Nordic Studies Program – Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden

Grants, Scholarships & Study Opportunities in the Nordic Countries

 

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UC Berkeley Peder Sather Grant Program

Beginning a new phase of formal cooperation between UC Berkeley and the Norwegian academic community, the Peder Sather Center (PSC) was formally established in May 2012, with the signing of a partnership agreement. The PSC for Advanced Study supports projects carried out by researchers at UC Berkeley in collaboration with researchers from eight Norwegian universities. The PSC will provide Seed Grants ($5,000-20,000) as well as Full Grants ($25,000-75, 000) to partnered researchers. These funds can be used to support activities such as workshops, mini-conferences, graduate student exchanges, exchanges of postdoctoral fellows, the undertaking of exploratory studies, and the undertaking of core research activities. 
Information on grants and application forms can be found at the website of the Peter Sather Grant Program. 

IES Grants, Fellowships and Prizes for Undergraduate, Graduate and Post-Graduate Students

IES Foreign Language and Area Studies Awards Academic Year – Graduate Students 

Languages offered include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Eligible graduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. IES gives absolute priority to applications for its priority languages Portuguese and Turkish as well as for the less commonly taught languages Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Norwegian, Swedish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency German, French, Italian and Spanish can also apply. Priority is given to applications by students from under-represented groups (economically disadvantaged students, student parents, transfer students, students pursuing degrees in the professional schools and STEM fields) and applicants demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service and/or pursuing Master’s degrees in a professional school or program. Low priority is given to applicants for dissertation research abroad and to applicants who already possess native fluency in the target language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding.

Academic Year – Undergraduate Students

Languages offered include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, and Yiddish at the Intermediate or Advanced level. To be eligible, an undergraduate student must have completed at least two semesters of study of the target language by the start of the fellowship. Eligible students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. IES gives absolute priority to applications for its priority languages Portuguese and Turkish as well as for the less commonly taught languages Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Norwegian, Swedish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency German, French, Italian and Spanish can also apply. Priority is given to applications by students from under-represented groups (economically disadvantaged students, student parents, transfer students, students pursuing degrees in the professional schools and STEM fields) and applicants demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service and/or pursuing Master’s degrees in a professional school or program. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding. FLAS fellowships may be used to fund academic year study abroad pending approval of the study abroad program by the U.S. Department of Education. Contact Beverly Crawford, Executive Director of IES, for specifics if you wish to consider using an Academic Year FLAS for study abroad.

Summer – Graduate Students

Languages offered include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Applications for summer study of other Northern, Western or Southern European languages are possible, pending approval of the language program by the U.S. Department of Education. Students wishing to use an award for an overseas language program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency, or at the beginning level if a beginning language program in the target language is not available in the U.S. Summer FLAS for language study abroad requires U.S. Department of Education approval of the instructional program and travel itinerary. Eligible graduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. IES gives absolute priority to applications for its priority languages Portuguese and Turkish as well as for the less commonly taught languages Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Norwegian, Swedish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency German, French, Italian and Spanish can also apply. Priority is given to applications by students from under-represented groups (economically disadvantaged students, student parents, transfer students, students pursuing degrees in the professional schools and STEM fields) and applicants demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service and/or pursuing Master’s degrees in a professional school or program. Low priority is given to applicants for dissertation research abroad and to applicants who already possess native fluency in the target language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding.

