American-Scandinavian Foundation

National deadline:  November 1, 2013

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have a well defined research or study project that makes a stay in Scandinavia essential.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Seniors and alumni may apply
  • Team projects acceptable but each member must apply individually
  • Desirable to have some language ability in country where study will be done

Award summary and conditions:  The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers year-long fellowships (up to $23,000) and one to three month grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research or study in one or more Scandinavian countries. The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Over $300,000 is available for the 2013-14 competition. Awards are made in all fields.  Priority for fellowships is given to graduate level candidates to support dissertation-related study or research.  Grants are considered especially suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study.  Applicants are urged to arrange their academic or professional affiliations as far in advance as possible. Applicants must secure these placements or affiliations on their own; the ASF cannot assist in establishing contacts.  The ASF requires confirmation of invitation or affiliation from the institution or individuals detailed in the proposal.  Applicants are expected to devote full time to their proposed study or research, and must justify the length of time needed to complete their project.

The awards support project-related costs, including maintenance, trans- Atlantic round-trip travel, in-country travel, tuition and fees (where applicable), and materials expenditures (e.g., books, photocopying, art supplies).  ASF awards may require supplementation from other sources, but they should not duplicate the benefits of additional awards (and vice versa). Candidates must notify the ASF if they have received other award offers. The ASF will not provide funds if, in its judgment, a proposal can be carried out without its assistance.

Applicants may also submit applications in the visual arts, music, film, dance, creative writing and translation.  See website for particulars.

Application materials are both hard copy and electronic:  PLEASE SUBMIT ONE ORIGINAL PAPER COPY AND ONE ELECTRONIC COPY OF THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW. Each version must contain one of each item, collated in the order shown. Do not staple or use a binder for the paper copy, please use paper clips only (optional).

  • Signed application form.
  • Project summary (not to exceed 200 words).
  • Budget form.
  • Project Statement (not to exceed 1,200 words) and bibliography.
  • Curriculum vitae (not to exceed ten pages including publications listing).
  • Invitation and other relevant correspondence confirming the availability of overseas resources.
    A non-refundable fee of $20.00 is also required.

Submission of Electronic Copy:  Email to grants@amscan.org by 3:00 a.m. EST, November 1, 2013. Attach the documents together in one PDF file, if possible, to avoid multiple attachments in the email.

Hard Copy Submission: In addition to the documents above, please include one copy of each item below in sealed envelopes.  It is not necessary to submit these items electronically or to collate them with the application form.

  • Three Letters of Reference: Three letters are required from persons qualified to evaluate your academic or professional work who are able to comment specifically on your proposal. (Placement files will not be considered.) For doctoral candidates or recent degree recipients, one letter should be from the principal adviser of your degree program. For professionals, at least one letter should be from a colleague in your field from outside your home institution. Note that letters of reference cannot be written by the individuals or institutions with whom you will be affiliated in Scandinavia. We recommend that you give a copy of your project statement and/or application form to those writing references so that they can evaluate this specific proposal and comment on your readiness and ability to carry it out.
  • Academic Transcripts:
  • Applicants who have not completed a final degree (i.e. Ph.D., M.D., M.Arch., etc.) at the time of application should have official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work sent.
    Applicants who have completed a final degree within the last three years must submit transcripts for graduate work only. 
    Applicants who completed a final degree more than three years ago do not have to send transcripts.

Entries should be sent to:

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

Attn: Fellowship Program

58 Park Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Faculty representative:  Keith Raether

Contact:  www.amscan.org