The Denmark-America Foundation
is a private foundation established in 1914. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark is patron of the Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to “(..) create stronger ties between the USA and Denmark, especially through educational exchanges”. The Foundation has close relations to the Danish business world as well as to the Danish educational institutions of higher learning. The Foundation offers grants to Danish citizens for graduate studies in the USA, and is also in charge of finding and nominating candidates for other organizations such as American Scandinavian Foundation’s grants to Danes, and Thanks to Scandinavia, Inc.’s grants to Danes.
Since 1995, DAF has shared secretariat, administrative tasks and Executive Director with the Danish American Fulbright Commission (Fulbright). The two organizations remain economically and legally two independent organizations with two different boards.
Together with Fulbright, the Denmark-America Foundation offers the only independent advising center in Denmark. This is done under the brand name EducationUSA, which is supported by the U.S. Department of State. This is the official source on U.S. Higher Education, securing that Danish students and institutions can get unbiased information about studies in the USA.
Historically at its outset DAF modelled itself after the American-Scandinavian Foundation in New York. Similar organizations to DAF developed in the other Nordic countries as well. Despite no actual or legal connections, these different foundations have always considered one another as sister-organization.
For an overview of the other foundations:
American-Scandinavian Foundation www.amscan.org
Sweden-America Foundation www.sweamfo.se
The Norway-America Association www.noram.no
Finland-Amerika Föreeningarnas Förbund r.f. www.sayl.fi
Island-Amerika Foreningen www.iceam.is