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Fulbright Arctic Initiative

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Markmið áætlunarinnar er að styrkja alþjóðlegt vísindasamstarf á sviði Norðurskautsmála og að auka gagnkvæman skilning  á milli þjóða. Fulbright Arctic Initiative (FAI) býður upp á þverfaglegt samstarf þar sem mál er skoðuð með heildstæðum hætti og stuðlað er að hagnýtum rannsóknum sem nýtast við að leysa sameiginlegar áskoranir.  FAI hefur mikilvægu hlutverki að gegna  í fræðasamfélaginu í þessum  málaflokki og er kjörinn vettvangur til að auka fræðasamstarf Íslands og Bandaríkjanna á Norðurslóðum. 

Önnur verkefnalota FAI hefst vorið 2018 og mun standa yfir í 18 mánuði eða til hausts 2019. U.þ.b.  12 fræðimenn frá öllum ríkjunum átta sem eiga aðild að Norðurskautsráðinu verði valdir til þátttöku í verkefnalotunni. Unnið verður í tveimur vinnuhópum sem hafa hvor sitt áherslusvið: samfélög í sókn (resilient communities) og sjálfbær hagkerfi (sustainable economies). Þátttakendur vinna bæði að eigin rannsókn og sem hluti af rannsóknarhópnum. Hópurinn hittist á fundum á fyrri stigum samstarfsins, auk þess sem hver þátttakandi mun stunda rannsóknarvinnu utan heimalandsins í öðru Norðurskautsríki.

Umsóknarfrestur fyrir íslenska fræðimenn er til og með 16. október 2017.

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.

Fulbright stofnunin á Íslandi veitir frekari upplýsingar: adviser@fulbright.is

Overview of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar Program

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will bring together a network of scholars, professionals and applied researchers from the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange experience.

At its core, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries.  Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges and opportunities.

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. At least four of the scholars will be selected from the United States and at least one scholar will be selected from each of the other Arctic Council member states. Co-Lead Scholars  will provide intellectual leadership throughout the Program, in addition to mentoring program participants and facilitating discussion and collaboration among the Arctic Initiative Scholars.

Selected scholars will participate in an individual Fulbright exchange of a minimum of six weeks and a maximum of three months, as well as in-person seminars and ongoing virtual communication, all supporting the scholars’ required collaborative research projects. Scholars will be selected on the basis of an individual research project linked to an exchange visit and potential to collaborate in a group research project in one of two thematic areas. See www.cies.org/program/fulbright-arctic-initiative for more information.

 

Grant/Program Dates or Duration:

Program activities will take place over 18 months beginning in Spring 2018.

Eligibility

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.

Eligibility requirements apply at the time of application. Applicants must meet all of the following requirements, unless specific exemptions apply. Additional Fulbright policies are available here.

  • Applicants must be from one of the member states of the Arctic Council: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States.
  • Non-U.S. 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. For professionals and practitioners outside academe, recognized professional standing and substantial professional accomplishments are 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.
  • Preference for Fulbright Scholar opportunities will be given to candidates who have not previously received a Fulbright Scholar grant.  Recipients of a Fulbright Scholar grant are eligible to apply for another Fulbright Scholar grant two years after the date of completion of the previous grant. (For serial grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.) Applicants may apply for only one Fulbright Scholar regional program or country per academic year.
  • Applicants should have particular expertise and relevant experience in one of the identified research areas and be willing to develop new collaborative research with other members of their thematic group.
  • Non-U.S. Scholars must demonstrate proficiency in English.
  • Non-U.S. applications must be submitted through the Fulbright Commission in the applicant’s home country.

 

Application

Given past experience, we anticipate that many candidates will submit their online application materials in the final days before the deadline. To avoid heavy server traffic and potential delays, we encourage candidates to submit their application materials as early as possible.

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