Icelandic Government Scholarships 2018

Deadline: 1 December 2018
Open to: candidate under 35 years of age
Scholarship: covered registration fees at the University and a monthly stipend of approximately around 1310 EUR


The Icelandic Ministry of Education, Science, and Culture award 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 2019 to April 30th 2020.

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.


  • 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.

Nationals of the following countries are eligible:

  • 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, United States of America


The scholarship covers registration fees at the University and a monthly stipend of approximately around 1310 EUR – 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.

How to Apply?

In order to apply, please fill the application form.

The application should also 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 your University;
  • language certificate (English and/or Icelandic).

The applications must reach the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies by 1 December 2018. Email applications are not accepted. Please notice that applicants need to apply separately to the University of Iceland.

A special committee in Iceland evaluates the applications and its decision will be announced to the candidates by January 2019.

If a scholarship recipient wishes to extend the scholarship for an additional year he/she has to apply to the Institute before 1 December. No one will be granted a scholarship for more than three times.

For more information please visit the official website.