Swedish Institute’s Visby Programme Scholarships for PhD studies & Postdoctoral research

Swedish Institute’s Visby Programme Scholarships for PhD studies & Postdoctoral research

Deadline: December 15, 2017

Applications are open for the Visby Programme Scholarships for PhD studies & Postdoctoral research. The Swedish Institute is providing scholarships for research visits in Sweden for up to 12 months. The scholarship provides PhD students and postdoctoral researchers of all ages with an opportunity to conduct research at Swedish universities.

If you are a PhD student, postdoctoral researcher or senior scientist in an EU Eastern Partnership country or in Russia, you can apply for a scholarship for research visits to Sweden.

Scholarship Value

  • SEK 15,000 montly grant for living expenses for PhD students
  • SEK 18,000 montly grant for living expenses for postdocs and senior researchers
  • Insurance
  • Membership in the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL)


  • Available for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Ukraine

PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and senior scientists within all academic disciplines may apply. The stay in Sweden should match one of the  following criterias:

  • PhD studies – PhD students/candidates applying for one long-term visit; 6, 9 or 12 months
  • Postdoctoral research –  postdoctoral research long-term visit, 6, 9 or 12 months. Holders of a PhD degree, preferably from 2013 or later.
  • Senior research – holders of a PhD degree who do not fit into the category of postdoctoral researchers, above, invited to Sweden for research, 6 months maximum.
  • Sandwich model – PhD students, postdocs and senior researchers applying for a scholarship over several shorter visits; maximum three research visits per year, over three years. Each visit must be a minimum of 1 month. The total number equals the months you may apply for stated above, and must be carried out before the end of 2020.

You cannot be granted a scholarship if you:

  • have already lived in Sweden for two or more years when the scholarship period begins
  • already have a Swedish permanent residence permit
  • have a Swedish work permit and are currently employed in Sweden
  • apply for a scholarship at the PhD level but are not enrolled in ongoing PhD studies outside of Sweden
  • apply for a scholarship at postdoctoral level, but do not hold a PhD degree
  • have already been awarded three or more scholarships/grants from SI.


  1. Get a letter of invitation: The letter of invitation from a Swedish university department welcoming you as a visiting scholar is an essential and highly important part of the application. Use this template.
  2. Prepare all required documents
  3. Submit the application online using the Swedish Institute application portal.

For more information, visit Visby Programme Scholarships.