Icelandic Government Scholarships for Students of Modern Icelandic

Deadline: 1 February 2015
Open to: students of modern Icelandic 
tuition fees and a monthly stipend of ISK 130.000 (approx. €850)


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.

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.

Approximately 15 scholarships are available for the period from September 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016.


The scholarships are intended for students of modern Icelandic. In order to be eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed one year of University study;
  • Have prior knowledge of Icelandic according to the requirements for BA study in Icelandic as a second language;
  • Have a working knowledge of English, since English will serve as a second language in teaching;
  • Be nationals of 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 or United States of America.


The scholarship covers registration fees at the University and a monthly stipend of approximately ISK 130.000(approx. €850) payable at the beginning of each month, September to April.


In order to apply interested students must submit the following documents:

  • Application form;
  • CV;
  • University transcripts / copies of diplomas with grades;
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic supervisors at your University;
  • Language certificate (English and/or Icelandic).

The applications must be send by post to:

Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies
Sigurður Nordal Office
Box 1220
121 Reykjavík

The application deadline is 1 February 2015. Selected candidates will be announced by March 2015.

For further information please visit the official website.

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