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5 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

5 grants available. The grants are subject to the availability of funds.

Grant Period

10 Months

The grant period must begin in late August and end in June. A mandatory Fulbright arrival orientation takes place in Copenhagen in late August, and you must therefore plan your start date accordingly. Summer University is not possible for a Fulbright grant to Denmark.

If you are selected for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, you are required to contact the Danish-American Fulbright Commission in advance of planning your arrival and residence permit application. A Skype meeting with a representative from the Danish-American Fulbright Commission will be required, if you are considered for a Fulbright grant. You must submit exact dates in your application for the grant period in Denmark, as these dates will be used for the required student residence permit, grant documents and payment. It is important that you stay in contact with the Danish-American Fulbright Commission, as they will help you throughout the process.

The successful application to Denmark must ultimately be able to show total correspondence between the grant period in the application, the admission period at the Danish university, and the dates of the Danish residence permit. Your grant application to Denmark must prove that your residence permit will be arranged through the Danish host university.


Students must declare in their Fulbright grant application whether they are applying as a guest student or a degree-seeking student. Please be aware that only guest students will be eligible for the special Fulbright tuition waiver. Full-degree students must pay tuition for all years of the Danish degree. Students who select to change status to “degree-seeking student” after their Fulbright year with the permission of their Danish host institution will have to pay tuition for their Fulbright year as well, according to Danish legislation. Changing status and the consequences thereof are solely the student’s responsibility.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications will be considered from well-qualified candidates for all graduate degree levels and in all fields if the proposal can be carried out within the auspices of Danish institutions of higher learning. All applicants must have previous experience in the proposed field of study.

The Commission encourages applications from graduate students whose proposals involve full-time graduate study, or combine research and graduate advanced courses if acceptable to the Danish institution.

Master: Only applications for degree/non-degree (guest) active enrollment can be accepted. Independent research or interview projects can under no circumstances be accepted.

PhD: Independent research projects can be accepted under affiliation with a Danish host institution.

All applicants must meet exam demands and other requirements of their Danish university program. If in doubt whether your plans are feasible for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, please ask the Danish-American Fulbright Commission.

Greenland & the Faroe Islands:

Denmark and the Arctic Semester Greenland: One American Graduate Fulbright student grant to a one academic year program with 1st semester at the Arctic Research Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark and 2nd semester at The Arctic Semester in Greenland program at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, Nuuk, Greenland. The grant is offered through the Danish-American Fulbright Commission, and both Aarhus University and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources will admit the Fulbright student to the program.

For the American student this is a unique opportunity: It would give him/her a sound and interesting base for the Fulbright Academic grant year, offering the opportunity of staying/studying in both Denmark and Greenland. Both academic centers are very prestigious and work together. This would offer the American student a high level and well functioning base and open up for important professional networking opportunities in both Denmark and Greenland.

Student profile and grant content:

The U.S. graduate student (must have finished his/her bachelor degree before semester start in Denmark) within natural sciences and with an interest in/academic focus on Arctic eco systems and climate changes. The 1st semester (fall) will take place at ARC, Aarhus University taking classes; and 2nd semester (spring) at GINR taking classes and be directly involved in Arctic Field experience. (An overview of classes can be seen here.)

Due to the historically very special situation regarding Denmark and Greenland & the Faroe Islands, other grants to these two places through the Danish-American Fulbright Commission are presently limited to Fulbright projects where the American student can obtain full residence permit in Denmark. This means that the focus on Greenland or the Faroe Islands must be through the Danish host institution, and the Fulbright stay must take place in Denmark allowing only for shorter visits to Greenland or the Faroe Islands through the Danish institution. Applicants must also obtain a strong and positive letter of invitation from the Greenland or Faroe Island institution of higher learning involved in the short visits to Greenland or the Faroe Islands. Projects involving more extensive or full stays in Greenland or the Faroe Islands cannot be accepted as Fulbright projects by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission due to the present legislation and the Fulbright Commission Agreement.

For Greenland: Only applicants within sciences and social sciences may apply

For the Faroe Islands: All main academic areas.

Applicants interested in studies or research in Greenland or the Faroe Islands must otherwise follow the general grant guidelines for grants to Denmark. 

If your project can meet the above demands, the Commission is happy to advise you about affiliations to contact in Denmark.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Danish language proficiency is not required unless demanded by the Danish institution or needed to successfully complete the project/study plan or if the applicant is pursuing Kierkegaard studies; areas within Danish studies; or archival studies.

The language of instruction in institutions of higher learning is generally Danish, but with a large number of courses or full programs taught in English. If necessary, applicants must include plans for pre-departure language study in their Fulbright applications. Danish language abilities will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience.

