Application Instructions


  • The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation funds scholarly exchanges between students of the United States and Iceland. One-year awards of up to $25,000 will be granted based on the criteria stated within this document.
  • Awards are intended to defray, but not exceed, the cost of attendance, research and study.
  • Award levels will be set, and may be adjusted, by the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation based on a complete accounting of all funds available to applicants.
  • All successful applicants will be required to submit a report upon the completion of their research or study, with emphasis placed on the use of funds supplied by the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation.

General Instructions

  • Applications must be submitted by November 17, 2023. Supporting documents, i.e. letters of reference and transcripts, must be received no later than December 4, 2023.
  • Letters of reference may be submitted electronically from the author to Karen Torgersen at Transcripts will also be accepted electronically.
  • Applications/applicants that do not meet the specified requirements will not be considered.
  • Submit paper documents to:

    Karen Torgersen


    Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Scholarship Program

    1209 Redbud Road

    Blacksburg, VA 24060


    Eligibility Requirements

    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.

    • At the time of receiving the Fellowship, you must be admitted to a graduate program at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or Iceland
    • 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

    Supporting Documents: Academic Transcripts

    Applicants should have official transcripts for all college/university undergraduate and graduate work sent directly to the Leifur Eiríksson Foundation.

    Supporting Documents: Letters of Reference

    Three letters of reference must be submitted by persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional work. Reference letters should speak to your capability to conduct the research or complete study, as well as the merit of the project. (Reference letters used for other purposes or applications will not be considered.) Letters must be typed and submitted with an original signature, or may be submitted electronically from the author to For doctoral candidates or recent doctoral degree recipients, one letter should be from your principal advisor. If you are working with a different primary advisor on your proposed (exchange) research project, that advisor should provide one of your reference letters as well. For professionals, at least one letter should be from a colleague in your discipline from outside your home institution. Letters of reference cannot be written by the individual(s) with whom you will work during your exchange. We recommend that you provide a copy of your application form and/or project statement to those individuals who will be writing your reference letters. Please do not exceed three reference letters; only three will be considered.

    Supporting Documents: Project Statement

    Write a clear and concise “project statement / research purpose” that a non-expert can understand.

    Supporting Documents: Signature Page

    Applicants who submit their application online must email in a signature page by the December 4th deadline. This document is available for download by clicking here. Signature Page

    About the Awards

    You are responsible for ensuring that transcripts, letters of reference and the signature page are submitted to the Foundation by the application deadline.