This grant resembles the existing postdoctoral scholarship, as both of these relate to supporting the international mobility of researchers. One of the differences is that the new grant is not a scholarship, but is rather based on the researcher being employed by a Swedish Higher Education Institution during the entire period of the grant, which can be between 18 and 36 months, including the time when the researcher is abroad. This means that the researchers will enjoy full social coverage in the form of benefits such as parents´ allowance, sick allowance and pension, during the entire period of the grant.
“We understand that we have an important role to fill in facilitating international mobility for new PhDs in research. We act as a complement to the universities. It is extremely valuable to have the opportunity to do research at a university in another country. Although this means reducing our emphasis on domestic mobility, we have played only a marginal role in that area, in any case. Only a few postdoctoral positions at Swedish universities have been granted through the Swedish Research Council. We hope that the terms and conditions of our new form of grant will be attractive to researchers with families", explains Mille Millnert, Director-General of the Swedish Research Council.
The first call is planned for the second week in January. Application deadline is February 23.
The second call will open in the beginning of July. Application deadline is August 30.