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.

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 IIE/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)
Interview invitations will be sent out by October 27, 2017
Interviews in Helsinki November 1, 2017
Selections published February 2018
Pre-Departure Orientation for selected grantees in May 2018


U.S. applicants

U.S. applicants and applicants from all other eligible countries please consult the IIE/CIES webpage for further information.

Partnership Organization Contact Information




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


What is the Fulbright Finland Foundation?

The Fulbright Finland Foundation is a private, independent, not-for-profit organization based in Helsinki, Finland. The Foundation’s aim is

  • to promote a wider exchange of knowledge and professional talents through educational contacts between Finland and the United States, and
  • to support the internationalization of Finnish higher education institutions.

What Makes the Fulbright Finland Foundation programs unique?

  • In addition to the grant, the Fulbright Finland Foundation offers the grantees several additional benefits and free support services, as well as an access to a global, multi-professional network.
  • We are looking for applicants who want to impact the future and to make a difference – applicants who want to facilitate positive change, develop and advance their own profession or discipline, and find solutions to national and international challenges in their field.
  • The grantees also act as ambassadors for the Fulbright Finland Foundation, their home country, and their home organization and, in this way, do their part in sharing their home country and culture and contributing to the relations between Finland and the U.S.
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Fulbright Arctic Initiative Program is part of the global Fulbright program operating in over 160 countries worldwide.