The scholarship application call for the academic year 2015/2016 is now open. Application deadline is 24:00 CET on Thursday 15 January 2015.
The programme is only open to candidates from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
The programme provides PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with an opportunity to conduct research at Swedish universities and research institutes. Priority will be given to applicants with a PhD degree from 2010 or later.
Duration of scholarship
The scholarships will be granted for long-term visits (6, 9 or 12 months) during the academic year 2015/2016 (1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016).
Fields of research
Only the following disciplines are eligible during this call for applications:
• Democracy/Human rights/Gender issues
• European studies
• Social issues
• Economics and management
• Environmental studies
Who is eligible?
The scholarships are intended for PhD students, postdoctoral researchers belonging to any of the above-mentioned target groups for full-time PhD studies/research in Sweden. A scholarship cannot be granted for an applicant who:
• has already lived in Sweden for two or more years when the scholarship period is due to begin;
• has already got a Swedish permanent residence permit;
• has a Swedish work permit and is not an EU citizen;
• is applying for a scholarship at PhD level but is not enrolled in ongoing PhD studies at your home university; or
• is applying for a scholarship at postdoctoral level, but does not hold any PhD degree.
Selection criteria and areas of priority
Applications are evaluated by the Swedish Institute (SI) 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 regards 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 personal motivation of the applicant should include a statement of how the research proposal will contribute to closer relations between the Western Balkans and the European Union.
Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
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 that offers unique opportunities during and after the stay in Sweden. Together with other talented people from all around the world, the scholarship holder is able to take part in a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks that benefit both to career and personal development.
• 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; however it is possible to apply for subsequent funding through a new call for applications.
• In case of a postponed arrival date, the scholarship period can be decreased accordingly.
• There is no travel grant included in scholarship offer.
The scholarship application call for the academic year 2015/2016 is open Monday 3 November 2014 – Thursday 15 January 2015.
How to apply
Please read the instructions below carefully before entering the online application form.
• Only one application per person will be considered. If more than one application is submitted, only the latest will be considered.
• Applications must be submitted online with enclosures in the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
• All application documents must be submitted by the application deadline. Late documents will not be considered.
• Limit your documents to the numbers or characters specified. Exceeding pages or characters will not be considered.
• As a Swedish authority, the Swedish Institute (SI) operates under the Swedish Principle of Public Access to Information. This means that any data registered in our systems will be treated as a public document. In accordance with this, information about your application and qualifications will be accessible to the public on request.
Scholarship categories, criteria and duration
Only candidates who meet the following criteria can apply:
• PhD student, applying for a part of his/her PhD studies to be carried out in Sweden.
• Postdoctoral researcher, with priority given to holders of a PhD degree from 2010 or later.
Available scholarship periods
1 September 2015 – 28 February 2016 (6 months)
1 January 2016 – 30 June 2016 (6 months)
1 September 2015 – 31 May 2016 (9 months)
1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016 (12 months)
1 January 2016 – 31 December 2016 (12 months)
Contact information for two reference persons
Contact details (full name and email address) for two referees must be provided directly in the online application form by all applicants. PhD students should state their academic supervisor at the home department/research group as their first referee. During the scholarship selection process, the referees may be contacted by SI for additional information.
Read and follow the instructions carefully. Always use required templates; otherwise the application will not be considered. Please note that some enclosures are mandatory for PhD students only.
Letter of Invitation (download mandatory SI template here)
The Letter of Invitation from a Swedish university department willing to accept you as a visiting scholar, is an essential and highly important part of the application. Without it, the application will not be processed.
All Swedish universities/research institutes are eligible. A complete list of Swedish universities can be found here.
The given template must be completed and signed by a professor or head of department at the Swedish university. The document must be dated within the last four months and acknowledge the proposed scholarship period. Scan as PDF and attach the signed document to the scholarship application. If the attached Letter of Invitation is not signed, the application will not be considered.
Maximum 3 pages.
Letter of Support – PhD students only
PhD students are required to submit a Letter of Support from their academic supervisor or head of home department/research group. The Letter of Support should describe the applicant’s and the home department’s interest in cooperation with the Swedish department/research group and the long-term impact of a study/research visit to Sweden. The Letter of Support should confirm the applicant’s status as a PhD student as well as certify that the applicant will be able to continue his/her research at the home department after the scholarship period in Sweden. It should also evaluate the applicant’s English language proficiency.
Maximum 2 pages.
CV of the current supervisor at home department/research group – PhD students only
A brief curriculum vitae (CV) including a list of the most relevant publications (maximum 10).
Maximum 2 pages.
Research Proposal (download mandatory SI template here)
The Research Proposal should describe the scientific quality of the project as well as its originality, methodological approach and relevance. The Research Proposal is an important part of your application and should be prepared carefully.
Maximum 6 pages.
Abstract (download mandatory SI template here)
The Abstract should give a summary of your Research Proposal shortly outlining its main components.
Maximum 1,500 characters including spaces.
Personal Motivation (download mandatory SI template here)
The personal statement of motivation is an essential part of the scholarship application and will complement the academic evaluation in order to determine the applicant’s motivation on a personal and professional level.
Maximum 3 pages.
CV of the applicant (download mandatory Europass CV template here)
The CV should be prepared using the English version of the Europass CV template of maximum three pages. CVs submitted in other formats will not be considered. Do not insert any photos of yourself in the CV.
Maximum 3 pages.
CV of the intended supervisor/contact person in Sweden – mandatory
A brief CV including a list of the most relevant publications (maximum 10).
Maximum 2 pages.
Copies of University Degrees – mandatory
Copies of the highest obtained academic degree, translated into English and certified by the university. Do not attach transcript of records. Applicants for a postdoctoral scholarship, who are to receive their PhD degree shortly after the application deadline, must submit an official letter from their home department stating the expected date for obtaining the PhD degree. If successful, such applicants will receive the same monthly scholarship payment as scholarship holders at PhD level, until a copy of their PhD degree has been provided to the Swedish Institute.
List of Publications – optional
Publications written by the applicant must be listed in the following order:
1. Peer-reviewed publications/materials (e.g. in PubMed, Web of Science etc.)
2. Other publications in English
3. Publications in other languages
Maximum 2 pages.
Complete the application form
The application should be submitted online using the Swedish Institute application portal. Complete all the mandatory fields and attach all required documents. Only submit the application once and wait until you receive a confirmation e-mail with your reference number. The reference number should be used whenever contacting SI with inquiries in regard to the scholarship application. If you cannot find the confirmation email in your inbox, first make sure to check your spam filter before contacting SI.
The scholarship application form is available here. Application deadline is 24:00 CETon Thursday 15 January 2015.
How are the applications processed?
Applications are evaluated by SI in cooperation with an academic board. The primary evaluation of the application takes into account the applicant’s academic background and personal motivation, the research quality and expertise in the project field of the host department, and the strength of the research proposal: its scientific quality, originality, methodological approach and relevance. In the final selection of candidates SI will also consider factors like distribution on academic fields and between universities, study level, purpose of study and gender.
Scholarship offers will be sent to successful candidates by the end of May 2015 at the latest, and candidates are required to respond to the offer within 14 days. Please note that all decisions are sent by email only.