The purpose of this grant is to promote international mobility for researchers who have recently been awarded a doctorate from a Swedish university. The young researcher should be given the opportunity to conduct research at a foreign university or research institute.
Individual researchers with s doctorate from a Swedish university or from the European University Institute (EUI) may apply for International Postdoc.
In order to apply for an International Postdoc, your degree must not be more than two years old. Your PhD must have been awarded no earlier than July 1, 2010, and no later than the closing date for this call. The date your PhD was awarded means the time when all requirements for the PhD were satisfied (e.g. compulsory courses, oral public defence, and approved doctoral thesis). Even if you were awarded your doctoral degree earlier, you may nevertheless apply if there are approved circumstances.
If you request a time deduction you must clearly specify the reasons, dates, and amount of time to be deducted in your cv.
The grant period is 18-36 months. At least two-thirds of the time must be spent abroad, and no more than one-third of the time in Sweden. The research period abroad can be divided up into shorter periods. The stay must begin during the first half of 2013.
The amount of the grant is SEK 1,050,000 per year, of which SEK 900,000 is salary costs, and SEK 150,000 is meant to cover research costs.
The grant will be administered by a Swedish University or Swedish higher education institution, or by another public sector organisation that fulfils the requirements of the Swedish Research Council for an administrative entity.
The Swedish Research Council requires that financial final accounts be submitted for all grants within the stipulated time. We will verify that all financial accounts are submitted by the applicant for any grants completed. If financial final accounts are missing, the application in question will be rejected. If you are uncertain as to whether final accounts have been submitted, contact the administrative entity in charge of this.
The recipient of the grant must be employed by a Swedish university or higher education institution. The institution determines the type of employment. You do not need to be employed at the time of your application. By signing Appendix S, the administrative entity´s representative confirms its commitment.
Apply electronically via the Swedish Research Council's application system (VR-Direct) by completing an application form, and including the appendices required. Indicate your name, personal identity number and the appendix designation on each page of the appendices. A signed paper copy of Appendix S must be sent to the Swedish Research Council.
You are responsible for ensuring that the application is complete, which means that the application form and appendices have been filled out correctly. The Swedish Research Council will not process incomplete applications. However, attach only material that we expressly request. Other material, such as letters of recommendation or off-prints will not be evaluated. Failure to comply with the instructions will be taken into account in the evaluation.
We do not allow additional information after the closing date for applications, except for information we expressly request.
Write the appendices in A4 format, using a 25 mm margin and a Times New Roman 12 font.
When we print out the application, we use a resolution of 200-300 dpi, and possibly grey scale. You should therefore adapt your images to this standard. Remember that pdf files must not be password-protected.
The application, including appendixes, should be written in English. The Swedish Research Council uses international reviewers. Applications must contain the following:
The summary of the research programme should be written in English and contain a brief description of:
The text should provide a brief orientation regarding the purpose and implementation of the research. Write in a style that enables people from other research backgrounds, as well, to easily comprehend the information.
Fill in the summary on the form in the application system.
Describe the project in a popular science style so that even those who are not familiar with the topic can understand.
The popular science description is an important tool for the Swedish Research Council to inform others about the research we finance. If we award funding for your application we have the right to use the description for informational purposes.
You should write the popular science description on the form in the application system. You are required to write the popular science description, as well as your address, in Swedish.
Appendix A must present a brief but complete description of the research objective (maximum of eight A4 pages, including references). Please note that any pages beyond the number allowed will not be considered in the evaluation. The research programme, as well as other exhibits, should be written in English.
The research programme must include the following information, under separate headings:
Present the following under a special heading, if relevant to the application:
You must submit a CV (maximum of two A4 pages). List your publications separately in Appendix C. Specify under the following numbered headings, in this order:
Then, provide other information of importance to the application. Items that do not apply to you should be left blank.
|Reason||Start of period DD-MMM-YYYY||End of period DD-MMM-YYYY||Percentage of full-time||Total|
|Parental leave||01-03-2007||31-07-2007||100 %||5 months|
|Residency||01-02-2008||31-03-2009||100 %||14 months|
|Parental leave||01-09-2009||30-11-2009||50 %||1 month, 15 days|
Publication list (Appendix C) List your publications. Mark the five publications most important to this project with an asterisk (*). Categorise the publications under the numbered headings, in the following order:
Note! Include only articles (or equivalent) that have been published or accepted for publication.
Appendix Z should contain information about the host institution in Sweden (the administrative entity), as well as the host institution abroad.
The invitation must also contain:
The invitation must also contain:
Appendix S is generated automatically when you register your application. Print out Appendix S and sign it. It should also be signed by the Head of Department or similar official of the institution where the research will be carried on in Sweden.
The signatures confirm that:
You are required to have already discussed the above matters with the representative of the administrative entity before that representative approves and signs the application. The administrative entity is responsible for ensuring that the project satisfies any conditions and requirements contained in Swedish law.
Send Appendix S by regular mail to the Swedish Research Council.
Remember! Appendix S, complete with signatures, must be received by the Swedish Research Council not later than three working days after the closing date for applications.
You will find the address and closing date for applications in the section, "When and how should the application be submitted".
Active researchers conduct the scientific evaluation of applications. Using the assessment criteria of the Swedish Research Council, these researchers evaluate your application in competition with other applications.
The application will be evaluated based on:
You can suggest on your application form (by order of priority) the evaluation (review) panel or panels you wish to review your application. The following panels are available:
The final placement of the application is done by the Swedish Research Council.
In late November, the Swedish Research Council will publish its grant funding decisions on the website. Notice of decisions and comments will be sent to all applicants. Disbursement of awarded funds will begin in January 2013 at the earliest.
Submit your application electronically via the application system no later than midnight (24.00) on Tuesday, 28th of August 2012. The Swedish Research Council is open until 4 p.m. (16.00) on the closing date for applications.
You are responsible for the completeness of your application.
Send Appendix S (paper form), complete with your signatures, to the address below. Appendix S must be received by the Swedish Research Council by 31 August three working days after the closing date for this call.
Swedish Research CouncilBox 1035
101 38 Stockholm
Questions about the content of the application can be directed by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone to:
Annika Johansén, +46 (0)8-546 44 251
Janet Eltebo, +46 (0)8-546 44 290
Nina Glimster, +46 (0)8 546 44 215