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The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short term (1-3 months) fellowships of up to $5,000 to graduate students (preferably conducting dissertation research) and academic professionals interested in pursuing research or creative-arts projects in the Nordic region (Denmark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sámpi, and Sweden). Awards are made in all fields. 

Deadline: November 1, 2023

For more information about Fellowships for Americans in the Nordic Countries, please see ASF's website.

To begin your online application, click here!



  • Academic Year (start date is after April 15), or
  • 1-3 months (start date is after April 15) 


  • US citizen or permanent resident 

  • Must have completed undergraduate degree by the start of the project 

Language Requirements 

  • Preference for some language ability in a Nordic language

  • If language proficiency is required for your project (e.g., you will be conducting interviews or translating) then 1 of the 3 letters of recommendation must address the level of Nordic language proficiency and must be from a qualified instructor or professional in that Nordic language

Terms of Award 

  • Supports project-related costs 

  • Room and board 

  • Trans-Atlantic round-trip airfare and in-country travel 

  • Tuition and fees (e.g., if affiliated) 

  • Materials expenditures (e.g., books, photocopying, art supplies) 


  • Applicants must seek their own affiliation. Note: ASF cannot provide applicants with an affiliation 

  • Applicants are eligible to receive only 2 awards within a 10-year period 

  • ASF does not fund the following: 

  • Tuition fees for US home institution 

  • Programs in the Nordic region that are designed for English-speaking students 

  • First-year graduate study 

  • Language courses 

  • Research assistants 

  • Travel for conferences, meetings, seminars, or conventions 

  • Personal obligations (e.g., repayment of loans, mortgage payments, taxes) 

  • Support for dependents 

  • Publication costs 

Application Materials 

  • Curriculum Vitae 
  • Project Abstract (Limit: 150 words) 

  • Project Statement (Limit: 1,500 words) 

  • Project Budget (Enter expenses into the online application’s budget template) 

  • Three Letters of Recommendation. Note: If you are a MA or PhD student, then 1 of the 3 letters must be from the committee chair 

  • A Letter of Affiliation/Invitation (in host country) 

  • Evidence that you will comply with research ethics, if applicable (e.g., IRB application or approval, reference to relevant ethics code)  

  • Transcripts (undergraduate and graduate transcripts). Note: Full-time faculty members and independent scholars who have completed their PhDs more than 7 years ago do not need to provide transcripts