Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright Distinguished Arctic Scholar Award

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
August 2023 - March 2024
Award Length
3 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Research and teach within areas that are relevant to understanding of the Arctic and High North regions. The Distinguished Scholar is expected to engage with faculty inside and outside the host institution(s), give public lectures and lead seminars, as well as supervise and mentor Master’s and Ph.D. candidates with their research and writing. Details about award activity should be worked out with the host.

Locations Detail

Any institution of higher education or research in Norway.

Award Length and Period

Three months. The grantee may stay for more than three months, but no additional funding will be offered.

Start date to be agreed upon jointly between host university and candidate, but must occur within the 2023-24 academic year.

Areas of Interest

See Award Activity. The Arctic Distinguished Scholar award is not limited to the natural sciences. This award is open to applications in the social sciences and the humanities and recognizes the important contributions these disciplines can make to our understanding of the Arctic.

Special Features

The Distinguished Scholar is welcome to travel to other universities in Norway for shorter periods of time. No additional funding will be provided for such travel.

All U.S. awardees to Norway have two opportunities to gather as a group. The first is an orientation program held in Oslo in August. The second is a seminar in February during which awardees present on their projects followed by a weekend at a ski resort near Lillehammer. Domestic travel and lodging expenses for these gatherings are covered by the Fulbright Foundation. In addition, these expenses are covered for dependent family members of awardees for the seminar/ski weekend, which is a highlight of the Fulbright year.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Invitation letter required from each institution where activity is to take place.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient.
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching and research will be in English; proficiency in another language is not required.

Additional Qualification Information

Five to 10 years of research and experience. Candidates should be accomplished scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record.

Please note that dual U.S.-Norway citizens are not eligible for Fulbright awards to Norway. Applications will not be considered if the applicant is currently residing in Norway or will be residing in Norway during the year preceding the award.

Additional Comments

Applicants are encouraged to secure recommendation letters from individuals with different institutional affiliations.

Award Allowances

200,000 Norwegian kroner (NOK) (approximately $23,500*) for a three month grant period. This sum will cover maintenance, housing and research-related expenses. Fulbright funding will be offered for a total maximum of four months, but scholar may stay beyond the four month Fulbright grant period. There is no additional financial support for dependents, but family members may accompany scholar to site.

*Please note, USD amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Allowance of NOK 25,000 (approximately $3,000) for round-trip international travel, including excess baggage allowance, shipping costs, etc. for awardee only.

Please note, USD amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. 

Additional Dependent Benefits

Public primary and secondary schools are free in Norway for dependents. For more information, please click here.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Estimated Cost of Living

Housing costs can vary considerably depending on the type of place scholars rent, including whether or not they get access to researcher housing at their host university. For other costs of living, please see Consumption Research Norway’s reference budget for ordinary consumer expenditures. (https://www.oslomet.no/en/about/sifo/reference-budget)

Special Award Benefits

One-time grants of up to 2,000 NOK (approximately $250*) are available for scholars to use for grant-related travel in Norway or Europe.

Scholars are also eligible to participate in the Fulbright Intercountry Lecturing Program. The program provides opportunities for professional enrichment and cultural experience outside of Norway through short visits to give presentations in other participating European countries. Intercountry Lecturing travel is covered by the Fulbright commission and host institution in the country the scholar travels to.

*Please note, USD amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. 

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

Norway is an excellent place to teach and conduct research. With a strong public emphasis on education, the Norwegian education system includes a generously funded and publicly accessible system of higher education and research that is the backbone of Norwegian intellectual development, creativity and innovation.

The vast majority of higher education institutions in Norway are public and generally do not charge tuition. There is a single national admission process for undergraduate study at public colleges and universities as well as some private. In accordance with European standards, the years of study for a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree are three, two and three respectively. In-depth information about higher education in Norway can be found here.

Norwegian institutions of higher education and research offer many opportunities for international scholars to conduct research and teach. English is used almost as a second language in Norway, and the international environment in most research and higher education institutions means that competence in Norwegian is not a requirement for a successful short-term research or teaching visit.

In addition, The Research Council of Norway has identified a number of Centers of Excellence and Centers for Research-Based Innovation in various fields. The centers are affiliated with Norway's top universities and premier independent research institutes and may be of particular interest for Fulbright scholars. Scholars especially interested in efforts to strengthen quality in higher education may want to consider one of the Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education.

The academic year runs from mid-August to mid-December and mid-January to mid-June.

Early career applicants who are currently working on a PhD must have a doctorate in hand by February 2023 to be eligible.

Please note that dual U.S.-Norway citizens are not eligible for Fulbright grants to Norway.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

The US-Norway Fulbright Foundation is proud to have welcomed scholars in a variety of disciplines from the creative and performing arts to education to mathematics and natural sciences. Every scholar and every host situation is different, and we cannot guarantee an exact match, but we will be happy to try and connect potential applicants with relevant alumni.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.