Call for funding applications: Nordic projects at universities worldwide, 2021


The Coordinating Committee for Nordic Studies Abroad (SNU) invites higher education institutions worldwide to apply for funding for Nordic cooperation projects. The funding comes from the national member organizations of SNU (UFM, OPH, SÁM, Diku, and SI), which have funded Nordic cooperation projects since 2017.

The mission of the Coordinating Committee for Nordic Studies Abroad is to support and monitor Nordic lectureships abroad and to promote and support the instruction of Nordic languages, literatures, and cultures at universities both within and outside the Nordic countries.

Purpose and target group

Projects should promote interest in Nordic languages, literatures, and cultures and aim to increase interest in the Nordic countries as a region. Projects should complement regular teaching and research activities at the universities participating in the project.

Guest lectures, seminars, conferences, author visits, film and theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions and testing of new Nordic courses are examples of activities that previously have been funded.

In its selection of projects to fund, SNU will prioritize projects that:

  • Have a clear focus on Nordic languages and literatures
  • Include at least three Nordic countries or languages as part of the project concept
  • Are formulated in cooperation with other higher education institutions or external partners, e.g. embassies and consulates of the Nordic countries, Nordic associations or other relevant organizations
  • Already at the application stage present a clear plan for dissemination and visibility of project activities
  • Describe any co-funding of project activities

The target groups of project activities should be students and faculty at the higher education institution(s) participating in the project. It is an advantage if all Nordic languages taught at the university are involved, and if broader audiences within the local community also are included.

Projects must take place in 2021.

Eligible applicants

  • Relevant departments responsible for the instruction of Nordic languages and literatures at institutions of higher education worldwidide 2021. Grant recipients from 2020 that have delayed project activities until 2021 due to COVID19 cannot receive funding in 2021.


Applicants can apply for funding for:

  • Reasonable travel expenses for guest speakers
  • Reasonable accommodation expenses for guest speakers
  • Honoraria for guest speakers (freelance lecturers), maximum DKK 5,000
  • Honoraria for guest speakers (from other higher education institutions), maximum DKK 3,000
  • Costs associated with PR and marketing
  • Reasonable costs for catering
  • Rental of conference facilities
  • Administrative costs related to financial transactions

The total amount applied for may not exceed DKK 100,000.

Ineligible costs

The following items are not eligible for funding:

  • Costs for overhead or administration
  • Honoraria for lecturers from the applicant institution(s)
  • Salary or research costs
  • Costs for purchasing technical equipment
  • Development and production of teaching materials
  • Translation costs
  • Publication of literature
  • Study trips
  • Recurrent activities
  • Activities which have already taken place

How to apply

The application must include a detailed project description, draft program with names of invited speakers, itemized budget, and bank details.

The application form together with all accompanying documents are to be sent as one PDF file to the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies by e-mail: no later than October 15th 2020.