US Arctic Chair
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. The application deadline for the 2014-15 academic year is August 1, 2013.
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, has convinced us that the Arctic Chair grant should be continued beyond the initial pilot period.
US citizens with a Ph.D. in Biology, Geology, Geophysics, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, or a closely related field focusing on polar and High North issues, and 5-10 years of experience, are eligible to apply for an Arctic Chair grant. The Arctic Chair for US scholars is a three-four month grant to do research and lecture at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) or, in close collaboration with UNIS, at one of the four Norwegian universities that jointly govern UNIS (universities in Agder, Bodø, Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim, Tromsø and Ås). One award is given to a U.S. scholar each year. Although Fulbright Arctic Chair funding will be offered for a maximum of four months, the grantee may stay beyond the four month grant period.
In collaboration with his/her hosts, the US Arctic Chair is expected to engage with faculty inside and outside the host institution, give public lectures, lead seminars, supervise Master’s and Ph.D. candidates with their research and writing, as well as mentoring.
Terms of this grant include:
- Maintenance grant of NOK 200.000 for 3-4 months. This amount will cover maintenance and housing for the grantee in Norway. There is no additional financial support for dependents but family members may accompany grantee to the site.
- Allowance of NOK 25.000,- for round-trip international travel, including excess baggage allowance, shipping costs, etc. for grantee only.