Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Iceland


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2 Open Study/Research Awards

Grant Period:

9 months.

Grants will begin in late August/early September.

The Fulbright Commission hosts a mandatory in-country orientation at the end of August/beginning of September.


Candidate Profile:

All degree levels are welcome; from bachelor students up to the Ph.D.-dissertation level across all disciplines.

Preference will be given to candidates who are:

  • Planning to enroll in a university program in Iceland
  • Planning to do research and/or take classes related to a Master‘s or Ph.D. program in which they are already enrolled at their home institution.

Candidates planning to do independent research projects are also welcome to apply but must demonstrate the necessary research experience, skills and self-discipline to undertake such a project. The project must also be endorsed by an affiliate in Iceland that is competent to evaluate the feasibility of the project and provide necessary academic/professional support.


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required


Additional Information: Icelandic language proficiency is not required, unless applicants are proposing to take courses that are taught in Icelandic or undertake research which requires language proficiency.

A wide variety of classes at the graduate level are taught in English, but not in all fields. Please refer to the university websites for information on course offerings in English. For those who are doing research or art projects, English is usually sufficient, but it will depend on the project. Some projects may require the ability to read or speak Icelandic. Study of Icelandic prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

Candidates are responsible for arranging their own host affiliations. Preliminary contacts with, and letters of support from, host institutions are necessary at the time of application. Candidates planning to enroll in a university program in Iceland, and who have not yet gained admittance at the time of application, may declare their intent in the application, but must confirm the affiliation at least three months before arriving in Iceland. Candidates are responsible for their own university applications and enrollments and must apply independently of their Fulbright application. See the links below for more information on affiliations.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

Grantees are responsible for all fees and tuition. It is the grantee's responsibility to inquire about tuitions and fees at a proposed host university and make the necessary arrangements. For students affiliated with a university, we also recommend that you inquire about housing availability.


Ineligibility:

Dual American/Icelandic citizens are not eligible.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


1 Fulbright/Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture Award

Award Profile:

This cost-shared grant is for a student who has completed a Bachelor’s degree in the U.S. and is interested in studying modern Icelandic as a second language at the University of Iceland. The scholarship program is administered by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.

Icelandic as a second language is comprised of both theoretical and practical fields of study. On the one hand, it is a language course, where students are trained in speaking, reading and writing modern Icelandic. On the other hand, it delves into the more academic aspects of the Icelandic language, literature and history of Iceland. Subjects covered include morphology, syntax and phonetics of modern Icelandic. Students read both old and modern literature and learn about the history of Iceland from settlement to modern times. Additionally, students are introduced to translations.

The application procedure is similar to other Fulbright grants. Applicants do not apply directly to the Árni Magnússon Institute for the grant, but through the Fulbright Commission. For additional information see  www.arnastofnun.is/page/studentastyrkir_menntamalaraduneytis_en).

Please note, however, that applicants must apply for admission to the University of Iceland. This is a separate application which must be submitted by 1 February to the university. 


Grant Period:

9 months.

Grant term mid-to-late August through mid-to-late May.

The Fulbright Commission hosts a mandatory in-country orientation at the end of August/beginning of September.


Candidate Profile:

Students must have some prior knowledge of Icelandic (see further info on the university website listed below). Students committed to completing the degree program in Icelandic will be given priority. Preference will, as a rule, be given to a candidate under 35 years of age.

 


Accepted Degree Levels:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Required - Novice
1 year of college-level study, or the equivalent, prior to commencing the grant


Additional Information: Icelandic language proficiency is not required, but some prior knowledge is required, according to the requirements for BA study in Icelandic. Please see the program website for details.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: n/a


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

Please note that applicants must apply for admission to the University of Iceland. This is a separate application which must be submitted by 1 February to the university.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

The grantee is responsible for all fees and tuition. It is the grantee's responsibility to inquire about tuitions and fees at a proposed host university and make the necessary arrangements.


Ineligibility:

Dual American/Icelandic citizens are not eligible.


Special Application Instructions:

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name please select Iceland Min of Ed & Cultural Grant from the drop down menu.


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


4 Fulbright/National Science Foundation Arctic Research Awards

Award Profile:

Up to four awards will be given for the Fulbright-National Science Foundation Arctic Research Grant. The student will be expected to conduct Arctic-related research in Iceland. Projects must be well defined and must be completed within the grant period.

The grant is open to students in all social and natural science fields as they relate to the Arctic and the people living there. These include but not limited to work in the fields of political science, anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, governance,  gender studies, health (excluding clinical medicine), economics, ecology, glaciology, geology, sustainability science,  and other applicable fields.


Grant Period:

Grants will begin in mid August to early September. The grant period is 9 months.

The Fulbright Commission hosts a mandatory in-country orientation at the end of August/beginning of September.


Candidate Profile:

Master's and PhD students in the social and natural sciences are eligible. Projects must be Arctic-related.  

Please note that PhD students are eligible to apply for this grant even though they are receiving other dissertation funding through NSF or other bodies, as long as need is demonstrated and it is clear that funds will be used for different purposes.

 


Accepted Degree Levels:

Master's
Doctoral


Foreign Language Proficiency:

Not Required


It is expected that research projects can be successfully completed using English language.


Fulbright Proposal Types:

Independent Study/Research: Yes


Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Affiliation:

Affilation with any university, research organization or other appropriate partner in Iceland.


Affiliation Fees/Tuition:

The grantee is responsible for all fees and tuition. It is the grantee's responsibility to inquire about tuitions and fees at a proposed host university and make the necessary arrangements.


Ineligibility:

Dual American/Icelandic citizens are not eligible.


Special Application Instructions:

In your Embark on-line application, Step B, Section 3a Award Name please select Arctic Research Grant from the drop down menu.

 


Dependents:

Dependent support is not available


Website:

www.fulbright.is

University of Iceland: {http://english.hi.is/}
University of Akureyri:  {http://english.unak.is/}
Bifröst University: {http://www.bifrost.is/english/}
Hólar University: {http://www.holar.is/en/english}
The Agricultural University of Iceland: {http://www.lbhi.is/en/english}
University Centre of the Westfjords: {http://hsvest.is/}
Stefansson Arctic Institute: {http://www.svs.is/en/}
Research institutions at the University of Iceland: {http://english.hi.is/institutions/research_institutions}
{http://ams.hi.is/en/research-institutes/caps/}


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Current U.S. Student

United States citizens who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs are eligible to apply.  All applicants enrolled in U.S institutions must apply through their home campuses.  Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

If you are an undergraduate student you would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree then you could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.

Artist

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program welcomes applications in the creative and performing arts.  Arts candidates for the U.S. Student Program should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for Fulbright Scholar Program.

Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 

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U.S. Professor

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would need to apply through the Fulbright Commission or U.S. Embassy in your home country.  Find out more information on the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program.