1 Fulbright Research in Seaweed Processing Award NEW
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length9 Months
Specialized Grant Types
Up to 1 grant will be awarded. The award is focused on research, but may include a study component at the University of Akureyri.
The grant is provided through public-private cooperation between the University of Akureyri and Íslandsþari, an innovative company dedicated to the sourcing and processing of the seaweed laminaria hyperborea, which can be used to make environmentally clean and healthy products. The grantee will be working with both the university and Íslandsþari on the research project.
Under the grant, grantees will be offered an internship with the company Íslandsþari.
Special funding for disabled grantees:
Funding is available for US Fulbright students to Iceland with a disability, be it a structural or functional impairment or activity/participation limitation, that entails additional costs that are not covered specifically through the Fulbright Program. Funding may be available for a wide range of disabilities, including, for example, hearing, vision, or movement impairment. The funding could, for example, be used to assist with specialized housing needs, in-country transport, or specialized assistance. The extra funding amount will depend on need and will be decided by the Commission after consultation with the student. It can be expected to be between $2,000 and $9,000 USD. Funding is provided through the Bruce A. Fowler Mobility Fund.
University of Akureyri Contact: Professor Oddur Thór Vilhelmsson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grants will begin in mid-August to early September.
The Fulbright Commission hosts a mandatory in-country orientation at the beginning of September.
Open to master's and PhD students. Candidates should have a background in biopolymer chemistry and:
- have a background in natural polymers; seaweed, plant and fermentation-based.
- understand the interaction of natural polymers with each other and other chemicals
- have knowledge of the production and characterization of natural polymers, particularly seaweed-based polymers.
- have research interests in areas including bio-plastic films, edible films, satiety products and bioactive compounds
Accepted Degree Levels
Special Application Instructions
Grant Amount: 2000 USD, monthly (paid in ISK).
Foreign Language Proficiency
It is expected that research projects can be successfully completed using English language. Study of Icelandic prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.
Fulbright Proposal Types
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
Preliminary contacts with host institutions and letters of support are not 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 by the beginning of May at the latest.
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 not covered in grant benefits, but fees at the University of Akureyri are low.
Grantees are responsible for all university applications, fees and tuition. It is the grantee’s responsibility to inquire about tuition and fees at the host university and make the necessary arrangements.
Fulbright Iceland grants are for one academic year only. All Fulbright benefits cease at the end of the Fulbright grant period.
We recommend that you inquire about housing availability at the university, which may offer housing to students who are fully enrolled in a study program. The university should provide assistance with housing searches or have sites where available housing is posted. Additionally, the Commission will provide information on websites where housing is advertised and will share any adverts that are sent to us.
2,000 USD per month for a maximum of 9 months. Stipends are adjusted to the arrival and departure dates of grantees.
1,000 USD travel grant
300 USD baggage stipend.
Grantee enrichment activities are also organized by the Commission.