Guest Scholarship Programme in Sweden for Postdoctoral Students from Developing Countries

Guest Scholarship Programme for Postdoctoral research

Course(s) Offered: Many fields
Course Level: Postgraduate (Postdoc, research)
Provider: Swedish Government
Country to Study in: Sweden

Scholarship Description
The Guest Scholarship Programme for post-doctoral research in Sweden aims to strengthen and develop research relevant to capacity building and fighting poverty in programme countries.

The Guest Scholarship Program provides researchers with a PhD degree with an opportunity to conduct research at Swedish universities and research institutes. Priority will be given to applicants with a PhD degree from 2009 or later.

Selected applicants receive a monthly stipend.

The scholarship application call for the academic year 2014/2015 is now open.

Guest Scholarship Programme in Sweden for Postdoctoral researchers
The scholarships are intended for holders of a PhD degree within any of the below-mentioned disciplines eligible for 2014/2015 for full-time research in Sweden.

The applicant is not eligible for this scholarship if any of the following is true:
  • Has already lived in Sweden for two or more years when the scholarship period is due to begin.
  • Already has a Swedish permanent residence permit.
Applicants who have previously been awarded a scholarship from SI for study or research at a Swedish university will not be given priority.

Selection criteria and areas of priority:
Applications are evaluated by the Swedish Institute and an academic board. The primary evaluation of the application takes into account the applicant’s academic background and personal motivation, research quality and expertise in the project field of the host department.

Also the strength of the research proposal with regard to its scientific quality, originality, methodological approach, and relevance is evaluated.

In the final selection of candidates SI will consider the distribution of scholarships with regards to academic fields, universities, purpose of study, nationality and gender.

The application should clearly state how your research project can contribute to the development in your country.

Eligible groups
The programme is targeted at candidates from the following countries:
Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Participating Institution(s)
Accredited academic institutions and universities in Sweden

Fields of study/research
The following disciplines only are eligible during this call for applications:
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Technology
  • Environmental Science related to Agricultural Sciences or Natural Sciences or Technology
The next call for applications for the academic year 2015/2016 will be open for the following disciplines only:
  • Business and Social Sciences
  • Health and Medicine
  • Environmental Science related to Social Sciences
Number of awards
An estimated 20 scholarships will be offered for the academic year 2014/2015

Sponsorship duration
The scholarships will be granted for long-term visits (6, 9 or 12 months) during the academic year 2014/2015 (1 September 2014 to 31 August 2015).

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship amounts to SEK 18,000 per month. The scholarship includes one travel grant of SEK 15,000 and insurance coverage. The scholarship cannot be prolonged or extended.

Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.

Scholarship limitations:
  • The scholarship is designed to cover living costs for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members. No funding for bench fees is provided.
  • The granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended. In case of a postponed arrival date, the scholarship period can be decreased accordingly.
Method of Application
Are you interested in this programme? Do you believe you are eligible? To start your applications, please read the application instructions.

All applications for the Guest Scholarship Programme must be submitted before the deadline date below.

Application deadline was previously 24:00 CET, Wednesday, 15 January 2014; but now extended to 24:00 CET, Sunday, 2 February 2014.

The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world. SI seeks to establish cooperation and lasting relations with other countries through strategic communication and exchange in the fields of culture, education, science and business.

The Swedish Institute scholarship programmes target global talent who want to contribute and participate in building sustainable networks between Sweden and other countries.

SI Network for Future Global Leaders:
All Swedish Institute scholarship holders are invited to become members of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders; a network which offers unique opportunities during and after the stay in Sweden. Together with other talented people from all around the world, the scholarship holder is invited to take part in a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks which benefit both career and personal development.

Application Deadline: 2 February 2014
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Foreign Government Scholarships for Developing Countries

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