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Fulbright Grants

The Danish-American Fulbright Commission offers a wide range of Fulbright grants for study, research, and/or teaching in Denmark for American postgraduate students and scholars. Applicants must be American citizens in order to apply.

To learn more about Danish educational institutions and opportunities taught in English, please go to www.studyindenmark.dk. This is the official government site about studies in Denmark.

Thinking about studying/researching/teaching in Denmark? Listen to former U.S. Fulbrighters tell about their year in Denmark here.

Past experience has taught us that it may be difficult to establish the right type of contacts and to navigate in a different and foreign educational system. Therefore we encourage you to make use of our help in the application process if you need help to establish contacts and in general to create a good and viable project for your Fulbright application. Please contact us at advising@daf-fulb.dk. We look forward to hearing from you!

Students

We have Fulbright grants to American students (master/Ph.D) for an academic year in Denmark. All American students interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to Denmark must go to the Fulbright U.S. Student website to read about the general rules on citizenship, length of stay, academic level, etc. and the country specific demands for Denmark.

How much/what do I get?
  • You receive a Fulbright grant of DKK 125,000/USD 18,000
  • As a Fulbright student in Denmark you do not have to pay tuition during your Fulbright year

 

What are the requirements?
  • Studies or research in Denmark on graduate level
  • A strong affiliation with the Danish host university

 

How/when do I apply?
  • Apply online or through your U.S. college/university
  • The online application opens in early spring
  • The online application deadline is in mid-October. If you are applying through a U.S. college/university, the deadline is earlier. Make sure to check with your university.

 

Here is an overview of the Fulbright grants to Denmark for U.S. students:

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student grants to Denmark are offered to American postgraduate students (master/Ph.D.) for an entire academic year of study and/or research in Denmark. Students can apply for full-time study, a combination of study and research or independent projects. We usually have approx. 10 grants available for U.S. students each academic year.

Candidates from all academic areas and at all degree levels are encouraged. Applicants proposing independent projects must be at Master’s or Doctoral level, but independent research projects will not be accepted from graduating seniors. Ph.D.-candidates are eligible up to the dissertation level. All applicants must have previous experience in the proposed field of study.

Applicants pursuing a full Master’s degree in Denmark are eligible to apply, but the Fulbright grant is only for the first year of a 2-year degree.

Applicants must obtain their own affiliation with a university or university-level institution in Denmark. The affiliation with a Danish university or university-level institution is considered very important for the successful application and is necessary in order to obtain a residence permit to study in Denmark. Therefore, you must include a strong letter of affiliation from the Danish institution with your application. Master’s and Ph.D. students must obtain a letter from the Danish institutions clearly stating their status and projects. Graduating seniors must supply a letter from a Danish university or university-level institution at the graduate level. The letter must clearly outline the responsibilities of the Danish host institution and describe the institution’s interest in the proposed project. Besides having a strong affiliation with a Danish university or university-level institution, recent graduates and graduating seniors must attend Master’s-level classes at the Danish institution.

Tuition
By very special agreement, American Fulbright students to Denmark are exempt from paying tuition during their Fulbright period. Fulbright grantees pursuing a 2-year Master’s degree will be exempt from paying tuition during their Fulbright grant period, but after the first year of study, the grantee will lose the Fulbright status and will be liable for non-EU tuition fees, which can be at a high rate. Please note that a few one-year master’s degree programs are not part of this special tuition agreement with the Danish government and therefore, Fulbright grantees will have to pay tuition in order to attend these special one-year master’s degree programs. Based on experience, it is unlikely that the Danish Selection Committee will choose an applicant for one of these one-year degrees. The applicants must clearly state in their contact with the Danish institution that they are applying for a Fulbright grant. Private lessons, such as music instruction outside of the student’s institutional affiliation, are not free and will require that the student budget accordingly.

The admission process for some fields, especially in the arts, may include the submission of a portfolio or auditions. The Danish-American Fulbright Commission is willing to assist with contacts at appropriate institutions.

Greenland and the Faroe Islands
Applicants interested in studies or research in Greenland or the Faroe Islands are welcome to apply. However, studies and projects including Greenland and the Faroe Islands must also be affiliated with a Danish university level institution.  Given the special circumstances, and based on experience, it is suggested that applicants contact the Commission to discuss the Fulbright project before applying.

Foreign Language Proficiency
is not required, unless needed to successfully complete the project/study plan or if pursuing Kierkegaard studies, areas within Danish studies, and archival studies.

The language of instruction in institutions of higher learning is generally Danish, but with a large number of courses taught in English. If necessary, applicants must include plans for language study in their Fulbright applications. Danish language abilities will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience. Students enrolled at many universities should be aware that pre-semester Danish language instruction is available and provided at the university, but please be aware of residence permit requirements in order to attend. Read more about Danish language classes here.