Many universities offer pre-semester Danish language courses, but students should be aware of residence permit requirements if they chose to attend these courses. Students must obtain a residence permit that includes the dates of Danish language courses, in order to comply with Danish legislation.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: No

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


Applicants are reminded that they must apply independently for admission to the Danish university, and comply with their application deadlines at the same time as the Fulbright application is submitted. University admission guidelines can be found at the university websites. Applicants must clearly state in their contact with the Danish institution that they are applying for a Fulbright grant, and the application to Fulbright must include a copy of admission correspondence.

Admission to a Danish institution of higher learning is necessary in order to comply with Danish residence permit laws, and all candidates must therefore be admitted to a Danish institution that has legal status to apply for a residence permit on the candidate’s behalf. The Fulbright grant to Denmark is therefore dependent on a successful admission to a Danish institution of higher education. American students to Denmark need a letter of affiliation from a Danish host institution regardless of their level of education. Sample letters (attached here in two versions: (one for Master’s studentsone for PhD students) must be filled out by the Danish institution and must accompany the Fulbright application, otherwise it cannot be considered for a Fulbright grant. The admission status in this letter must be identical to the one in the Fulbright application and the residence permit.

All applicants must comply with all study program requirements of their Danish education in order to maintain their student residence permit in Denmark. Complying with study program requirements and maintaining a residence permit are requirements for obtaining a Fulbright grant to Denmark.

The admission process for some fields, especially in the arts, may include the submission of a portfolio or auditions in Denmark.

The Danish-American Fulbright Commission is willing to assist you with contact information to appropriate Danish institutions.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

A Fulbright grant is only for one/the first year of study in Denmark. An applicant to Denmark must declare, as part of the application process, whether he/she is degree or non-degree seeking. It is possible to apply for a Fulbright grant as a guest student to Denmark or as a degree seeking student. A Fulbright guest student will not have to pay Danish tuition while on his/her Fulbright. However, a Fulbright student seeking a full Danish degree will have to pay full tuition for all the years of the degree. Any later change of status from non-degree to degree seeking while in Denmark may not be possible but if accepted it will involve retrospective payment of tuition for the first year for the Fulbright student.

Under no circumstances can the Danish-American Fulbright Commission be responsible for any financial or academic changes due to these plans. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to research any degree and financial possibilities after the Fulbright grant period.

A few post-graduate and certificate/diploma degree programs are not part of the special tuition waiver agreement with the Danish government, and therefore Fulbright grantees will have to pay tuition in order to attend these special one-year Master’s degree/certificate programs. Based on experience, it is unlikely that the Danish Selection Committee will choose an applicant for one of these special one-year diploma degrees.

Private lessons, such as music instruction outside of the student’s institutional affiliation, are not free and will require that the student budget accordingly.


Dual citizens of the U.S. and Denmark are ineligible for consideration. Students with dual U.S./other country citizenship may be accepted for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, but must always enter Denmark on their U.S. passports and must have full residence in the U.S. They must also enroll as U.S. students at the Danish institution for the entire period of their Fulbright grant.

Students who are not admitted to their proposed programs of study in Denmark cannot be considered.

Students who have already begun their studies in Denmark at the time of application are ineligible to apply, as are students who have already spent considerable time in Denmark (½ year study abroad as part of a U.S. university degree is not included).

If you are unsure of your eligibility for a Fulbright grant, please contact the Danish-American Fulbright Commission.


The Danish-American Fulbright Commission is not responsible for securing housing for grantees. Students should allow ample time to secure housing before departing for Denmark. Danish universities are not obligated to find housing but may be able to offer some support – check their websites for more information. Be very aware of housing scams.

Dependent Support

A Fulbright student grantee to Denmark with dependent(s) will receive a one-off amount of 20,000 DKK (approximately 3,000 USD) extra on his/her grant, but according to Danish residence permit rules the dependent(s) must be able to support him/herself to the amount of a Danish student loan – more details are available here. The limited Fulbright dependent support (spouse/registered partner) is only available for a dependent staying in Denmark for the entire Fulbright grant period. Dependents must obtain a personal residence permit in order to stay in Denmark.

Grant applications must clearly indicate the number of dependents accompanying the applicant during the entire grant period. Grant applications must also address what the dependents will do during their stay in Denmark, as well as how they plan to obtain their needed Danish residence permit. If this important information is omitted, the application cannot be considered by the Selection Committee. Be aware that you will need to provide additional documentation, including proof of financial support, in order to secure a residence permit for any accompanying dependents.

Read about the requirements for obtaining residence permits for accompanying family members here.

Please feel free to contact the Danish-American Fulbright Commission if you have any questions concerning dependents.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Contact at the Danish-American Fulbright Commission