The Americans call the Fulbright program their “Flagship Program” as it serves to promote mutual cultural understanding through academic educational exchange.

A Fulbright Denmark grant for scholars is recognized as a mark of distinction. Those receiving a Fulbright grant have been evaluated both in the U.S. and Denmark not only on their academic, professional, and personal achievements but also on their potential to build upon these to become leaders in their fields. A Fulbright grant fosters lifelong connections across the worldwide elite Fulbright community.

Each year Fulbright Denmark awards grants to excellent Danish scholars who seek out academic challenges in the U.S.

Fulbright grants

Visiting scholars (four-ten months)

Core Fulbright grant


EU-U.S. relations/EU affairs


Fulbright Denmark grants for scholars can only be applied for the following academic year.

Applicants will apply online using a global application portal through the U.S. Institute of International Education (IIE).

Application decisions will be made in spring – Grants will be awarded before departure.


Fulbright Denmark grants for scholars are awarded to the most talented scholars who demonstrate outstanding academic performance and will actively contribute to the promotion of mutual understanding as cultural ambassadors of Denmark.

If you are awarded a Fulbright grant, we will help and advise you through the entire process. In addition, you will be invited to a Pre-departure meeting in June where you receive practical advice and meet other future Fulbrighters.


  • Grants are for one or two semesters (min. four and max. ten months)
  • Grants are awarded to a self-planned research and teaching stay at a U.S. university (there needs to be both a research and teaching component)
  • You need to employed as a postdoc, assistant professor, associate professor or professor at a higher Danish educational institution
  • Grants are awarded to all academic fields
  • You must master a high level of English proficiency
  • Applicants must have Danish citizenship
  • The grant will not be awarded to dependents

You cannot apply if

  • You have dual citizenship or an American ‘Green card’
  • You have already commenced your research/teaching in the U.S.
  • You are going to the U.S. before August
  • You want to go on a conference, summer school, group travel etc.
  • Please contact us, if you have lived or studied in the U.S. and think it might affect your chances of applying

Fulbright opens doors in ways I had never imagined. The most significant outcome is how one through the experience of actually being in the U.S. gets a more nuanced and positive understanding of the American society and its citizens.

— DK Fulbright Scholar 2015/16

Visa - Fulbright grantees

All scholarship recipients will receive a J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa. The scholarships consist of funds from the Danish and American governments and all Fulbright scholarship recipients will therefore have to comply with a “Two-Year Home-Country Physical Presence Requirement” when their time in the U.S. is over.

It is thus NOT possible to obtain certain types of visas for work and immigration before the two-year period is over. However, one can easily travel back to the U.S. on conference and tourist trips. Similarly, one can apply for a visa for employment with the international intergovernmental organizations (UN, World Bank etc.) located in the United States.

Read more about visas for the US and “Two-Year Home-Country Physical Presence Requirement” here.


In order to receive a Fulbright Scholarship, scholarship recipients are required to have adequate insurance coverage. A Fulbright scholarship recipient will automatically receive a so-called Accident and Sickness Program for Exchanges (ASPE) coverage. This coverage is minimal, therefore the scholarship recipient need to secure a Danish insurance that can cover, e.g. liability insurance and repatriation; it is also acceptable to take out an American insurance if the coverage is equal to a Danish insurance.