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 people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Scholars come from different countries and different fields but share a commitment to working together to understand and address Arctic issues. Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges.


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. A second Initiative will continue to build networks to produce policy-relevant research starting in spring 2018. The participants will be selected through an open, merit-based competition. Eligible participants must be from the United States and the other Arctic Council member states - Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Russia.

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, be open to exploring and incorporating comparative, interdisciplinary approaches in their investigations, and interested in developing collaborative activities with other Fulbright Arctic Scholars. Particular consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate how their research project would involve governments, NGOs, businesses, and local communities. Full eligibility information and application materials are available on the website of our partner organization, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Program Overview

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 of up to three months, 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.