UiT to present award for best master’s thesis on Indigenous peoples

UiT has established the Árdna Award and will present it to the student with the best master’s thesis of the year that focuses on Indigenous peoples. The prize comes with 10 000 NOK and a Riddu Riđđu festival pass.
Eskonsipo, Berit Merete Nystad
Publisert: 06.06.18 00:00 Oppdatert: 06.06.18 09:17

The Árdna Award will be presented for the first time already at this year’s Riddu Riđđu festival. Head of administration Hildegunn Bruland and Niklas Labba, academic director at Centre for Sami Studies hopes for many nominations. Foto: Stig Brøndbo

- This will become an annual award that will be handed out for the first time already this summer. Therefore, we invite the research communities at UiT to nominate candidates before June 15th, says Niklas Labba, academic director at the Centre for Sami Studies.


The prize will contribute to promoting interest in and visibility of Sami and indigenous issues in master programs at UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

– We hope that the award will serve as an inspiration and contribute to the candidates' further professional development in the field, says Hildegunn Bruland, head of administration at the Centre for Sami Studies.

A global perspective

The award is presented to the student who has written the best master's thesis during an academic year, submitted at any of UiT's master's programs, and regardless of campus.
– The topic of the thesis must be related to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous peoples’ situation in past or present. There are no geographical restrictions on which Indigenous people the thesis may focus on, Niklas Labba says. The thesis can be written in Norwegian, Sami or English.

Written justification
Nominations of up to 1 page should be sent by e-mail to postmottak@sami.uit.no, by 15 June. Please mark the e-mail Árdna Award 2018. The following must be included in the nomination:

  • Who is nominated
  • Written justification for the nomination, including thematic relevance for Sami and indigenous issues
  • Who is the proponent

If the nominated thesis has not yet been censored by 15 June, the result may be forwarded later.

Read more about the Árdna Award here

Árdna - the Sami cultural house of UiT

Read this news article in Norwgian: Deler ut pris til masteroppgave om urfolk

Read this news article in Sami: Geigejit bálkkašumi masterčállosii eamiálbmotfáttás 

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