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Internships & Training Programs

Internships in the United States
The American-Scandinavian Foundation's Exchange Visitor (J visa) Program, designated by the U.S. Department of State, gives Scandinavians the unique opportunity to receive practical on-the-job experience in the U.S. and to grow professionally and personally through immersion in American business and community life. An intern is currently enrolled in and pursuing studies at a degree- or certificate-granting post-secondary academic institution outside the United States or a recent graduate from such a post-secondary institution who graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start date of his/her Exchange Visitor program.

Training in the United States
In order to qualify for J-1 visa sponsorship as a trainee, the applicant must have a degree or professional certificate from a foreign post-secondary academic institution and at least one year of prior related work experience in his/her occupational field acquired outside the United States, or five years of work experience outside the United States in his/her occupational field.

Fellowships & Grants

Fellowships/Grants in the United States
The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers over $500,000 in funding to Scandinavians to undertake study or research programs (usually at the graduate level) in the United States for up to one year. Candidates for awards are recommended to the ASF by our cooperating organizations. Awards are made in all fields.

Fellowships/Grants in Scandinavia
The ASF's award program for study and research abroad has been the Foundation's most long-standing commitment to educational exchange. During the past 100 years, over 4,000 fellowships and grants have been given to Americans and Scandinavians engaged in study or research projects. In 2013, 62 students, professionals and artists were provided over $646,137 in total funding.

Grants for Public Projects
Through its public project grants, the ASF funds a wide variety of programs that bring American and Scandinavian culture, art and thought to public audiences.

Grants for Visiting Lecturers from Scandinavia
The ASF invites U.S. colleges and universities to apply for funding to host a visiting lecturer from Norway or Sweden. The $20,000 awards are for appointments of one semester. Lectureships should be in the areas of: public policy, conflict resolution, health care, environmental studies or multiculturalism.

Translation Prize
The ASF Translation Competition is an international competition for literary translations into English from any Nordic language and genre.  Our annual competition recognizes outstanding translations of Scandinavian literature authored by a Scandinavian.