3 pages (excluding references); single spaced; 12 pt font
    • Budget – Maximum 1 page
  • Name and email address for two references
  • CV
  • As appropriate:
    • Letter of support from faculty advisor
    • Letter of Indigenous community engagement
    • Ethics approval or equivalent

Applications will be judged by an ad-hoc committee of Society members and notified of their award status ahead of the Annual General meeting each year.

It is expected that the recipient will submit a manuscript to the Journal of Natural Health Product Research describing the research results, impact and relevance of the work.


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