LACF Northern Research Bursary

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Communicating with communities is a vital part of the research licensing process in the North - ACUNS

North of the 55th Parallel


A proposal to create a Northern Research Bursary Fund to be established under the auspices of the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation (LACF), was originally initiated by the NWTALA. 


The objective of this endowment fund and research bursary is to promote interest in and the advancement of research in northern Canada, defined as all regions of Canada north of the 55th parallel.


The Northern Research Bursary is offered through the annual Grants program to projects that comply with at least two of the following criteria:

  • Increase the body of knowledge of landscape architecture and related professions as it pertains to the north;
  • Increase the visibility of landscape architects in the north; 
  • Make positive change for the peoples of the north;
  • Support the CSLA position on climate change that encourages its members to lead by enhancing resilience, encouraging positive transformation and promoting sustainability in all projects and activities.

Proposals will be considered for research in the north, defined as north of 55 degrees. The Northern Research Bursary invests in research proposals that endorse the principles of the Northwest Territories Landscape Charter.  Major centers north of the 55th parallel include Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Kuujjuaq, Fort Nelson, Churchill, Nain as well as all communities in the three territories.  In the case of several applicants meeting criteria, preference will be given to projects in the NWT.

Licensing Requirement

All applicants should show that the project will be in conformance with all research requirements of the chosen jurisdiction; for convenience, these are some applicable websites: 


Through the Annual Grants process, the Jury reviews all applications to ensure that they meet the general grant criteria and determines whether a project is eligible for funding from this specific bursary. Applicants can specify that they wish to be considered for this funding. The Bursary is open to landscape architects, allied professionals, community-driven initiatives and landscape architecture students.

Award Amount

The Northern Bursary fund is not intended to be fully endowed. Awards will be made until the target amount is depleted. Awards of up to $5,000 are available.

Bursary Recipients (NRB)

  • 2019: #146, Thevishka KanishKan, Iterative Place-Making in Canada's North 
  • 2018: #141, Jessica MacDaniel, Visualizing Climate Implications on Food Sources, Inaugural Award 


Supporters of the Northern Research Bursary share a passion for the environment and peoples of the North.  LACF is grateful to the champions who initiated this bursary and to the many others who have helped it grow. Thank you.  

  • Peter Briggs, FCSLA, NWTALA