Scholarships and Stipends

Scholarship Applications

Scholarship Applications are due February 14th.
(Scholarship recipients must be enrolled University of Washington students at the time they receive their award.)

Application Form (PDF)

Mailing Address for Applications:

Chair
University of Washington
Department of Scandinavian Studies
Box 353420
Seattle, Washington 98195
 

(Additional information about graduate assistantships and fellowships is available here.)

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Norwegian

Randi Aulie was born in Lofoten, Norway. She arrived in Seattle with her husband, Alf Kristian Aulie, in 1974 and decided to make it their permanent home. In 2001, Randi became the President of the Leif Erikson Lodge, Sons of Norway, an office Alf Kristian held three times before he passed away in 1999. Simrad, Inc. is a division of Kongsberg Gruppen AS, a leading marine technology specialist and manufactuer of underwater instrumentation and hydrography. The company is a leading supplier of satellite reference systems, hydro-acoustic systems, as well as marine electonics to the fishing, coastal, and research vessels. In helping to establish this fund along with the Aulie family, Simrad affirmed the central role of the Norwegian language and culture in the world today.

The Alf Kr. Aulie/Simrad, Inc. Endowed Fund was established by Randi Aulie and Brian Staton, President of Simrad, Inc., to provide support for students of Norwegian studies and the activities of the Norwegian program in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. Students in the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences and the College of Engineering who include Norwegian studies in their course of studies are also eligible for support from this fund.

In addition to support for the Norwegian program, the Alf Kr. Aulie/Simrad Endowed Fund will provide a scholarship of up to $1,500 for University of Washington students. Interested students should send a letter of application, along with an official copy of all college transcripts, and three letters of recommendation.

Church steeple in Linkoeping
Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Swedish

This endowment honors the memory of Ann-Marie Lindqvist Gavel (1908-1996) and Gunnar Gavel (1908-1993) of Linköping, Sweden, whose strong interest in scholarship, higher education, and support for Swedish studies abroad will always be fondly remembered.

The purpose of this endowment is to provide support for undergraduate and graduate students in the Swedish program by such means as scholarships, travel stipends, research awards, and activities related to Swedish studies.

This $2,000 stipend is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and educational objectives in the area of Swedish language and literature or area studies with a Swedish emphasis.

Interested students should submit a letter of application, stating their educational objectives as they relate to the purposes of the Gavel Endowment, along with a current transcript, and two letters of recommendation (one from outside the Department of Scandinavian Studies).

Eligibility: Undergraduate
Area of Study: Danish

This scholarship is to be applied toward tuition expenses. The award amount is between $1,000 and $2,000 per student. Applicant must be an undergraduate Danish major at the University of Washington in the second or third year of study. Please submit a brief biography, including a statement of educational objectives; transcripts; and two letters of recommendation (one from outside the Department).

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Norwegian

The Weingarten Endowed Fund honors the heritage of the late Dr. Werner and Mrs. Margit Weingarten. Dr. Weingarten was a friend of the UW through his interests in the liberal arts. Margit Weingarten received her bachelor's ('70) and master's ('76) degrees in art history. She emigrated from Trøndelag in Norway where she grew up near the shores of the Trondheimsfjord.

The purpose of the Weingarten Endowed Fund is to provide support for the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington, with emphasis on providing financial assistance to students who are studying Norwegian language and literature. The award amount is up to $1,500.

Graduate students and Undergraduate students with a Norwegian emphasis (major or minor) in their studies may apply. An application letter, stating clearly the purpose of the application, is required. In additon, an original copy of all college transcripts, two letters of recommendation (one must be from someone not associated with the Department of Scandinavian Studies), must be submitted.

Eligibility: Graduate
Area of Study: Icelandic
Special Deadline: January 31. Submit to the Department with application to graduate program.

The Edwin Vickner Endowed Fund was established in honor of Professor Edwin Vickner who served the Department of Scandinavian Studies from 1912 to 1948. Vickner's devotion to his students and commitment to Scandinavian studies helped to build the foundations of the Department in its early years.

