Fulbright Arctic Initiative


 

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings 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 creates 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 address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges and opportunities.

Outstanding scholars from the U.S. and abroad were selected to participate in the program as Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars through an open, merit-based competition. Co-Lead Scholars provide intellectual leadership throughout the Program, in addition to mentoring program participants and facilitating discussion and collaboration among the Arctic Initiative Scholars.

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Selected scholars 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 were 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 described below.

  • The Fulbright Arctic Initiative provides a platform for scholars from across the Arctic region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research across two core thematic areas:
     
    • Resilient Communities: The Arctic is facing profound social, economic, and environmental change and communities are increasingly confronted with critical policy challenges related to issues of health and wellness, energy resource management, environmental protection, sustainability of the Arctic Ocean, infrastructure, indigenous rights, education, and regional governance.  Further research is needed on ways to build social resilience in communities to adapt to changes across the Arctic.  This research will focus on and ideally involve Arctic communities themselves and consider the application of indigenous knowledge to help inform policy at local to regional scales, as well as multi-disciplinary research to bring differing or complementary viewpoints.
       
    • Sustainable Economies: The rapid changes in the Arctic Ocean system resulting from sea ice decline, changes in water conditions, and increasing shipping and energy production have significance for Arctic nations, global markets, and coastal communities.  The economic impacts of environmental changes and globalization in the Arctic, together with the region’s expanding connections to the global economy, require research to address how commercial opportunities can be supported and balanced with the need for sustained subsistence livelihoods in Arctic communities.
       
  • Arctic Initiative Scholars work in multidisciplinary and multinational research teams in the program thematic areas described above.
     
  • The Fulbright Arctic Initiative supports research that will inform policy and provide knowledge supporting a more sustainable Arctic future.
     
  • At the beginning of the program, an initial group meeting and program orientation meeting will be held in Canada. This will provide the Co-Lead Scholars and research teams the opportunity to launch the collaboration and establish guidelines and goals.
     
  • Under the guidance of the Lead Scholars, the research teams will collaborate virtually utilizing an online platform throughout the Program period. The full group will gather to share progress and initial outcomes at a mid-term meeting that will be hosted by another Arctic country.
     
  • During the program period, Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars will participate in an individual research exchange visit lasting a minimum of six weeks up to a maximum of three months.  Non-U.S. scholars exchange visits will be at institutions within the United States and U.S. Scholars will conduct exchange visits at institutions within Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia or Sweden.
     
  • At the end of the program, Arctic Initiative Scholars will convene for the third and final meeting to share the results of their collaborative work and report on the accomplishment of program objectives and the national and regional implications of their findings. Scholars will disseminate policy-relevant recommendations, describe the concrete steps they have taken in implementing their projects and models at the local, national and/or regional level, and share the progress they have made and challenges they have faced in moving their recommendations from theory to practice.

 

Grant/Program Dates or Duration:

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

Contact:
arctic@iie.org

 

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative is a program of the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative for 2018-2019 is no longer accepting applications

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. The complete Fulbright policies for U.S. Lecturers and Research Scholars are available here (Chapter 600)

  • 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.

  • U.S. applicants must have U.S. citizenship and be residing permanently in the United States.

  • 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. Candidates in Russia should apply through the IIE Fulbright Office in Russia.

  • U.S. applications must be submitted through the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES).

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative for 2018-2019 is no longer accepting applications

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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U.S. Scholars

Visiting (Non-U.S.) Scholars

Non-U.S. applications must be submitted through a participating Fulbright Commission. For country-specific application instructions and contact information, visit the local Fulbright office website:

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative for 2018-2019 is no longer accepting applications

July 2017 |

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholar Competition Opens

October 16, 2017 |

Visiting Scholar Application Deadline

October 30, 2017 (11:59 pm EDT) |

U.S. Scholar Application Deadline

February 2018 |

Finalists notified of selection decisions

May 2018 |

Opening Group Meeting (Canada)

February 2019 |

Mid-year Group Meeting (Finland)

October 2019 |

Final Group Meeting (Washington, DC)

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative creates 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 address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges.

 

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Meet the 2018-2019 Arctic Scholars

Co-Lead Scholars

Dr. Michael Sfraga

Dr. Michael Sfraga
(Co-Lead Scholar)
United States
Director, Polar Initiative
Wilson Center
Co-Director, Institute for Arctic Policy
University of the Arctic
Discipline: Geography

Dr. Ross A. Virginia

Dr. Ross A. Virginia
(Co-Lead Scholar)
United States
Director, Institute of Arctic Studies
Myers Family Professor of Environmental Science,
Dartmouth College
Discipline: Environmental Sciences

Resilient Communities

Dr. Katie Cueva

Dr. Katie Cueva
United States
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research University of Alaska, Anchorage
Discipline: Public Health

Elena Gladun

Dr. Elena Gladun
Russia
Associate Professor, Institute of State and Law
University of Tyumen
Discipline: Law

Dr. Sean Guistini

Dr. Sean Guistini
Canada
Manager, Nunavut Arctic College Media
Department of Language and Culture, Nunavut Arctic College
Discipline: Anthropology

Dr. Gwen Healey

Dr. Gwen Healey
Canada
Co-Founder, Executive and Scientific Director
Quajigiartiit Health Research Center
Discipline: Public Health

Dr. Christina Larsen

Dr. Christina Larsen
Denmark
Senior Advisor, Research Director, Center for Public Health (Greenland)
National Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark
Discipline: Public Health

Dr. Josée Lavoie

Dr. Josée Lavoie
Canada
Director, Indigenous Institute of Health and Healing
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
University of Manitoba
Discipline: Public Policy

Dr. Elizabeth Rink

Dr. Elizabeth Rink
United States
Associate Professor, Department of Health and Human Development
Montana State University
Discipline: Public Health

