15 January - 18 February 2020
Olof Palme visiting professorship
The purpose of the Swedish Research Council’s grant for visiting professors is to give higher education institutions the opportunity to develop a subject area by recruiting an internationally prominent professor during a limited period.
Support form: Research environment and collaboration support
Subject area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Focus: The researcher nominated for the visiting professorship shall be an internationally prominent researcher focusing on areas of importance for the understanding of peace and conflicts in a broad context.
Applicant: Organisation (Swedish higher education institutions, HEI, with departments within social sciences, humanities, theology or law).
A representative of the host department shall be invited to be the project leader for the application.
Grant period: 6-12 months
Grant amount: Maximum 850 000 SEK for a visit of up to 6 months and maximum 1 700 000 SEK for a visit of 7–12 months.
Start of grant period: No earlier than January 2022
Application period: 15 January 2020 (14.00/2 p.m.) – 18 February 2020 (14.00/2 p.m.)
Publication of grant award: No later than November 2020
Specific instructions for the call
The following requirements must be fulfilled in order for the organisation to be eligible to apply for the grant. We carry out checks, and reject applications that do not fulfil the requirements.
Focus and nominated candidate
A researcher nominated for the Olof Palme professorship shall be an internationally prominent researcher focusing on areas of importance for the understanding of peace and conflicts in a broad context. This may include research into international policy, peace and conflict research and the comparison of social institutions. It may also relate to research into the fundamental causes of conflicts, and into societal development that in various respects impacts on the conditions for peace and human security. The focus of the professorship is thus very broad, and may cover everything from overarching international institutions and societally structural factors, to individual psychological explanation factors.
The researcher proposed for the visiting professorship must not already be active in Sweden. The researcher must also be aware of the nomination and what acceptance of the professorship entails. If the nominated candidate declines to accept the professorship, the HEI cannot propose a replacement.
The visiting professor is expected to participate in the department’s research, and also to visit other departments across Sweden within their research area.
The applicant for the grant must be a Swedish higher education institution (HEI) that has been approved as an administrating organisation for grants from the Swedish Research Council.
The application with a nominated candidate for the visiting professorship shall include a named researcher (project leader), who represents the department wishing to act as host for the visiting professorship. The project leader shall be employed by the administrating organisation at the start of and throughout the grant period and any further additional availability period, unless the Swedish Research Council approves an exception.
When the application is registered and signed in Prisma (see below), the HEI and the nominated department undertake to be responsible for the local hosting and all practical arrangements associated with the visiting professor’s visit to Sweden, if the visiting professorship is awarded.
Number of applications and previous grants
There is no limit to the number of applications a single HEI may submit, but a single candidate may only be nominated in one application.
No participating researchers may be included in this application.
Costs and grant amounts
For a visiting professor who will visit Sweden for up to 6 months, a grant of maximum 850 000 SEK including indirect costs may be applied for. For a visit lasting between 7 and 12 months, a grant amounting to maximum 1 700 000 SEK including indirect costs may be applied for.
Funding may be applied for to fund salary costs including social security contributions and insurance, rent of housing and travel between Sweden and the home country. The funding may also include travel costs for accompanying family members. The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation will cover any costs in excess of the amount received.
The visit to Sweden shall last no less than 6 months, and no longer than 1 year. The visit may be divided up into more than one period. If so, this shall be clearly stated and also justified in the application. The visit may however not be divided up in such a way that it cannot be completed within the availability period of the grant.
The professorship shall start during 2022. The entire grant amount will be paid during 2022, irrespective of when during the year the start occurs. The first payment will be made during January 2022 at the earliest.
Please refer to the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below, which describe the call-specific contents of the application. More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our Guide for applicants.
Foreign experts are involved in the scientific evaluation of the applications. To ensure fair and equitable assessment and efficient processing, please therefore complete your application in English.
Sections of the application
The application form includes the following tabs:
- Descriptive information
- Research description
- Nominated visiting professor
- Budget and research resources
- Administrating organisation
- Participants (only administrators in this call)
The information we request under each tab is described below.
Under this tab, please state the name of the nominated researcher, their current HEI and country as project title (such as “Anna Smith, University of xx, USA”), and project period (the length of the visiting professorship in number of months).
