How To Apply

The SAUNNA NRT is now accepting applications for our third cohort of trainees (Fall 2023).

Click here to read the official call for applications

We are looking for highly qualified and motivated students who are interested in becoming experts in a core academic discipline, while simultaneously pushing beyond conventional disciplinary boundaries to become innovators in systems approaches to understanding and navigating the New Arctic.

SAUNNA NRT traineeships are highly competitive, with accepted students receiving an annual stipend, plus tuition, fees, and health insurance coverage.  Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to receive NRT support.

To apply:

  • Review this website to determine if the theme of our program matches your interests and goals.
  • Read the official call for applications.
  • Contact one or more of the SAUNNA NRT faculty members (see People), discuss your interests with them, determine their willingness to serve as your advisor, and make a decision together on whether to apply.
  • Apply for UMaine graduate admission in your supporting faculty member’s department/program.
  • Submit the following  materials (as PDFs) to Mr. Misa Saros (SAUNNA NRT Program Coordinator) at
  1. SAUNNA NRT Application Form
  2. CV/Resume
  3. A 1-2 page letter from you in which you describe: 1) your interest in participating in this NRT program, 2) your interest and/or experience in interdisciplinary work,    3) your experience and training in your discipline that is relevant to the NRT theme, 4) your interest in or experience engaging with traditional or indigenous knowledge.
  4. A letter from your prospective NRT advisor supporting your application and describing your proposed research project. Ask your prospective advisor to send this letter directly to
  5. 3 letters of recommendation. Please have the individuals writing these letters send them directly to

For full consideration for Fall 2023, submit all documents no later than January 15, 2023. Any questions about this program should be sent to the SAUNNA NRT Program Director, Dr. Jasmine Saros,