The Fulbright Hildeman Fellowship


The 2018-19 Fulbright Hildeman Fellow will be hosted by the Nordic Unit at the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Spring 2019. The UW - Madison will also host the SASS conference in
May 2019.

The Nordic Unit is seeking a dynamic Swedish scholar with experience in the areas of folklore, ethnology, immigration, heritage studies, and museum studies, within the Swedish and Nordic-American context. Click here for the full announcement.

The Hildeman Fellow will be expected to:

•    Teach one assigned course (in English) intended for upper-division undergraduates and graduate students on the topic “Ethnographic Studies of Heritage Making in Swedish America: Vernacular and Institutional Culture.” The course will be geared both for students of Scandinavian studies and students with a professional interest in folklore and ethnology.
•    Give at least one public lecture on a topic related to the scholar’s area of expertise
•    Present at the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies (SASS) conference
•    Conduct fieldwork with individuals and institutions working in Scandinavian-American heritage making.


    •    A doctoral degree or equivalent               •  Swedish citizenship
    •    Fluency in English                                   •  Demonstrated university teaching experience


•    Grant of SEK 125 000
•    Round-trip travel between Sweden and the United States and baggage allowance of SEK 1 400
•    Sickness and accident insurance


Interested scholars should follow the same guidelines as the Fulbright Swedish Visiting Lecturers/Visiting Scholars program:

 - Online Application Instructions
 - Cover Sheet
 - Link to the Online Application (please specify Hildeman in the cycle name)

The deadline for applications for the Fellowship is May 14, 2018.



Mr. Nils-Gustav Hildeman (pictured above) was a former Fulbright Board Member, a Swedish diplomat and above all, an impressive contributor to Swedish society in language and culture. He was the author of numerous Swedish language books and taught Swedish language courses at the Institute for English Speaking Students (IES).

In 1986, the Swedish Fulbright Commission established the Hildeman Fellowship in commemoration of Mr. Hildeman to promote Scandinavian language and area studies in the United States by awarding this Fellowship to outstanding Swedish scholars to lecture at American universities for one semester. The primary objectives of the Hildeman grant are to encourage students and faculty in Scandinavian studies, to strengthen contacts between Swedish and American academics, and to increase the interest in Sweden and Swedish area studies on the part of American students and scholars in a variety of fields.