Application requirements

The requirements for the Minor Field Studies programme are the following:

  • Be registered as a student at Stockholm University.
  • Write a degree thesis/degree project on Bachelor or Master-level.
  • Be a Swedish citizen or have a permanent residence permit (PUT) in Sweden. EU-citizens permanent right of residence is not equal to permanent residence permit (PUT). Students from other Nordic countries, who are not Swedish citizens, must have been resident in Sweden (registered in the Swedish population system) for at least a year on the date they are granted the stipend.
  • Good English skills and basic knowledge of Swedish.
  • Never started a doctoral (third cycle) level education.
  • Not previously received an MFS-scholarship for the same project (at Stockholm University or a different higher institution).
  • Not receiving another scholarship through UHR or Sida for the same study period.

Good to know before applying for MFS

  • The degree essay that is the result of your MFS must be written in English or the official language of the host country.
  • It is important that you have some knowledge of Swedish. The Sida MFS General terms is only written in Swedish, and to follow the MFS preparatory course.
  • Minimum length for MFS is 8 weeks (56 days) and maximum 26 weeks. 
  • The fieldwork is implemented in one (1) developing country presented in the list Possible MFS-countries 2018Note, MFS can not be implemented in a country to which the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs dissuades travels (in Swedish).
  • The the field research have to relate to one of the Sustainable Development Goals.  
  • It is common - and recommended - that two students travel and write their thesis in pair. All applications are individual which means that if two students are working in pair, they will need to apply and will be evaluated on individual basis. Remember to mention this in the project description.
  • Previous experience of studying or volunteer work in developing countries is no barrier to receiving a grant.
  • To find out specific MFS requirements for your programme/course, make contact with your Departments contact person for MFS early on. Often it is the Internatioal Coordiantor working with exchange students.  

​Note: it is recommended you apply for your scholarship early. The assessment takes up to four weeks and you need to attend the mandatory MFS preparatory course that Sida organise in Härnösand before departure. 

Sidas MFS-kursanmälningssystem (opens in a new window) 

Terms and Conditions

Link to Minor Field Studies Allmänna Villkor 2018 (opens in a new window) (only in Swedish). 

Stockholm University do not accept external applications. 

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