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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, hold a bachelor’s degree, and do not have a PhD degree, then you are eligible to apply. Non-enrolled applicants are encouraged to contact the Fulbright Program Adviser at their most recent alma mater to inquire if the institution can support alumni/ae through the application process. If not, non-enrolled applicants are welcome to apply at “at-large” candidates.

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.

Please visit the Getting Started page for next steps.

Artist

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. 

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U.S. Faculty/Staff/Professionals

If you are a U.S. citizen and faculty or staff at a U.S. institution, or professional interested in applying, please visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

Non U.S. Citizens

If you are a non-U.S. citizen interested in applying for a Fulbright Award to come 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.

Iceland

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1 Fulbright/Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
Grant Period
9 Months
PDO
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The program is administered by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.

The scholarships are intended for students of modern Icelandic. Students must have prior knowledge of Icelandic according to the requirements for BA study in Icelandic as a second language (Icelandic knowledge on the level with the courses Icelandic Online 1 and 2). 

Icelandic as a second language is comprised of both theoretical and practical fields of study. On the one hand it is a language course, where students are trained in speaking, reading and writing modern Icelandic. On the other hand it delves into the more academic aspects of the Icelandic language, literature and history of Iceland. Subjects covered include morphology, syntax and phonetics of modern Icelandic. The students read both old and modern literature and learn about the history of Iceland from settlement to modern times. Additionally, students are introduced to translations. 

As a rule, students are expected to follow the programme in line with their previous knowledge of Icelandic, whether they intend to complete the BA-degree or not.

Students that begin their studies in autumn are required to pass exams (30 ECTS) at the end of the term to be able to continue their studies for the spring term of the programme. The scholarship holders have to pass examinations in the end of the fall term to be eligible for the scholarship in the spring.

The application procedure is similar to other Fulbright grants. Applicants do not apply directly to the Árni Magnússon Institute for the grant, but through the Fulbright Commission. For additional information see  www.arnastofnun.is/page/studentastyrkir_menntamalaraduneytis_en).

Please note, however, that applicants must apply for admission to the University of Iceland. This is a separate application that must be submitted by 1 February to the university

The online admission exam for the BA-programme will be held the second week of June.

Students with considerable prior knowledge of Icelandic may move directly into the second year by passing examinations held in August.

Students are eligible for dormitory housing at the University of Iceland, but are otherwise responsible for their own housing. 

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

9 Months

Grant term mid-August 2021 through mid-May 2022.

It is important that grant recipients arrive on time in Iceland. The autumn term begins in the latter part of August. An introductory session with new students will be held before the beginning of the academic year where the organisation and requirements for the study programme will be presented. 

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Mandatory

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

Candidate Profile

This cost-shared grant is for a student who has completed a Bachelor’s degree in the U.S. and is interested in studying modern Icelandic as a second language at the University of Iceland. The scholarship is intended for students of modern Icelandic. Students must have prior knowledge of Icelandic (see further info on the university website listed below).

Students committed to completing the degree program in Icelandic will be given priority. Preference will be given to a candidate under 35 years of age.  For additional information see:(www.arnastofnun.is/page/studentastyrkir_menntamalaraduneytis_en)

Accepted Degree Levels

Bachelor's

Master's

Doctoral

Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Novice

Additional Information: Students must have prior knowledge of Icelandic according to the requirements for BA study in Icelandic as a second language (Icelandic knowledge on the level with the courses Icelandic Online 1 and 2). Please see the program website for details.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: n/a

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes

Affiliation

Please note that applicants must apply for admission to the University of Iceland. This is a separate application that must be submitted by 1 February to the university.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

It is the grantee's responsibility to inquire about tuitions and fees and to make necessary arrangements.

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

Ineligibility

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. 

Special Application Instructions

In the Fulbright online application, in the Award Selection, please select Fulbright/Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture Award from the drop-down menu.

Dependents

Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

http://www.fulbright.is

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Randver Kari Randversson