Grant Period
10 months. Grants will usually begin in September and end in June. A mandatory two-day Fulbright arrival orientation program takes place in Copenhagen in late August for grantees beginning their grant period in the fall. A mid-term seminar in November and a wrap-up seminar in May/June are also included.

Grant Amount
DKK 125,000.00

Application Form
Yes, please go to the Fulbright U.S. Student website

Application Deadline
Mid-October for the following academic year. Please see the Fulbright U.S. Student website for an exact date.

Selection Process
After the application deadline in October, applications will be reviewed by the National Screening Committee in the U.S. and recommended applications will be forwarded to the Danish-American Fulbright Selection Committee for selection. All candidates will be notified by email whether or not their applications have been forwarded for review. Final selection notification takes place in spring. Once the Fulbright grantees are notified from the U.S. side, the Fulbright Commission will reach out to all grantees and assist them in preparing for their Fulbright year in Denmark. The Danish-American Fulbright Commission will be your responsible office during your time in Denmark.

Ineligibility
Dual citizens of the U.S. and Denmark are ineligible for consideration. Students with dual U.S./other EU country citizenship accepted for a Fulbright grant to Denmark must enter Denmark on their U.S. passports and enroll as U.S. students at the Danish institution for the period of their Fulbright grant.

Students who have already begun their studies in Denmark at the time of application are ineligible to apply. 

Dependents
Dependent support is not available, beyond a small amount of additional DKK 20,000.00 to help settle in Denmark, and only for a dependent staying in Denmark for the entire Fulbright grant period. Dependents must obtain a residence permit in order to stay in Denmark. Read more about residence permits to Denmark here.

Housing
The Danish-American Fulbright Commission is not responsible for securing housing for grantees. Students should allow ample time to secure housing before departing for Denmark.

 

Important: If you are selected for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, you are required to contact the Fulbright Commission in Denmark in advance of planning your arrival and visa application. You must submit exact dates for the grant period in Denmark as these dates will be used for the student and residence permit, grant documents, and payment. We will help you in this process.

Our grants are always subject to revision for fiscal reasons. For the best and updated version of the grants we offer to Denmark in a specific year, you must check with IIE.


Other Programs for U.S. students

Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online. These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures.

Through the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on a dedicated blog hosted on the National Geographic. Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, applicable to Fellows’ projects, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.

U.S. citizens of all ages and from all backgrounds are eligible to apply. Applicants may come from a broad range of fields, a variety of academic and processional backgrounds, and have diverse storytelling experiences. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the program but may not hold a Ph.D. at the time of application. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated talent for storytelling (including but not limited to publications in print, online or multimedia platforms) and an academic or professional background relevant to their proposed project.

Application Deadline
Mid-October for the following academic year. Please see the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship website for an exact date.

Application Form
Yes, please go to the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship website

For further information on program details, eligibility, and how to apply, please go to the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship website or contact us at advising@daf-fulb.dk.

Important: Our grants are always subject to revision for fiscal reasons. For the best and updated version of the grants we offer to Denmark in a specific year, you must check with IIE

List of present Fulbright students in Denmark

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Scholars

We have several Fulbright grants for American scholars to Denmark. All American Scholars interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to Denmark must go to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars’ (CIES) website to read about the general rules on citizenship, length of stay, academic level, etc. and the country specific demands for Denmark.

Our grants are always subject to revision for fiscal reasons. For the best and updated version of the grants we offer to Denmark in a specific year, you must check with CIES, but here is a brief overview:

Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies

The Chair in American Studies award is a position for American scholars that is rotated among Danish university level institutions based upon a free and open competition. The award is currently co-funded by University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and therefore based there until AY 2018-19. The applicant can apply for one year or one semester of teaching and research at SDU. The applicant must be in contact with SDU before applying in order to obtain a Letter of Invitation indicating that the university is willing to host the applicant.

Grant Period
Preference is given to applicants applying for 1 academic year (8-10 months) but it is possible to apply for 1 semester (3-6 months).

Grant Amount
DKK 350,000.00

Application Form
Yes, please go to www.cies.org. The competition for AY 2017-18 will open in February 2016.

Application Deadline
August 1 for the following academic year

For more information about the Fulbright Chair in American Studies, please go to www.cies.org or contact us at advising@daf-fulb.dk.

Fulbright ICT Technology and Health

The ICT Technology and Health award is offered to American scholars from related disciplines to teach and do research for one semester at Aalborg University (AAU). The award is co-funded by AAU. The applicant must be in contact with AAU before applying in order to obtain a Letter of Invitation indicating that the university is willing to host the applicant.

