The Ministers for Foreign Affairs in Iceland and Norway signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Akureyri, Iceland, which includes several aspects of cooperation in the field of Arctic scientific research, including the Nansen Professorship in Arctic Studies at the University of Akureyri. In tribute to the famous Norwegian polar scientist and humanist - Fridtjof Nansen - the Professorship is referred to as the Nansen Professorship in Arctic Studies. The position is awarded each year for a twelve-month period to a scientist working on issues that bear on the legal, economic, social and natural circumstances in the Arctic.

For the 2016/2017 scholarship the selection committee seeks a candidate interested in contributing a year to focus their research effort on political and social issues in the Arctic; with a special emphasis on issues shared by Norway and Iceland. Applications from candidates within other fields will though also be accepted.

A successful candidate should currently hold an academic position (assistant, associate or full professor) or a research position at a research institute which focuses on the Arctic. The candidate must have a strong academic background and be experienced in working across disciplines with complex human-environmental-social issues. The candidate also needs to have strong communicative and social/interpersonal skills. Research experience relating to the Arctic and a track record of participation in international research networks is required.

For more details, see the attached call.

Deadline: March 14, 2016