The Snorri Sturluson Icelandic Fellowships for 2017 have been awarded. The Fellowships are granted to writers, translators and scholars in the field of humanities from outside Iceland to enable them to stay in Iceland for a period of at least three months in order to improve their knowledge of the Icelandic language, culture and society.
The amount of the Fellowships is based in principle on travel expenses to and from Iceland, plus living expenses while in the country. Should two equally-qualified candidates be under consideration, preference will, as a rule, be given to a candidate from Eastern or Southern Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America or Oceania.
The Fellowships were promoted in July with an application deadline on 1 November. Eighty-two applications were received from thirty-four countries.
The evaluation committee was chaired by Úlfar Bragason, research professor, Ásdís Egilsdóttir, professor emeritus, and writer Pétur Gunnarsson.
The Snorri Sturluson Fellowships' recipients for a three-month long research stay in 2017 each are:
- Dr. Tamas Beregi, writer in Budapest, Hungary, to write a book on a subject related to Icelandic history in the 18th and 19th century.
- Dr. Lorenzo Lozzi Gallo, associate professor in Nordic Studies at the University in Messina, Italy, to work on translations of Íslendingabók (Book of Icelanders) and Landnáma (Book of Settlement) to Italian.
- Dr. Sian Elizabeth Grønlie, associate professor in Medieval Studies at Oxford University, to research translations of hagiographies to Icelandic and their influence on Medieval Icelandic writings.
Further information about the scholarships can be found here.