Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award

Fulbright-Uppsala University 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.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
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
August 2024 - September 2024 or January 2025
Award Length
4.5 months or 9 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
American Studies
Film/Cinema Studies
History (American)
International Relations
Literature (American)
Media Studies
Political Science
Scholars selected for this award can choose 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 designated by the host institution
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

Teach one introductory course for undergraduates, as well as a more specialized course for senior or graduate students (or both) in the grantee's area of expertise. The Distinguished Scholar will also give an inaugural lecture during the year. Opportunities to give lectures at other Swedish universities and outside Sweden will be available and are encouraged. The Distinguished Scholar may also participate in collaborative research with the department faculty or on their own project.



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

The Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS), Department of English at Uppsala University.

The city of Uppsala has more than 180,000 residents, is the fourth largest municipality in Sweden and is located 45 miles from Stockholm. Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia. With its nine faculties of law, theology, medicine, pharmacy, arts, educational sciences, languages, social sciences and science and technology, Uppsala University offers its students more than 40 programs of study as well as independent courses.

The Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS), established in 1985, is a research institute located at the Department of English with three main objectives: (1) to conduct and promote research in American studies; (2) to coordinate the efforts of scholars in varying American studies disciplines; and (3) to arrange courses, lectures and conferences on related topics. The Fulbright Distinguished Scholar is an established position at SINAS. Visit Uppsala University's website for additional information about the host institution and the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar program.

Award Length and Period

The grant may be for one semester (4.5 months) or two semesters (9 months), with preference for two semesters.

Two-semester grants must begin in September 2023.

One-semester grants must begin in either September 2023 or January 2024.

Areas of Interest

Proposed subject matter must relate to the field of American studies. Interested applicants may contact the Commission with any questions or regarding proposed fields that are not listed.

Special Features

A housing allowance of up to SEK 9 000 ($1,060) is provided as part of the grant. Assistance with housing arrangements is available through the host.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter 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 should not be sought.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching will be in English.

Additional Qualification Information

Several years of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level and a solid scholarly publication record are required.

Please note that candidates currently residing in Sweden or who have already begun a program in Sweden are not eligible for the Fulbright program with Sweden.

Award Allowances

A fixed living allowance of SEK 40,000 (approximately $4,700 USD and untaxed) per month for up to nine months. The dependent allowance does not apply.

A separate monthly housing allowance of SEK 9,000 (approximately $1,060) is provided. Grantees are encouraged to arrange housing through host institution/adviser.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip travel for grantee only.

Do you offer additional dependent benefits
Estimated Cost of Living

Updated information on cost of living estimates can be found on the university webpage: https://www.uu.se/en/admissions/master/housing-financing-health/faq/.

Special Award Benefits

Distinguished Scholars are encouraged to apply to the Inter-country Lecture Program through participating European Fulbright commissions for additional funding to travel within Europe for activities related to their academic project. Please see the Commission website for information.

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?

With a total population of approximately 10.2 million, Sweden is a sparsely populated country, characterized by its long coastline, extensive forests and numerous lakes. It is one of the world’s northernmost countries. In terms of surface area it is comparable to Spain, Thailand or the American state of California. Sweden’s borders have been unchanged since 1905 and the country has not been at war since 1814. Considering its geographic location, Sweden enjoys a favorable climate. This is mainly because of the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current that flows off Norway’s west coast.

Americans visiting Sweden will find that English is widely spoken. Swedish society is welcoming and the culture is relatively easy to navigate. As a technologically advanced country, Sweden is ideal for many types of research. Scholars can generally expect reasonable access to people, institutions and information for research purposes.

A useful overview of Sweden is available online.

With a strong public emphasis on education, Sweden is an excellent place to teach and conduct research and all Swedish institutions of higher education and research offer opportunities for international scholars. Candidates from the level of recent Ph.D. scholar to full professor in any discipline will therefore be considered. Preference is given to academic and professional excellence, feasibility and significance of the project and match with host affiliation. English is sufficient, as Swedish students and scholars have excellent proficiency in English but interest in, or limited knowledge of the Swedish language is appreciated and often useful. The academic year consists of two 20-week semesters. The fall semester runs from the middle or end of August through mid-January and the spring term from mid-January through the beginning of June. Awards are rarely made in the summer months, unless justified by the nature of the project and prearranged with the prospective host institution.

All applicants should prioritize making a preliminary reservation at the university housing office of the host institution as soon as possible. If additional help is needed, they should ask their Swedish academic hosts for assistance in placing them in the university's housing queue. The Commission is unable to assist with housing. As all Fulbright grants are less than one year in length, U.S. grantees will not be issued a personal ID number and will therefore not be included in the social welfare system, nor be required to pay Swedish tax. As such, school options for family members should be discussed with the host institution. Grantees in Sweden for less than 6 months will not be able to open a Swedish bank account and will receive their grant payment at their U.S. financial institution.

For more information on living and studying in Sweden, click here.

Please note that applicants currently residing in Sweden or who have already begun a program in Sweden are not eligible for the Fulbright program with Sweden.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Applicants interested in contacting previous Fulbright alumni in a certain field/area of research or geographical location may contact the Commission. Please visit the Commission's YouTube channel for videos of previous Fulbright grantees to Sweden, including the Distinguished Scholar in American Studies at Uppsala University here: https://www.youtube.com/@FulbrightSweden/videos.

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