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3 Open Study/Research Awards

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

Up to 3 grants will be awarded to study in a degree program or engage in independent study/research.

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.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

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




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. 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


Candidates are responsible for arranging their own host affiliations. For independent study/research, 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 university applications, 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.


Dual American/Icelandic citizens are not eligible.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Randver Kari Randversson