01 February - 07 March 2023
International post doc within artistic research
The purpose of the grant is to give newly qualified researchers with a doctoral degree from a Swedish university the opportunity to expand their networks and their competences by working abroad under secure employment conditions. The grant is also intended to promote the quality and renewal of Swedish research.
Support form: Career support
Subject area/Focus: Artistic Research
Applicant: Individual researcher who completed a doctoral degree no more than 2 years ago or who will have completed a doctoral degree before the start of the grant period, that is no later than 31 December 2023.
Participating researchers: No participating researchers may be invited to join the application
Grant period: 18–36 months
Grant amount: 1 150 000 SEK per year, plus a further 50 000 SEK per year in total may be applied for, for one or more accompanying family members
Start of grant period: January 2024
Application period: 1 February 2023 (14.00/2 pm) – 7 March 2023 (14.00/2 pm)
Publication of grant award: No later than the end of October 2023
- As from 2023, if you are awarded a career grant you must validate your doctoral degree. If you have a Swedish doctoral degree, you can validate it even before you send in your application. (If you have a doctoral degree on artistic basis, you cannot validate your degree via Ladok). Read more in Prisma’s user support External link, opens in new window. about how you can easily import your doctoral degree from Ladok.
- Read here for information on project collaboration with researchers in Russia and Belarus. Opens in new window.
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Digital Information Meeting
9 February 2023 at 13.00–14.30
There will be a presentation of the grant form and you as an applicant will have the opportunity to ask questions about the call and the application process.
Specific instructions for the call
In addition to reading the call text, you also need to consult our Guide for applicants Opens in new window..
The following requirements must be fulfilled in order for you to be eligible to apply for the grant. We carry out checks and reject applications that do not fulfil the requirements.
The grant covers research on an artistic basis in all artistic fields, such as:
- visual art (fine art), including audio-visual media
- dance and choreography
- film, photography and moving image
- arts and crafts
- curatorial practices
- multi-disciplinary artistic activities.
The applicant for an international postdoc grant must be an individual researcher together with their organisation (a Swedish higher education institution, HEI, or other Swedish organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisations for Swedish Research Council grants). Opens in new window.We must have approved your organisation as an administrating organisation for you to apply. The administrating organisation must sign your application in Prisma no later than 7 calendar days after the deadline for this call.
You must hold a doctoral degree from a Swedish HEI or the European University Institute (EUI) External link, opens in new window., awarded no more than 2 years before the deadline for this call. If you have not yet been awarded your doctoral degree, you can still apply, provided you will have completed a doctoral degree before the start of the grant period, that is before 31 December 2023.
You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of application, but you must be employed at the start of and throughout the grant period and any additional availability period. The administrating organisation will decide on the employment format, salary and employment terms and conditions. You are, however, expected to remain employed full-time throughout the grant period, which means that you are employed and pay tax in Sweden during your stay abroad.
The Swedish Research Council does not usually allow exceptions from the employment requirement due to circumstances that mean the administrating organisation cannot employ you for posting abroad, for example if you are already living in the host country at the time of employment. If national regulations in the host country requires employment with an employer in the country in question, however, we may allow an exception from the employment requirement.
Please note that before you send in your application to the Swedish Research Council, you need to check with your administrating organisations, for example the HR function, whether it is possible for you to be employed and stationed abroad.
Read more about the regulations governing public agency personnel working outside Sweden on the Swedish Agency for Government Employer’s website External link, opens in new window..
Note: If you are awarded a grant, you will have to validate your doctoral degree before the grant can be paid. If you have a Swedish doctoral degree, you can validate it easily before you send in your application. Read more in Prisma’s user support External link, opens in new window. about how to validate your doctoral degree via Ladok.
To apply for an international postdoc grant, your doctoral degree must have been awarded no more than 2 years ago, that is to say awarded no earlier than 7 March 2021. For applicants with Swedish doctoral degrees, the award date listed in Ladok applies. You will not be able to complete your application if your doctoral degree was awarded more than 2 years ago. An exception applies if you have not been in paid employment for (a) long period(s) after being awarded your doctoral degree, and and this has affected your ability to gain merit as a researcher (“deductible time”).
The Swedish Research Council’s approved grounds for deductible time are a minimum of one month’s consecutive absence due to one of the following reasons:
- parental leave
- position of trust in a trade union or student organisation
- mandatory service in the total defence force
- long-term illness (own reported illness or care of child/close family member)
- general medical internship (maximum 24 months full-time work) or further training/specialist medical internship for clinically active professionals (maximum 24 months full-time education/work).
