Thanks To Scandinavia awards two scholarships each year to an outstanding student from Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden to study at the university of his or her choice in the United States.

Thanks To Scandinavia welcomes applicants from all academic fields. Applicants must be pursuing a graduate level degree and the scholarship must be used towards tuition or tuition related expenses.  Applicants must be studying towards a full degree program at an American university.  Visiting students do not qualify. All scholarships are $20,000.

Thanks To Scandinavia is pleased to work with our Scandinavian and Bulgarian partner organizations in order to award these annual scholarships. Applicants must apply directly through the organization in their home country. Applications are processed by our partner organizations but TTS makes the final selections.

Application deadlines and requirements vary by country. Please contact the organization directly for details. It is highly recommended to reach out to the contact person for your country listed below before beginning the application process. You can also contact with questions.

Please note: Please do not contact the partner organization below for information on TTS scholarships at specific universities as the application process for those scholarships is separate.


Fulbright Bulgarian–American Commission
Deadline to apply: January 10, 2018

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicants must have Bulgarian citizenship. Green card holders and persons with dual (Bulgarian and US) citizenship are ineligible.
  • Applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and be able to submit the official diploma by September 1, 2016
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (TOEFL, GRE/GMAT scores).
  • Applicants should be under 40 years of age and in sound health.
  • Candidates already studying in the U.S. are ineligible.
  • Candidates who have resided in the United States for five or more consecutive years during the six-year period preceding the date of application are ineligible.

Application requirements include:

  • Three letters of reference
  • Academic transcripts/diplomas
  • Valid results from TOEFL and GRE or GMAT
  • Essay
  • Completed application form

This grant is given in conjunction with the Fulbright grant to approved principle candidates.



Denmark-America Foundation (DAF)
Contact: +45 3318 1000;
Application deadline: First Wednesday in March for the following academic year

Application requirements include (see complete list on the DAF website):

  • Danish citizen
  • Pursuing graduate studies for either a half (semester) or full academic year (USD 10,000/20,000)
  • Degree studies/non-degree studies
  • Applications from Danish students already at an American university will not be accepted
  • Completed online application form



League of Finnish-American Societies
Contact: Kirsi Rutonen at
Application Period: Dec 1, 2017 – Jan 31, 2018

Application requirements include:

  • Finnish citizen
  • Pursing graduate studies for a full academic year in the United States
  • Application form and reference form will be available for download during the application period on this website.


Norway America Association (NORAM)
Application deadline: December 15, 2017
Application requirements include (see complete list on the website):

  • Norwegian citizen
  • For graduate studies in the United States
  • Completed a bachelor degree (or similar credits) before the deadline (or before the end of the year)
  • Can demonstrate financial need
  • Applicants don’t need to show acceptance letters for programs/institutions for the deadline, but should know what schools they will apply to



Sweden-America Foundation
Contact: (0)8 611 46 11
Application deadline: mid-September (application process opens mid-May)
Application requirements include:



I am honored to be a Thanks to Scandinavia Scholar. The generous scholarship has enabled me to establish inspiring relationships with international academics, while completing a doctorate in the United States. I look forward to continuing communication with TTS.

Saara Raasu, 2014-15 TTS Scholar, University of Oklahoma, PhD in English, Literary and Cultural Studies