The Fulbright Arctic Chair

The Fulbright Arctic Chair

The Fulbright Arctic Chair is one of the Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Programs. Awards in this program are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.

Fulbright Arctic Chair grants are available for researchers/lecturers pursuing research that is relevant for our understanding of the Arctic and High North regions. The award sends one Norwegian grantee to the US and one American grantee to Norway each year.

The Fulbright Arctic Chair program in Norway and the United States officially began during the 2010-11 academic year. It 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, convinced our board that the Arctic Chair grant should be continued beyond the initial pilot period and established as a regular award in our stipend program. Click here to read our report from the end of the pilot project.

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.

Grant Activity: Lecturing component in collaboration with a host university of the candidate’s choice, in a field focusing on polar and High North issues. Chairs are expected to engage with faculty inside and outside the institution, give public lectures, hold seminars, supervise the research and writing of Master’s and Ph.D. candidates, and mentor students.

Application information for US Citizens.

Application information for Norwegian Citizens.