Scandinavian-American Foundation: 2021 Awards for Research/Study in Scandinavia and Grants for Visiting Lecturers from Norway – Up to $25K – Applications Due: November 1, 2020 & February 15, 2021

Mon, Feb 15, 2021, 5:00 pm
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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.

ASF is currently accepting applications for Fellowships and Grants for the 2021-22 academic year.

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.

  • Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay.  Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.
  • 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.

The ASF invites U.S. colleges and universities to apply for funding to host a visiting lecturer from Norway. The $20,000 awards are for appointments of one semester.

Fields of Research:

  1. For the awards to American students, scholars, professionals and artists for study and/or research in Scandinavia, funding is available to candidates in all fields.
  2. For the grants for visiting lecturers from Norway, lectureships should be in the area of contemporary studies with an emphasis on one of five areas:  Public Policy, Conflict Resolution, Environmental Studies, Multiculturalism, or Healthcare.


  • Fellowships and grants to Americans for research/study in Scandinavia:
    • 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. 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.
    • 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.
  • Grants for visiting lecturers from Norway:
    • 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.
    • The lecturer must be a Norwegian 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.
    • Visit the lectureships competition website for a listing of responsibilities of the host institution and responsibilities of the lecturer.

Assistance with Application: The Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations team is available to assist faculty with proposal development and submission.  We welcome the opportunity to work with you - please call me at x8-9944 if you would like assistance.


  • Fellowships and grants to Americans for research/study in Scandinavia:
    • Fellowships can be up to $23,000.
    • Grants can be up to $5,000.
    • 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 ASF if they have received other award offers.
    • ASF will not provide funds if, in its judgment, a proposal can be carried out without its assistance.
    • For a listing of expenses that are not funded by the ASF, see the Limitations section on the Foundation’s website.
  • Grants for visiting lecturers from Norway:
    • $20,000 as a teaching/research stipend for appointments of one semester.
    • $5,000 travel stipend for lecture appearances outside home institution.


  • Fellowships and grants to Americans for research/study in Scandinavia:
    • Applicants must complete this ASF Fellowships & Grants for Americans application form, including a well-defined and accessible project description and project statement that outlines their research, study, or creative arts project and describes why a stay in Scandinavia is essential.
    • 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.
    • 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; ASF cannot assist in establishing contacts.
    • ASF requires confirmation of invitation or affiliation from the institution or individuals detailed in the proposal.
    • Three Letters of Recommendation are required. One letter should be by the supervisory chair of your MA or PhD committee. If language proficiency is required for your project one letter must address the level of Nordic language proficiency and must be written by a qualified instructor or professional in that Nordic language.
    • If your research involves human beings, you must provide evidence that you comply with research ethics and seek informed consent (e.g., an IRB approval letter from your institution; a professional code of ethics and related sample release forms).
    • Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Unsuccessful applications will be discarded.
  • Grants for visiting lecturers from Norway:

Due Dates:

  1. Application deadline for fellowships and grants to Americans for research/study in Scandinavia is November 1, 2020.
  2. Application deadline for grants for visiting lecturers from Norway is February 15, 2021.

Decisions for both programs will be announced on April 15, 2021.

Categories: Open Call RFPs