Fulbright Grants for students

The Danish-American Fulbright Commission offers a wide range of Fulbright grants for study, research, and/or teaching in Denmark for American postgraduate students and scholars. Applicants must be American citizens in order to apply.

To learn more about Danish educational institutions and opportunities taught in English, please go to www.studyindenmark.dk. This is the official government site about studies in Denmark.

Thinking about studying/researching/teaching in Denmark? Listen to former U.S. Fulbrighters tell about their year in Denmark here.

Past experience has taught us that it may be difficult to establish the right type of contacts and to navigate in a different and foreign educational system. Therefore we encourage you to make use of our help in the application process if you need help to establish contacts and in general to create a good and viable project for your Fulbright application. Please contact us at info@fulbright.dk. We look forward to hearing from you!


We have Fulbright grants to American students (master/Ph.D) for an academic year in Denmark. All American students interested in applying for a Fulbright grant to Denmark must go to the Fulbright U.S. Student website to read about the general rules on citizenship, length of stay, academic level, etc. and the country specific demands for Denmark.

How much/what do I get?
  • You receive a Fulbright grant of DKK 125,000/USD 18,000. The grants are subject to the availability of funds.
  • As a Fulbright student in Denmark you do not have to pay tuition during your Fulbright year
What are the requirements?
  • Studies or research in Denmark on graduate level
  • A strong affiliation with the Danish host university
How/when do I apply?
  • Apply online or through your U.S. college/university
  • The online application opens in early spring
  • The online application deadline is in mid-October. If you are applying through a U.S. college/university, the deadline is earlier. Make sure to check with your university.

Here is an overview of the Fulbright grants to Denmark for U.S. students:

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The Fulbright U.S. Student grants to Denmark are offered to American postgraduate students (master/Ph.D.) for an entire academic year of study and/or research in Denmark. Students can apply for full-time study, research, or a combination of the two. We usually have approx. 8 grants available for U.S. students each academic year. The grants are subject to the availability of funds.

Candidates from all academic areas and at all degree levels are encouraged to apply. Ph.D.-candidates are eligible up to the dissertation level. All applicants must have previous experience in the proposed field of study. Independent research or interview projects cannot be accepted.

Applicants pursuing a full Master’s degree in Denmark are eligible to apply, but the Fulbright grant is only for the first year of a 2-year degree. Students considering applying for a full degree in Denmark please read the “Important” section below.

Applicants are reminded that they must apply independently for admission to the Danish university and comply with their application deadlines at the same time as the Fulbright application is submitted. University admission guidelines can be found at the university websites. Applicants must clearly state in their contact with the Danish institution that they are applying for a Fulbright grant, and the application to Fulbright must include a copy of admission correspondence.

Admission to a Danish institution of higher learning is necessary in order to comply with Danish residence permit laws, and all candidates must therefore be admitted to a Danish institution that has legal status to apply for a residence permit on the candidate’s behalf. The Fulbright grant to Denmark is therefore dependent on a successful admission to a Danish institution of higher education. American students to Denmark need a strong letter of affiliation from a Danish host institution regardless of their level of education. Sample letters (attached here in two versions: one for Master’s students, one for PhD students) must be filled out by the Danish institution and must accompany the Fulbright application, otherwise the applicant cannot be considered for a Fulbright grant. The admission status in this letter must be identical to the one in the Fulbright application and the residence permit.

Besides having a strong affiliation with a Danish university or university-level institution, recent graduates and graduating seniors must attend Master’s-level classes at the Danish institution.

All applicants must comply with all study program requirements of their Danish study program in order to maintain their student residence permit in Denmark. Complying with study program requirements and maintaining a residence permit are requirements for obtaining a Fulbright grant to Denmark.

The admission process for some fields, especially in the arts, may include the submission of a portfolio or auditions in Denmark.

The Danish-American Fulbright Commission is willing to assist you with contact information to appropriate Danish institutions.

A Fulbright grant is only for one/the first year of study in Denmark. An applicant to Denmark must declare, as part of the application process, whether he/she is degree or non-degree seeking. It is possible to apply for a Fulbright grant both as a guest student to Denmark or as a degree seeking student. A Fulbright guest student will not have to pay Danish tuition while on his/her Fulbright. However, a Fulbright student seeking a full Danish degree will have to pay full tuition for all the years of the degree. Any later change of status from non-degree to degree seeking while in Denmark may not be possible but will involve retrospective payment of tuition for the first year for the Fulbright student.

