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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.If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a U.S. college or university, you will apply through that institution, even if you are not currently a resident there. Find the Fulbright Program Adviser on your campus.

U.S. Citizen but not a Student

If you are a U.S. citizen, will hold a bachelor’s degree by the award start date, and do not have a Ph.D. degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants should have relatively limited professional experience in the fields (typically 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Candidates with more experience should consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar Program.

The Getting Started page will provide information on eligibility and next steps.


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 7 years or less) in which they are applying. Artists with more experience should consider applying for the 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.


U.S. Professor/Administrator

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

To support your students in applying for a U.S. Student Program award, please connect with the Fulbright Program Adviser at your institution.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to the United States, you will 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 or Fulbright Foreign Student Program.


10 Open Study/Research Award

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
10 Months
Award Type
Open Study/Research
Award Profile

General grant for Master's and PhD level studies/research:
We offer Fulbright grants to American students for one academic year in Denmark:

  • One Fulbright year in Denmark with combined research/study plans at Master’s and PhD level.
  • The first year of a Master's degree in Denmark.

Fulbright Denmark awards grants to the most talented graduate and PhD-students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and will actively contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding as cultural ambassadors of the U.S. in Denmark.

Graduating seniors or applicants who hold a bachelor's degree are welcome to apply, and these applicants will need to enroll as a MA-level student with a Danish institution (see Special Application Instructions and Affiliation section below).

Fulbright Denmark has as focus areas: life sciences, space, and sustainability. Applications within these areas are given priority, but all fields are welcome.

Please note that the SUND Department (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) at University of Copenhagen only accepts PhD guest students and degree-seeking Masters students. Admissions will not accept applications from non-degree applicants.

Applicants must know that per culture, the Danish academic traditions and universities are far less catering than the average American university experience. Therefore, students applying to Denmark must be self-reliant and independent in order to get a good experience. 

Arctic Semester with Aarhus University:
Fulbright Denmark has a very special grant; a one-year academic program with the first semester at the Arctic Research Centre (ARC), Aarhus University, Denmark and the second semester at the Arctic Semester in Greenland Program at the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR), Nuuk, Greenland. The grant is awarded to one American graduate student. For the American student with an already established strong academic record within natural sciences, this is a unique opportunity of staying/studying in both Denmark and Greenland. The academic centers collaborate with each other and they are both very prestigious. 

Grant Length
10 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

The grant period must begin in late-August and end in June. A mandatory Fulbright Arrival Orientation takes place in Copenhagen at the end of August, and you must therefore plan your start date accordingly. Fulbright Denmark does not offer grants to Summer University or preparatory courses.

If you are selected as a finalist, there must be cohesion between the required grant period of ten months, the admission period at the Danish university, and the dates of the Danish residence permit which you will apply for with the help of your Danish host university.

In-Country Orientation

A mandatory Fulbright Arrival Orientation takes place in Copenhagen in late August, including cultural trainings, sightseeing, and socializing events. Additionally, Fulbright Denmark will be in touch with grantees both virtually and with written materials before their arrival to prepare and support them in their individual arrival process.

Candidate Profile

General grant for Master's and PhD level studies/research:
Fulbright Denmark has three focus areas: life sciences, space, and sustainability (including arctic studies). However, applications from well-qualified candidates in all fields are welcomed. 

Master: Only applications for degree or non-degree (guest) enrollment can be accepted. Independent research or interview projects cannot be accepted. Non-degree applicants who propose a research project must clearly indicate their plans of registering for and following courses alongside the research project. All applicants must have previous experience in the proposed field of study.

PhD: Independent research projects can be accepted under affiliation with a Danish host institution. Fulbright guest PhD students must participate in academic activities alongside their research projects such as classes, seminars, study circles etc. in order to live up to the academic and cultural components of the Fulbright program. Please note that Fulbright Denmark does not offer grants to American students who plan to pursue a full PhD in Denmark.

If in doubt whether your plans are feasible for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, please contact Fulbright Denmark.