This fellowship is awarded to meritorious first-year graduate students with a demonstrated interest in Old Norse. This is a $2,000 fellowship grant.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Special Deadline: check with Fulbright advisor

Please note that if you are a student at the University of Washington, you must register with the campus Fulbright representative.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Norwegian

This generous gift honors the memory of Gertrude D. Holdal (1903-1987), the daughter of Norwegian immigrants Andreas Edvard Abelsen and Bereth Christine Hansen. Gertrude Holdal grew up in Spanaway, Washington, attended Pacific Lutheran University, and lived most of her life in Tacoma. She is fondly remembered for her devotion to her family and for her dedication to preserving her Norwegian heritage.

The purpose is to provide support for students in the Norwegian program by such means as scholarships, travel stipends, research awards, the purchase of teaching materials, and activities related to Norwegian studies. Awards will be made on the basis of academic achievement and educational objectives in the area of Norwegian language and literature or area studies with a Norwegian emphasis.

Interested students should submit a letter of application (include home address and phone numbers) stating their educational objectives as they relate to the purposes of the Holdal Fund, along with current transcripts, and two letters of recommendation (one letter must be from someone not associated with the Department of Scandinavian Studies). The award is expected to be about $2,000.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Swedish
Special Deadline: November 2

The Department invites undergraduate and graduate students to apply for a two quarter study abroad tour at Linköping University through the Jonsson Family Fund for Winter and Spring Quarters. Students can choose to study Swedish and/or any Scandinavian topic within the Arts and Humanities. Students can choose to study Swedish and/or any Scandinavian topic within the Arts and Humanities.

Loenrott painting
Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Finnish

A $1,500 scholarship for graduate and undergraduate students of Finnish. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and educational objectives in the area of Finnish language and literature or area studies with a Finnish emphasis.

Interested students should submit a letter of application (include home address and phone number) stating their educational objectives, a current transcript, and two letters of recommendation (one from outside the Scandinavian Department.)

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Special Deadline: Open

Former professor and chair of the Department Birgitta Steene established this endowment in honor of her parents Kathe and Ragnar Steene of Uddevalla, Sweden. Its purpose is to provide research support to senior undergraduate or graduate students in Scandinavian Drama and Film at the University of Washington.

Applicants should have demonstrated a serious interest in Scandinavian culture, especially in the areas of Danish and Swedish film, theatre or television history. Support may be in the form of travel stipends or other ways of obtaining relevant research material. Projects involving Senior Essay, M.A. thesis or Ph.D. dissertation in the designated areas should be given preference.

Interested students should submit a statement of educational objectives, a description of the research project as it applies to the purposes of the Steene Endowment. Application should also include a current transcript and two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from outside the Department of Scandinavian Studies. The award amount is up to $1,500.

Eligibility: Graduate

This fund was established in memory of Leslie Ann Grove, a Ph.D. graduate of the Department, who passed away suddenly in 1997. At the time of her death, Leslie was teaching at the University of Oslo while on leave from St. Olaf College, where she was an Assistant Professor.

Financial support for graduate students in the Department of Scandinavian Studies, to include grant for travel and stipends.

Contributions to this fund can be made by sending a check, payable to: "The University of Washington Foundation," to the Department of Scandinavian Studies, Box 353420, Seattle, WA 98195-3420. Mark the check "Grove Endowed Fund." Contributions are tax deductible.

Martin Metzon
Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Danish

Two scholarships are available through the Metzon Fund for students of Danish studies. Each award will be $1,000. The scholarships may be applied toward tuition or educational expenses.

  1. An award will be given to a student, undergraduate or graduate, who is conducting a defined research project, either Senior Essay, M.A. thesis, or Ph.D. dissertation, in the field of Scandinavian Studies or in a related field (with Danish as the research language).
  2. An award will be given to an undergraduate major or minor with an emphasis on Danish studies.

Please submit a brief biography, including a statement of educational objectives; a description of the research project (if applicable); transcripts; and two letters of recommendation (one from outside the Department).

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Norwegian

The Norwegian-American Community Endowed Fund was established by donations from leading members of Seattle's Norwegian Community for the purpose of providing support for the students and activities of the Norwegian studies program in the Department of Scandinavian Studies.

Undergraduate and graduate students with a Norwegian emphasis in their studies are eligible. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of overall academic excellence and stated educational objectives in the area of Norwegian language, literature, or area studies with a Norwegian emphasis.