Under no circumstances can the Danish-American Fulbright Commission be responsible for any financial or academic changes due to these plans. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to research any degree and financial possibilities after the Fulbright grant period.

A few post-graduate and certificate/diploma degree programs are not part of the special tuition waiver agreement with the Danish government, and therefore Fulbright grantees will have to pay tuition in order to attend these special one-year Master’s degree/certificate programs. Based on experience, it is unlikely that the Danish Selection Committee will choose an applicant for one of these special one-year diploma degrees.

Private lessons, such as music instruction outside of the student’s institutional affiliation, are not free and will require that the student budget accordingly.

Candidate Profile
Applications  from well-qualified candidates for all graduate degree levels and in all fields will be considered, if the proposal can be carried out within the auspices of Danish institutions of higher learning. All applicants must have previous experience in the proposed field of study.

The Commission encourages applications from graduate students whose proposals involve full-time graduate study or combine research and graduate advanced courses if acceptable to the Danish institution. Independent research or interview projects cannot be accepted. All applicants must meet exam demands and other requirements of their Danish university program. If in doubt whether your plans are feasible for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, please ask the Danish-American Fulbright Commission.

Greenland & the Faroe Islands: Due to the historically very special situation regarding Denmark and Greenland & the Faroe Islands, grants to these two places through the Danish-American Fulbright Commission are presently limited to Fulbright projects where the American student can obtain full residence permit in Denmark. This means that the focus on Greenland or the Faroe Islands must be through the Danish host institution, and the Fulbright stay must take place in Denmark allowing only for shorter visits to Greenland or the Faroe Islands through the Danish institution. Applicants must also obtain a strong and positive letter of invitation from the institution of higher learning in Greenland or on the Faroe Islands  involved in the short visits to Greenland or the Faroe Islands. Projects involving more extensive or full stays in Greenland cannot be accepted as Fulbright projects by the Danish-American Fulbright Commission due to the present legislation and the Fulbright Commission Agreement. All main academic areas, especially within sciences and social sciences may apply. Applicants interested in studies or research in Greenland or the Faroe Islands must otherwise follow the general grant guidelines for grants to Denmark.

If your project can meet the above demands, the Commission is happy to advise you about affiliations to contact in Denmark.

Foreign Language Proficiency
Danish language proficiency is not required unless demanded by the Danish institution or needed to successfully complete the project/study plan or if the applicant is pursuing Kierkegaard studies, areas within Danish studies, or archival studies.

The language of instruction in institutions of higher learning is generally Danish, but with a large number of courses or full programs taught in English. If necessary, applicants must include plans for pre-departure language study in their Fulbright applications. Danish language abilities will greatly enhance the Fulbright experience.

Many universities offer pre-semester Danish language courses, but students should be aware of residence permit requirements if they chose to attend these courses. Students must obtain a residence permit that includes the dates of Danish language courses, in order to comply with Danish legislation. Read more about Danish language classes here.

Grant Period

10 months. Grant period must begin in late August and end in June. A mandatory two-day Fulbright arrival orientation takes place in Copenhagen in late August, and you must therefore plan your start date accordingly. Summer University is not possible for a Fulbright grant to Denmark.

A mandatory mid-term seminar in November and wrap-up seminar in May/June are also included as part of the grant period.

Grant Amount
DKK 125,000.00 (The grants are subject to the availability of funds.)

Application Form
Yes, please go to the Fulbright U.S. Student website

Application Deadline
Mid-October for the following academic year. Please see the Fulbright U.S. Student website for an exact date.

Selection Process
After the application deadline in October, applications will be reviewed by the National Screening Committee in the U.S. and recommended applications will be forwarded to the Danish-American Fulbright Selection Committee for selection. All candidates will be notified by email whether or not their applications have been forwarded for review. Final selection notification takes place in spring. Once the Fulbright grantees are notified from the U.S. side, the Fulbright Commission will reach out to all grantees and assist them in preparing for their Fulbright year in Denmark. The Danish-American Fulbright Commission will be your responsible office during your time in Denmark.

Dual citizens of the U.S. and Denmark are ineligible for consideration. Students with dual U.S./other country citizenship may be accepted for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, but must always enter Denmark on their U.S. passports and must have full residence in the U.S. They must also enroll as U.S. students at the Danish institution for the entire period of their Fulbright grant.

