Current Competition Schedule:
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is a publicly supported, nonprofit, organization that promotes international understanding through educational and cultural exchange between the U.S. and the Nordic countries.
Awards for Study in Scandinavia
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.
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.
Please note that the ASF does not ordinarily support art residency programs. To be considered for funding, an explanation why this residency is crucial to your work is required.
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.
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.
Terms of Award
Projects should not begin before April 15th, following the decision announcement date.
Grants 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.
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 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.
Applicants are urged to arrange their academic or professional affiliations as far in advance as possible. Applicants must secure these placements or affiliations on their own; the ASF cannot assist in establishing contacts.
The ASF requires confirmation of invitation or affiliation from the institution or individuals detailed in the proposal.
Since July and August are traditionally holiday months in Scandinavia, many people may not be available for consultation. Applicants are cautioned to plan their projects accordingly.
Applicants are expected to devote full time to their proposed study or research, and must justify the length of time needed to complete their project.
Awards are based on the application submitted; subsequent changes in the proposal are discouraged and may not be considered.
If your research involves interaction or communication with living individuals, their identifiable personal information, or their tissues or other biologic samples you will need to provide a determination/approval letter from your institution’s IRB/ethics committee.
The ASF does not fund the following:
- Travel for attendance at professional meetings, conferences, seminars or conventions
- Performances or exhibitions
- Equipment purchases, including personal computers, bikes, cell phones and software
- Research assistants
- Institutional overhead costs
- Tuition fees from U.S. home institution
- Foregone salary
- Supplementation of substantial sabbatical support
- Support for dependents
- Repayment of loans or other personal obligations
- Acquisition of language skills
- Study in programs especially designed for English-speaking students, or at English-language institutions
- Beginning studies in any subject
- Retroactive program support
- Publication costs
Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Unsuccessful applications will be discarded.
Sources of ASF Funding
The Mathilde Aas Fund
The Carl G. and Rikke Fredriksen Barth Fund
The Bernadotte Fund
The John G. Bergquist Fund in Chemistry
The Sven & Ingrid Bernhard Fund
The Crown Princess Märtha Fellowship Fund
The Edith Coulter Fund
The Finnish Fund
The Former Fellows Fund
The Icelandic Crafts Fund
The Carl Olaf, Marie and Katherine Elizabeth Johnson Fellowship Fund
The Henrik Kauffmann Fund
The King Haakon VII Fund
The King Olav V Fund
The Helen Lee and Emil Lassen Fund
The Hans K. Lorentzen Fund
The Martha and Jack McFall Fund
The Dr. Mary Jane Oestmann Fellowship Fund
The Amanda E. Roleson Fund
The Sather Fund
The Scan|Design by Inger and Jens Bruun Foundation Fund
The Scandinavian Seminar Fund for projects either based at University of the Arctic member institutions or in Arctic Studies
The Thor and Saimi Soderholm Fund
The Carol and Hans Christian Sonne Fund
The Håkon Björnstrom Steffanson Funds:
Sverige-Amerika Stiftelsen and Uppsala University
The Alice and Corrin Strong Fund
The Haakon Styri Fund
The Selma C. Swanson Fund
The Thord-Gray Memorial Fund
The Thor Thors Memorial Fund
The Thor Thors Special Contributions Fund
The Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Fund
The Andrew E. and G. Norman Wigeland Fund
The Charles K. Willey Fund