Friday, August 31, 2012

Guest PhD Scholarships in Sweden for Developing Countries

Country and Sponsor: Sweden, Swedish Government
Programme and Deadline: PhD, 1 March every year. Course starts: September every year
Brief description:
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The Guest Scholarship Program provides PhD candidates and Postdoctoral researchers with an excellent opportunity to conduct a study or research visit to a Swedish university within all academic fields. As a Guest Scholarship Program candidate you can choose to apply for a study/research visit to Sweden according to the following models:
1. Post-doctoral research: a long-term postdoctoral research visit of 6, 12 or 18 months.
2. PhD studies: a long-term PhD research visit of 6 or 12 months.
Host Institution(s):
Accredited academic institutions and universities in Sweden
Field of study:
Any research program in all academic fields
Number of Awards:
In category one the Swedish Institute has the opportunity to offer approximately 20 scholarships.  In category two the Swedish Institute has the opportunity to offer approximately 5-10 scholarships.  The final number of scholarships depends on how many candidates in the final selection that have applied for a PhD or Postdoctoral stay in Sweden, and for how long.
Target group:
The program is open to candidates from two different categories of countries that determine certain aspects of the program:
Category 1:  Candidates coming from countries on the Development Assistance Committee list of recipients of Official Development Assistance, the so-called ODA recipients.
Category 2: Candidates coming from the following countries:  Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Scholarship value/inclusions:
Stipend: The scholarship amounts to SEK 12,000 per month for PhD students and SEK 15,000 for post-doctoral studies. Scholarship periods are fixed for 6, 12 or 18 months.
Travel Grants: Scholarship holders from ODA countries will receive travel support in connection with the scholarship. The travel grant is a lump sum, given only once. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey and receive SEK 5,000. Citizens from remaining ODA countries receive SEK 15,000. PhD students on a sandwich set-up from ODA countries will be given only one travel grant per calendar year.
Insurance: Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period. For citizens of EU member states and other Convention countries the insurance applies with certain limitations.
The scholarships are intended for guest students or researchers belonging to any of the above mentioned countries and target groups, applying for full-time studies/research in Sweden. There is no age limit for the scholarship holders.
Please note that to be eligible for a scholarship at PhD level you must be enrolled in ongoing PhD studies at a university outside Sweden.
Please also note that to be eligible for a scholarship at Postdoctoral level you must be holder of a PhD degree, preferably from 2007 or later. You can still apply if you expect to get your PhD degree shortly. However, you must be able to show that you successfully defended your PhD thesis no later than April 15, 2012.
You are not eligible for this scholarship if any of the following is true:
•  You have already lived in Sweden for two years or more when the scholarship period is due to begin.
•  You have a Swedish permanent residence permit.
•  You have a Swedish work permit and you are not an EU citizen.
•  You are applying for a scholarship at Postdoctoral level, but you do not hold any PhD degree, and will not be able to defend your PhD thesis before April 15, 2012.
•  You are applying for a scholarship at PhD level, but you are not enrolled in ongoing PhD studies at a university outside Sweden.
Application instructions:
Read the application instructions here. The deadline for applications is 1 March annually. It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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