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Minor Field Studies

Through Sida’s Minor Field Studies (MFS) scholarship you can spend 8–10 weeks in a developing country conducting a minor field study for your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree project. The purpose of MFS is to broaden and deepen the international expertise available at Swedish higher education institutions. MFS is administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Who can apply for a MFS scholarship?

  • A Swedish citizen or Swedish permanent resident. In the latter case, the field study may not be conducted in the former home country. Students from other Nordic countries who are not Swedish citizens must have been living in Sweden on a permanent basis for at least one year.
  • A student who has completed at least 150 credits at the time of departure, and who is to collect information for their degree project. PhD students may not apply.
  • A student who is proficient in English. If the language of the host country is French, Spanish or Portuguese, you must have acquired language qualifications equivalent to C level from Swedish upper secondary school.
  • A student who has not previously received a scholarship for field work concerning development. Other experiences, such as studies or time spent in a developing country do not prevent you from applying. An active interest in international affairs is considered a merit. MFS can only be granted once.

Please note that course material and other information is only available in Swedish, so students will need to have a good understanding of the Swedish language.

What does the scholarship cover?

The scholarship is a financial contribution that partly covers the expenses incurred during a field study. It usually needs to be complemented with funding from e.g. CSN. The scholarship amounts to SEK 27 000.

Application autumn 2017

The application period is between 1 September and 25 September for students who want to do their MFS during autumn 2017 (earliest November 2017).

The application process is centralised within the University and to receive more information about application periods and eligible countries, please contact the Minor Field Studies Officer at External Relations at MFS [at]


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