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American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship

Provides support for post-graduates with a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential.


The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the United States and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.  The ASF's award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation's most long-standing commitment to educational exchange.  During the past 94 years, over 3,800 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study or research projects.    

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected based upon their proposed plan of study or research.


Applicants must:

  • Have a well-defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential;

  • Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents;

  • Have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.

  • 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.

 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.


Awards range from Grants (normally $5,000) to Fellowships (up to $23,000).  The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available.  The awards support project-related costs, including maintenance, trans-Atlantic round-trip travel, in-country travel, tuition and fees (where applicable), and materials expenditures (e.g., books, photocopying, art supplies).


Projects should be planned for the academic year following the receipt of the award.

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American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowship