Fulbright U.S. Student Program


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1 Fulbright/Icelandic Ministry of Education and Culture Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
9 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award 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 program is administered by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.

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. 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.

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. 

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

Grant Period

9 Months

Grant term mid-August through mid-May.

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

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

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




Foreign Language Proficiency

Required - Novice

Additional Information: Icelandic language proficiency is not required, but some prior knowledge is required, according to the requirements for BA study in Icelandic. Please see the program website for details.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: n/a

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


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.


Dual American/Icelandic citizens are not eligible.

Special Application Instructions

In your Embark on-line application, Question #22 Award Name please select Iceland Min of Ed & Cultural Grant from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

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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 would be eligible to apply in your senior year.  If you are a graduate student you are eligible to apply to most countries as long as you will not have a PhD degree on the application deadline.

Non-U.S. Student

If you are a non-U.S. citizen looking to applying for a Fulbright grant to study in the United States you will apply to the Fulbright Program for Foreign Students in your home country.

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 could be eligible for certain awards within the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Please review the program summary for the country where you would like to apply.


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 5 years or less) in which they are applying.  Artists with more experience should consider applying for 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

If you are a U.S. citizen and a professor at a U.S. institution and are interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award you will need to apply through CIES.

Non U.S. Professor

If you are a non-U.S. citizen and a professor interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar Award to the United States you would 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.