Grant Period
1 semester (3-6 months)

Grant amount
DKK 200,000.00

Application Form
Yes, please go to www.cies.org. The competition for AY 2017-18 will open in February 2016.

Application Deadline
August 1 for the following academic year

For more information about the Fulbright Semester Grant, please go to www.cies.org or contact us at advising@daf-fulb.dk.

Fulbright Semester Grant All Disciplines

For the academic year 2017-18, we will have grants available for American scholars to teach, help with curriculum development, and/or do research at a Danish institution. The Danish institution can be at either the equivalent level of a U.S. community college or university. A strong letter of invitation from the Danish institution must be included in the successful application.

Grant Period
1 semester (3-6 months)

Grant Amount
DKK 200,000.00.

Application Form
Yes, please go to www.cies.org. The competition for AY 2017-18 will open in February 2016.

Application Deadline
August 1 for the following academic year

For more information about the Fulbright Semester Grant All Disciplines, please go to www.cies.org or contact us at advising@daf-fulb.dk.

Fulbright Arctic Initiative

The Fulbright Arctic Initiative will create a new network to stimulate international scientific collaboration on Arctic issues while increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Using a collaborative model to translate theory into practice, program participants will spend 18 months engaged in addressing public policy research questions relevant to Arctic nations’ shared challenges. Program participants will focus their research on one of the following Fulbright Arctic Initiative themes:

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Health
  • Infrastructure

A total of 16 outstanding scholars from the U.S. and abroad will be selected to participate in the program as Fulbright Arctic Initiative Scholars through an open, merit-based competition. At least four of the scholars will be selected from the United States and a least one scholar will be selected from each of the other Arctic Council member states. For information on eligibility for U.S. applicants, please go to the Fulbright Arctic Initiative website.

Length
Program activities will commence in spring 2016 and conclude in fall 2017. For further details, please go to the Fulbright Arctic Initiative website

Application Form
Yes, please go to the Fulbright Arctic Initiative website.

U.S. Scholar Application Deadline
Deadline will be posted here if the program is offered again

Notification
April 2016

For more information on the Fulbright Arctic Initiative, please see the Fulbright Arctic Initiative website or contact us at info@daf-fulb.dk.

Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP), part of the larger Fulbright Program, was established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program is a field-driven initiative in which foreign host institutions conceptualize and design projects of interest within an eligible discipline that represent a priority for their respective organizations. These projects are then paired with a highly qualified U.S. academic or professional, who shares their expertise and assists with strengthening linkages between U.S. and foreign host institutions. Participating foreign host institutions benefit by:

  • Gaining global perspectives from experienced U.S. academics and professionals;
  • Executing projects that require a rapid response or flexible timeline through short-term, year-round exchanges; and
  • Building sustained relationships with individuals and institutions in the U.S.

 

Read more about eligibility, requirements and the application for Fulbright Specialist projects

Eligibility Requirements for Host Institutions
Institutions that may be eligible to request a Fulbright Specialist include, but are not limited to:

  • Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies);
  • Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.);
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including issue-centered institutions and think tanks; and
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.).

 

Eligible Disciplines
Projects designed by prospective host institutions should focus on one of the below eligible disciplines:

  • Agriculture
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Biology Education
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry Education
  • Communications and Journalism
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Math Education
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies
  • Physics Education
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public/Global Health
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Urban Planning

 

Fulbright Specialist Program Activities
The Fulbright Specialist Program encourages host institutions to tailor projects to their own needs. However, all projects should have an education or training focus. Due to the short-term nature of the exchange, projects should have concrete objectives that can be achieved over the course of the Specialist’s visit. Past Specialists have supported host institutions by conducting activities such as:

  • Delivering a seminar or workshop
  • Consulting on faculty or workforce development
  • Developing academic or training curricula and materials
  • Lecturing at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Conducting needs assessments or evaluations for a program or institution

 

Note: Personal research projects, including clinical medical research or projects involving patient contact, are not eligible for funding under the Fulbright Specialist Program.

Program Parameters

  • All exchanges must range from 14 to 42 days in length, including weekends, holidays and travel days.
  • Projects are restricted to one country, and all project activities must take place in the country requesting the project.
  • Each project is limited to only one Fulbright Specialist grantee.

