American-Scandinavian Foundation Grants and Fellowships

Website: American-Scandinavian Foundation


The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.

Grants are considered suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one 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.

The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.


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.

Language Requirements

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.


The ASF does not fund the following:

    • Study in programs especially designed for English-speaking students, or at English-language institutions
    • Beginning studies in any subject
    • Fees for classes related to the acquisition of language skills
    • Travel for attendance at professional meetings, conferences, seminars or conventions
    • Performances or exhibitions
    • Research assistants
    • Institutional overhead costs
    • Tuition fees from U.S. home institution
    • Foregone salary
    • Retroactive program support
    • Supplementation of substantial sabbatical support
    • Equipment purchases, including personal computers, bikes, cell phones and software
    • Personal Obligations including repayment of loans, home housing costs, and taxes
    • Support for dependents
    • Publication costs
Student Type
  • senior
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident

Application forms and instructions are available at


During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study, research, or creative arts projects. In 2019, 63 students, professionals, and artists were provided over $725,350 in total funding.

Contact Information

The American-Scandinavian Foundation @ Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue @ 38th Street
New York, NY 10016
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