Current Competition Schedule
Current and Past Visiting Lectureship Recipients
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 American Universities and Colleges to Host Norwegian and Swedish Lecturers
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) invites U.S. colleges and universities to apply for funding to host a visiting lecturer from Norway or Sweden.
The awards are for appointments of one semester, and should fall within an academic year.
The competition is open to all American colleges and universities. The award is appropriate not just for Scandinavian studies departments,
but for any department or inter-disciplinary program with an interest in incorporating a Scandinavian focus into its course offerings.
Terms of Award
$20,000 teaching/research stipend
$5,000 travel stipend for lecture appearances outside home institution
J-1 visa sponsorship as a short-term scholar (up to 6 months) through the ASF Visitor Exchange Program
Lectureships should be in the area of contemporary studies
with an emphasis on one of five areas:
Conditions of Award
The lecturer must be a Norwegian or Swedish citizen, and a scholar or expert in a field appropriate to the host department or program.
The ASF encourages consideration of the practitioner as well as the academic as a lectureship candidate.
Responsibilities of the Host Institution
The institution is responsible for selecting the lecturer it wishes to host. The ASF cannot assist in establishing contacts.
All pre-appointment communication with the lecturer, and arrangements for teaching, public presentations and housing during the lectureship appointment are the responsibility of the host institution.
The host institution would be expected to provide support complementing the $20,000 stipend. Additional support may be in the form of:
Subsidized faculty housing
International Travel and insurance expenses
Office and computer use
Additional stipend support
Responsibilities of the Lecturer
The selected lecturer is expected to teach one course (undergraduate or graduate level) and perform modest public activities (lectures, etc.) for which s/he will receive $20,000.
The selected lecturer is expected to accept invitations to visit other academic institutions or conferences (including the NorTANA conference, the Swedish Teachers’ conference, and the SASS conference) for which s/he will have $5,000 available in travel funds.