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Arctic Initiative

For more information please visit the Fulbright Arctic Initiative website and the Russian language version.

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Research Awards

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will spend 18‐months engaged in addressing public‐policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges. Program participants will focus their research on one of the following Fulbright Arctic Initiative themes: 

  • Arctic Security and Cooperation 

  • Arctic Infrastructure in a Changing Environment 

  • Community Dimensions of Health

Approximately 16 outstanding scholars from the U.S. and abroad will be selected to participate in the program as Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars through an open, merit‐based competition.


Successful candidates will include scholars at all career stages, to include applied researchers, professionals, and indigenous and traditional knowledge experts active in the academic, public or private sectors that demonstrate outstanding qualifications and a record of experience and accomplishment in an area clearly related to one of the designated research themes. Applicants must be actively engaged in an area of inquiry or activity relevant to the program's themes and objectives, be open to exploring and their investigations, and interested in developing collaborative activities with other Fulbright Arctic Scholars. 

● Applicants must be citizens of the country from which they are applying and residing in the country at the time of application. Non‐U.S. applicants who have dual‐U.S. citizenship or who hold permanent residency “green cards”, whether or not they reside in the U.S., are not eligible. Since specific residency requirements vary from country to country, applicants should contact their local Fulbright office directly to determine their eligibility. 

● A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree is preferred, but not required. 

● Preference will be given to early or mid‐career academics, applied researchers and/or professionals with research experience in the public, non‐profit, or private sectors. 

● Applicants should have particular expertise and research experience in one of the identified thematic research areas. 

● Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. Language proficiency of candidates must be discussed in nomination submissions to IIE.

Award  Provisions 

● Scholars will receive funding in the amount of USD $40,000 (or an equivalent amount in local currency). This allowance is intended to support travel to all program meetings, travel and maintenance for the individual exchange visit, research materials and assistance for participants only. 

● Accommodations and meals for all group meetings will be covered separately. 

● Awards will also include limited accident and sickness benefits.

Application Notes 

The following documents comprise a complete Arctic Initiative application:

● Application form 

● Statement of purpose (three to five pages) 

● Bibliography (up to three pages) 

● Curriculum vitae (up to six pages) 

● Letter of invitation (recommended but not required)* 

● Letters of recommendation (two; scans) 

● Registration form 

● Consent form on personal data information (scan) 

* All recommended Arctic Initiative candidates who are funded will be affiliated at sites appropriate for the proposed work. In some cases, applicants will correspond with colleagues at institutions or research centers and, in effect, arrange their own placements. Applicants are welcome to provide a letter of invitation from a potential host institution.