10 Open Study/Research Award
Accepted Degree Levels
Grant PeriodFall Start
Grant Length9 Months
Up to 10 awards are available for American students wishing to study at the pre- and graduate levels and/or conduct independent research in Sweden. The grant provides a maintenance allowance for 9 months and a travel allowance toward round-trip travel to and from Sweden.
Grant Length: 9 months.
Grantees are expected to schedule their academic programs to coincide with the Swedish academic year (September 2024 - May 2025) while exact arrival and departure times may vary.
Please be aware that if a degree-seeking student attends a 2-year master´s program, the Fulbright grant is for the first year only.
Mandatory in mid-September.
Well-qualified candidates at bachelor and master degree levels are welcome to apply, as well as doctoral candidates up to the dissertation level. Grantees may apply for degree programs in Sweden (1 or 2 years) or conduct research at a Swedish university or research center. While affiliations should be academic, they may also include museums, cultural organizations and think tanks. Grantees applying for degree programs should be aware that the Fulbright award provides a maintenance allowance for the first year only and that they will need to submit proof of admission to the university program by the spring before the beginning of their academic year.
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.
Information on studying in Sweden and Swedish institutions of higher education can be found at www.studyinsweden.se.
At-large candidates may be subject to an interview.
Accepted Degree Levels
Foreign Language Proficiency
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
Letter recommended but not required at deadline
Letter of acceptance required prior to grant start
Grantees at a Swedish institution of higher education are expected to conduct full-time study or research and must have a suitable academic adviser.
Degree seeking students: Students who plan to pursue a degree should not expect admission to the degree program or institution prior to applying for a Fulbright grant and therefore are not expected to include a letter of admission with their applications. Degree-seeking students must submit a copy of their admission letter to the Swedish Fulbright Commission; email@example.com, as soon as they receive it from the Swedish university (usually in March/April). Degree-seeking students who are not admitted to their proposed program cannot be considered for the grant.
Independent researchers: Grantees conducting independent research must be affiliated with a Swedish university or college, research institute, governmental agency, or other acceptable organization.
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 applying for the resident permit.
Please see the Fulbright website to access “Guidelines for Prospective Host Affiliations and Advisors” at https://fulbright.se/grants/american-grants/u-s-graduate-students/.
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.
* Some institutions may require US doctoral candidates intending to conduct research to show proof of financial support in addition to that provided by the Fulbright grant and should contact their host advisor for details.
Accommodation is not provided for grantees. Please note that 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 enrolled in a degree program 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. Co-living opportunities are also an attractive and affordable option in many main cities, such as www.hus24.org.