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Fulbright Arctic Initiative


Markmið áætlunarinnar er að styrkja alþjóðlegt vísindasamstarf á sviði Norðurskautsmála. Um er að ræða 18 mánaða verkefni sem 16 vísindamenn frá öllum aðildarríkjum Norðurskautsráðsins munu taka þátt í. Rannsóknarverkefni verða unnin á fjórum megin sviðum: orka, vatn, heilsa, innviðir.

Fræðimenn, þeir sem stunda rannsóknir og fagfólk með sérfræðiþekkingu á einhverju megin sviði verkefnisins eru hvattir til að kynna sér þetta einstaka tækifæri á vegum Fulbright til alþjóðlegs samstarfs á sviði Norðurskautsmála.

Umsóknarfrestur fyrir íslenska umsækjendur er liðinn.


Overview of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar Program

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative program will link faculty, applied researchers and public policy professionals across the Arctic region through international exchanges and seminars, allowing grantees to spend up to 18 months engaged in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of four research areas:

Energy: How will oil, gas, and other natural resources be developed in the Arctic? What can be done to promote clean renewable energy, reduce pollutants, guarantee the inclusion and rights of indigenous people, and protect the environment?

Water: How can we understand, mitigate, and adapt to the dramatic changes occurring and projected for the Arctic Ocean environment and fresh water regimes, such as changes to fisheries, oil spills, the emergence of invasive species, and shifts in the food supply for local communities?

Health: What specific issues do coastal communities face, such as erosion and storm surge, subsistence activities and food supply, availability of medical care, transportation, telecommunications, protection and continuity of their identities as indigenous peoples? What opportunities and vulnerabilities can be addressed for the sustainability of affected communities?

Infrastructure: How can we rethink ports, pipelines, freshwater storage and treatment, and other infrastructure and security issues? What measures and policies should be developed to promote multi- national cooperation on search and rescue, emergency environmental response, and safe shipping?

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars will carry-out team-based research projects, integrating perspectives from a variety of sectors, to generate knowledge-based, policy-oriented solutions and implementation models at the national and regional levels, particularly as they relate to current challenges impacting the Arctic region.

General Eligibility

Sixteen outstanding scholars will be chosen for this program. At least four of the scholars will be selected from the United States and the remaining will come from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.

Successful candidates will include scholars at all career stages, applied researchers or professionals 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 conducting current research 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.

Eligibility Requirements for Icelandic Scholar Applicants

You must possess all of the following qualifications in order to be eligible.

  • Citizenship qualifying you to hold a valid passport issued in Iceland. Persons selected for a Fulbright grant will be required to submit a copy of their passport data page to the Fulbright organization. Persons applying for or holding permanent residence in the United States are not eligible. Persons who are citizens of both a partner country and the United States are also ineligible.
  • A Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree is preferred.
  • Applicants should have particular expertise and research experience in one of the four identified Fulbright Arctic Initiative research areas.
  • A detailed project statement must be included..
  • Proficiency in English appropriate to the proposed research project.
  • Sound physical and mental health. Those selected for a Fulbright Arctic Initiative grant are required to submit a Medical History and Examination Report before their grants can be finalized.

Further information on selection criteria can be found at http://www.cies.org/program/fulbright-arctic-initiative 

Program Activities

Between spring 2015 and fall 2016, grantees will be expected to:

  • Participate in two seminar meetings with the group-at-large (May 2015 and fall/winter 2015/16).
  • Complete a minimum of six weeks, not to exceed three months, research exchange visit to the United States.
  • Maintain intellectual collaboration with fellow Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars in program thematic research areas utilizing an online platform for communication and document sharing.
  • Participate in a final plenary seminar (fall 2016) to share the results of collaborative research, and discuss the national and regional implications of findings, along with project implementation models.
  • All Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars must participate in the first, mid-term, and final seminars. Duration and dates of award must be compatible with the Fulbright Arctic Initiative program.
  • All activities will be conducted under the guidance and leadership of the two Distinguished Lead Scholars.

All research visits should be completed prior to June 2016.

Grant 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 exchange visit, research materials and assistance for grantees only. 

  • Accommodations and meals for all group meetings will be covered separately.
  • Grants will also include limited accident and sickness benefits.


February 2, 2015 | Visiting Scholar Application Deadline
February 16, 2015 | U.S. Scholar Application Deadline
April 2015 | Finalists notified of selection decisions
May 2015 | First group meeting and orientation
Fall/Winter 2015-16 | Mid-year group meeting
Fall 2016 | Final group meeting