Application deadline is 24:00 CET on Thursday 15 January 2015.
The aim of the Visby Programme is to build an integrated, knowledge-based and research-intense region, centered on the Baltic Sea, but also bridging to the Eastern Partnership countries and the Russian Federation. About 40 scholarships will be offered for the academic year 2015/2016.
The Visby Programme is targeted at candidates from the following countries: Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. The objective is to strengthen cooperation and network building between those countries and Sweden in the fields of higher education and research.
The programme provides PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with an opportunity to conduct research at Swedish universities within all fields of study. Candidates belonging to any of the following categories may apply:
• PhD studies – two different models of applying. The first model consists of PhD students/candidates applying for one long-term visit (either 6, 9 or 12 months) as part of their PhD studies. The second model consists of candidates applying for a scholarship according to the sandwich model (several shorter visits). The scholarship period for candidates on a sandwich set-up is a maximum 12 months over three years, divided into a maximum of two research visits per year.
• Postdoctoral research – individuals applying for a postdoctoral research long-term visit (6, 9 or 12 months) must be holders of a PhD degree, preferably from 2010 or later.
• Senior scientists – holders of a PhD degree but who do not fit into the category of postdoctoral researchers, above, invited to Sweden for research (6 months maximum).
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.
The scholarship is free of tax and amounts to SEK 15,000 per month for PhD students and SEK 18,000 per month for postdoctoral researchers. 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.
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.
• PhD students on a sandwich setup are allowed up to two visits per scholarship year.
• In case of a postponed arrival date, the scholarship period can be decreased accordingly.
• There is no travel grant included in scholarship offer.
vailable 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)
For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the Visby Programme Scholarship for PhD and Postdoctoral Study in Sweden