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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).

For information in Swedish, click here.

This MFS scholarship gives you 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.  

Here you find information for students that want to apply for an MFS scholarship or is a current MFS scholarship holder, with regards to the coronavirus situation:

Coronavirus – Information for students about Minor Field Studies

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 2020 (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.

Host countries

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) advice against non-essential trips (dissuades travel) to a specific country or region, they will not be accepted as a MFS destination.

Application rounds

The below application rounds apply to field studies that can be completed by January 31, 2022. The scholarship is suitable for a field study during spring semester 2021 and autumn semester 2021. Note that the earliest date to begin your field studies, if you are accepted for the MFS scholarship, is one month after the last application date. It is therefore recommended to start your application early.

Next date for accepting applications:

Application period Period of field studies
20 Sept - 15 Oct, 2020*           Spring 2021 
15 Apr - 5 May, 2021  Autumn 2021   

Please note: the deadline for all applications is at 23:59

*Stockholm University will receive an answer from the Swedish Council for Higher Education to the application for funds for 2021 in November 2020. Scholarships will be awarded to students in November at the earliest.

Information seminars

Please note that some seminars are advertised in Swedish, but that the meeting can be held in English if not everyone understands Swedish.

Do you need writing support?

The Academic Writing Service provides English-language support for writing and study skills. They offer individual consultations, give talks and seminars, and coordinate writing groups for thesis students. Their services are free of charge for all students at Stockholm University. 

Link to the Academic Writing Service

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.

Click here to read more about MFS with a disability (in Swedish)

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.

In the MFS application, you need to submit a confirmation from your supervisor at Stockholm University (email/certificate or equivalent) that certifies the suitability of the study and that they will be your supervisor. Contact your programme coordinator to get a supervisor. If you do not have a supervisor at the time of application, a certificate from the department supporting the application is required.

Contact person 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. 

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. 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 the MFS application, you need to submit a confirmation from the contact in the field (formal invitation or certificate/contract such as an email exchange) showing there is a contact in the country to assist you. If you submit an email exchange, make sure you include both your initial email requesting for a contact person and the contact person's reply confirming the request.
Please note: the confirmation must be submitted in English. If your contact does not speak English, please write a translation in English and attach to application.

Tips how to find a contact person:

  • Ask your department if they already have contacts or collaborations abroad.
  • Do you have friends/family that previously travelled or lived in one of the MFS countries? 
  • Research various host organisations and make contact. 
  • Does Stockholm University have any cooperation projects you can be part of (maybe through another department)? Did you know that Stockholm University has a Nordic Institute of Latin Amerika Studies
  • Is there an MFS alumnus that have been to the country where you like to go? Ask the Exchange Coordinator at your department or the MFS Coordinator on mfs@su.se to get in touch.

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.

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, including attachements. 

  1. Student Services makes a basic eligibility assessment by checking that applications are complete and that they meet the admission requirements.
  2. Eligible applications are 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.
  3. A Central Assessment Committee meet, consisting of faculty representatives, Student Services, and a student representative, to determine the selection.

General terms of Minor Field Studies 2020 (in Swedish).

Decision on allocation

Decisions are communicated to all applicants via email approximately three to 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 any questions regarding the MFS scholarship programme, please contact Student Services' MFS coordinator via mfs@su.se.

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.

Departmental international coordinators

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