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Dagmar & Nils William Olsson

Visiting Scholar Award

Applications due May 20

Have us fund your research visit!

Award is open to anyone doing academic research using our resources.


We encourage graduate students and early career scholars to apply.

About the Award

This award is reimbursement of travel and living expenses associated with your 1- to 2-week visit to the Swenson Center, up to $2,500.


The award is open to anyone doing academic research on any aspect of Swedish-American history or relations. It is not to be used for genealogical research.


The award should be used within one year of notification.

This award was established by Nils William Olsson, a leading authority in the field of Swedish-American studies, and his wife Dagmar.


The Swenson Center's collections consist of library and archival materials, maps, photographs, music recordings, sheet music, newspapers, microfilm, and more. To gain a better understanding of the resources available and to get ideas for project topics, see Library/Archives and Research Guides.

Depending on your area of research, the necessary resources may be in the Swedish language. Most of our more recent records are in English. 

Questions? Contact us.


May 15:   The deadline for applications every year

June 15:  Applicants will be notified of the decision  


Within 1 month of your visit, you will be expected to write a short article summarizing your project and how you used the Swenson Center's collections.


This report will be published in our journal (Swedish American Genealogist), digital repository, and/or on our website. 

To Appy (NWO)

To Apply

1) Identify the collection materials you would like to examine during your visit ​


2) Write a Proposal (2 to 3 pages)


  • An outline of your proposed research (and a title for the project)

  • Specific resources at the Swenson Center that are appropriate for your project,

  • A proposed timeframe for the study (can be approximate)

3) Submit proposal and your CV to the Swenson Center via email to

Applications will be reviewed by Swenson Center staff and the Swenson Center Advisory Committee. 

Past Recipients



Gregory C. Gaines

University of Maine

Scandinavian-American Philology: Influencing Cultural Identity in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century America

Saniya Lee Ghanoui

University of Texas, El Paso

"I'm Writing for Help, What Should I Do?": Advice Columists as Educators in the United States and Sweden


Åsa Bharathi Larsson

Södertörn University, Sweden

Uncle Tom's Cabin in Swedish-American Borderlands


Waqnahwew Benjamin R. Grignon

University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

John Olof Viking and Johan Baner: Documenting early Indigenous Oral Traditions in Upper Michigan


Isabelle Gapp

University of York, United Kingdom

From Woodstock to the Great Plains: The American Landscape in the Painting of Birger Sandzén and John F. Carlson



Gunilla Hermansson

Gothenburg University, Sweden

Song Lyrics as a Challenge to Transnational Literary History--the Case of "Vårvindar friska"

[Canceled due to COVID-19]



Nevra Biltekin

Stockholm University, Sweden

Between Transnational Migration and Cultural Diplomacy: Gendered Practices, Imagined Homelands, and Swedish Women in the United States, 1980s-1990s

Ulf Zander

Lund University, Sweden

News Exchange - Allan Kastrup and Swedish Public Diplomacy in the United States in the Postwar Decades



John Everett Jones

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

Pioneer Swedish settlers of western New York (Jamestown) and Northwestern Pennsylvania (Sugar Grove/Chandlers Valley) in the era prior to the American Civil War (1844-1860)



Anders Bo Rasmussen

University of Southern Denmark

For God and Country: Race, Religion, and Reconstruction in Swedish American Texts



Philipp Gollner

University of Notre Dame

"Evangelize-Americanize:" White Religion and Acculturation among late 19th-Century Swedish Immigrants


Juri Rebkowetz

Ludwig-Maximilians University. Munich, Germany

German and Scandinavian Immigration to Minnesota and Wisconsin during the Second Half of the 19th Century - Contacts, Conflicts, and Cooperation


Jennifer Vanore

University of Chicago

The Call to Care: Religion and the Making of the Modern Hospital Industry in Los Angeles, 1895-1965



Adam Hjorthén

Stockholm University, Sweden

Commemorating Presence: Swedish-American Jubilees in Transnational Perspective, 1938-1996


Katrin Leineweber

Christian-Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany

The Integration of Swedish Immigrants in Seattle/King County since 1850


Brita Butler-Wall

University of Washington

Women in the Bishop Hill Colony


Erika Jackson

Michigan State University

"Scandinavian Preferred": Nordic Ethnic Identity, Gender and Work within Chicago, 1879-1933


Rachel Gianni Abbott

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Folklore and Material Culture among Swedish Immigrants in late Nineteenth-Century Utah



Elizabeth Baigent

Oxford University, U.K.

Swedish Immigrants in McKeesport, Pennsylvania


Christopher Cantwell

Cornell University

Swedish Immigrants in Chicago and their Relationship to D.L. Moody



Christopher Jaffe

Northern Illinois University

Swedes and Other Ethnic Groups in Rockford, Illinois



Agnieszka Stasiewicz

Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Swedish Immigrant Children and Books Published for Them by the Augustana Book Concern


Ms. Joanna Daxell

Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Swedish Literature in North America



Paul Lubotina

St. Louis University

Swedes and other Ethnic groups on Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range



Lars Nordström

Beavercreek, Oregon

The Life and Work of Samuel Magnus Hill, a Pioneer Educator and Minister in Nebraska


Malin Glimäng

University of Hawai'i

The History of Swedish Female Immigration



Gabriella Rundblad

University of East Anglia, U.K.

Language Use in the Creation of a Swedish-American Identity



Anne-Charlotte Harvey

San Diego State University

Swedish Theatre in the United States 1880-1930


Eva St. Jean

University of British Columbia, Canada

Swedish Immigrants in British Columbia



Barry L. Peterson

Tallahassee, Florida

Comparison of Swedish traditions in the Rural Midwestern United States and Sweden



Christopher Mitchell

University of Georgia

Strindbergarna—A Swedish Theater Club in Chicago 1912-1915



Edward Burton

University of Göteborg, Sweden

Social and Political Views of Postwar Swedish-America


Roger Kvist

Umeå University, Sweden

Swedish Immigrants in the American Civil War

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