The American-Scandinavian Foundation’s (ASF) award programs for study and research abroad has been the foundation’s most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. The ASF offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (normally $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study, or creative arts projects in all fields in one or more Scandinavian countries for up to one year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have a well-defined research, study, or creative arts project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential.

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

  • Must have completed undergraduate education by the start of the project in Scandinavia.

  • 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.

General Information

The American-Scandinavian Foundation is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.  An American nonprofit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing, and membership offerings.

During the past 100 years, more than 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study or research projects.  The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available.  Awards are made in all fields.

The ASF requires confirmation of invitation or affiliation from the institution or individuals detailed in the proposal. Because July and August are traditionally holiday months in Scandinavia, many people may not be available for consultation.

Projects should not begin before April 15, 2017. Grants are considered especially suitable for postgraduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one-month to three-months duration. Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

Application Instructions and Timeline

**Applicants apply directly to the Foundation. All application materials and instructions can be found online at the ASF website. The PAF office will only provide feedback to applicants who request it and who submit their materials for review a minimum of three weeks in advance of the application deadline. NO EXCEPTIONS.**

May 2016  Application available online.

November 1, 2016 Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the ASF.

April 15, 2017  Decisions announced.