Upcoming INLUS Webinar – Leifur Eiriksson Foundation Grants

U.S. – Iceland Graduate Student Fellowship Grants
– Through support from the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation

Are you, or someone you know, an American citizen planning to do graduate studies or research in Iceland or an Icelandic citizen planning to do graduate studies or research in the US?  You will want to tune into this INLUS webinar introducing the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation whether your answer is “yes” or “no.”

Leifur Eiriksson statueThe Leifur Eiriksson Foundation was established in 2001 with proceeds from the sale of commemorative coins struck by the U.S. Mint and the Central Bank of Iceland to mark the thousandth anniversary of Leifur Eiriksson’s sailing to North America. Since then, the Foundation has awarded $4 million in fellowships for graduate research and study. The awards support Icelandic students attending graduate school in the U.S. and American graduate students studying or doing research in Iceland. The grants are open to students from all disciplines enrolled in any graduate program in the U.S. or Iceland. For the academic year 2021-2022 a total of 11 fellowships have been awarded, worth a total of $250,000.

Kristín Ingólfsdóttir and Jennifer Grayburn will introduce the Foundation, talk about the application criteria and process.  Jennifer will also share her experience as LEF Scholar.

Kristín Ingólfsdóttir is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation.  She served as president of the University of Iceland from 2005-2015. Kristín was professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Iceland prior to taking office as president.  She was a visiting professor at MIT in Boston 2015-2017 and is currently chair of the Landspitali University Hospital Advisory Board, Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Luxembourg and a member of various other boards involved with education, healthcare and innovation, both in Iceland and abroad.


Jennifer Grayburn is the chair of the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation application Screening Committee. Jennifer was a 2013-2014 Leifur Eiriksson Scholar, during which she attended the University of Iceland’s Medieval Icelandic Studies MA program. Jennifer received her PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2016 and is currently the Director of Digital Scholarship & Public Services at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Jennifer continues to research and teach on topics related to digital humanities and the medieval North Atlantic world.


INLUS Webinar

When:  Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time:  4:00 PM Eastern/3:00 Central/ 2:00 Mountain/ 1:00 Pacific
Where:  Log-in information is located on the INLUS Events Calendar