Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines


Application Deadline
Friday, September 15, 2023
Award Code
Activity Type
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Award Start Period
September 2024 or February 2025
Award Length
4 months or 5 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

A combination of teaching and research at a Danish mid-level (comparable to U.S. community colleges) or university-level institution. There is no preference for how scholars divide their time between teaching and research, but both activities should be nearly equally presented.

Fulbright Denmark is responsible for the Fulbright program in Denmark. Both the Danish and U.S. governments financially support this program.

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Institutions can be found all over Denmark. For guidance, please contact Fulbright Denmark here. There is also a list of universities and helpful links in the Country Overview tab.

Award Length and Period

One semester (minimum four months/maximum five months)

Grants must begin at semester start around either September 2024 or February 2025. Summer semester not included or available. Due to residence permit rules for Denmark, grant length cannot be shortened or extended. Interested applicants with concerns about grant length can contact Fulbright Denmark.

Areas of Interest

This award is open to all disciplines, but there is interest in scholars who are in these particular specialty areas:

Fulbright Denmark has defined sustainability, life sciences, and space as areas of special focus. Focus on the Arctic within these three areas is fully accepted. American Studies and Scandinavian Studies also remain special focus areas.

Special Features

No separate housing allowance is provided.

Please see the Award Benefits tab for more information on the grant for dependents, cost of living etc.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Dual citizens of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Invitation Requirement Additional Information

Applicants must include a letter of invitation from a Danish host institution with their application. The letter should indicate the dates and activities for which the scholar is being invited by the host. The Fulbright Scholar will obtain his/her Danish residence permit through Fulbright Denmark, NOT the Danish host institution, and the Danish institution may not offer the scholar a salary or any other financial support.

See here for further guidance or contact Fulbright Denmark here.

Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English; proficiency in another language is not required.

Additional Qualification Information

Research and teaching experience is required.

Additional Comments

Fulbright projects including Greenland and/or the Faroe Islands must be anchored with a Danish institution, and all such applications must be screened through Denmark for possible need of work permits in Greenland and/or Faroe Islands. Therefore, such applicants must contact Fulbright Denmark early in the application process to get help for this procedure. For the mandatory letter of invitation, please note that both an invitation letter from the Danish institution and from the Faroese/Greenlandic institution must be included.

Award Allowances

This award provides DKK 200,000/approx. USD 28,570 (currency rate used: 1 USD = 7 DKK per December 2022). The grant will be paid to the grantee’s Danish bank account in installments of approx. USD 7,140 per month for four months, approx. USD 5,700 per month for five months. Included in this amount are cost of travel, cost of residence permit to Denmark, living cost, rent. The monthly stipend thus includes all expenses in relation to the Fulbright grant program.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Grantees should be prepared to cover most initial travel and relocation expenses before they can receive their first grant payment after arrival in Denmark. Travel costs for the grantee are included in the base stipend. The grantee may request a bank transfer of an amount up to DKK 10,000/approx. USD 1,430 (currency rate used: 1 USD = 7 DKK per December, 2022) to help cover travel costs before arrival. The amount requested will be deducted from the base stipend.

Do you offer additional dependent benefits

Pending availability of funds, there is a grant of DKK 50,000/approx. USD 7,140 (currency rate used: 1 USD = 7 DKK per December, 2022) available for dependents provided that they obtain a residence permit and stay in Denmark for the entire grant period. This is a flat sum no matter the number of dependents.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Estimated Cost of Living

Single person estimated monthly costs without rent: approx. 1,000-1,150 USD
Family of four estimated monthly costs without rent: approx. 3,700-4000 USD

Cost of living examples:

  • Publicly recognized International school, monthly: 500-2000 USD
  • Public transportation, single ticket within city centers: 2.5-4 USD
  • Public transportation, monthly pass: 60-105 USD
  • Coffee at a café: 4-7 USD
  • Movie ticket: 15-20 USD
  • Meal at Mid-range restaurant, three-course meal: 50-65 USD
  • Gym membership, monthly: 25-50 USD

Rent should be expected to be in a higher price range in larger university cities:

  • 1-bedroom apartment: 800-1,750 USD
  • 3-bedroom apartment: 1,450-2,650 USD

Danish public schools (which includes Danish language classes) are free and available for children over the age of six, but day care and kindergarten are self-funded and only available once the child's Danish personal registration number has been obtained. If you are interested in having your child enrolled in an International School, please see above.

