Earlier this year, Nicholas Robinson, a Ph.D. student in Geography at the University of California, Davis, was awarded one of 10 graduate fellowships worth $25,000 each for research and study by the the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation.
Drawing from the Foundation’s $5.8 million endowment, the awards support Icelandic students attending graduate school in the U.S. and American graduate students studying or doing research in Iceland. The grants are open to students from all disciplines enrolled in any graduate program in the U.S. or Iceland.
Robinson (right) is studying the domestic demand for Icelandic-grown vegetables and fruits, as well as local knowledge of agroecosystem management. He will work with the Faculty of Life and Sciences at the University of Iceland.
The Leifur Eiriksson Foundation was established in 2001 with proceeds from the sale of commemorative coins struck by the U.S. Mint and the Central Bank of Iceland to mark the thousandth anniversary of Leifur Eiriksson’s sailing to North America. Since then, the foundation has awarded $3.75 million in scholarships.
View the full list of awardees on the the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation website.
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