The Arctic faces critical policy challenges that require international cooperation and policy decisions that are grounded in Indigenous and local knowledge and western science and informed by Arctic residents. The Fulbright Program formed the Fulbright Arctic Initiative to support interdisciplinary policy-relevant research important to residents and stakeholders vested in the future of the Arctic. This Symposium reports on research findings and selected policy recommendations from the Fulbright Arctic Initiative thematic research teams, who during 18-months of collaborative work focused on 1) supporting health and well-being to ensure that Arctic communities develop pathways to thrive and, 2) addressing scales of risk from local to global to enhance economic sustainability in the Arctic. The discussion to follow will focus on possible research priorities and opportunities for the next round of scholars in the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, 2020-21.


Keynote Speaker

Ambassador Bergdís Ellersdottír, Embassy of Iceland in Washington D.C.

Meredith Rubin, Senior Arctic Official, U.S. Department of State

Fulbright Arctic Initiative Overview

Michael Sfraga, Director, Polar Institute, Wilson Center, and; Fulbright Arctic Co-Lead Scholar

Ross Virginia, Director, Institute of Arctic Studies, Dartmouth College, and; Fulbright Arctic Co-Lead Scholar

Fulbright Panel Topics

  • From Resilient to Thriving: Supporting Health and Well-being in Arctic Communities
  • From Local to Global: Scales of Risk and Pathways to Sustainable Arctic Economies
  • Next Steps: Policy Relevant Research Priorities for an Expanding Fulbright Arctic Network