Students who are not admitted to their proposed programs of study in Denmark cannot be considered.

Students who have already begun their studies in Denmark at the time of application are ineligible to apply, as are students who have already spent considerable time in Denmark (½ year study abroad as part of a U.S. university degree is not included).

If you are unsure of your eligibility for a Fulbright grant, please contact the Danish-American Fulbright Commission.

A Fulbright student grantee to Denmark with dependent(s) will receive a one-off amount of 20,000 DKK (approximately 3000 USD) extra on his/her grant, but according to Danish residence permit rules the dependent(s) must be able to support him/herself to the amount of a Danish student loan – more details are available here. The limited Fulbright dependent support (spouse/registered partner) is only available for a dependent staying in Denmark for the entire Fulbright grant period. Dependents must obtain a personal residence permit in order to stay in Denmark.

Grant applications must clearly indicate the number of dependents accompanying the applicant during the grant period. Grant applications must also address what the dependents will do during their stay in Denmark, as well as how they plan to obtain their needed Danish residence permit. If this important information is omitted, the application cannot be considered by the Selection Committee. Be aware that you will need to provide additional documentation, including proof of financial support, in order to secure a residence permit for any accompanying dependents.

Read about the requirements for obtaining residence permits for accompanying family members here.

Please feel free to contact the Danish-American Fulbright Commission, if you have any questions concerning dependents.

The Danish-American Fulbright Commission is not responsible for securing housing for grantees. Students should allow ample time to secure housing before departing for Denmark. Danish universities are not obligated to find housing but may be able to offer some support – check their websites for more information. Be very aware of scams.

Important for the Fulbright grant application: Students must declare in their Fulbright grant application whether they are applying as a guest student or a degree-seeking student. Please be aware that only guest students will be eligible for the special Fulbright tuition waiver. Full-degree students must pay tuition for all years of the Danish degree. Students who select to change status with the permission of their Danish host institution will have to pay tuition for their Fulbright year as well, according to Danish legislation. Changing status and the consequences thereof are solely the student’s responsibility.

If you are selected for a Fulbright grant to Denmark, you are required to contact the Danish-American Fulbright Commission in advance of planning your arrival and residence permit application. A Skype meeting with a representative from the Danish-American Fulbright Commission may be required, if you are considered for a Fulbright grant. You must submit exact dates in your application for the grant period in Denmark, as these dates will be used for the required student residence permit, grant documents and payment. It is important that you stay in contact with the Danish-American Fulbright Commission, as they will help you throughout the process.

The successful application to Denmark must ultimately be able to show correspondence between the grant period in the application, the admission period at the Danish university, and the dates of the Danish residence permit. Your grant application to Denmark must prove that your residence permit will be arranged through the Danish host university.

Our grants are always subject to revision for fiscal reasons. For the best and updated version of the grants we offer to Denmark in a specific year, you must check with IIE.

Other Programs for U.S. students

Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship

The Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship was launched in 2013 as a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. It provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online. These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing transnational issues and build ties across cultures.

Through the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship, Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on a dedicated blog hosted on the National Geographic. Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms. In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), Fellows will receive instruction in digital storytelling techniques, applicable to Fellows’ projects, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training, by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. Fellows will be paired with one or more National Geographic editors for continued training, editorial direction and mentoring throughout their Fulbright grant period. Fellows will provide material for a blog on the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term, and will have the opportunity to develop additional content for use by National Geographic and the Department of State.

U.S. citizens of all ages and from all backgrounds are eligible to apply. Applicants may come from a broad range of fields, a variety of academic and processional backgrounds, and have diverse storytelling experiences. Candidates must have completed at least an undergraduate degree by the commencement of the program but may not hold a Ph.D. at the time of application. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated talent for storytelling (including but not limited to publications in print, online or multimedia platforms) and an academic or professional background relevant to their proposed project.

Application Deadline
Mid-October for the following academic year. Please see the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship website for an exact date.

Application Form
Yes, please go to the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship website

For further information on program details, eligibility, and how to apply, please go to the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship website or contact us at info@fulbright.dk.

Important: Our grants are always subject to revision for fiscal reasons. For the best and updated version of the grants we offer to Denmark in a specific year, you must check with IIE

List of present Fulbright students in Denmark


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