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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 are eligible to apply in the fall of your senior year.  If you are a graduate student, you are eligible as long as you will not have a PhD degree by the application deadline.

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 PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicant 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 CIES.

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 or Student Program.


3 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
September Start
Award Profile

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

Icelandic unversities provide many courses and programs in English. Iceland also provides very interesting research opportunities in many fields. As a small, highly technologically advanced country, Iceland is ideal for many types of research. English is widely spoken and much used in academia.

Since the Fulbright Program in Iceland is relatively small, the Commission is able to maintain close ties with grantees during their stay and provide a sense of community among Fulbright grantees. There are monthly grantee activities sponsored by the Commission, in addition to access to Fulbright alumni events and other social activities.

Grant Period
September Start

Grant Length: 9 Months

Grants will begin in late August/beginning September 2022.

In-Country Orientation

No pre-departure orientation.

In-Country Orientation is mandatory

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 recently graduated 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/programs 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
Letter required for independent research at deadline

Candidates are responsible for arranging their own host affiliations.

For independent study/research, preliminary contacts with host institutions and letters of support 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
Tuition not covered in grant benefits

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.

Most Icelandic universities have low fees and no tuition.

For students affiliated with a university, we also recommend that you inquire about housing availability.

Fulbright Iceland grants are for one academic year only. All Fulbright benefits cease at the end of the Fulbright grant period. 


Dual citizens of this country are not eligible

Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant

 Dual American/Icelandic citizens are not eligible.

If the applicant has lived in Iceland previously, this may affect the evaluation, but it does not automatically disqualify an applicant. 

Dependent support is not available
Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact