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ASF Fellowships for Americans in the Nordic Countries

Campus Deadline Disciplines Purpose Open To Eligibility Endorsement Required
November 1, 2023 Arts and Humanities Offers fellowships for U.S. graduate students (preferably dissertation-related), academic professionals, and creative artists interested in pursuing research or creative arts projects in the Nordic region. Graduate Students (preferably dissertation-related), Academic Professionals, and Creative Artists United States citizens or permanent residents, proficiency in the language of the host country No

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is now accepting applications for Fellowships for Americans in the Nordic Countries in the 2024-25 academic year. Additionally, ASF is pleased to announce the new Inger and Jens Bruun Fellowship, supported by the ScanDesign Foundation, for advanced study and research related to environmental stewardship and sustainability in Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).ASF offers fellowships for graduate students (preferably dissertation-related), academic professionals, and creative artists interested in pursuing research or creative arts projects in the Nordic region (Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Sámpi). Awards are given in all fields. Requests may be made for projects of between 4-12 months for up to $23,000 and for those between 1-3 months for up to $5,000.

To be eligible, a student must:


  • Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.
  • Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully-documented application.
  • Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in the Nordic region.
  • First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Applicants are eligible to receive only two awards within a ten year period. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered.
  • Please note that ASF does not ordinarily support art residency programs. To be considered for funding, you must explain why this residency is crucial to your work.
  • ASF considers it desirable that all candidates have at least some ability in the language of the host country, unless your project does not require the use of a Nordic language. For projects that require a command of one or more Nordic (or other) languages, candidates should defer application until they have the necessary proficiency.
  • If interviews are part of the project, the applicant is expected to be able to conduct the interviews in the appropriate local language/s. If language proficiency is required for your project then one of your three letters of recommendation must address the level of Nordic language proficiency, as necessary for the project, and must be written by a qualified instructor or professional in that Nordic language.

Terms of Award:

  • Projects should not begin before April 15th.
  • The awards support project-related costs, including roundtrip airfare, room and board in the Nordic region, in-country travel, tuition and fees (where applicable), and materials (e.g., books, photocopying, art supplies).
  • ASF awards may require supplementation from other sources, but they should not duplicate the benefits of additional awards (and vice versa). Candidates must notify ASF if they have received other award offers. ASF will not provide funds if, in its judgment, a proposal can be carried out without its assistance.

Deadline: 1 November 2023

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For a complete list of all awardees, including Honorable Mentions and Finalists, see All Awardees.
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