4 Fulbright/National Science Foundation Arctic Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
Grant Length9 Months
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.
Grants will begin in mid August to early September 2023.
Grant Length: 9 months.
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.
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 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
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
It is expected that research projects can be successfully completed using English language.
Fulbright Proposal Types
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.
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.
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.
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.