Jon Petter Stoor

Jon Petter Stoor
Sweden
Clinical Psychologist
Sámi Norwegian National Advisory Unit on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Discipline: Medical Sciences

Sustainable Economies

Dr. Eleanor Bors

Dr. Eleanor Bors
United States
Postdoctoral Scholar, Marine Mammal Institute
Oregon State University
Discipline: Biology

Daria Gritsenko

Dr. Daria Gritsenko
Finland
Assistant Professor, Aleksanteri Institute and HELDIG
University of Helsinki
Discipline: Public Policy

Dr. Lara Johannsdottir

Dr. Lara Johannsdottir
Iceland
Associate Professor, School of Business
University of Iceland
Discipline: Business

Nicole Kanayurak

Nicole Kanayurak
United States
Assistant to the Director, North Slope Borough
Department of Wildlife Management
Discipline: Interdisciplinary Studies

Dr. Sanne Larsen

Dr. Sanne Larsen
Denmark
Associate Professor, Department of Planning
Aalborg University
The Danish Centre for Environmental Assessment
Discipline: Engineering

Soili Nysten-Haarala

Dr. Soili Nysten-Haarala
Finland
Professor
University of Lapland
Discipline: Law

Todd Sformo

Dr. Todd Sformo
United States
Wildlife Biologist, North Slope Borough
Department of Wildlife Management
Research Scientist, Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Discipline: Biology

Svetlana Tulaeva

Dr. Svetlana Tulaeva
Russia
Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Political Studies
North-West Institute of Management
Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
Discipline: Social Sciences

Working Groups

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will provide a platform for scholars from across the Arctic region to engage in collaborative thinking, analysis, problem-solving and multi-disciplinary research in one of two areas:  

  • Resilient Communities: The Arctic is facing profound social, economic, and environmental change and communities are increasingly confronted with critical policy challenges related to issues of health and wellness, energy resource management, environmental protection, sustainability of the Arctic Ocean, infrastructure, indigenous rights, education, and regional governance.  Further research is needed on ways to build social resilience in communities to adapt to changes across the Arctic.  This research should focus on and ideally involve Arctic communities themselves and consider the application of indigenous knowledge to help inform policy at local to regional scales, as well as multi-disciplinary research to bring differing or complementary viewpoints.
     
  • Sustainable Economies: The rapid changes in the Arctic Ocean system resulting from sea ice decline, changes in water conditions, and increasing shipping and energy production have significance for Arctic nations, global markets, and coastal communities.  The economic impacts of environmental changes and globalization in the Arctic, together with the region’s expanding connections to the global economy, require research to address how commercial opportunities can be supported and balanced with the need for sustained subsistence livelihoods in Arctic communities.

Program Highlights

  • Sixteen Scholars Announced for Second Fulbright Arctic Initiative - Press Release
  • Learn more about the inaugural Fulbright Arctic Initiative here.

Fulbright Arctic Initiative FAQs from Applicants

  1. Can I propose a project in more than one country or location?
    Yes, you can propose to visit more than one country or location as part of your individual exchange.  Proposals that include multiple countries must be a minimum of 6 weeks in each country.  Your project statement should include a clear and compelling reason why the project needs to be completed at multiple sites. Please note that the grant allowance is intended to support all costs associated with the individual exchange visit, including travel to one or more exchange site(s). 
     
  2. Can I complete my individual exchange in Greenland or the Faroe Islands?
    Greenland and the Faroe Islands are autonomous constituent countries within the Kingdom of Denmark. U.S. scholars can complete their individual research exchange visit in Greenland or the Faroe Islands, with support for grant administration provided by the Fulbright Commission in Denmark.
     
  3. Do I have to complete my individual exchange all at once, or can I make multiple visits?
    Yes, you can propose to split your individual exchange visit into multiple trips, but you must spend a minimum of 6 weeks on at least one of your visits. Your project statement should include a clear and compelling reason why the project needs to be completed over multiple visits.
     
  4. I’m a federal or state government employee. Can I apply?
    Yes, employees of federal and state government agencies are eligible to apply.
     
  5. How do I make contacts abroad to secure a letter of invitation?
    A letter of invitation is recommended, but not required for this program. If you do not have a contact, your goal is to determine the name of an appropriate faculty member for a specific discipline or subfield related to your proposed research project. Once you have determined possible hosts, write that faculty member a description of who you are (an attached C.V. can be helpful) and what you want to do while in that country. Note that you plan to apply for a Fulbright grant and that the application would benefit from a letter of invitation. There may be several communications before a letter is forthcoming, but this method often works.
     
  6. Am I eligible if I’ve had a previous Fulbright grant?
    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/Flex grants, the two-year period begins at the end of the final grant in the series.) Additional Fulbright policies are available here.
     
  7. Can I apply if I am on the Fulbright Specialist Roster?
    You are allowed to apply to the Fulbright Arctic Initiative while on the Fulbright Specialist roster. Recipients of a Fulbright Specialist Program grant are not required to adhere to the two-year waiting period before applying for a Fulbright Scholar grant. Likewise, recipients of a Fulbright Scholar grant are not required to adhere to the two-year waiting period before applying for a Fulbright Specialist Program grant.
     
  8. Can artists/journalists/photographers apply?
    Yes, applicants are welcome from candidates from a non-academic background, including artists, journalists, lawyers, indigenous and traditional knowledge experts, and other professionals and experts active in the academic, public or private sectors who demonstrate outstanding qualifications and a record of experience and accomplishment in an area clearly related to one of the designated research themes.
     
  9. If I am selected, can I take my family with me on my grant?
    Yes. Many grantees bring their families and report that the time abroad benefited all family members. No additional financial benefits for dependents are awarded for the Fulbright Arctic Initiative.
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