Icelandic Government Scholarships 2016 for study in Iceland

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Application Deadline: December 1st 2015

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 2016 to April 30th 2017.

The Scholarship

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.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    The scholarships are intended for students of modern Icelandic. Students must have completed at least one year of University study.

  • Students 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).
  • Preference will, as a rule, be given to a candidate under 35 years of age.
  • Icelandic as a second language is comprised of both theoretical and practical fields of study. On the one hand it is a language course, where students are trained in speaking, reading and writing modern Icelandic.
  • On the other hand it 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. The students read both old and modern literature and learn about the history of Iceland from settlement to modern times. Additionally, students are introduced to translations.

    Nationals of the following countries are eligible:

    Students from Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America can apply for these Icelandic Government scholarships.
How to apply

Students from these countries, 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 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 current University
  • language certificate (English and/or Icelandic)

The applications must reach the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies by December 1, 2015. Email applications are not accepted. Please notice that applicants need to apply separately to the University of Iceland.



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