The abstract shall include a brief description of the following:
- name, university and country of the nominated researcher
- time (dates) for the visit
- brief justification for the visit
- planned programme
The description may cover a maximum of 1 500 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately 1/3 of 1 A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Describe the ethical issues raised by the research. Also describe the plan on how to address ethical dilemmas that may arise. Please justify why the research should be carried out against the background of the ethical issues identified. How do the questions and expected results measure up in relation to the ethical issues? Please also state whether the research involves any handling of personal data, or experiments on animals or human subjects. If no ethical issues are raised, please justify this.
The justification may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately 1 A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
The research programme shall consist of brief but complete information about the nomination. It shall cover a maximum of 8 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins, including references and any images.
The research programme must include the following headings and information, listed in the following order:
- The researcher and their research: Present the nominated researcher and their research.
- Justification: Justify the visiting researcher’s visit.
- Contribution to research: Describe how the visiting researcher may contribute to Swedish research within the area in question.
- Plan for department participation: Specify the planning of the visiting researcher’s participation at the host department and other HEIs/departments in Sweden.
Nominated visiting professor
Please state the following:
- name, title, current position and workplace for the nominated person
- the competency the visiting researcher is expected to bring to the host department
- the length of the visit, and whether it is divided up and, if so, how
- the department(s) or corresponding where the visiting professor will be active, and the name of the representative (head of department or corresponding) of the department(s).
The nominated person’s CV and publication list
Please attach a brief CV with full address details (including email address) and current position of the nominated researcher. Please also attach a publication list, divided up into Peer-reviewed articles, Other articles and Books.
Please also note that no CV data or publications shall be entered elsewhere in the application.
Budget and research resources
Please state the salary applied for the visiting professor (select the role “Participating researcher” in the table), both as a percentage of a full-time salary and as actual annual amount (including social security contributions and insurance). Please state the amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.
Describe the nominated visiting professor’s costs of rent of housing or travel between Sweden and the home country on separate lines. Please state the amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.
Total cost of the visiting professorship
Prisma will automatically add up the budget items listed in a table. The total amount applied for shall also include indirect costs. These shall be added to the table by the applicant (project leader). Here the applicant (project leader) can also add any additional costs that the activities entail (for which funding is not sought under this call).
Justification of the budget applied for
Justify briefly each cost applied for in the budget stated. The description may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately 1 A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Please state the site of the visiting professorship.
Here the person invited to be the project leader for the application may invite participating administrators. Please note that participating researchers may not be invited in this application.
Scientific quality is the fundamental criterion when the Swedish Research Council allocates grants to research. Your application is evaluated in competition with the other applications on the basis of the following evaluation criteria.
The evaluation of the applications consider the proposed visiting professors scientific merits and position internationally together with the relevance for the call regarding how well the visiting professor can contribute to the development of both the host institutions`s activities and Swedish research in general in the relevant field.
Your application is evaluated by a review panel where the members are Swedish researchers.
At least three members review and grade your application individually. The entire review panel meets at a review panel meeting to discuss and prioritise the applications, and finally to make a proposal for a decision to the scientific Council for humanities and social sciences.
The applicant receive an individual final statement that reflects the review panel´s discussion of the scientific quality and relevance of the application.
Evaluation criteria and guiding questions
The evaluation of the visiting professor scientific quality and position internationally is assessed on a seven-grade scale.
For each criterion, there are guiding questions to support the panel members´evaluation of your application. These can also function as guidance for you when you write your application.
Scientific merit and position internationally of the visiting professor (1-7)
- How strong are the nominee´s scientific merits?
- How strong is the nominee`s position internationally?
Relevance for the call: The motivation for the stay, especially how well the visiting professor can contribute to the development of the host institution´s activities and Swedish research in general in the relevant field (1-7)
- To what extent is the project relevant to the focus area and how does the project promote the development of peace efforts in a broad sense?
- How well motivated is the nominee`s stay?
- Is there a plan for the nominee`s participation at the host institution and other institutions in the country? How can the nominees contribute to the development of the host institution`s activities?
- How can the nominees contribute to the development of Swedish research in general in the relevant field?