Summer – Undergraduate students

Languages offered include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Applications for summer study of other Northern, Western or Southern European languages are possible, pending approval of the language program by the U.S. Department of Education. Students wishing to use an award for an overseas language program must be at the intermediate or advanced level of language proficiency, or at the beginning level if a beginning language program in the target language is not available in the U.S. Summer FLAS for language study abroad requires U.S. Department of Education approval of the instructional program and travel itinerary. Eligible graduate students in any discipline and department may apply for FLAS fellowships, including students in professional schools and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. IES gives absolute priority to applications for its priority languages Portuguese and Turkish as well as for the less commonly taught languages Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Modern Greek, Irish Gaelic, Norwegian, Swedish, Welsh, and Yiddish. Students who are pursuing advanced level language proficiency German, French, Italian and Spanish can also apply. Priority is given to applications by students from under-represented groups (economically disadvantaged students, student parents, transfer students, students pursuing degrees in the professional schools and STEM fields) and applicants demonstrating likelihood of pursuing government service and/or pursuing Master’s degrees in a professional school or program. Low priority is given to applicants for dissertation research abroad and to applicants who already possess native fluency in the target language. Jury members look for commitment to the area and field when deciding on applications. Past FLAS recipients may apply for subsequent FLAS funding.
Deadline for all FLAS applications: Monday, February 2, 2015. contact Gia White at (510) 642-4555 or at gia@berkeley.edu

IES Entering Graduate Fellowships in Modern European Studies

IES announces the availability of fellowships in the amount of $10,000 ($5,000 each semester) for outstanding entering UC Berkeley graduate students who demonstrate an interest in modern European studies. The sponsoring unit must agree to provide tuition and fee waivers for students who are selected. The department’s contribution can come in the form of a GSI or GSR appointment. The student’s graduate advisor is required to write a brief narrative report on their progress each semester. Nominations must be submitted by the sponsoring department or professional school. They should include the student’s complete application file—transcripts, GRE scores, statement of purpose, letters of reference—and a letter of nomination from the department. These should be sent to:

Jeroen Dewulf, Director IES
Entering Graduate Fellowship Competition
Institute of European Studies
University of California
207 Moses Hall #2316
Berkeley, CA 94720-2316

Nominations should be submitted by March 9. For additional information, please contact Gia White at (510) 642-4555 or at gia@berkeley.edu

Other Grants and Fellowships for Study, Research and Internships in Europe

IES not only encourages UC Berkeley students to apply to its own fellowships and grants but also to consider other options for funding to study and do research in Europe. The following list provides a selection of these options. IES does not assume responsibility for these fellowships, internships and grants. All questions should be dealt with directly with the grant-awarding organizations. 

European Parliament Liaison Office with US Congress: Student Internship

The European Parliament invites college graduates (US citizens only) to apply for a full-time internship in its Washington, DC office from mid-September to mid-December, with the possibility of a two month extension in Brussels and Strasbourg. Candidates are not required to be currently enrolled in school to be considered for the internship. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the UP Liaison Office website.

Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union

The primary purpose of this conference is to enhance undergraduate training in and knowledge of the European Union and US-European relations. In addition, the aim of the conference is to allow students with expertise in different areas to interact with each other as well as with faculty, foster intercampus cooperation, and recognize the excellent work achieved by students. Envisioned as an intercampus undergraduate seminar, the participating campuses simultaneously offer courses on the issues relevant in Europe today, integrating the conference with the student’s curriculum to encourage student initiated research and presentations. Having completed individual projects, students from each participating institution and faculty panel discussants will gather for an interactive conference focusing on European issues and student research. Students will present and discuss their research in a panel format, each panel being composed of three to five students. Each presentation will be followed by questions and a discussion moderated by a faculty discussant. The conference will include a keynote address. At the conclusion of the conference, faculty participants will nominate and select the “best papers” of the conference. Selected papers will be published in a special volume of conference proceedings. In addition, the EU Center of California and its partner institutions will be offering awards for top papers with study tours to Europe over the summer. Students may pursue a wide range of topics that reflect their interest, expertise, and past research. Topics may deal with any aspect of European integration or transatlantic relations. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the Scripps College European Union Center website.

Postdoctoral-Junior Teaching and Research Award in European Union Studies

The selected candidate will spend nine months at the European University Institute in Florence, focusing on developing professional skills such as teaching, academic writing and publishing, and job market presentation within the field of EU studies. This award is open to early career scholars (within five years of receiving their terminal degree), and it is open to academics only. Applications are sought in all appropriate disciplines, but applications in the disciplines of Area Studies, Economics, History (non-U.S.), Law, Political Science, or Sociology are preferred. The selected candidate will have close contact with the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, which is devoted to interdisciplinary, comparative, and policy research on the major issues of the European integration process, and the Max Weber Programme (MWP), currently the largest international postdoctoral training program in the social sciences. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the CIES website.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Applicants must be U.S. citizens holding a B.A. degree or equivalent before the beginning date of the grant. Provides round-trip travel, tuition, books, and stipend for one academic year. Approximately 1,300 awards are available for study in over 140 countries, including European countries. Applies to course work, master’s or dissertation research. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the Fulbright website.

Fritz O. Fernstrom Traveling Fellowship to Nordic Countries

This research fellowship is administered by a selection committee within the UC Berkeley Department of Scandinavian. According to the terms of the gift, priority will be given to graduate students who propose to conduct research projects on language and literature topics in Sweden, but awards can also be given for travel to all Nordic countries, and to UCB students in all academic fields. Proposals for summer travel stipends and year-long grants are decided in the same round of applications. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the UC Berkeley Scandinavian Studies website.

SWEA International Scholarship for Sweden

Scholarships will be awarded to a well merited doctoral candidate in Swedish language, literature and area studies. It is specifically directed towards candidates who are well into the process of writing their dissertation. The scholar must be residing permanently outside Sweden and be studying at a non-Swedish university. One annual fellowship in the amount of $7,500 is awarded by SWEA San Francisco. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the Swea San Francisco website.

Scholarships for International Students at Swedish Universities

Specific universities in Sweden offer scholarships for international students. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the Scholarships for Development website.

Gudrun Gytel Fund Scholarships for Denmark

The Gudrun Gytel Fund was established in 1998 in order to provide qualified American university students with the opportunity to further their knowledge of Danish culture, history, language, literature, politics and society. The scholarship supports semester or academic year-long study at recognized Danish institutions of higher education in the fields of humanities and social sciences, as well as in architecture, engineering, technology and related fields. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the UC Berkeley Scandinavian Studies website. 

Danish Scholarships for International Students

A number of scholarships are offered each year by the Danish Government to fund students from countries outside of Europe. The scholarships can be awarded for a full degree higher education program. The government scholarship consists of two parts and can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards living costs. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the Study in Denmark website. 

Scholarships for International Students at Danish Universities

Specific universities in Denmark offer scholarships for international students. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the Scholarships for Development website.

Finnish Government Scholarships for International Students

Scholarships that you can apply from Finland include CIMO scholarship programs for Doctoral level studies and research at Finnish universities. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the Study in Finland website. 

Scholarships at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies

The Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science and Culture awards annually a number of scholarships for studies in Icelandic as a second language at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. The scholarship program is administrated by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies. Information sheets and application forms can be downloaded from the Árni Magnússon Institute website. 

Grants and Fellowships in Nordic Countries

The American Scandinavian foundation offers grants and fellowships for studies, research or art projects in Scandinavian countries for up to one year. To apply one must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have finished an undergraduate degree. More information can be found here. For more on grants and fellowships in Nordic countries, see also NordenTop-Universities, and College Scholarships.

Study in Sweden

This Sweden specific website provides a list of many scholarship opportunities, country specific and general, for pursuing higher education in Sweden. It also includes useful information about Swedish universities, application procedures and much more. More information can be found here

The Finlandia Foundation

The Finlandia Foundation offers an annual grant for cultural projects related to Finnish-American and Finnish history, heritage, arts and culture. It also offers annual scholarships to Finnish and American citizens for undergraduate and graduate programs of all disciplines. For more information, click here and here

Fulbright Fellowships for Research and Teaching in Iceland

Two grants to pursue an independent research project or taught Master's program at any Luxembourgish institution, but in addition, Fulbright also offers two English Teaching Assistantships. Assistants teach approximately 12 hours per week and may be able to take limited courses. Preference is given to candidates who plan careers in teaching French, German, or Luxembourgish. More information can be found here

Institute of European Studies
207 Moses Hall, #2316
University of California
Berkeley, CA  94720-2316

ies@berkeley.edu

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