Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Danish Distinguished Scholar Award in American Studies


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
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 8 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
American Studies
Creative Writing
History (American)
Literature (American)
Media Studies
Political Science
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Advise and/or mentor students
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

The most prestigious Fulbright grant in Denmark that combines research and teaching. There is no fixed template for how scholars divide their time between teaching, teaching related issues, and research, but both components should be nearly equally presented.

The Center for American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) features B.A. and M.A. degree options, as well as a Ph.D. degree program for selected students. The scholar will teach what amounts to the equivalent of an MA course/seminar each semester. The scholar will not have responsibility for directing a full course with its concomitant exam requirements but will be asked to contribute to courses taught by the permanent faculty at the Center for American Studies, including courses of the type that allow for case studies and levels of specialization.

Number of meeting hours per week: Usually three to four at the M.A. level. Graduate-level courses may include up to 50 students.

The scholar will also be expected to give at least one public lecture per semester. If times permit, he/she may be asked to assist in some advising of M.A. students and Ph.D. students in the areas of his/her specialization. Additionally, the scholar may be asked to join in talks regarding curriculum development.

Fulbright Denmark is responsible for the Fulbright program in Denmark. Both the Danish and U.S. governments financially support this program. This particular grant is co-funded by SDU and Fulbright Denmark.

Location Selection: Award is hosted by the institution listed below
Locations Detail
Award Length and Period

One semester (4 months) or an academic year (8 months) to be set between August to May.

Special Features

SDU makes certain that housing is secured before arrival. The approximate monthly cost of housing in Odense is DKK 7,000–9,000. Utilities are DKK 1,500-2,500 more per month depending on the size of the rental.

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

Contact persons at the Center for American Studies:
Secretary Charlotte Granly, e-mail: granly@sdu.dk
Professor and Chair Jørn Brøndal, e-mail: brondal@sdu.dk

For more information on housing, see this link.

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

Please contact Professor and Chair Jørn Brøndal, e-mail: brondal@sdu.dk to enquire about a letter of invitation.

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

Associate or full professors preferred.

Additional Comments

The Center for American Studies was founded in 1992 to encourage research on the cultures, politics, literatures, and traditions of the United States. As the oldest and largest Danish Center for American Studies, SDU offers Denmark's only B.A. and M.A. programs in the field with approximately 35 new M.A. students and approximately 55 new B.A. students each year. Most of its faculty have been trained and have taught and published in the United States.

The addition of the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar helps the center cover a wider field and to stay up-to-date with contemporary developments. The Distinguished Scholar would be invited to participate in the Center’s many interdisciplinary projects, as well as in a number of conferences and seminars the Center organizes each year.

Award Allowances

This award provides DKK 350.000/approx. USD 50,000 in total for one academic year or DKK 200,000/approx. USD 28,570 in total for one semester (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 6,250 per month (for one academic year) or USD 7,142 per month (for one semester). Included in this amount are cost of travel, cost of residence permit to Denmark, living cost, rent. The monthly stipend 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

The scholar receives a private office in the same hallway where most of the American Studies faculty are located. Some secretarial assistance is available. The scholar will have full access to international databases from his/her office, the university library, and the Royal Library. Therefore, it will be possible to continue working on major research projects. The university library is fully computerized, and books can be ordered from any computer. In addition, American journals are available in full text format through any computer within the university network. It is possible to use PowerPoint, go online, etc. in teaching.

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.