The Arctic Five Call for Chairs 2021

The Rectors’ Council of the Arctic Five is pleased to open the inaugural Call for Arctic Five Chairs. 

The Arctic Five is a partnership between Luleå University of Technology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Umeå University, the University of Lapland, and the University of Oulu, whom together aim to lead the way on key Arctic issues. Through this alliance we seek to advance and share knowledge, develop education, and create innovations for the advancement of our region and for a sustainable Arctic.

As part of the Arctic Five’s flagship Chairs & Fellows initiative, the Chairs initiative is a new format for collaboration within the Arctic Five network, built from scholars with the will and capacity to form original research and education alliances, or strengthening existing collaborations.

The objective of this initiative is, firstly, to generate collaborations in research and education within the Arctic Five through a bottom-up approach; and secondly, to formulate broader fields of collaboration. The overarching aim is to improve the success of Arctic Five universities in securing external funding, and in this way, help meet our goal in finding research-based solutions to joint problems facing our northern societies.

Arctic Five Chairs

An Arctic Five Chair an already established scholar at an Arctic Five university, with either recent or ongoing research and/or educational collaborations with other Arctic Five partner universities, or who plans to establish such partnerships. Becoming an Arctic Five Chair will enable scholars to build these collaborations, whilst providing support for developing joint projects, as well as assistance with applying for larger funding calls. Applicants from all disciplines or fields of study are welcome to apply.

Each chair defines their field(s) of collaboration by framing their research focus and plans, including potential linkages with education (if applicable). A chair then builds alliances with colleagues at other Arctic Five universities and beyond. In addition, each chair is expected to participate in relevant Arctic Five events, contribute to the development of related Arctic Five activities, as well as promote the Arctic Five at their own university and beyond.

Successful applicants will work on their projects on a part time basis, with a guaranteed time-allocation of at least 20%, and an annual budget of 10 000 EUR to cover operational costs. Each Chair appointment is for a 2-year period, with the possibility of an additional 1-year extension.

Full details on eligibility, application form, and evaluation criteria are available at

Process Timeline
  • Deadline for applications: January 15th, 2022 at 23:59 CET
  • Evaluation period: January 16th – February 25th
  • Candidates informed of decision: by March 7th
Application and Questions

An Application for Chair can be downloaded from the Arctic Five website.

Applications and supporting documents are to be sent to: Dag Avango, Co-Director of the Arctic Five ( by January 15, 2022 [23:59 CET].

For Questions about the Arctic Five Chairs, please contact Dag Avango at the e-mail address above.

Last updated: 9.12.2021