Funding Opportunities

There are a number of fellowships, awards, and funding opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students interested in studying abroad or pursuing graduate-level research in Scandinavia.

Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award

Each spring, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers a travel award to facilitate study abroad or research in Sweden during the following summer or academic year. The Anna Jensen Memorial Scandinavian Award is usually in the amount of $1,500. Application materials include a 500-word application statement, along with the student's most recent University of Illinois transcript (unofficial is fine). Ideal applicants are undergraduate students who have been taking Swedish language or Scandinavian topics courses, or who articulate plans to do so during their time of study abroad. The statement should clearly outline:

• your reasons for applying

• how a period of study in Sweden is important to your studies and to your future career plans

• how you expect to use the award (include a basic budget)

• what your plans are to continue Swedish and Scandinavian Studies once you return.

You may also address in your application if there are special needs or circumstances that motivate your application. 

Swedish Institute Fellowships for the Study of Swedish in Sweden

The Swedish Institute has generously provided funding for several students in the Swedish language program to pursue summer language study in Sweden over the past years. Outstanding students on the intermediate or advanced level may be nominated for a fellowship, which covers full or partial tuition, room and board. The date of application is usually early spring. Please contact Anna Westerstahl Stenport at if you are interested.

Study Abroad Scholarships

The University of Illinois offers many scholarships for study abroad, including in Scandinavia. Please contact the Study Abroad Office directly for more information.

Graduate Student Fellowships

Graduate students from a wide range of fields apply each year to the following prestigious fellowship programs for study abroad in Scandinavia. Funds are usually awarded for an extended period of language study, research at a library or archive, or for field work. 
Foreign Language and Area Studies, FLAS.

FLAS awards provide summer or academic-year support for intermediate to advance language study. Funds can be applied to programs in Scandinavia or in the United States. Applications for FLAS fellowships must be submitted through the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. The deadline for application is usually early February. Please contact Anna Westerstahl Stenport at for more information.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

The Scandinavian-American Foundation offers awards for graduate students, independent scholars, and faculty for Study and Research in Scandinavia. The application deadline is usually mid-Fall. Language proficiency is desired.  The American-Scandinavian Foundation's website provides a list of other funding opportunities.

Birgit Baldwin Fellowship in Scandinavian Studies

For disseration research by the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies. Application deadline: Nov. 1. Information here.

SWEA International Scholarship

The fellowship provides support in the amount of $10,000 for study and research on Swedish language, literature and society. Application deadline is usually early January.


SASS Swedish Travel Grant is administered by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York and provides $1,000 for projects related to Swedish literature, culture and social sciences. Applications are usually due in mid-Spring.

Malmberg Scholarship and Fellowship Program

The American Swedish Institute sponsors the Malmberg Scholarship and Fellowship Program. Applications for the scholarship are due in late summer or early fall. Funding up to $10,000 is provided for a semester or year of study or scholarship in Sweden.

National and International Scholarships Program

Please consult with this office for information on how to apply for such awards as Fulbright Fellowships and Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellowships for study in Scandinavia.