Building on the scholarship of three cohorts of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, Fulbright Arctic Initiative (FAI) IV will bring together a network of professionals, practitioners, and researchers from the United States, Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden for monthly webinars, thematic group collaboration, three in-person meetings, and an individual exchange experience. FAI IV will address key research and policy questions related to promoting Arctic Security through a diverse, multi-dimensional, cooperative interdisciplinary framework.

Program participants will focus their research on one of the following themes:

  • Climate Change and Arctic Resources
  • Arctic Security and Governance
  • Mental Health and Well-Being

FAI IV will stimulate international research collaboration on different dimensions of Arctic security while increasing mutual understanding between people of the United States and member countries of the Arctic Council. Using a collaborative, diverse, multi-dimensional, interdisciplinary approach, FAI IV will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges and opportunities as they relate to the multiple elements that contribute to the Arctic being a safe, healthy, prosperous, and sustainable place to live and thrive. Academic researchers in the physical, natural, social, and health sciences, Indigenous and local knowledge holders, professionals in the fine arts and liberal arts as well as practitioners working in various disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Outstanding scholars and practitioners from the U.S. and the other seven Arctic Council member states 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 from Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.  Co-Lead Scholars will provide intellectual leadership and guidance throughout the program, in addition to mentoring program participants, connecting program scholars to other international experts, and facilitating discussion and collaboration among the scholars. 

Please see See Program Details and Timeline on the Fulbright Scholar Program website.

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