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Minor Field Studies

Minor Field Studies (MFS) is a Sida-funded scholarship programme administrated by the Swedish Council for Higher Education

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. One aim of the programme is to prepare students for work in global contexts and organisations.

An MFS student receives a stipend of 27,000 SEK to cover some of the costs of the overseas stay.

The scholarship programme prepare students to work within development. The the field research shall relate to one of the 17 Global Goals and the Agenda 2030.   

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

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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.

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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Further information in English 

Information in English about the MFS-scholarship programme is found on the Swedish Council for Higher Education website (opens in a new window). Instructions in English 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)

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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.

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Contact person in field

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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Research permit

Some countries require research permit in order to do an MFS. In this case, the contact person will probably be able to help.

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MFS-travel reports

Find inspiration in other students MFS-experiences, read their travel reports here (mainly in Swedish). 

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Contact

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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