Please note that we do not accept other employment, unemployment or holidays as deductible time.
If you wish to claim deductible time, you must specify the recognised grounds and time involved in your application (please see instructions under “Descriptive information” below).
We conduct sample checks. This means that we might request a certificate in evidence of your grounds for deductible time.
Number of applications and previous grants
General information about overlaps between applications and grants
Your application must not cover costs for purposes that are already funded by the Swedish Research Council or any other funding body. Overlaps with other grants or applications may impact on the grant amount you are awarded, or be a reason for us to reject your application.
What grants may I apply for simultaneously from the Swedish Research Council?
You may only submit one application for this grant under this call. Further information about the grants you may apply for during the same year is available at the page "Several grants simultaneously Opens in new window.". Please note that you cannot simultaneously apply for an international postdoc grant in natural and engineering sciences, medicine and health, or humanities and social sciences including educational sciences. On the other hand, you may apply for an international postdoc grant in development research, but if both your applications are approved you must choose one of the grants.
What requirements apply if I already have a grant from the Swedish Research Council?
There are certain restrictions if you are the project leader of an ongoing grant, that is to say where the grant period (payment period from the Swedish Research Council) overlaps the grant period of the grant the application relates to. Please note that the availability period, that is to say the time during which you have the right to use your grant, is normally longer than the grant period. You can find information about the requirements for your ongoing grant in the “Approval of terms and conditions” you received from the Swedish Research Council.
If you already have an ongoing grant, further information about the grants you may apply for is available at the page "Several grants simultaneously Opens in new window.".
Note: If you have previously been the project leader for grants from the Swedish Research Council that have ended, final financial reports for all of these grants must have been submitted within the permitted time frame in order for you to apply for a new grant. Please contact your administrating organisation if you are unsure whether all your final reports have been submitted.
What applies for applications to or grants from other funding bodies?
If your application to the Swedish Research Council relates to the same project concept as a grant you have already been awarded by, or are applying for to another funding body, please describe this.
You may not invite any participating researchers in this application. Any collaboration partners and their roles shall be described in the research plan (please see instructions under “Research plan” below).
Costs and grant amounts
The grant amount is a standard amount of 1 150 000 SEK per year. The grant may be used to cover your salary, housing during your stay abroad, and additional costs coverage according to URA’s rules or corresponding costs for you and your accompanying family members. Maximum 150 000 SEK of the grant may be used for costs related to your research (such as equipment, consumables and publication costs). The grant amount includes the covering of indirect costs (standardised at 30 per cent) and also includes social security contributions. Grants must not be used for scholarships.
A further total of 50 000 SEK may be applied for, for accompanying family members (spouse/partner and under-age children). The standard amount is the same, irrespective of the number of accompanying family members and may be used as additional costs coverage according to URA’s rules for accompanying family members or corresponding costs.
The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation, as the employer responsible, will cover any costs in excess of the standard amount.
The grant period is 18–36 months, starting 1 January 2024. The first payment will be made during January 2024 at the earliest.
A condition of this grant is that you spend at least two thirds of the grant period abroad. You may, however, divide this time up into several shorter periods.
You must confirm that you fulfil the mobility condition by attaching an invitation letter from the foreign host university or equivalent research institution, and also a description and justification of your choice. Both documents must cover the period stated in the application.
Please refer to the application form in Prisma in parallel with reading the instructions below, which describe the call-specific content of the application. More information on what to do in practical terms is available in our Guide for applicants. Opens in new window.
We prefer that you complete your application in English, but you may also use Swedish.
Sections of the application
The application form includes the following tabs:
- Descriptive information
- Research description
- Budget and research resources
- Administrating organisation
- Participants (only administrators in this call)
The information we request under each tab is described below.
State the country and the host HEI and department where you will be spending your stay abroad. State also the number of months you intend to spend at the host department. You may state more than one host country/host department. If so, begin with the country/department where you will spend the longest time, and so on.
State the names of your supervisor/representative at the administrating organisation and the foreign host department. If your project is located at several host departments, please state the names in the same order you stated the host departments.
In the abstract, please describe in brief the following:
- What is to be done: purpose and aims
- How the research will be carried out: project organisation, time plan and scientific methods
- What is important about the planned research
The abstract shall provide a summary picture of the purpose and implementation of the research. Please use wording to ensure that people with another subject specialisation can understand the information.
The description may cover a maximum of 1 500 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately a third of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Popular science description
Describe the planned research in such a way that a person who is not a researcher can understand it. Do this by answering the following questions:
- What is the research about?
- Why is it important to research this?
