Minor Field Studies
Do you wish to collect data for your degree project/essay abroad? Stockholm University students have the opportunity to apply for the Minor Field Studies (MFS) programme funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
This gives you a scholarship and the possibility to spend 8 weeks in a developing country to conduct a field study for your bachelor's or master's degree project/essay.
What is MFS?
Minor Field Studies is a scholarship programme funded by Sida and administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. The programme is aimed at higher education students at bachelor’s or master’s level.
General terms of Minor Field Studies 2019 (in Swedish)
MFS allows you to collect data or conduct a field study for an essay or a degree project in a less developed country during at least eight weeks (56 days). You are able to apply regardless of your research topic or degree. During your field study, you will have a supervisor at Stockholm University, and a contact in the host country.
Through MFS you will gain international experience, new perspectives, and a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you. It will make you prepared to handle issues on socio-economic development with a global perspective.
Please note that your field study must relate to at least one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.
Announcement and information seminars
The below application rounds apply to field studies that can be completed by January 15, 2021. The scholarship is suitable for a field study during spring 2020 and autumn 2020. Next date for accepting applications:
- 19 September – 15 October 2019, deadline at 23:59 (11:59 PM). Stockholm University will receive an answer from the Swedish Council for Higher Education to the application for funds for 2020 and 2021 in November 2019. Scholarships will be awarded to students in November at the earliest.
- 15 January – 5 February 2020, deadline at 23:59 (11:59 PM)
- 15 April – 5 May 2020, deadline at 23:59 (11:59 PM)
Please note that the seminars are advertised in Swedish but that the meeting will be held in English if not everyone understands Swedish.
- 25 September 2019 at 12:15–12:45: Lunchföreläsning där en Sida-alumn berättar om sin fältstudie i Colombia
- 1 October 2019 at 12:00–12:50: Lunchföreläsning med Stockholms universitets studentkår om Minor Field Studies
- 3 October 2019 at 12:00–13:00: Skriva uppsats utomlands? Informationsmöte on Sidas Minor Field Studies-stipendium
- 8 October 2019 at 10:00–12:00: Webinar om fältstudier utomlands via Minor Field Studies
The MFS offers students to do their field study in many different less developed countries across the globe. However, you are only able to choose one host country and the duration must be at least eight consecutive weeks (56 days), but no more than 26 weeks.
Click here for a list of the MFS host countries (in Swedish)
Please note that if the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Utrikesdepartementet) dissuades travel to a specific country or region, they will not be accepted as a MFS destination.
Scholarship and budget
The MFS scholarship will grant you SEK 27,000 that you can use to cover any expenses related to your field study, such as travel, accommodation, vaccination, and visa. However, note that the scholarship is not meant to cover all costs, but should be an addition to your student grant (e.g. CSN).
Support for students with a disability
If you have a disability and require support, such as leaning aids, transportation, assistant or other, you are able to apply for an extended scholarship to cover the extra costs. For more information, access the Swedish Council for Higher Education’s website.
Supervisor and contact in host country
Participants in the MFS programme will need a supervisor at Stockholm University as well as a contact in the host country. Preferably, you should have contacted them before you apply. Your supervisor in Sweden will be responsible for the academic supervision of you project. This contact person in the host country, however, has no academic responsibilities, but will help you navigate through your host country and issues that may arise.
Supervisor at Stockholm University
The supervisor at Stockholm University has the same responsibility for MFS students work as for other dissertation projects at home base. The supervisor should be well acquainted with the research method and be knowledgeable within the field. In addition, the supervisor may assist you in identifying a contact person in the host country.
During you time abroad, your supervisor will be on hand to assist in theoretical or methodological problems, should they arise. After returning to Stockholm University, the same supervision as for other degree projects will be available to you. Also, please note that some departments require the supervisor to have a PhD.
Contact your programme coordinator to get a supervisor.
Contact in the host country
Your contact person in the host country can be employed at a governmental authority, Higher Education Institution, organisation or company in the country. They may also represent development projects such as Sida, the UN, NGOs, or similar. However, the contact does not necessarily have to be a part of an organisation. Many students choose to find a contact person themselves through their personal network or through research. Ask your department if they already have contacts or collaborations abroad.
Your contact should be able to help with practical things both before and during you time in the country, such as finding people to interview, advice on accommodation, travel, transport and safety. Please note that you should indicate what role the contact person has and what he/she can help with in your application.
Also note that the contact will not receive compensation from Sida or Stockholm University for their efforts. Therefore, it is important that you reimburse any expenses agreed by the both of you beforehand, for example for transportation or data collection.
In order to apply for an MFS scholarship, you must meet the admission requirements.
To do so, you should:
- Do a bachelor's or master's degree project, or do some other type of thesis, at Stockholm University.
- Be a registered student at Stockholm University.
- Be a Swedish citizen or have a permanent residence permit (permanent uppehållstillstånd) in Sweden. The permanent right of residence (permanent uppehållsrätt) of EU country residents is not equal to a permanent residence permit and, therefore, does not meet the requirements. Students from other Nordic countries who are not Swedish citizens must have been registered in Sweden for at least one year to apply.
- Have good proficiency of the English language and know some basic Swedish. Knowledge of the host country's language is a plus.
- Never begun a doctoral (third cycle) level education (PhD).
- Not have been granted a MFS scholarship previously (at Stockholm University or a different higher institution).
- Not receive other scholarships through the Swedish Council of Higher Education (for example Erasmus) or Sida at the same time, or for the same education cycle.
How to apply
Selection and decision
The assessment and selection process begins when the Minor Field Studies scholarship application round has closed. Below, you will find an overview of Stockholm University's application processing.
Assessment of the application
Both the academic quality and the feasibility of the project description are assessed. Each application is assessed in its entirety, such as academic relevance, relevance to the host country or organisation, how it links to the global goals, feasibility, personal suitability/maturity of the applicant, language level, reasonable budget, ethical aspects, security status in the country and any risks to the student's personal safety.
- Student Services makes a basic eligibility assessment by checking that applications are complete and that they meet the admission requirements.
- Eligible applications are then forwarded to the relevant department. There are at least two assessors of each application. Assessors are people at the department who have good subject knowledge and experience of assessing student theses/work/applications. All of the department's applications are assessed in the same way, regardless of education level.
- A Central Assessment Committee will meet, consisting of faculty representatives, Student Services, and a student representative, to determine the selection.
Decision on allocation
Decisions are communicated to all applicants via email approximately four weeks after the application round closed. Accepted students are recommended to read If you have been accepted by MFS below.
Decisions can not be appealed.
If you have been accepted by MFS
If you have any questions regarding the MFS scholarship programme, please contact Student Services' MFS coordinator via email@example.com.
If you have questions concerning the project itself, contact the member of staff responsible for MFS at your department. Usually, this is the exchange coordinator.
Last updated: September 19, 2019
Source: Student Services