The American-Scandinavian Foundation Fellowships and Grants

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is the leading cultural and educational link between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. An American non-profit organization, the ASF works to build international understanding with an extensive program of fellowships, grants, intern/trainee sponsorship, publishing and membership offerings. The ASF is headquartered in New York City at Scandinavia House, a public forum presenting a wide range of exhibitions, films, concerts, lectures, symposia & family programs. 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.

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.

Language Requirements

  • 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.

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.


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

PLEASE NOTE: Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Unsuccessful applications will be discarded.

Application Process

Applications must be on official ASF forms


November 2019


Contact the Office of Fellowships at if you have any other questions or concerns.