ICHR funds and creates research training opportunities, translates and distributes research, and makes information resources readily available:


We provide scholarships, fellowships, and research allowance to graduate students, supervising trainees’ practicum and thesis research.


We sponsor and organize workshops and training modules in specific health topics and research methods.


We maintain close connections between researchers and decision-makers through workshops, briefings, and conferences to ensure that research results are rapidly translated to health policies, programs and services.


We synthesize and adapt research evidence for northern populations through systematic reviews, practice guidelines, expert panels, and consensus conferences.


We co-publish the International Journal of Circumpolar Health and Circumpolar Health Supplements.


We offer valuable links to individuals, organizations, and resources related to circumpolar health research through our website, as well as through our growing reference library and repository of circumpolar health books, reports, statistical data, and research protocols.

ICHR Grant for Education in Health Studies – FUNDING CALL NOW CLOSED

Are you a healthcare professional or student in a health-related field? Is your work focused on learning about Indigenous health topics and promoting better care for Indigenous peoples in the Northwest Territories or Yukon?

If so, you may be eligible to apply for the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research’s Grant for Education in Health Studies.

Funding can be requested for up to $10,000. The application deadline is September 30, 2021. Please see the application form attached for more information. We look forward to hearing from you! Mahsi cho. You can find the application form here.

Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

ICHR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Toronto in January 2010. This agreement has been a key component in developing and supplementing research policy that informs northern-based research and education.

Setting a Research Agenda

In a partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, IHPME, and the ICHR, shared efforts to develop a research agenda and training in circumpolar health systems were approached through a circumpolar health research working group that has advocated for governance renewal, and held workshops on research priorities. Efforts have resulted in renewal of a MOU between ICHR and University of Toronto, and a publication highlighting directions for a collaborative research agenda for health systems performance.

Support for Northern-based Faculty

Susan Chatwood, Scientific Director of ICHR, is an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and an associate member of the School of Graduate Studies. These affiliations recognize ICHR’s role in advising and supervising graduate students and conducting research that conforms to high standards of research integrity. Support for northern-based faculty has enabled ICHR to secure grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and become the first northern-based institute to hold these national research funds and enhance the engagement of northern regions in the circumpolar health research dialogue.

This partnership is highlighted in Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s 2014-2015 Annual Report and IHPME’s 2014 Annual Highlights.

U of T:

  • Adalsteinn Brown, Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Dr. Howard Hu, Director and Professor of Public Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
  • Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle, Assistant Professor and Associate Director for the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

ICHR Faculty:

  • Susan Chatwood, Assistant Professor (non-status)
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Aurora Research Institute

ICHR signed an affiliation agreement with the Aurora College in September 2020. This agreement outlines the development of key collaborations for training and operational support that supplements  and informs northern-based research and education.


Aurora Research Institute and the ICHR, we will collaborate to support community involvement in health research, enhance health education and build capacity in both organizations for northern led research collaborations through the Research Support Fund.

The Research Support Fund assists Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies:

  • the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR);
  • the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC);
  • and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Research Support Fund grants can be used to: maintain modern labs and equipment; provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources; provide research management and administrative support; meet regulatory and ethical standards; and transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. For more information please visit the Research Support Fund main page http://www.rsf-fsr.gc.ca/


  • Joel McAlister, VP Research, Aurora Research Institute
  • Dr. Pertice Moffitt, Research Associate, Aurora College


  • Kimberly Fairman, Executive Director, ICHR
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Research Internships

Institute for Circumpolar Health Research Health Internships 2015/16

The goal of the research internship is to provide research experience to students and emerging health professionals interested in health and wellness fields and health research in circumpolar regions. We aim to provide practical experience working in the field of research under the supervision of an established researcher or Elder.

Participants have the opportunity to participate in an existing health research project at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife. Activities for the internship are developed in consultation with ICHR researchers.

Applications close in July and reopen in February of the following year.