Visby Programme Scholarships for PhD studies and postdoctoral research

Apply for scholarships for research visits in Sweden for up to 12 months!

If you are a PhD student, postdoctoral researcher or senior scientist in the EU Eastern Partnership or Russia, you can apply for scholarships for research visits to Sweden. Apply during 16 October-15 December 2017 for the academic year 2018/2019. About 45 scholarships will be offered.


PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and senior scientists who are citizens of the following countries may apply:
– Armenia
– Azerbaijan
– Belarus
– Georgia
– Moldova
– Russia
– Ukraine

Can I apply?

The programme provides PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from all academic disciplines with an opportunity to conduct research at Swedish universities within all fields of study. Candidates belonging to any of the following categories may apply:

  • PhD student, applying for a part of his/her ongoing PhD studies to be carried out in Sweden (12 months maximum).
  • Postdoctoral researcher, with priority given to holders of a PhD degree from 2013 or later (12 months maximum).
  • Senior scientist – holders of a PhD degree acquired before 2013 (6 months maximum).

There is no age limit.

You cannot be granted a scholarship if you:

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

How do I apply?

Read the instructions and complete the application enclosures, before entering the online application form.
The scholarship application call for the academic year 2018/2019 is open from Monday 16 October 2017 to Friday 15 December 2017, 24:00 CET.
Scholarship offers will be sent to successful candidates by mid-April 2018 at the latest, and candidates are required to respond to the offer within one week. Please note that all decisions are sent by email only.

About the scholarship

The aim of the Visby Programme is to support individual mobility, thereby contributing to increased contacts and collaborations between actors in Sweden and countries in the EU Eastern Partnership and Russia. The goal is to build an integrated, knowledge-based and research-intense region, centred on the Baltic Sea while also including EU Eastern Partnership countries and Russia.

The objective of this scholarship is to strengthen co-operation and network-building between those countries and Sweden, in fields such as higher education and research.

Scholarship benefits

The scholarship is free of tax and amounts to SEK 15,000 per month for PhD students and SEK 18,000 per month for postdoctoral researchers and senior scientists.


Scholarship holders and accompanying family members are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship 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 (NFGL), a network that offers unique opportunities during the stay in Sweden. Together with other talented people from all around the world, the scholarship holder is able to take part in a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks that could benefit both career and personal development.

After the scholarship, all scholarship holders are also invited to the SI Alumni Network, a global network that helps deepen the relationship with Sweden, as well as other alumni, even after the programme.

Scholarship limitations

  • the scholarship is designed to cover living costs for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members. No funding for bench fees is provided.
  • the granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended; however, it is possible to apply for subsequent funding through a new call for applications.
  • in case of a postponed arrival date, the scholarship period can be decreased accordingly.
  • there is no travel grant included in the scholarship offer.


Please contact sischolarships(a) if you have any questions.