Arctic Semester with Aarhus University:
Available for one U.S. graduate student within natural sciences and with an interest in/academic focus on Arctic eco systems and climate changes. The first semester (Fall) will take place at ARC at Aarhus University where the student must take classes (for this specific grant, no independent research project). During the second semester (Spring) at GINR in Nuuk, Greenland, the student will both take classes and be directly involved in Arctic Field experience. The student must take mandatory classes for the program (no exceptions) both in Aarhus and in Nuuk. An overview of classes for the Spring semester can be seen here.

Please note that the grant amount to Greenland is identical to the grants to Denmark, with no extra funding for travel to Greenland.

What is life like for Fulbrighters in the host country?

Denmark is well-known for its egalitarian welfare society and great work-life-balance. Danes are laidback, direct, trusting and are highly efficient in their work. Cities are well-organized and stand out with their great infrastructure and easily-accessible public transportation, but cycling is a key element of day-to-day life. Our Fulbrighters enjoy safe neighborhoods and proximity to nature in every city. On top of that, you get to enjoy a combination of history and modernity, and a rich cultural scene including top-notch gastronomy, festivals, music, and art.

Overall, Danish lifestyle focuses on welfare and sustained happiness – which is why work-life-balance is a cornerstone of our society. Kids are taught from an early age to be independent, practical and critical thinkers, and most Danes are highly proficient in English from an early age. Culturally, there is a sense of solidarity, open-mindedness, equality and co-creating ‘hygge’. Flat organization is part of most workplaces and institutions, so the short power distance creates a greater space for sharing ideas and shaping your day-to-day study or work environment. In the winter, expect mostly windy and rainy days with little sunlight. As the seasons change, so do the habits of the people. Colder weather calls for cozy indoor activities, whereas summers are for enjoying outside, at parks, beaches or any other sunny spot you can find.

As a potential Fulbright grantee to Denmark, expect overworking to be discouraged, family/friends time encouraged and a healthy work-life-balance. Find out why Denmark is consistently named among the happiest countries in the world. By the end of your grant period, you will become an expert in Danish lifestyle and ‘hygge’.

Residency in host country NOT permitted in year prior to grant
Indicate how many months is considered residency:
3 Months
Dual citizens of this country are NOT eligible

Dual citizenships between the U.S. and any country other than Denmark are accepted. Students with dual citizenships between the U.S. and a country in the EU must enroll at their Danish host institution under their U.S. citizenship and arrive on their U.S. passport.

Degree Level of Applicant
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

All applications:
Students must declare in their application whether they are applying as a guest student or a degree-seeking student.

If you are selected for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, we highly recommend that you participate in virtual meetings, individual consultations etc. with Fulbright Denmark, as this will ensure a smooth arrival process, including steps related to admission and residence permit application.

Arctic Semester with Aarhus University:
Candidates for this award opportunity should include ‘Arctic Semester with Aarhus University’ at the start of their project title.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

Danish language proficiency is not required unless demanded by the Danish institution, 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 is generally Danish, but with a large number of courses or full programs taught in English.

Many universities offer free on-campus Danish language courses, once the student has obtained a Danish personal number. Most Danes speak English, but you will find that developing an understanding of the language can help you feel more immersed in Danish culture and daily life.

Fulbright Proposal Types
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Letter required at deadline

Applications to Denmark must include a letter of affiliation from a Danish university clearly stating that the grant proposal content is of interest and will give access to a Danish residence permit through the university. Sample letters (available here in three versions: one for non-degree seeking Master’s studentsone for degree-seeking Master’s studentsone for guest PhD students) must be filled out by the Danish institution and must accompany the Fulbright application. The student category in this letter must be identical to the one in the Fulbright application.

In addition to the Fulbright application, applicants must separately apply for admission to the Danish university as either guest students (non-degree seeking students) or as degree seeking students through the general admissions process. Please be aware that the admissions deadlines at the Danish universities are different than the Fulbright deadline. University admission guidelines can be found at the university websites. Applicants must clearly communicate to the Danish institution that they are applying as prospective Fulbright students. Please note that any final admission decisions are entirely up to the Danish universities.

