The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation funds scholars who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents from U.S. universities for graduate research or study at universities in Iceland, and scholars who are Icelandic citizens or permanent residents from universities in Iceland to conduct graduate research or study at universities in the United States. One fellowship per year (the Robert Kellogg Memorial Fellowship) is designated for a graduate student from Iceland to study at the University of Virginia, or a University of Virginia student to study in Iceland. Students interested in receiving this fellowship should apply through the regular application process.

A committee of experts, comprised of former Leifur Eiriksson scholars, evaluate scholarship applications and make a proposal to the Foundation´s Board of Trustees. Up to $25,000 in project costs, including travel to and from the research or study site will be paid on the scholar’s behalf.

Applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and/or physical disability. Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements.

  • Admitted to a graduate program at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Iceland prior to receiving the first payment of the Fellowship
  • A well-defined research or scholarly project that necessitates an exchange to the host country
  • English language proficiency
  • An undergraduate (bachelor’s) degree must be completed by the start of the exchange


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