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Working with partner institutions, mentor-leaders, NSLI connects Scholars with untapped, impactful educational opportunities, inspiring mentors and challenging real-world projects.



The NSLI approach:

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Cultural Immersion

Masters Level Coursework

Leadership Skill Training

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Team Projects


Mentorships & Follow-on Support

Cultural Immersion

A hallmark of our program is cultural immersion. In order to appreciate the similarities and differences within the Nordics, we explore the region together.

Masters Level Coursework

NSLI partners with select Nordic universities and agencies to provide scholars with lectures, coursework, projects and programs throughout the Nordics.


Leadership Training

The program trains the next generation of American leaders with Nordic perspectives. NSLI recognizes that leadership is a skill- it can't be learned solely by reading books.  It takes practice.  As such, our program involves small group learning experiences with close peer work, and unique and potent trainings outside of the Academy with experts from a variety of fields. 

Team Projects

Together with Nordic peers, Scholars work in groups to solve real-world problems. Projects vary in length and complexity, with flexible Scholar groupings fostering both leadership and collaboration.

Internships/Mentorships & Follow-on Support

Through our Nordic partners, Scholars are paired with business, government and academic institutions whose ongoing work in the four main topic areas (human health science and policy; sustainability and natural resource stewardship; artificial intelligence, smart cities and inclusive innovation; democracy, pluralism and
gender equity) offer opportunities for training and earning both during the program and after graduation.

Successful candidates show achievements and personal qualities consistent with our mission, and respond to a call to service and leadership.  

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