2017/2018 Icelandic Government Scholarships

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Icelandic Government Scholarships

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. Approximately 15 scholarships are available for the period from September 1st 2017 to April 30th 2018.

Sponsor:  The Icelandic Government

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship covers registration fees at the University and a monthly stipend of approximately ISK 130.000 – that should cover room and board for one person, payable at the beginning of each month, September to April. A room will be available for rent in one of the University dormitory, Gamli Garður.


December 1, 2016


To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a student of modern Icelandic.
  • Must have completed at least one year of University study.
  • Must also have prior knowledge of Icelandic according to the requirements for BA study in Icelandic as a second language (Icelandic knowledge on the level with the courses Icelandic Online 1 and 2).
  • Be under 35 years of age (If you’re above 35 you’re still qualified but preference will be given to applicants below 35 years)


To apply for the Icelandic Government Scholarships, you’re required to note the following:

  1. Students from these countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic

Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuani, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom) with exception of students from USA and Canada, can apply directly to the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Sigurður Nordal Office, Box 1220, 121 Reykjavík, Iceland. Application must be made on a special application form:

Application form (word)

  1. Application should include the following documents (in English, Icelandic or other Scandinavian languages):
  • CV
  • university transcripts / copies of diplomas with grades.
  • two letters of recommendation from academic supervisors at your University
  • language certificate (English and/or Icelandic)
  1. The applications must reach the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies by 1 December 2016. Email applications are not accepted. Please notice that applicants need to apply separately to the University of Iceland.

A special committee in Iceland evaluates the applications and its decision will be announced to the candidates by January 2017.

  1. If a scholarship recipient wishes to extend the scholarship for an additional year he/she has to apply to the Institute before 1 December. No one will be granted a scholarship for more than three times.

Note that it’s important to read guidelines on application thoroughly before you apply. 

For more information: Check Scholarship Official Page.


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