Interested students should submit a letter of application (including home addrfess and phone numbers) stating their work in Norwegian studies and explaining their educational objectives. In addition, a current transcript and two letters of recommendation (at least one from outside the Department of Scandinavian Studies) must be included. The award is up to $1,500.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Swedish

This scholarship, worth up to$2,000, is awarded on the basis of academic achievement and educational objectives in the area of Swedish language and literature or area studies with a Swedish emphasis. Interested students should submit a letter of application stating their educational objectives, a current transcript, and two letters of recommendation (one from outside the Scandinavian Department.)

Eligibility: Undergraduate
Area of Study: Norwegian

The Scott Nelskog Scholarship was established by Wally and Anne Nelskog in memory of their son, Scott Nelskog born September 30, 1948, in Spokane, Washington. His desire was to be an airline pilot. When he was twenty years old, he graduated from flight school in Miami Dade, Florida. The same summer, he was flying a mini-mustang plane at the opening of an International Air Show in Abbotsford, British Columbia, when his plane crashed.

The scholarship is intended to provide assistance to students in the Norwegian program in the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Washington. It covers all or part of undergraduate tuition expenses and may also provide support for books, fees, and other educational expenses. The award amount for this year is approx. $3,100.

To apply, send a letter of application which provides a statement describing the applicant's interest and previous work in Norwegian studies. Include a set of official transcripts from all college/university work and two letters of reference (one letter should be from someone not associated with the Department of Scandinavian Studies).

Sverre Arestad
Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Special Deadline: Open

Former professor and chair of the the Department, Sverre Arestad, established this fund to support the publication of the histories of the Scandinavian people, their cultures, and their contributions to life in the Pacific Northwest.

This fund supports the publication of significant research projects on various aspects of Scandinavian-American history in the Pacific Northwest. Developed research projects are also eligible if they are at or near the publication stage.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Swedish

This tuition scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit in the area of Swedish language and literature or area studies with a Swedish emphasis. This scholarship covers one quarter of in-state tuition and shall be applied towards tuition in the following academic year. Interested students should submit a letter of application (include home address and phone number) stating their educational objectives, a current transcript, and two letters of recommendation (one from the University and one non-academic.)

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Norwegian

The Synnøve Lien Fielding Fund has been established to provide support for the Norwegian Program in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. Synnøve Lien Fielding was born in Ålesund, Norway. She settled in the United States in 1974. It is her stated intention that the Fielding Fund provide support for students at the University of Washington to study Norwegian languages and culture. Graduate and Undergraduate students enrolled in the Norwegian program are eligible to apply for support from the Fielding Fund.

Interested students should submit: a letter of application stating the purpose to which the funds are sought; a detailed description of the research or study proposal; an official copy of college transcripts, and; two letters of reference (one letter must be from someone not associated with the Department of Scandinavian Studies). The award will be up to $1,500.

Eligibility: Graduate
Special Deadline: Open

The Fellowship is given to support graduate students in the Department of Scandinavian Studies. Funds can be given as a recruitement scholarship, or stipend, for the top incoming graduate student(s).

Interested students should submit a Scholarship Application Form.

Eligibility: Graduate
Area of Study: Norwegian, Swedish

The Ruth Kielland-Leif and Sophie Løvdal Exchange Fund, which supports the dissertation fellowship, provides approximately $20,000 to an advanced graduate student in Norwegian Studies who has completed the MA degree, has successfully passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam, and seeks to conduct dissertation research in Norway. As a second priority, if an appropriate candidate for research in Norway is not identified, a Swedish studies applicant witht eh same advanced graduate student standing may receive the award for research in Sweden.

The award may be used to cover travel expenses to and from Norway or Sweden as well as living and educational expenses while conducting research. 

Interested students should contact the main office for the application forms and instructions.

Eligibility: Undergraduate, Graduate
Area of Study: Baltic Studies, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian

The purpose of this student travel endowment fund shall be to provide financial assistant to support undergraduate or graduate students in the Baltic Studies Program, for the cost of travel to conferences or to study in the Baltics. This scholarship is intended to benefit students who have a deep cultural connection with Lithuania, Latvia, or Estonia, through their life experience, studies, or family connections.