Most of the Arctic, like most of the world, is commonly owned. With ownership comes the obligation to manage our resources for the benefit of the total. To do that, we must understand the reality, the richness, and the responsibility of the North.

– Governor Walter J. Hickel, Founder


As a research organization, the Institute of the North regards its Fellows Program as a key component on which we are able to build our programs and accomplish our mission. The Fellows Program provides a wealth of knowledge, experience and historical background to the Institute of the North’s work. Each of the Institute’s Fellows brings a high level of expertise in one or more fields that together form an interdisciplinary team.

The Institute of the North’s Fellows program provides a platform for Alaska- and internationally-recognized researchers and advocates to conduct mission-related projects and programs that compliment their work and interests. Fellows come from a wide array of backgrounds and with diverse experience in Alaska and Arctic issues.  Some have served since the Institute was founded; many bring fresh approaches to the Institute’s work.

  • Senior Fellows – are long-time associates of the Institute of the North and invested heavily in the Institute’s mission and core programs. Senior Fellows are strongly aligned with the Institute’s mission and therefore make broad intellectual contributions (chairing panels, authoring scholarly papers, compiling best practices, presenting at symposiums, etc.) on behalf of the Institute. Senior Fellows meet annually with the Board of Directors and staff to set the research agenda for the coming year. Working together to identify key issues on which the Institute aims to make advancement, the shared agenda will inform decision-making regarding research topics and projects.
  • Visiting Fellows – are brought on for a limited term to meet the needs of the Institute. Potential Visiting Fellows apply to fulfill specific research or program needs or propose projects that fit within the current research objectives of the Institute.  A Visiting Fellow retains his/her status with the Institute for the duration of the project, until such time as the agreed upon product is delivered. Often relatively new to the Institute, Visiting Fellows bring knowledge and experience that compliment the mission and legacy in Alaska and the Arctic.

To  lean more about the Fellows program please contact Nils Andreassen at or 907 786-6324.

The views expressed by Fellows are the sole responsibility of the fellow and do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of the North. The contents of their work are the sole responsibility of the fellow(s). The Institute of the North will not be responsible or liable for any inaccurate or incorrect statements contained in their work. Check the resources page to read some of the presentations and reports written by Institute fellows.