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Next call for applications coming in September 2024

What is the scholarship for?

The Study Scholarship is for students and researchers at academic institutions to conduct short-term research visits in Italy or Sweden and establish links between the two countries. Example trips include archive visits, field studies, and joint use of laboratory equipment.

The minimum duration of the visit is 2 weeks while the maximum duration that the scholarship may cover is 12 weeks (even if the trip itself is longer).

The departure date should generally be no earlier than two months after the deadline. Projects that have already started are not eligible.​

Who can apply?

Students and employees at an academic institution in Italy or Sweden may apply for trips to Sweden or Italy respectively. 

The applicant is required to be between 18 and 39 years old on January 1 of the year of the submission deadline. 

Priority is given to applicants who have not received a scholarship from the Foundation in the previous two years. ​


What is the scholarship amount?

The amount is calculated solely based on the duration of stay as 8,000 SEK plus 3,500 SEK per week:​


2 weeks            15,000 SEK

3 weeks            18,500 SEK

4 weeks            22,000 SEK

5 weeks            25,500 SEK

6 weeks            29,000 SEK

7 weeks            32,500 SEK

8 weeks            36,000 SEK

9 weeks            39,500 SEK

10 weeks          43,000 SEK

11 weeks          46,500 SEK

12+ weeks         50,000 SEK​

The scholarship is intended to cover travel, accommodation, and food expenses.​

How do I apply?

Before you apply you need the following documents (which can be attached as PDF files, all in English):

  • An invitation by the host institution (university, academy or equivalent) stating that the applicant has a guaranteed place in the host country. 

  • A letter of presentation of the candidate issued by a qualified person within a home university, research institute, academy or similar institution in the home country.

  • The applicant's curriculum vitae


You will also need to answer the following questions about your project:

  • Brief summary (max 200 characters)

  • Scholarly purpose (max 1500 characters): What are you going to study? What new knowledge will you generate?

  • Planned activities (max 1500 characters): What will you do during your trip?

  • Contribution to cultural exchange (max 1500 characters): How and what will you learn? What will you bring to the host institution? How will you interact?


You submit your application through the web-based application by clicking the link on top of the page (the application form will open in a new window and will require registration).

The call is open every year in September-October.

How is my application evaluated?

Applications are examined by a committee consisting of the representatives from the Italian Cultural Institute, Swedish Institute, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm University, Stockholm School of Economics, and Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. We ask you to indicate the general scientific field of your study so that we could match your application with the evaluator having most relevant expertise.

The following criteria are used:

  • Scholarly value captures the potential of the trip to contribute new knowledge to a given field of study

  • Exchange value captures the potential of the trip to generate new ties between Italy and Sweden, both for the researcher and for the hosting institution 

  • Feasibility captures the likelihood the aims of the study can be achieved given the duration of the trip and the competences of the parties involved


What happens after I apply?

After you have submitted the application we will send to you a notification that it has been received.

Decisions for each application are made in December each year. Applicants are notified of the decision before the end of the year.


What happens if I am awarded a scholarship?

You will receive a letter with the details of the next steps to take. This usually means that at some point before your travel (not earlier than three months before departure) you can send us a request to pay the scholarship and provide the bank details. We usually administer payments within a week from receiving the request.


Upon arrival to your host institution the person who has invited you must send us a confirmation letter that you have indeed arrived and will stay the amount of time you have indicated in the application.

Within three months from the end of your trip you must send us a one-page free-form report detailing your experience during the trip.

The scholarship is withdrawn if not claimed within 24 months of the decision date. Failure to send proof of arrival or final report after the scholarship has been paid would result in a requirement for you to pay back the scholarship.

By accepting the scholarship the applicant also authorises the publication of their name in the list of beneficiaries as well as the publication of the report (complete or partial) on the Foundation's website.

Study Scholarships

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