Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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4 Fulbright/National Science Foundation Arctic Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

Up to four awards will be given for the Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant. The student will be expected to conduct Arctic-related research in Iceland. Projects must be well defined and must be completed within the grant period.

The grant is open to students in all social and natural science fields as they relate to the Arctic and the people living there. These include but not limited to work in the fields of political science, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, governance,  gender studies, health (excluding clinical medicine), economics, ecology, glaciology, geology, sustainability science,  and other applicable fields.

Grant Period

9 Months

Grants will begin in mid August to early September. The grant period is 9 months.

The Fulbright Commission hosts a mandatory in-country orientation at the end of August/beginning of September.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Master's and Ph.D. students in the social and natural sciences are eligible. Projects must be Arctic-related.  

Please note that Ph.D. students are eligible to apply for this grant even though they are receiving other dissertation funding through NSF or other bodies, as long as need is demonstrated and it is clear that funds will be used for different purposes.

Accepted Degree Levels



Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

It is expected that research projects can be successfully completed using English language.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affilation with any university, research organization or other appropriate partner in Iceland.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

The grantee is responsible for all fees and tuition. It is the grantee's responsibility to inquire about tuitions and fees at a proposed host university and make the necessary arrangements.


Dual American/Icelandic citizens are not eligible.

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name please select Arctic Research Grant from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


I am a....

Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.