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1 Fulbright/Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture Award

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

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

Students are eligible for dormitory housing at the University of Iceland, but are otherwise responsible for their own housing.  

Grant Period

9 Months

Grant term mid-August through mid-May.

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

The scholarship is intended for students of modern Icelandic. Students must have 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 be given to a candidate under 35 years of age.  For additional information see:(

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Novice

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


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

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

It is the grantee's responsibility to inquire about tuitions and fees and to make necessary arrangements.


Dual American/Icelandic citizens are not eligible.

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark on-line application, Question #22 Award Name please select Iceland Min of Ed & Cultural Grant from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Randver Kari Randversson