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What is Minor Field Studies?

Minor Field Studies (MFS) is a SIDA funded scholarship programme administrated by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR). You will find further information about the MFS programme in English at their website Swedish Council for Higher Education

Link to General terms Minor Field Studies 2018 (in Swedish) 

MFS mean that students who are reaching the end of their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree can gather material for their degree essay on-site, in a developing country. MFS means that a student studies issues of importance to economic, social, political or knowledge-based development in the country he or she travels to for at least eight weeks (minimum of 56 days).

An MFS study can be done in all academic fields, from the humanities and social sciences to natural science, engineering and medicine. The scholarship programme prepare students to work within development and one aim  is to prepare students for work in global contexts and organisations.

The the field study shall relate to one of the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Agenda 2030.   

17 Sustainable Development Goals (Photo: United Nations)
17 Sustainable Development Goals (Photo: United Nations)

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Possible host countries

An MFS study can be implemented in a developing country that is presented in the list Possible MFS countries 2018. Scholarships can only be handed out to applicants that fulfil the application requirements. 

Note, MFS can not be implemented in a country to which the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs dissuades travels (in Swedish).

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Scholarship and budget

The MFS scholarship is 27,000 SEK to cover some of the costs of the overseas stay, such as travel, accommodation, vaccination, and visa. The grant is not intended to cover all expenses during the time abroad, it usually needs to be supplemented by other student financing.

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MFS-Alumni Travel Reports

Find inspiration in other students experiences, read MFS alumni travel reports at MFS reseberättelser (opens in new window), mainly in Swedish. 

Supervisor and Contact Person 

The MFS scholarship demands that the student has an academic supervisor at Stockholm University and a contact person in the field. Both have to be approached by the time of application, and confirmed before departure. Further instructions for the supervisor in Sweden and the contact person in field is found here:

Instructions to supervisor in Sweden and contact person in field 2018-19 (pdf) (193 Kb)

Supervisor at Stockholm University

The academic supervisor at Stockholm University has the same responsibility towards a Minor Field Studies-student as to any other student at the corresponding degree project at the department. The supervisor shall be well informed about field studies in general and the chosen methodology in particular.

Overall, the department shall have received assurance that there are no obstacles to carry out the study, for example due to problems of security in the host country.

An authorization from the host country to pursue the study is sometimes necessary.

Contact person in host country

The contact person in field must be a different person than the academic supervisor in Sweden. The person does not necessarily need to be an academic person, but the main task is to support the student with practical arrangements and to be the link to the host country/organization. The student and the contact person shall beforehand decide how local expenses shall be handled, for example compensation for materials, local transport, etc.

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If you have questions or concerns, please contact International Office, mfs@su.se. If your question is about your project, contact your home Department directly. 

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