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2023 Grant Recipients

Snorri Sturluson Fellows

On 23 September 1991, to commemorate 750 years since the death of Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic government established a fellowship grant fund in his name. According to the grant’s guidelines issued in 1992, the funds shall be used annually to invite foreign authors, translators and scholars to spend time in Iceland with the purpose of increasing their knowledge and awareness of the Icelandic language, culture and society. The fellowships are offered for a period of at least three months to cover the fellows’ travel costs and accommodation in Iceland.

The call for Snorri Sturluson Fellowships for 2023 was announced last July with a deadline of 1 December. The fellows for this year are as follows.

Dr. Caitlin Ellis is an O'Donovan Scholar at the School of Celtic Studies, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. She will work on developing a project on childhood and adolescence, both in Icelandic medieval literature and in Viking Age history, through researching the dróttkvætt poetic form and other medieval literature like legal texts. Her project will discuss young people first and foremost in a martial and political context.

Dr. Marina Voinova is in the program on Old Norse and Old Icelandic Studies at the University of Gothenburg. She has translated the Poetic Edda into Ukrainian, and her current project is to research and translate the Prose Edda into Ukrainian.

Dr. Lukas Rösli is from Humboldt University in Berlin. He will be researching paratexts (texts that exist around or apart from primary texts) in Icelandic medieval manuscripts. He will focus on the potential for such texts to constitute a cultural memory in relation to the continuous texts and narratives they contain.


Grant Recipients in Icelandic as a Second Language

The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies oversees grants offered by the Ministry of Culture and Business Affairs to foreign students learning Icelandic at the University of Iceland.

The institute received 32 applications for grants for the 2023-24 school year and offered grants for 12 students from 10 countries.

The students have all demonstrated an effort in learning Icelandic in one way or another. Some have studied Icelandic through university institutes abroad supported by the Icelandic state while others have engaged in self-study programs through the Icelandic Online website.

New grant recipients:

Anne Malina Hannemann – Germany

Genadii Snedkov – Russia

Laure-Héléne Dardelay - France

Mashiho Kaneko – Japan

Rick Van Staten – The Netherlands 

Continuing grant recipients:

Aleksander Juszczynski – Poland

Alix Houllier – France

Bingjie Mao – China

Erik Mahler – The US

Gregory Andreev – Croatia

Henirette Schoeneck – Germany

Samuel Wright – The UK