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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 offers fellowships and grants to individuals to pursue research, study, or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.
- Applicants must have a well-defined research, study or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential.
- Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.
- Applicants must 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.
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.
Required application materials:
- Biographical information
- Educational and professional background (including CV)
- Transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate level coursework
- Project description
- Project budget
- Three letters of recommendation
To apply, click here.
Value of the Award
Fellowships (up to $23,000) are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.
Grants (up to $5,000) are considered especially suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one to three months duration.
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).
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.
The American-Scandinavian Foundation
58 Park Ave. at 38th Street
New York, NY