Fulbright Arctic Initiative


The Fulbright Arctic Initiative supports scholars, researchers, and professionals from Arctic Council member countries to carry out collaborative research on public policy questions related to the unique challenges of the Arctic region. The goal is to create a network to stimulate international collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. 

The first Fulbright Arctic Initiative successfully sponsored 17 participants over an 18-month period in 2015-2016 that coincided with the United States' chairmanship of the Arctic Council. 

The second Fulbright Arctic Initiative, beginning in spring 2018, will include both established experts and early-career specialists from the eight Arctic Council states (United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden) for collaborative research in one of two focus areas:  A) Resilient Communities and B) Sustainable Economies. These scholars will participate in an individual Fulbright exchange, as well as convene with the other scholars for three in-person group seminars and on-going virtual communication to carry out team-based research.

Program Length

18 months

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

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 relevant to the program's themes and objectives, 
  • open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations, and 
  • interested in developing collaborative activities with other Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars.

Visit CIES.org/arctic for more information.



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