Torske Klubben MN Summary

For Minnesota Residents

Deadline:  12 noon, February 20, 2017

What do I need to Apply?

The following is a summary of the information you will need to complete the electronic application.

Section 1: Applicant Information
  • Name, email address, student ID, program
  • Confirm eligibility
Section 2: Application

Torske Klubben Fellowship for Minnesota Residents Application

  • Electronic form, completed and uploaded.


The Project Statement
(research or study plan). 

  • Up to three pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, with margins not less than one inch.
  • This statement should be written in plain English using non-specialized terms that are clear and unambiguous.  It should provide sufficient detail to enable reviewers to judge its significance and its feasibility, and should be prepared in four sections:
    1. A 100-word abstract (summary).
    2. Background.  This should provide a brief overview of the project, placing it in the context of previous work in the profession.
    3. Goals and objectives.
    4. Potential significance of the applicant’s work.  This section should answer the question "So what?"  What important new knowledge will be gained; what substantive questions will be answered; and what is the relevance of the project, in the larger context, to the needs of science, technology, the arts, or society?

A Personal Biographical Statement
  • Up to three pages, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, with margins not less than one inch.
  • This statement must be written with great care.  It should not simply be a narrative chronological résumé but, rather, it should offer a picture of yourself, conveying a strong sense of who you are as an individual and as a professional. 
    • It should communicate your personal values and motivation. 
    • It should describe the influences on your intellectual development that led to your choice of academic discipline and that shaped your long-term goals. 
    • It should explain your interest in or connection to Norway and its culture, expressing more than a superficial appreciation for Norwegian traditions. 
    • Above all, it should reveal accomplishment and a capacity for leadership that foretells future promise in the chosen profession.

Advice to the applicant:  Carefully review the Selection Criteria (below).  In preparation for writing the Personal Biographical Statement, you may wish to reflect on some of the following questions.

  • What do you believe to be the chief values in the program of research or study that you have undertaken? 
  • How will these values affect your professional life in the future? 
  • How do you see your plans for graduate study/research affecting your views of relationships between the culture of the United States and the culture of Norway? 
  • What traits of good leadership do you most admire?

Selection Criteria: Torske Klubben is interested in supporting students of high academic achievement who show great promise of becoming leaders in their chosen profession and/or in the Norwegian –American community, who have a deep and abiding cultural and/or professional interest in Norway (in a historical or present-day context), and who convey a sensitivity to the future of Norway and Norway-America relationships.  Need may be taken into account, all other factors being equal.

A one-page Statement on Financial Support.
  • double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman type, with margins not less than one inch
  • The financial statement should briefly describe all prior employment (including graduate assistantship support), listed chronologically, along with all future financial support applied for and/or anticipated.  It should also include a summary of any unpaid educational loans or other indebtedness.

Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial).
  • Include an explanation of any incomplete grades
Section 3: Recommenders
  • Name and email address of two recommenders (first recommender should be major advisor)
  • Letters are due by the deadline.
Section 4: Save/Update/Submit or Request Letters
  • Electronic signature, copy of application and letter request options
  • Send electronic letter requests to recommenders well in advance of the application deadline.