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American Scandinavian Foundation Grants

  • Submission Deadline: November 1, 2020
  • Type: Grants & Fellowships
  • Eligibility: National
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships (up to $23,000) and grants (up to $5,000) to individuals to pursue research, study or creative arts projects in one or more Scandinavian country for up to one year.

Grants are considered suitable for post-graduate scholars, professionals, and candidates in the arts to carry out research or study visits of one to three months duration.

Fellowships are intended to support a year-long stay. Priority is given to candidates at the graduate level for dissertation-related study or research.

The number of awards varies each year according to total funds available. Awards are made in all fields.

Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.

Applicants must have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their project in Scandinavia.

Team projects are eligible, but each member must apply as an individual, submitting a separate, fully-documented application.

First priority will be given to applicants who have not previously received an ASF award. Applicants are eligible to receive only two awards within a ten year period. Only in exceptional cases will a third award be considered.

Please note that ASF does not ordinarily support art residency programs. To be considered for funding, you must explain why this residency is crucial to your work.

ASF considers it desirable that all candidates have at least some ability in the language of the host country, even if it is not essential for the execution of the research plan. For projects that require a command of one or more Scandinavian (or other) languages, candidates should defer application until they have the necessary proficiency.

If interviews are part of the project, the applicant is expected to be able to conduct the interviews in the appropriate local language/s. If language proficiency is required for your project then one of your three letters of recommendation must address the level of Nordic language proficiency, as necessary for the project, and must be written by a qualified instructor or professional in that Nordic language.

Projects should not begin before April 15th.

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 ASF if they have received other award offers. ASF will not provide funds if, in its judgment, a proposal can be carried out without its assistance.

Applicants must complete an ASF application form, including a well-defined project description and project statement that outlines their research, study, or creative arts project and describes why a stay in Scandinavia is essential.

*All applications are reviewed by a multi-disciplinary panel and thus should be accessible to non-experts*

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.

Awards are based on the application submitted; subsequent changes in the proposal are discouraged and may not be considered.

If your research involves human beings, you must provide evidence that you comply with research ethics and seek informed consent (e.g., an IRB (Institutional Review Board) approval letter from your institution; a professional code of ethics and related sample release forms).

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; ASF cannot assist in establishing contacts.

ASF requires confirmation of invitation or affiliation from the institution or individuals detailed in the proposal.

Three letters of recommendation are required. If you are an MA or doctoral candidate, on letter should be by the supervisory chair of your MA or PhD committee. If language proficiency is required for your project one letter must address the level of Nordic language proficiency and must be written by a qualified instructor or professional in that Nordic language.

Since July and August are traditionally holiday months in Scandinavia, many people may not be available for consultation. Applicants are cautioned to plan their projects accordingly.

Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Unsuccessful applications will be discarded.

ASF does not fund the following:

Study in programs especially designed for English-speaking students, or at English-language institutions
Beginning studies in any subject
Fees for classes related to the acquisition of language skills
Travel for attendance at professional meetings, conferences, seminars or conventions
Performances or exhibitions
Research assistants
Institutional overhead costs
Tuition fees from U.S. home institution
Foregone salary
Retroactive program support
Supplementation of substantial sabbatical support
Equipment purchases, including personal computers, bikes, cell phones and software
Personal Obligations including repayment of loans, home housing costs, and taxes
Support for dependents
Publication costs

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