Fellowships and Research Opportunities

Fulbright Arctic Initiative 

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative brings together a large network of academics, professionals, and researchers from the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden for a series of three seminar meetings and a Fulbright exchange to address key research and policy questions related to sustainability in the Arctic. The initiative is currently looking for its third cohort. Championing collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches, the third cohort of Fulbright Arctic Initiative will address public-policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges and opportunities. The U.S. Scholar Application deadline is on September 15, 2020. For more information on the application process and the program, check out their website.

Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship 

Apply Here until November 23, 2016

The Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency supports the enrichment of the international policy dialogue in the fields of sustainable transport and energy efficiency. Lee Schipper, international physicist, researcher, musician and co-founder of EMBARQ inspired and shaped the thinking of a generation of students and professionals and was widely recognized for enriching policy dialogue with his passion for data and challenging conventional wisdom. The Scholarship is aimed at expanding the contributions to research and policy dialogue in the field of sustainable transport and energy efficiency. In memory of Lee’s work, the Scholarship will support initiatives triggering and catalyzing transformative research and policy papers. The Scholarship will place a special emphasis on “iconoclastic” contributions (challenging conventional wisdom) that have clear, transformative outputs and contribute to measurable changes. The Scholarship will support proposals that span different stages nurturing policy dialogue including:

  • Data collection and data quality
  • Diagnosis through data analysis (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Policy analysis and evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary and international comparative analysis

The Scholarship is aimed at supporting young individual researchers and students in their pursuance of the enrichment of policy dialogue consistent with Lee Schipper’s contributions. The Scholarship will be international in nature with no geographical restrictions (developed vs. developing countries). This approach is consistent with Lee Schipper’s work, which spanned broadly geographically and across sectors.


The Northwest Passage Project(NPP)

The Northwest Passage Project (NPP) will explore the changing Arctic environment during an innovative expedition that will engage diverse audiences through real time interactions from sea, an ultra-high definition 2-hour documentary, and related community events. Two cohorts, each consisting of 18 students (six high school students, nine undergraduate students, and three graduate students), will sail on board the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry for 2-2.5 week legs. These students will receive science content instruction as the ship is underway, gain navigation and sailing skills, engage in hands-on projects while aboard and during site visits on land, and contribute to live broadcasts from the Arctic. If you are an interested undergraduate student, please use the link below to complete an application. Currently, the project is only accepting applications from students enrolled in one our partner MSIs. View application here.


Polar Opportunities for High School Students

High school students can apply for an opportunity to go to Greenland via the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), or to King George Island, Antarctica, via the Joint Antarctic School Expedition (JASE). These opportunities are organized through The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.