3 Open Study/Research Awards
Accepted Degree LevelsBachelor's
Grant PeriodSeptember Start
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 Length: 9 Months
Grants will begin in late August/beginning September 2022.
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.
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
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
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.
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.