Norwegian Arctic Chair Award

Norwegian Arctic Chair Award

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. Application deadline: October 1, 2017

The Fulbright Arctic Chairs program in Norway and the United States officially began during the 2010-11 academic year.  The Fulbright Arctic Chair grant was developed with a generous grant of 6 million NOK from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as a limited four-year pilot project to promote transatlantic mobility in the increasingly high-profile field of Arctic Sciences. The experiences of the first four years of this project, and the growing significance of Arctic sciences in dealing with global challenges, has convinced us that the Arctic Chair grant should be continued beyond the initial pilot period and established as a regular award in our stipend program. 

Starting with the 2017-18 academic year, the Arctic Chair grant is no longer limited to the natural sciences; this expansion of the scope of the award to include the social sciences and the humanities, recognizes the important contributions these disciplines can make to our understanding of the Arctic.

Applicants must be Norwegian citizens and have a minimum of 5-10 years of experience. Projects may be carried out at any accredited U.S. university. One award is given to a Norwegian Arctic researcher each year. Although Fulbright Arctic Chair funding will be offered for a maximum of four months, the grantee may stay beyond the 4-month grant period.

The Norwegian Arctic Chair is expected to conduct research and to engage in the scholarly community inside and outside of the host institution. Examples of the latter include giving talks, leading seminars, and advising Master’s and Ph.D. students.

Terms of this grant include:

  1. Maintenance grant of NOK 200.000 for a 3-4 month grant period. This sum will cover maintenance, housing and research-related expenses (the grantee may extend the period to a maximum of 12 months, but no extra funding will be provided)
  2. Travel allowance of NOK 25.000 for round-trip international travel, including excess baggage allowance, shipping costs, etc. for grantee only. There is no additional financial support for dependents, but family members may accompany grantee to site. 

The Application

The application is web-based and can be found here. The online application is administered by Embark. Instructions are to be found within the application itself. 

The application and its attachments (project description, 3 letters of reference, CV and list of publications) must be submitted online, no later than October 1st. 

In addition all applicants must submit a Cover Sheet. The Cover Sheet may be uploaded in the online application or sent to cathrine(at), no later than October 1st.

Any questions regarding the application process can be sent by e-mail or by telephone to +47 22 01 40 11.