The Bicentennial Swedish–American Exchange Fund is open to applicants from Sweden and the United States. The purpose of the fund is to provide an opportunity for those in a position to influence public opinion and contribute to the development of their society to make a two- to four-week study trip to the respective countries.
The Swedish Bicentennial Fund for the exchange of qualified persons from the United States and Sweden was established by an Act of the Swedish Parliament in 1976 as a tribute to the United States Bicentennial and began operations in 1978 with grants to Americans and Swedes.
Who is eligible?
The applicants should be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. For information about eligibility for Swedish citizens, please visit our website in Swedish.
The applicants must supply a full, realistic project description, which indicates follow-up and a plan for disseminating research results. Persons who have made recurrent visits to or resided in Sweden will be considered only in exceptional cases. The grant may not be used to finance participation in conferences or regular ongoing vocational or academic courses. The scholarship is intended for professional enrichment and is thus not applicable to studies or work-related to academic degrees.
The programme especially supports fields which the fund prioritises, i.e. politics, public administration, working life, human environment, mass media, business and industry, as well as education and culture. Applicants should have well-developed projects within the above mentioned fields of study.
The Bicentennial Fund will award grants of up to SEK 30,000 each for proposed study visits to Sweden for two to four weeks. The Bicentennial grant may be used in conjunction with scholarships from other sources.
How to apply
Applications must be made through the current application form, providing information about the applicant’s background and a detailed plan of the study project in Sweden.
Please follow the instructions in the application form. Then send a scanned copy of your application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘The Bicentennial Swedish–American Exchange Fund’ as subject line, or post it to:
103 91 Stockholm
Applications must reach the Swedish Institute by 15 November 2016 for a study visit in Sweden during the period 1 March – 31 December 2017. Decisions will be announced in February 2017.
Scholarship holders are requested to submit a report to SI within one month after their study visit to Sweden.