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8 Open Study/Research Awards

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
10 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Grant Period

10 Months

Grantees are expected to schedule their academic programs to coincide with the Swedish academic year (from September - May). No exceptions will be made to adjust the length of the grant period, although arrival and departure times may vary.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Candidate Profile

Well-qualified candidates at all degree levels are welcome to apply, doctoral candidates up to the dissertation level. Fulbright grantees undertake one year of instruction or conduct research at a Swedish university or research center. Information on studying in Sweden and Swedish institutions of higher education can be found at www.studyinsweden.se

Consideration will be given to clearly-defined projects requiring a student’s presence in Sweden. Grantees are expected to attend the welcome orientation held in September and to participate in the activities organized during the year by the Commission. They should also be prepared to serve as active representatives of the US and the Fulbright program during their time in Sweden.

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Swedish language proficiency is not required. Some study of Swedish prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: Yes


It is the applicant’s responsibility to secure affiliation with a Swedish university or research center. While it is not necessary to have finalized affiliation arrangements at the time of application, grantees must submit evidence of affiliation before arrival in Sweden.

Grantees at a Swedish institution of higher education are expected to conduct full-time study or research and must have a suitable academic adviser.

Grantees conducting independent research must be affiliated with a Swedish university or college, research institute, governmental agency, or other acceptable organization. Please see the Fulbright website to access “Guidelines for Prospective Host Affiliations and Advisors” at www.fulbright.se.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Swedish universities and institutes of higher education charge tuition for foreign students from outside the European Union. While research activities carried out in Sweden by U.S. students will usually remain free of charge*, grantees coming to Sweden to conduct coursework or enroll in a degree program will most likely be required to pay tuition. Tuition waivers and scholarships may be available at the discretion of the individual universities. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the university directly regarding all tuition and other financial matters. Tuition and any research costs are not covered by the Fulbright grant. Further information concerning funding for study in Sweden can be found at: www.universityadmissions.se.

* Applicants intending to conduct research at the Karolinska Institute will be required to show proof of financial support in addition to that provided by the Fulbright grant and should contact their host advisor for details.


U.S. citizens currently residing in Sweden are ineligible for consideration.

Additional Information

Finding accommodation as a student or researcher at a Swedish university is difficult. It can prove to be one of the greatest challenges facing incoming grantees. Fulbright grantees are encouraged as early as possible to check the relevant websites for housing alternatives, to make inquiries to their Swedish academic advisors as well as contact current Fulbright grantees for any tips they may have. Many university housing offices allow students to register in their queue systems prior to being formally admitted into the university and some university housing offices have waiting lists of up to one year. Applicants should not wait until formal notification of the grant to place their names on the waiting list. Students planning to live and conduct coursework in Stockholm should register at: www.sssb.se. Other websites that advertise short-term housing off campus are: www.bostaddirekt.com, en.qasa.se, and the online news source in English at www.thelocal.se.

Further questions regarding this program should be addressed to Maria Carle, Program Officer at the Commission at fulbright@fulbright.se.


Dependent support is available

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website


Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Maria Carle