If you are one who seeks enriching and unforgettable study abroad experiences, you will love studying in Iceland. Not only that the country serves stunning sceneries – with black-sand beaches, breath-taking cliffs, imposing white glaciers and fjords – Iceland is also home to an internationally celebrated higher education system. Here are some scholarships that you can apply to, to support your studies in Iceland.
Iceland Government Scholarships
The Iceland Ministry of Education, Science and Culture annually awards a number of scholarships for foreign students to study Icelandic as a second language at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík. The scholarship programme is administered by the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies.
The scholarships are intended for students who have completed at least one year of University study in humanities, specifically in modern Icelandic. Students must have prior knowledge of Icelandic according to the requirements for BA study in Iceland as a second language (Icelandic knowledge on the level with the courses Icelandic Online 1 and 2). Those aged under 35 will be given preference.
Icelandic as a second language is comprised of both theoretical and practical fields of study. It is not just a language course, where students are trained in speaking, reading and writing modern Icelandic, but it also delves into the more academic aspects of the Icelandic language, literature and history of Iceland. Subjects covered include morphology, syntax and phonetics of modern Icelandic. All studies of old and modern literature, the history of Iceland from settlement to modern times, as well as translations will be taught throughout the course.
The scholarships are only eligible for students who are nationals of one of the following countries.
- Czech Republic
- Faeroe Islands
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
Students from these countries, except those from the USA, can apply directly to the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Sigurdur Nordal Office, Ϸingholtsstræti 29, Box 1220, 121 Reykjavík, Iceland. The application form can be downloaded from the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies official website. Meanwhile, students from the USA can apply through U.S.I.A. Fulbright, U.S. Student Programmes, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York NY 10017. See www.fulbright.is or http://us.fulbrightonline.org or www.iie.org for more information.
When submitting your applications, the application form should be completed with the required information and accompanied by the following documents. All documents must be provided in English, Icelandic or any other Scandinavian language.
- An updated and detailed curriculum vitae (CV)
- Certified copies of university transcripts or diplomas with grades
- Two letters of recommendation from academic supervisors at your university
- Language proficiency certificate of English and/or Icelandic
Applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted. Applicants must also apply separately to the University of Iceland.
Scholarships can be extended to an additional year, but cannot be grated for more than three times. Those who wish to extend the scholarship will need to apply to the institute before the scholarship application deadline.
Awardees of the scholarship will receive a monthly stipend that should cover room and board for one person, which is payable at the beginning of each month, from September to April. A room will be available for rent in one of the university dormitory, Gamli Gardur. The scholarship will also cover registration fees at the university.
For more information, visit www.arnastofnun.is.
Reykjavík University Scholarships
Reykjavík University offers scholarships and grants to freshmen who have excellent academic records. The grant is awarded to cover tuition fee for the first semester at the university.
In order to be eligible for the scholarship, you must have achieved a GPA of 8.0 in your matriculation exam, and already be enrolled as a full-time Bachelor (BS or BA) student at the university. You must also submit a personal statement when applying for the scholarship. The scholarship selection will be based on both your results of matriculation examination and personal statement.
Final decisions of this scholarship will be announced in mid-June for the fall semester, and in mid-December for the spring semester.
For more information, visit the official Reykjavík University scholarship website.
University of Iceland Scholarships
The University of Iceland offers scholarships for students that are already registered to study at the University of Iceland and for personnel already employed by the university.
- The Watanabe Trust Fund
This scholarship is offered annually for a study period in Japan or Iceland, in both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Its purpose is also to encourage the exchange of academic staff. The initial focus of the scholarship, however, is on supporting academic exchanges at the graduate/postgraduate level (M.A. / M.S., PhD and Post-Doc) as this is considered to be the most promising venue to underpin the long-term bilateral relationship and to promote mutual goodwill. This includes grants offered to visiting professors or other academic staff from both countries. As for supporting students studying on the undergraduate level, the scholarships are provided for those enrolled in Japanese language courses in Iceland. Other unspecified projects, which support the goals of the Fund and/or raise its societal visibility, may also be considered.
- Assistantship Fund of The University of Iceland
Through the Assistantship Fund, lecturers are allowed to hire students to assist them with research and/or teaching. This can be a great opportunity for the students to be trained and gain skills in professional work practices.
- Doctoral Grants of The University of Iceland
These grants are offered to tenured lecturers or specialists working at the University of Iceland, who fulfil those requirements made of doctoral supervisors. It is also possible to apply after cooperation between supervisor and student commences.
- Travel Grants for Doctoral Students
Travel grants for doctoral students at the University of Iceland are intended for the students to attend conferences.
- University of Iceland Research Fund
This grant is intended to strengthen research activities within the university. Tenured lecturers or specialists working at the University of Iceland are eligible to apply. Grants are allocated once per year.
- Equipment Purchasing Fund
Specialised funds intended for purchasing of equipment are allocated by a designated committee on the basis of applications from lecturers and specialists, prioritised by faculty science committees.
- The Recruitment Fund of The University of Iceland – Post-doc
This grant is intended for scientists who have received their PhD within the last five years. A University President appointed committee, with members from all five schools of the University of Iceland, will evaluate and rank the applications.
- Staff Travel Fund
This grant is provided for academic staff and other employees of the University of Iceland holding a university degree and who have signed a contract with the Division of Human Resources
- University of Iceland Scholarship Funds
The funds are intended to support various projects in specific fields of study, for the prosperity of the University of Iceland, students or staff.
- The Sigrídur Lárusdóttir Fund
This fund supports research in the field of orthopaedics. Specia emphasis is placed on research relating to congenital hip joint defects, such as their heredity, frequency and consequences.
- University of Iceland Student Achievement and Incentive Fund
The purpose of this fund is to encourage new students at the University of Iceland who have demonstrated academic excellence at the secondary level. The grants are allocated on a yearly basis in the spring semester.
For more information on the scholarships provided by the University of Iceland, visit http://sjodir.hi.is.