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Visby Programme Scholarships for Research in Sweden, 2015-2016

Swedish Institute is inviting applications for Visby Programme Scholarships. About 40 financial aid positions will be offered for the academic year 2015/2016. The programme provides PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with an opportunity to conduct research at Swedish universities within all fields of study. The Visby Programme is targeted at candidates from the following countries: Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. The grant 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 application deadline is 15 January 2015.

Study Subject(s): The programme provides PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with an opportunity to conduct research at Swedish universities within all fields of study.
Course Level: award is available for pursuing research programme.
Scholarship Provider: Swedish Institute
Award can be taken at: Sweden

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Eligibility: The bursaries 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 program 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.

Open for International Students: The Visby Programme is targeted at candidates from the following countries: Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.

Description:  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 financial aid positions will be offered for the academic year 2015/2016.

Number of award(s): About 40 financial aid positions will be offered for the academic year 2015/2016.

Duration of award(s):
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)

What does it cover? The grant 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.
Insurance 
Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the program 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 program holder is able to take part in a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks that benefit both to career and personal development.

Selection criteria: 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.

Notification: 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.

How to Apply: 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 application. If you cannot find the confirmation email in your inbox, first make sure to check your spam filter before contacting SI.The mode of applying is online.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 15 January 2015.

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