Fulbright Scholar Award

Roving Scholar in American Studies

Application Deadline
Award Code
Activity Type
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) not 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.
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 2023
Award Length
10 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
American Studies
History (American)
Literature (American)
Scholars selected for this award will be required to
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

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

Serve as a traveling specialist in the study of the United States. Primary, lower secondary, and upper secondary Roving Scholars will make one-time visits to primary schools (students ages 6-13), lower secondary schools (student ages 14-16), upper secondary schools (ages 16-19) and educator conferences to give up-to-date information on important issues related to American society and pedagogical methods. The Østfold Roving Scholar will make visits to lower and upper secondary schools in the region, contribute to the work of the Norwegian Centre for Foreign Languages in Education, and serve as a guest lecturer for the teacher education program at Østfold University College.

The aim is to give Norwegian teachers an opportunity to interact with an American colleague and to let students practice their English, confront an American with some of their ideas about the U.S. and experience an American educator's approach to teaching.

The scholar will travel to schools throughout Norway to teach in-service courses for practicing English teachers and to teach students in cooperation with their teachers in the classroom.

Locations Detail

Primary, lower secondary, and upper secondary Roving Scholars are based in Oslo, but travel throughout the country at the Fulbright Foundation's expense. The Østfold  Roving Scholar is based in Halden, but travels throughout the region at the Fulbright Foundation's expense. Whether based in Oslo or Halden, all Roving Scholars have their primary Norwegian affiliation at the Norwegian Center for Foreign Languages in Education.

Award Length and Period

Awards are from August 15, 2023 - June 15, 2024.

Special Features

The Fulbright Foundation will help procure housing.

Roving Scholars are given an additional in-depth orientation focused on the Norwegian education system before they start visiting schools.

All U.S. awardees to Norway have two opportunities to gather as a group. The first is an orientation program held in Oslo in August. The second is a seminar in February during which awardees present on their projects followed by a weekend at a ski resort near Lillehammer in February. Domestic travel and lodging expenses for these gatherings are covered by the Fulbright Foundation. In addition, these expenses are covered for dependent family members of awardees for the seminar/ski weekend, which is a highlight of the Fulbright year.

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 should not be sought.
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

Applicants should have broad competence in social, political, historical and educational issues in the United States. The scholar should have considerable teaching experience, particularly with students between 14-19 years old, or with primary school students.

As the award entails significant travel, applicants should be flexible and have the requisite time management and planning skills.

Please note that dual U.S.-Norway citizens are not eligible for Fulbright grants to Norway.  Applications will not be considered if the applicant is currently residing in Norway or will be residing in Norway during the year preceding the award.

Additional Comments

Five Roving Scholar grants will be offered as follows: one primary school, one lower secondary, two upper secondary, and one Østfold region.

The position requires extensive travel throughout the country. The scholar should be interested in meeting with and teaching teenagers or children, be versatile and open-minded and be able to convey to young Norwegian students different aspects of American society. The scholar should have the ability to present and practice modern teaching methods, provide information of interest to young people about the U.S. and discuss political, historical, educational and social issues.

Please indicate a preference for primary, lower secondary, upper secondary schools, or Østfold region in the application.

Applicants are encouraged to secure recommendation letters from individuals with different institutional affiliations.

In lieu of a traditional syllabus, applicants are requested to include possible workshop offerings for students and teachers (basic outline of topics is sufficient). The workshop offerings should be entered into in the syllabi portion of the grant application.

Contact IIE staff or the U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation at fulbright@fulbright.no.

Please note, applicants should be prepared to supply a sample video of their classroom teaching to the U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation on short notice.

Award Allowances

28,000 Norwegian kroner (NOK) (approximately $3,300) per month for stays of 10 months.

Expenses incurred for school visits including transportation, lodging, and meals will be covered separately by the Fulbright Foundation.

Please note, USD amounts are subject to change due to currency fluctuations. 

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

International travel for scholar only. Small allowance for excess baggage.



Estimated Book and Research Allowance

Domestic travel and related Roving Scholar expenses are covered separately by the Fulbright Foundation. In addition, Roving Scholars are provided with a cell phone and iPad for use while they are in Norway.

Additional Dependent Benefits

An additional monthly allowance of 2,000 NOK (approximately $250) per accompanying dependent per month is provided for up to three accompanying dependents. If two people in the same family receive Fulbright awards to Norway, no dependent allowance will be provided for additional family members.

The monthly stipend is sufficient to cover basic living costs in Norway for the awardee and up to three accompanying dependents.

Public primary and secondary schools are free in Norway for dependents. For more information, please click here.

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

Housing costs can vary considerably depending on the type of place scholars rent. For other costs of living, please see Consumption Research Norway’s reference budget for ordinary consumer expenditures. (https://www.oslomet.no/en/about/sifo/reference-budget)

Special Award Benefits

A special orientation for Roving Scholars and English Teaching Assistants to learn about the Norwegian educational system will be held at the Norwegian Center for Foreign Languages in August.

Roving Scholars who present at the American Studies Association of Norway annual conference will have their participation covered by the Fulbright Foundation.

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?

Norway is an excellent place to teach and conduct research. With a strong public emphasis on education, the Norwegian education system includes a generously funded and publicly accessible system of higher education and research that is the backbone of Norwegian intellectual development, creativity and innovation.

The vast majority of higher education institutions in Norway are public and generally do not charge tuition. There is a single national admission process for undergraduate study at public colleges and universities as well as some private. In accordance with European standards, the years of study for a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degree are three, two and three respectively. In-depth information about higher education in Norway can be found here.

Norwegian institutions of higher education and research offer many opportunities for international scholars to conduct research and teach. English is used almost as a second language in Norway, and the international environment in most research and higher education institutions means that competence in Norwegian is not a requirement for a successful short-term research or teaching visit.

In addition, The Research Council of Norway has identified a number of Centers of Excellence and Centers for Research-Based Innovation in various fields. The centers are affiliated with Norway's top universities and premier independent research institutes and may be of particular interest for Fulbright scholars. Scholars especially interested in efforts to strengthen quality in higher education may want to consider one of the Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education.

The academic year runs from mid-August to mid-December and mid-January to mid-June.

Early career applicants who are currently working on a PhD must have a doctorate in hand by February 2023 to be eligible.

Please note that dual U.S.-Norway citizens are not eligible for Fulbright grants to Norway.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

The US-Norway Fulbright Foundation is proud to have welcomed scholars in a variety of disciplines from the creative and performing arts to education to mathematics and natural sciences. Every scholar and every host situation is different, and we cannot guarantee an exact match, but we will be happy to try and connect potential applicants with relevant alumni.

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