The Institute of Arctic Studies works with many national and international organizations on scientific research, policy development, conferences and workshops, and environmental network development. We support Dartmouth student and faculty exchanges with some partner institutions.

Universities & Colleges

  • The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is a public research university in Fairbanks, Alaska. Located just 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle, UAF is a critical partner in promoting cooperation, sustainable development, and environmental protection in the region. Dartmouth and UAF co-chair the UArctic Institute for Arctic Policy.
  • The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is an international cooperative network, consisting of universities, colleges and other organizations, that promotes education and research in the North. Located above the Arctic Circle, and endorsed by the Arctic Council, it was established to empower indigenous peoples and other northerners through education, mobility and shared knowledge. Dartmouth and UAF co-chair the UArctic Institute for Arctic Policy. IAP hosts meetings of select academics, government officials, nonprofits, and indigenous leaders to discuss critical Arctic issues and publishes recommendations for action. 
  • Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) is Greenland's only university, located in the capital of Nuuk. The Dartmouth-Greenland Student Exchange brings one or two students from Greenland to Dartmouth for a term each year, and Dartmouth sends one student each year to Ilisimatusarfik for a term. The program is an important bridge for Greenlandic students to work within their government, education, and nonprofits, and has been an essential educational experience for Dartmouth students doing research in Greenland. We look forward to expanding faculty and student exchanges and other collaborations between Illimartusifik and Dartmouth.

Institutes, Centers, & NGOs

  • The Stefansson Arctic Institute (SAI) in Akureyri, Iceland, is supported by the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources and was named after the Arctic explorer and anthropologist Vilhjálmur Stefánsson (1879-1962), founder of Dartmouth's Northern and Polar Studies program. SAI is a forum for cooperation in multi-disciplinary research. Dartmouth and the Stefansson Arctic Institute have a special relationship based on the historic bond forged by Vilhjálmur Stefánsson and his wife Evelyn Stefánsson Nef. In 2013 and 2016, Dartmouth hosted the annual Stefansson Memorial Lecture, a joint program of SAI and Dartmouth.
  • The Wilson Center in Washington, DC, is a non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for the policy community. Ross Virginia, Director of the Institute of Arctic Studies at Dartmouth, is a Global Fellow in the Wilson Center's Polar Initiative.
  • The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing collaboration between nations and promoting dynamic global engagement by the United States. Its work focuses on achieving practical results for global security, stability and prosperity as well as overall international peace and economic advancement. They have been an important partner in UArctic Institute of Arctic Policy meetings on security issues, including environmental, health, and economic concerns. 
  • The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) is an international Indigenous Peoples' Organization representing the 160,000 Inuit living in the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Chukotka, Russia. ICC focuses on strengthening unity among Inuit of the circumpolar region, promoting human, cultural, economic, and political rights on the international level and encouraging long-term policies to safeguard the Arctic environment. In 2012, ICC Chair Aqqaluk Lynge received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Dartmouth. He has also been a Dickey Center Arctic Fellow. IAS continues to work with Mr. Lynge to strength Inuit participation at all levels of scientific circumpolar research and regional policy development.
  • We look forward to expanding research partnerships in Sweden with the Abisko Scientific Research Station, located north of the Arctic Circle, and Uppsala University, which, with Dartmouth, is a member of the Matariki Network of international universities.
  • The Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi is Finland's national institute for Arctic knowledge. The Centre conducts multidisciplinary research on the impacts of climate change in the Arctic and is committed to strengthening understanding of the natural and physical environment of the Arctic and its forms of life. 
  • The CLINF Nordic Centre of Excellence identifies and investigates the effects of climate change on the geographic distribution and epidemiology of human and animal infectious diseases throughout the Nordic region and Russia.  
  • The U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, New Hampshire, is a research facility that provides scientific and engineering support to the U.S. government and its military with a main emphasis on cold environments. It has made many contributions to the knowledge of climate change by applying science and engineering to complex environments, materials, and processes in all seasons and climates. A number of engineering graduate students work closely with CRREL personnel on ice and snow research. 
  • The UAB CER ARCTIC Research and Studies Centre in Barcelona, Spain generates cutting-edge research and provide a scientific assessment as a way of contributing to the quality of life of Arctic populations, as well as to the sustainability of their environment. Based on a multidisciplinary approach, the research centre will study rights and social justice issues in relation to the use of resources, conduct comparative studies of the Arctic and other regions, such as the Mediterranean, and promote sustainability and governance to foster well-being and human development in the region.


  • The National Science Foundation has been an important partner. In 2015, we assumed leadership of the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP), a program that brings together high school students and teachers from Greenland, Denmark and the US to experience hands-on science in Greenland, and for the Joint Antarctic Science Expedition (JASE), which takes high school students to Antarctica. Our Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Polar Environmental Change program, from 2008-2015, supported PhD students in an interdisciplinary fellowship.
  • Students studying polar environmental change have collaborated with officials of the Government of Greenland on the U.S. Arctic Research Consortium's Joint Science Education Program, which links Dartmouth students with Greenlandic, Danish and U.S. high school students in Greenland, introducing them to science through exercises and climate change research.