 

Multi-Visit (Serial Projects)

  • If a host institution would benefit by having the Fulbright Specialist visit the host institution more than once, host institutions may apply for their project to be Multi-Visit. Please note that the majority of approved projects are not Multi-Visit, and host institutions will need to provide a strong justification for why this approach would strengthen project outcomes. Please find below some general program parameters for Multi-Visit projects. o Multi-Visit projects cannot include more than a total of three trips.
  • All trips must be completed within a one-year period by the same Fulbright Specialist. The one-year period is calculated by adding 12 months from the initial start date of the first visit through the end date of the final visit.
  • Each visit must be a minimum of 14 days, and the total number of days across all visits cannot exceed six weeks (42 days).
  • However, please note that since the Danish-American Fulbright Commission has a total of five Fulbright Specialist allocation per year, one-visit projects are preferred in Denmark.

 

Identifying Fulbright Specialists
Host institutions are required to identify U.S. academics or professionals to serve as their project’s Fulbright Specialist prior to submitting their project proposal. Please note that for the identified candidate the following conditions must be met:

  • The individual must be approved by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission
  • The individual must be approved to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster; and
  • The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board must approve that individual to be matched with the host institution’s specific project.

 

Program Funding and Cost Share
The U.S. Department of State typically covers roundtrip, economy class international airfare, enrollment in a limited health benefits program, and a daily honorarium for participating Fulbright Specialists. In general, host institutions should be prepared to provide the Specialist with lodging, meals, and in-country transportation, either through monetary or in-kind contributions, throughout their full stay in country. The stipend for in-country transportation should allow the Specialist to travel to and from their lodging and project activity site as well as allow the Specialist to conduct local activities such as grocery shopping or visiting a local market, pharmacy, etc.

Application Process for Host Institutions
First step for the prospective host institutions is to contact the Danish-American Fulbright Commission on e-mail: info@daf-fulb.dk.

Then the prospective host institutions must submit a project proposal via World Learning’s online portal here. The online portal accepts project proposals on a rolling basis throughout the year.

After a project proposal is received, it will be reviewed by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission. Only project proposals that are completed in their entirety will be reviewed. Please note that Danish-American Fulbright Commission typically receives more project proposals from prospective host institutions than it is able to support with limited funding. Therefore, not all proposals submitted will be approved. (Up to five per year.)

If your project proposal is approved by Danish-American Fulbright Commission it must then be approved by multiple offices within the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Contact Information
Prospective host institutions should direct all questions to Danish-American Fulbright Commission on e-mail: info@daf-fulb.dk.

Individuals Interested in Serving as a Fulbright Specialists
Individuals interested in serving as a Fulbright Specialist must meet all eligibility requirements including:

  • Be a U.S. citizen; and
  • Have significant experience in one of the eligible disciplines, as demonstrated by professional, academic, or artistic achievements.

 

For a complete list of eligibility requirements and information on how to apply to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster, please visit the Fulbright Specialist website.

U.S. academics and professionals interested in applying to join the Fulbright Specialist Roster, should direct all questions to World Learning on e-mail: fulbrightspecialist@worldlearning.org.

Number of projects
The Danish-American Fulbright Commission is able to approve up to five propopals from October 2016 – September 2017.

Find a list over former approved Fulbright Specialist projects here.

 

Fulbright Inter-Country Travel Grants

Approximately 250 American lecturers and researchers representing a variety of academic fields participate in the Fulbright Scholar Program in Europe. Thus, a specialist fitting your department’s teaching may be close by. Danish higher education institutions may apply for a travel grant from the Fulbright Commission to support short, approximately week long visits by American Fulbright lecturers placed at a country other than Denmark. Please note that an application for participation in conferences will only be successful provided that the visiting Scholar plays an active role in the Conference like presenting a paper etc. Participation alone does not suffice.

Here is a list of American Fulbright scholars in Europe in the academic year 2016-2017.

This list includes information provided by those European countries that participate in the Inter-Country Travel Grant Program. Detailed scholar information should be available on the Fulbright Commission website of each country.

The Fulbright travel grant will cover the visiting lecturer’s airfare from the host country using the most economical fare. The Danish institution is expected to cover all other expenses. The inter-country lecture visit must take place during the American lecturer’s Fulbright grant period.

The host institution identifies a suitable lecturer from the list of American Fulbright scholars in Europe for the current academic year. If the host has not had previous contact with an interesting scholar, the Fulbright Commission may initiate contact on host’s behalf.

Danish institutions should send an Inter-Country Travel Grant application and a possible invitation letter to the Fulbright Commission. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. After the grant has been awarded, the Danish host is responsible for making the visit arrangements directly with the visiting lecturer.

For more information on the Fulbright Inter-Country Travel Grants, please contact us at info@daf-fulb.dk.

List of present U.S. Scholars in Denmark.

If you have any questions about our Fulbright grants, please contact us at advising@daf-fulb.dk.