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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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/Administrator

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

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will 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 or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


4 Fulbright/National Science Foundation Arctic Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
September Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Award Profile

Approximately two to five awards may be available for the Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant. The students will be expected to conduct substantive, Arctic-related research in Iceland. Projects must be well defined and must be completed within the grant period.

The grant is open to PhD students in all social and natural science fields as they relate to the Arctic and the people living there. These include but are 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. 

Icelandic unversities provide many courses in English. Iceland also provides very interesting research opportunities in many fields. As a small, highly technologically advanced country, Iceland is ideal for many types of research. English is widely spoken and much used in academia.

Since the Fulbright Program in Iceland is relatively small, the Commission is able to maintain close ties with grantees during their stay and provide a sense of community among Fulbright grantees. There are monthly grantee activities sponsored by the Commission, in addition to access to Fulbright alumni events and other social activities.

If a chosen grantee expects to encounter significant research costs associated with the research project, it is possible to apply to the commission for additional funding.


Special funding for disabled grantees:
Funding is available for US Fulbright students to Iceland with a disability, be it a structural or functional impairment or activity/participation limitation, that entails additional costs that are not covered specifically through the Fulbright Program. Funding may be available for a wide range of disabilities, including, for example, hearing, vision, or movement impairment. The funding could, for example, be used to assist with specialized housing needs, in-country transport, or specialized assistance. The extra funding amount will depend on need and will be decided by the Commission after consultation with the student. It can be expected to be between $2,000 and $9,000 USD. Funding is provided through the Bruce A. Fowler Mobility Fund. 

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
September Start

Grants will begin in mid August to early September 2023. 

Grant Length: 9 months.

In-Country Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation at present, but this could change. 

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

Candidate Profile

Ph.D. students in the social and natural sciences are eligible. Projects must be Arctic-related and must be research-focused. Candidates must have a relevant and substantive research project and must display the research experience and skills to undertake research in a foreign country. 

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.

Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant

Dual American/Icelandic citizens are eligible.

If the applicant has lived in Iceland previously, this may affect the evaluation, but it does not disqualify an applicant. 

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

In the Fulbright online application, in the Award Selection, please select Fulbright/National Science Foundation Arctic Research Award from the drop-down menu.


Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

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

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
Letter recommended but not required at deadline

Affilation with any university, research organization or other appropriate partner in Iceland. If the primary affiliation is non-academic, a secondary academic affiliation is preferred. 

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits

Not applicable.

Fulbright-NSF Arctic Research students do not generally have to pay tuition fees for research affiliations.

Fulbright Iceland grants are for one academic year only. All Fulbright benefits cease at the end of the Fulbright grant period. 

Housing Arrangements

Hosts should provide primary assistance with finding housing. Universities may offer dormitory housing to students enrolled in a study program. Universities generally have offices that provide assistance with housing or have sites where available housing is posted. Additionally, the Commission will provide information on websites where housing is advertised and will pass on any adverts that are sent to the Commission. 

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Grant Information

2,000 USD per month for a maximum of 9 months. Stipends are adjusted to the arrival and departure dates of grantees.

1,000 USD travel grant

300 USD baggage stipend.

Grantee enrichment activities are also organized by the Commission.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
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