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The Dagmar and Nils William Olsson Visiting Scholar Award

This annual award helps defray costs for one person doing research for an extended period of time at the Swenson Center (1-2 weeks) and was established by Nils William Olsson, a leading authority in the field of Swedish-American studies, and his wife Dagmar.

This award is a reimbursement of travel and living expenses associated with your visit to the Swenson Center, up to $2,500, and is open to anyone doing academic research on any aspect of Swedish-American history. It is not intended to be used for genealogical research. We particularly encourage graduate students and younger scholars to apply. The award should be used within one year of notification. Following the completion of study at the Swenson Center, the award recipient will be expected to write a short article summarizing the project and use of the Swenson Center's materials for publication in our quarterly journal and/or on our website. 

Anyone interested in applying for the research award should submit a two- to three-page proposal to the Swenson Center outlining the proposed research topic. The proposal should also include a current curriculum vitae, as well as a statement showing how the resources of the Swenson Center are appropriate for the particular project and a proposed timeframe for the study. Depending on your area of research, you may encounter a significant number of our resources in the Swedish language. The deadline for applications is May 1, 2018.

Past Recipients

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