In acting on all applications for membership, the Council is guided by the following criteria:

  • demonstrated commitment to the UArctic's mission and values
  • demonstrated commitment and ability to actively contribute to the development of UArctic and its joint programs among UArctic member institutions
  • demonstrated commitment and ability to actively contribute to the development of UArctic’s research representation in the North
  • willingness to provide in-kind support, services, or material resources helpful to the operation and development of UArctic
  • links to major UArctic constituencies.

Higher education institution applicants are also evaluated on the following additional criteria:

  • willingness and ability to develop and/or deliver UArctic academic programs
  • willingness and ability to contribute existing courses and programs to the UArctic program structure
  • demonstrated commitment to circumpolar educational cooperation, including strong faculty and student involvement in northern science and scholarship.

These criteria constitute a checklist; no application for membership is expected to meet all the criteria. Authority to resolve any question regarding the application of these criteria to specific cases rests with the Council.