Fulbright Scholar: US Arctic Chair

Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)

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Deadline: Sep 15, 2020

Grant amount: Up to US $28,000

Fields of work: Sustainability Energy Humanities & Social Science Anthropology & Cultural Studies Earth Science Biology Epidemiology & Public Health Show all

Applicant type: Faculty

Funding uses: Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: United States

Must travel to: Norway

Degree requirements: Applicants must have a completed PhD

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The Fulbright Arctic Chair is one of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs programs; these awards are among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

The Arctic Chair for US scholars is a three-four month grant  to do research and lecture any institution of higher education or research in Norway. One award is given to a U.S. scholar each year. Although Fulbright Arctic Chair funding will be offered for a maximum of four months, the grantee may stay beyond the four month grant period.

In collaboration with his/her hosts, the US Arctic Chair is expected to engage with faculty inside and outside the host institution, give public lectures, lead seminars, supervise Master’s and Ph.D. candidates with their research and writing, and provide mentorship. 

Terms of this grant include:

    • Maintenance grant of NOK 200.000 for 3-4 months. This amount will cover maintenance and housing for the grantee in Norway. There is no additional financial support for dependents but family members may accompany grantee to the site.
    • Allowance of NOK 25.000,- for round-trip international travel, including excess baggage allowance, shipping costs, etc. for grantee only.

    You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


    • U.S. citizens who have a scholarly focus on polar and High North issues, a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree (including a master’s degree, depending on the field) as appropriate, and a significant publication and teaching record are eligible to apply for an Arctic Chair grant. 
    • Award requirements:
      • Award is open to academics only.
      • Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required for applicants.
      • Additional qualifications: Five to 10 years of research and experience. Candidates should be eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.
      • All teaching and research will be in English; proficiency in another language is not required. 
    • The Arctic Chair grant is no longer limited to the natural science. The award is now open to applications in the social sciences and the humanities and recognizes the important contributions these disciplines can make to our understanding of the Arctic.


    • Dual U.S.-Norway citizens are not eligible for the Fulbright program with Norway.