Grants for Study in Scandinavia

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is offering awards for studying in Scandanavia. Grants are normally $4,000 for visits of one to three months duration. Fellowships are up to $20,000 for one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Over $300,000 is available for the 2008-09 competition. The application deadline is Nov. 1. An information sheet and application can be downloaded at

Projects should be planned to fall within the summer 2008 to summer 2009 period. The awards support project-related costs, including maintenance, transatlantic round-trip travel, in-country travel, tuition and fees (where applicable) and materials expenditures (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 the ASF if they have received other award offers. The ASF will not provide funds if, in its judgment, a proposal can be carried out without its assistance.

To be eligible, applicants must
– be United States citizens or permanent residents;
– have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden essential;
– provide confirmation of invitation or affiliation from the institution or individuals detailed in the proposal; and
– have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.

Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully documented application.

First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered. Priority for fellowships is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

The ASF considers it desirable that all candidates have at least some ability in the language of the host country, even if it is not essential for the execution of the research plan. For projects that require a command of one or more Scandinavian (or other) languages, candidates should defer application until they have the necessary proficiency.


The American-Scandinavian Foundation
Attn: Fellowship Program
58 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10016

(212) 879-9779