Special Award Benefits

Scholars and dependents staying in Denmark will have access to the Danish public health care system, when they obtain a Danish residence permit. Under the Danish health care system, health care in hospitals, from a general practitioner and a number of specialists is free. Dental care is only limited subsidized for people who are covered by the Danish public health care system. Scholars are responsible for keeping their American insurances while in Denmark, and Fulbright Denmark will ask to see proof of this.

Please see the Country Overview for information on events and support offered by Fulbright Denmark throughout the grant period. 

As a Fulbright scholar you must apply and get the residence permit through Fulbright Denmark and you can only obtain this for the period covered by your Fulbright grant. For questions about longer stays or different plans, please contact Fulbright Denmark before applying.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

One of the world’s oldest monarchies, the Realm includes Denmark, Faroe Islands, and Greenland. Twice named the happiest people on earth; highly developed public welfare system; bicycle culture; green energy; many traditions and great modern design - But Denmark is so much more! Why not apply for a Fulbright Scholar grant to Denmark and come see for yourself?

Higher education began here in 1479 with the creation of the University of Copenhagen and the culture it engendered has produced Tycho Brahe, Hans Christian Andersen, Soren Kierkegaard, Niels Bohr, Karen Blixen, Johannes V. Jensen and countless others.

Denmark is very design and energy conscientious with its windmill industry, focus on renewable energy, innovative solutions, and clean simple lines in classic creations.

Take a moment to imagine yourself as a Fulbright scholar in Denmark living among a population that consistently ranks above average on OECD’s Better Life Index in environmental quality, civic engagement, well-being, personal security, and a great work-life balance. Denmark offers a relaxed and friendly, yet pragmatic and modern lifestyle. 

During your grant period, Fulbright Denmark will be there to help you settle into your Danish life. Fulbright Denmark will arrange for three meetings during the academic year; an Arrival Orientation in early fall, a seminar and Thanksgiving Dinner in November, and a Wrap-Up Seminar in spring. Should you arrive outside of these meetings, Fulbright Denmark staff will set up an individual arrival meeting and provide you with the same information. Fulbright Denmark works closely with all institutions of higher education in Denmark and can be your broker into the Danish educational system and culture. Fulbright Denmark urges you to make use of its knowledge while you are contemplating or planning to apply for a grant to Denmark. 

There are eight research-based universities in Denmark: University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University, Roskilde University, University of Southern Denmark, Aalborg University, Copenhagen Business School, IT University of Copenhagen, and Technical University of Denmark. There is one university in Nuuk, Greenland and one university in Thorshavn, Faroe Islands. There are also a number of mid-level institutions all over Denmark. These are called University CollegesAcademies of Professional Higher Education and they may best be compared to U.S. community colleges. There are also national artistic programs of higher education offered under the Danish Ministry of Culture. 

Most of the higher education in Denmark is public and regulated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science. These are some of the degree programs offered in Denmark: Academy Profession programs (2 years), Professional Bachelor’s programs (3-4 years), Fine Arts programs (3-4 years), University study Programs (Bachelor’s (3 years) and Master’s (2 years), PhD programs (3 years). You can read more about the degree programs on the Ministry’s website, specifically The Danish Higher Education System.

General information about the Danish academic year:
The fall semester runs from the end of August or beginning of September to approx. December 20. January is exam month. The spring semester runs from the beginning of February to approx. May 20. Part of May and June are for exams. There is a one-week fall break in mid-October and another at Easter. Fulbright Denmark will not consider grants for the summer semester.

There are ample opportunities to liaise with colleagues and give guest lectures at other institutions in the country, and to participate in the Fulbright Inter-Country Travel Program with guest lectures in other European countries.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

If an applicant would like to talk to a former US Fulbright scholar to Denmark, Fulbright Denmark will be happy to make this connection. Our website also provides stories and pictures from former scholars, and a list with current Fulbright grantees.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.