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 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.


1 Fulbright Research in Seaweed Processing Award NEW

Accepted Degree Levels
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Grant Period
Fall Start
Grant Length
9 Months
Award Type
Special Study/Research
Specialized Grant Types
  • Environmental
Award Profile

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 (

Grant Length
9 Months
Grant Period
Fall Start

Grants will begin in mid-August to early September.

In-Country Orientation

The Fulbright Commission hosts a mandatory in-country orientation at the beginning of September.

Candidate Profile

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



Dual citizens of this country are eligible
Residency in host country permitted in year prior to grant
Accepted Degree Levels
  • Master's
  • Doctoral
Special Application Instructions

Grant Amount: 2000 USD, monthly (paid in ISK).

Foreign Language Proficiency
Not Required

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
Independent Study/Research:
Graduate Degree Enrollment:
Independent Study/Research:
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
Affiliation Fees/Tuition not covered in grant benefits

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. 

Housing Arrangements

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. 

Dependent financial support is NOT available
Grant Information

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.

Fulbright Program Management Contact
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website
Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact
Additional Online Resources