The Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships were originally established in 1991 on the 750th anniversary of the birth of Snorri Sturluson. The Fellowships are managed by the Arni Magnusson Institute for Icelandic Studies. Allocations from the Fellowships are granted to foreign authors, translators and scholars in the field of social sciences, with the purpose of staying in Iceland for at least a three month period, to get acquainted with the Icelandic language, culture and daily life.
The Arni Magnusson Institute assists grantees during their stay in Iceland as required. Grants generally cover travel expenses for the trip to and from Iceland and residence expenses. The Fellowships favor applicants from Eastern and Southern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Oceania. A committee, made up of individuals appointed from the Arni Magnusson Institute, the University of Iceland Institution for Literature and Writer's Association of Iceland for a three year period at a time, allocates grants from the Fellowships.
Since the Fellowships first started making allocations in 1993, every year an average of 3 individuals have received grants. The Fellowships specifically target those who intend on studying or working in Iceland, performing work that in some way involves the Icelandic language or culture. Numerous grantees have translated Icelandic literary works, some have authored their own literary works based in Iceland or on Icelandic history, as well as various further expressions of the literary artform. The Fellowships support the flow of culture between countries, reaching a mutually beneficial outcome through shared cultural expressions. Specific allocations and their projects can be accessed on the Arni Magnusson Institute website.
The Arni Magnusson Institute receives 4,394 USD (600,000 ISK) annually from the State to be allocated through the Snorri Sturluson Fellowships, though allocations granted per year often exceed this amount.
In 2019, 1,245 USD (170,000 ISK) was considered the monthly stipend for each individual receiving support from the Fellowships.
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The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture