University of the Arctic
The University of the Arctic (UArctic) is a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. Network members share resources, facilities, and expertise to build post-secondary education programmes that are relevant and accessible to northern students. The overall goal is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering northerners and northern communities through education and shared knowledge. Durham becamse an Associate Member of UArctic in June 2013 in view of the long-standing interests in Arctic research across several departments, including past and present ice sheet change, oceanography, Arctic geology, Arctic Law and Governance, and Arctic ecosystems.
Current non-University UArctic Partners include: Arctic Council; Northern Forum; UNEP; Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation; Arctic Frontiers; INTER-ACT; APECS; IASSA; International Antarctic Institute; Nature Gate.
Current UArctic Members include: Aarhus University, Dartmouth College, University of Bergen, University of Oslo, University of Alaska, University of Stavanger, University of Washington and more.
Opportunities for engagement
UArctic offers opportunities for Durham colleagues to collaborate with over 170 Arctic-based institutions. UArctic run programmes that we can participate in including academic courses called Circumpolar Studies and a student and staff mobility programme called North2North. They also have a framework through which colleagues can develop research collaborations. These collaborations are called Thematic Networks.
Further information about UArctic
UArctic's Thematic Networks foster issues-based cooperation within networks, which are focused but flexible enough to respond quickly to topical Arctic issues. They form a natural framework for development of UArctic education and research providing a structure for increasing the knowledge generation and sharing across the North. Examples of the networks can be found on the website.
UArctic institutes, or centres, are units (physical or virtual) at member institutions devoted to circumpolar cooperation, normally within a specific area. They are founded according to UArctic values and goals and are typically devoted to some of the objectives of a thematic network or specific functions of UArctic programs. For example the UArctic Institute for Arctic Policy (IAP) is a cooperative effort between Dartmouth College and the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. Read more about the IAP mission here. Other UArctic members, and in particular relevant thematic networks, are invited to cooperate with the Institute with expertise and advice.
The UArctic Study Catalogue has a database of catalogues, useful links and online journals specific to the Arctic region and related issues. The website also contains a full of list related research centers, organizations and associations in addition to a funding sources and Arctic programs.
Alongside the UArctic Catalogue and the UArctic Field School it is hoped that the creation of the Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC) will further enhance mobility opportunities at Durham.
DurhamARCTIC is a doctoral training and research centre funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to support Interdisciplinary Understanding for a Changing Arctic. Between 2018 and 2023 DurhamARCTIC will be supporting 15 doctoral students at Durham University, each of whom is pursuing a research project that contributes to and benefits from a blend of disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary enquiry.
For further information please visit the DurhamARCTIC webpages.
DurhamARCTIC Doctoral Scholarships
DurhamARCTIC is a doctoral training centre at Durham University, funded by a grant from the Leverhulme Trust to support Interdisciplinary Understanding for a Changing Arctic (DS-2017-070). Between 2018 and 2023 DurhamARCTIC is supporting 15 doctoral students at Durham University, each of whom is pursuing a research project that contributes to and benefits from a blend of disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary enquiry.
For more information about the programme, as well as application details, please see the DurhamARCTIC website at:
Enquiries may be sent to Professor Phil Steinberg at