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The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships of up to $23,000 and short term (1-3 months) grants 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. Awards are made in all fields. 

Deadline: November 1, 2020

Click here to apply for the 2021-2022 Fellowships & Grants for Americans to Study in Scandinavia



Fellowships: Academic Year (start date is after April 15) 

Grants: 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, 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 

  • Online Application Form ($40 Application Fee)

  • 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 comply with research ethics, if applicable (e.g., IRB 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