Nominate candidates for the Árdna Award 2024

For the 7th time, UiT and the Centre for Sami Studies will present an award for the best master's thesis on Indigenous peoples. The award is given to the candidate who, in autumn 2023/spring 2024, has written the best master's thesis on issues related to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous peoples’ situation. Nominate your candidate by 5 June 2024!

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You may now nominate candidates for the Árdna Award. Foto: Jonatan Ottesen
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Johnskareng, Arnstein Giellakonsuleanta / Samisk språkkonsulent
Publisert: 08.05.24 16:56 Oppdatert: 08.05.24 17:23


The award will contribute to promoting interest in and visibility of Sami and indigenous issues in master programs at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The award is presented to the student who, during an academic year, has written the best master's thesis on a topic related to Indigenous peoples, submitted at any of UiT's master's programs. The award should serve as an inspiration and contribute to the candidates' further professional development in the field.


The Centre for Sami Studies invites departments and research communities at UiT to nominate candidates for the award. Please note that the nominations also apply to master's theses submitted in the autumn semester. The following must be apparent from the nomination:

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

Nominations of up to 1 page should be sent by e-mail to by 5 June 2024. Please mark the e-mail Árdnaprisen 2024.

If the nominated thesis has not yet been censored within the deadline for the nomination, the grade may be submitted later.


Criteria for award eligibility:

  • The thesis must be submitted during the current academic year at one of UiT's master’s programs.
  • The topic of the thesis must be related to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous peoples’ situation, past or present.
  • The thesis may be written in Norwegian, Sami or English and must be submitted via Munin.

Review of the nominations

The committee to assess the nominations emanates from the Centre for Sami Studies. It shall consist of at least three members representing different disciplines.

Presenting the award

The award is presented each year during the Riddu Riđđu festival in July. The prize includes a festival pass for the winner.

Previous winners and guidelines for the Árdna Award

You can read more about the previous winners and find the guidelines here.

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Johnskareng, Arnstein Giellakonsuleanta / Samisk språkkonsulent