Adventure Canada Researcher-in-Residence Program

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Adventure Canada hopes to engage, inspire, and educate by connecting people to the land and to each other through field science and innovative travel experiences.

Please note the applications for our 2024 summer season closed on February 29, 2024.

Adventure Canada is keenly interested in expanding world knowledge of the areas to which we travel. We believe that spreading knowledge and understanding of the areas to which we travel will enable better protection of these areas and inspire the public to take an actionable interest in them.

Program Description

Adventure Canada will be providing one berth aboard each of our voyages for the purpose of furthering regional research. Pre- and post-trip travel arrangements, along with mandatory emergency medical evacuation insurance (coverage for a minimum of $500,000 USD), will be the responsibility of the applicants.

We offer the Researcher-in-Residence an opportunity to observe the environments and communities visited by the ship and interact with individuals aboard. We welcome projects ranging from a scientific focus to social science and the arts. The parameters of the project are flexible and can include a one-time small-scale project or an exploratory stepping stone for a larger project. Both independent-interest projects and academic research proposals are accepted. Priority will be given to projects that align with the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development. Proposals must consider our intended itinerary and the awareness that we may only stop in a location for a few hours before sailing to our next destination. Flexibility and understanding that we are on an expedition where weather and wildlife ultimately dictate our daily itinerary should be considered when developing your proposal.

As you proceed through the application form, there will be some questions that will not apply to your project. Please be aware that there is a wide range of project proposals which use this form to apply. If something does not apply—please feel free to write N/A or explain in a text box.

If You Are Selected

General Expectations

You will receive detailed information about the trip from Adventure Canada, and should therefore have a working knowledge of the itinerary by time of departure.

Pre-Trip Deliverables

  • You must provide a biography and photo prior to the voyage by an agreed-upon date.
  • You will be responsible for obtaining and required licenses, permit, or other authorization(s) as applicable for your intended research.
  • You must read and sign the Code of Conduct before coming on board.
  • You may be required to submit supporting documents such as: published scale/survey, researcher-generated survey, focus group probing questions, interview questions, consent form and letter of information, correspondence with community and local stakeholders, final scope and timeline of project delivery.

Onboard Deliverables

  • You will deliver your proposed work to guests and staff in a short presentation while aboard the ship. Additional presentations, workshops, or guest engagement opportunities may be possible depending on the subject matter.
  • You will be available for interview by the Adventure Canada team and the media, as needed.

Post-Trip Deliverables

  • You will complete a post-voyage survey indicating your project status, impact statement, and photos upon request.
  • You will turn in your final project in the form (film, publication, book, study etc) and timeline mutually agreed upon and signed off on by you and the Adventure Canada liaison.
  • You will share results with communities visited and communities contacted for permits.
  • You will advise Adventure Canada of your schedule of speaking engagements and published works related to research conducted while on board.
  • You will credit Adventure Canada on any published material (including print, online, or otherwise) resulting from this experience, using current logos and company style where applicable.