Fulbright Arctic Initiative

Coinciding with the Finnish chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings together established researchers, early-career specialists, and indigenous knowledge experts from the 8 Arctic Council member states to form a network of scholars to conduct research in one of two broad focus areas: Resilient Communities and Sustainable Economies.

The application period for Finnish applicants ended on October 16, 2017.

Online application

Program description for Finnish applicants

AMERICAN APPLICANTS: Please visit the CIES website for Fulbright Arctic Initiative for further information

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will bring together a network of scholars, professionals (including artists) 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. Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will focus their research on one of the following broad themes:

  • Resilient Communities

  • Sustainable Economies

Outstanding candidates will be selected to participate in the program through an open, merit-based competition. At least four of the program participants will be selected from the United States and at least one participant will be selected from each of the other Arctic Council member states. Co-Lead Scholars will provide intellectual leadership throughout the Program, in addition to mentoring program participants and facilitating discussion and collaboration among the Arctic Initiative Scholars. Program activities will take place over 18 months.

Selected grantees will participate in an individual Fulbright exchange of a minimum of six weeks up to three months (Finnish scholars will travel to the United States, and U.S. scholars will be able to come to Finland), as well as in-person seminars and ongoing virtual communication, all supporting the scholars’ collaborative research projects. Scholars will focus on collaborative work in multidisciplinary and multinational research teams.

Grant Provisions

  • Scholars will receive funding in the amount of USD $40,000 (or an equivalent amount in local currency). This allowance is intended to support travel to all program meetings, travel and maintenance for the exchange visit (there are no expected expenses that the host organization would incur), research materials and assistance for grantees only.
  • Accommodations and meals for all group meetings will be covered separately.
  • Grants will also include limited accident and sickness benefits.

Finnish applicants

Detailed information

  • Please see the detailed program description, further information on the themes, and program eligibility requirements on the program description document and on the CIES website.
  • Please note that the applicants must be citizens of Finland and residing in the country at the time of application. 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.


Finnish applicants must complete and submit an online application. Please use the checklist to make sure you attach all the required documents to your application and also remember to upload the checklist itself to your online application (page 13 “Additional Documentation”).

Please see the application instructions for Finnish applicants here (pdf).

Please note that the Finnish candidates do not need to take an English proficiency examination.

The following materials comprise a complete Arctic Initiative application:

  • Application form
  • Project Statement (three to five pages)
  • Bibliography (up to three pages)
  • Curriculum vitae (up to six pages)
  • Letters of recommendation (three)
  • Letter of invitation from a U.S. host institution (recommended but not required)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Possible copies of previous J-1/J-2 visas
  • Checklist (sign and add to the application)

Budget will be asked from the candidates who are invited for an interview.


  • Application deadline for Finnish applicants: October 16, 2017, 10 a.m. (Finnish time)
  • Based on the applications the Fulbright Finland Foundation will select candidates for interviews (in English) to be held on November 1, 2017 at the Fulbright Finland Foundation in Helsinki
  • Pre-selected candidates will receive an email invitation for an interview by October 27, 2017
  • Final selections will be published in February 2018
  • Fulbright Finland will organize a pre-departure orientation and award ceremony in May 2018 for all Fulbright Finland grantees

U.S. applicants

U.S. applicants and applicants from all other eligible countries please consult the following page for further information: www.cies.org/program/fulbright-arctic-initiative.

Contact information


Fulbright Finland Foundation:

  • Emmi Jelekäinen
    Tel. +358 44 5535 275
  • Karoliina Kokko
    Tel. +358 44 5535 268

Information on the first round of the Fulbright Arctic Initiative (2015-2016):