Grant distribution from the Crown Prince Frederik Foundation

HRH The Crown Prince presided over the presentation of grants from the Crown Prince Frederik Foundation on 18 May 2018. The presentation ceremony took place in the Alexander Room at Christiansborg Palace.

Photo: Tariq Mikkel Khan, Ritzau Scanpix ©

This year, the Crown Prince Frederik Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary, and, in this connection, The Crown Prince today presided over a presentation of the grants. The foundation’s purpose is to provide economic support to political science students for a year of study at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in the USA.

The Crown Prince Frederik Foundation is a gift that The Crown Prince received from Danish-Americans for his 25th birthday during his studies at Harvard University. It was in connection with his studies at Aarhus University that The Crown Prince studied political science at Harvard University in 1992-1993. There, The Crown Prince mainly took his courses at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where the department of political science and international studies is.

Through the years, The Crown Prince has handed out grants from the Crown Prince Frederik Foundation to more than 45 applicants. The foundation gives grants for non-degree studies and for a Mid-Career Master’s degree. 

This year, the following received grants from the Crown Prince Frederik Foundation:

Sara Normann Thordsen is employed as an analyst in the Defense. Sara received an M.A. in political science from Aarhus University in 2009. Since 2011, she has been employed by the Ministry of Defense, where she has been responsible for preparing analyses about the situation in Africa and the Middle East for the use of Danish officials and decision-makers.  

Through her various positions, Sara Thordsen has worked with a number of high-priority topics in the areas of Danish security and defense policy.  

Sara Thordsen has been accepted into the Harvard Kennedy School – John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Mid-Career Master’s program in Public Administration. During her stay at the Harvard Kennedy School, she will have a special focus on subjects dealing with leadership and economics as well as international politics and security.  

Jakob Ullegård works as a director at Danish Shipping. He received an M.A. in political science from the University of Copenhagen and has since worked at a number of places, with a focus on political interests. His professional career began in the party secretariat for Venstre at Christiansborg and has since led him to a broad range of sectors through positions at TDC, the Danish Agriculture & Food Council, the Ministry of Defense, Danish Energy and, most recently, in the shipping industry. 

Jakob Ullegård has lived in the USA several times, both as a High School Student and as a student in Illinois after the end of his service as an enlisted sergeant in the Army. He received a Crown Prince Frederik Foundation grant in 2001 as a part of his education in political science and afterwards spent a year as a Non-Degree-Student at the Harvard Kennedy School.