We strongly encourage students to research and follow the admissions process at their respective host institutions, separately from applying for the Fulbright program. However, you can apply for the Fulbright program before you have been accepted to the Danish host institutions.

You must be admitted to a Danish university in order to be eligible for a residence permit, which is required in order to receive the Fulbright grant. Both within the Fulbright program and within residence permit legislation, it is required that grantees are enrolled with full time workloads. For a non-degree student, this typically consists of a research project and 1-2 courses, totaling 30 ECTS credits per semester.

In conclusion, the successful process looks like this: 

Fulbright application + university admission = Residence permit

Residence permit = Fulbright grant

Affiliation Fees/Tuition
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits

A Fulbright grant is only for one/the first year of study in Denmark. An applicant to Denmark must declare whether they are applying as a guest student or a degree-seeking student. Non-degree seeking guest students will be eligible for a special Fulbright tuition waiver. Full-degree students must pay tuition for all years of the Danish degree, including the Fulbright period. 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.

Under no circumstances can Fulbright Denmark be made responsible for any financial or academic changes due to these plans.

Award Benefits
  • A stipend broadly based on the cost of living in the host country. These funds may be used by the grantee to support housing, meals, and incidental costs during the grant period.
  • International travel benefits
  • Accident & sickness health benefits
  • 24/7 mental health support line for urgent and non-urgent situations
  • 12 months of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) hiring status within the federal government
Stipend Amount

This is an estimated amount and is subject to change. The financial terms of the grant will be confirmed in the grant document issued after selection.

12500 monthly stipend amount in
kr [Danish Krone]

The total grant amount is DKK 125,000, which is paid in monthly installments to the grantee’s Danish bank account.

Grantees should be prepared to cover most initial residence permit, travel and relocation expenses before they can receive their first grant payment after arrival in Denmark. Travel costs for the grantee are included in the base stipend. The grantee may request a bank transfer of an amount up to DKK 10,000/approx. USD 1,430 (note transaction fees to recipient) to help cover travel costs before arrival. The amount requested + the transaction fee will be deducted from the base stipend.

Grantees located outside of Copenhagen will get travel costs refunded if related to mandatory Fulbright events.

There are no additional one-time allowances.

Additional Grant Benefits
  • Diversity Coordinator on Post/Commission staff
  • Health insurance (in addition to ASPE)
  • Mid-year seminar

Free Danish language courses offered by the municipality of the city of residence.

Arrival orientation, enrichment seminars, social activities and opportunities to interact with other Fulbrighters. Personal contact at Fulbright Denmark throughout the arrival process and the entire stay. Attractive research environments with typically Danish "work life balance”.

Students will have access to the Danish public health care system, when they obtain a Danish residence permit. Under the Danish health care system, health care in hospitals, from a general practitioner and a number of specialists is free. Dental care is self-paid.

Estimated Cost of Living

Consider using cost of living comparison websites to gain a better understanding of the potential costs in your host country.

You can find examples of cost of living in Denmark here.

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Housing Arrangements

Students must secure housing by themselves, and 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 and never pay a deposit for an unverified landlord/address. Fulbright Denmark provides grantees with guide and links to housing.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Special requirements for Greenland and the Faroe Islands

Proposed projects for Greenland and the Faroe Islands are subject to certain rules and limitations. Candidates must obtain a residence permit through a university in Denmark, and the Fulbright stay must take place in Denmark allowing only for shorter visits to Greenland or the Faroe Islands. Please note that special residence permits for Greenland and the Faroe Islands may also be required, and the Danish institution must initate these. Applicants must also obtain a convincing letter of invitation from the Greenland or Faroe Islands institution. Projects involving more extensive or full stays in Greenland or the Faroe Islands cannot be accepted due to the present legislation.

Please note that the grant amount to Greenland and the Faroe Islands is identical to the grants to Denmark, with no extra funding for travel.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Fulbright Program Coordinator:
Additional Online Resources
Important information about study in Denmark:
General information about Denmark:
US Embassy in Denmark:
Information about the Danish education system: