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Institute of Arctic Studies


Dartmouth College’s Institute of Arctic Studies (IAS) at the Dickey Center for International Understanding was founded in 1989 in recognition of Dartmouth’s distinguished history in northern studies. Our aim is to facilitate faculty and student research, teaching, and an understanding of issues facing high latitude regions. We develop programs that promote scholarship and engage students in the social, political and scientific issues of high latitude regions. Dartmouth has partnered with the University of the Arctic to create the Institute of Applied Circumpolar Policy, a forum for connecting scientists, policy-makers and indigenous leaders on issues of climate, security and development.

IAS provides research and fellowship support to students interested in polar issues and guidance in selecting a course of study. Its undergraduate Stefansson Fellowship honors Dartmouth’s distinguished Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson by supporting student research in the polar regions.

An important initiative of the Institute is a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program in Polar Environmental Change. The primary goal of this Ph.D. program is to train graduate students in earth sciences, ecology, and engineering in interdisciplinary approaches to the study of rapid climate change in polar regions.