- In what way may the new knowledge be important?
The popular science description is important when we inform about the research funded by the Swedish Research Council.
The text must be in Swedish and may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one half of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Please state any longer interruptions in your active research time after your doctoral degree caused by any of the grounds recognised by the Swedish Research Council. Please state the interruption calculated as a full-time equivalent and rounded up into full calendar months. Please see the recognised grounds for deductible time under the heading “Career age” above.
Other applications or grants
Describe the relationship between the different projects if
- you are applying for or intend to apply for other grants from the Swedish Research Council
- you are receiving an ongoing grant from the Swedish Research Council with a grant period that wholly or partly overlaps with the grant you are now applying for
- there are applications or grants relating to the same project concept/purpose from the Swedish Research Council or other funding bodies (from you or another researcher).
In all cases, you should also justify why you are submitting one or several further applications. If there are no other applications or grants, please state so.
The description may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one half of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Legal and formal requirements
State whether the research covers the handling of personal data, or experiments on animals and/or studies involving humans.
If the research covers any of the above, you must also describe/state the approvals and permits your research project requires, and how you plan to obtain these. Describe any other permits that affect your application, such as whether parts of the research will be done in a country other than Sweden. If no approvals or permits are needed, please state so.
The description may cover a maximum of 2 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one half of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
More information is available on the page “Conducting ethical research” Opens in new window.
Reflect on the ethical issues that may arise for your project, and describe these. You must also describe how you plan to address ethical dilemmas that may arise. Please justify why the research should be carried out against the background of the ethical issues you have identified. Examples of issues to reflect on:
- How do your research questions and expected results measure up in relation to the ethical issues?
- What (direct) risks (physical, mental, or integrity) will research persons or animals be exposed to?
- What long-term risks may arise from the research? Is there any risk that the research may be used in a way that is detrimental to animals, nature/the environment, or society (whole or parts of the same) in other respects?
- Is the research expected to contribute to other values over and above the knowledge gain? If so, to whom?
- How do you weigh up the risks (in particular short-term risks) against the value (which is often more long-term) of the research?
If no ethical issues are raised, please justify this. The description may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
Sex and gender perspectives
Please state whether sex and gender perspectives are applicable in your planned research, and justify your decision. Please note that we are not asking for information about the composition of the research team (men/women). Read more about sex and gender perspectives in research content. Opens in new window.
The following applies:
- If you answer “Yes”: Please justify your answer, and also describe how you take account of sex and gender perspectives in the research plan. If you have stated that sex and gender perspectives are applicable, but still choose not to include them in your research plan, you will need to justify this here.
- If you answer “No”: Please justify your answer.
The justification may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.
The research plan shall be forward-looking and consist of a brief but complete description of the research task. It may 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 plan must include the following headings and information, listed in the following order:
- Purpose and aims: State the overall purpose and specific aims of the research project.
- State-of-the-art: Summarise briefly the current research frontier within the field or area covered by the project. State key references.
- Significance and novelty: Describe briefly how the project relates to previous research within the area, and the impact the project may have in the short and long term. Describe also how the project moves forward or innovates the current research frontier.
- Preliminary and previous results: Describe briefly your own previous research and pilot studies within the research area that make it probable that the project will be feasible. If no preliminary results exist, please state this.
- Project description: Describe the project design under the following headings:
- Theory and method: Describe the underlying theory and the methods to be applied in order to reach the project goal.
- Time plan and implementation: Describe summarily the time plan for the project during the grant period, and how the project will be implemented. Describe also any crucial risks or obstacles that may impact on the implementation, and your plan for managing these.
- Project organisation: Clarify the contributions of yourself and any other researchers and/or key persons to the implementation of the project, including a description of competences and roles in the project.
- Independent line of research: If you are working or will be working in a larger group, please clarify how your project relates to the other projects in the group. If you are (continuing) working in the same team as your doctoral or postdoc supervisor, or if you are continuing a project that wholly or partly started during your doctoral or postdoc studies, you must also describe the relationship between your project and the research of your former supervisor.
Provide the following information as well. If a heading is not relevant to your application, please state this under the heading.
- Equipment: Describe the basic equipment you and your team have at your disposal for the project.
- Need for research infrastructure: Specify the project’s need for international and national research infrastructure. If you choose to use other infrastructure than the ones supported by the Swedish Research Council, Opens in new window. and that are thereby open to all, you must justify this (also applies to local research infrastructure).
Describe how your project is relevant for the focus area Artistic research (see definition in the introduction to the call text) and how the project promotes the development of this field.
The description may cover a maximum of 4 000 characters including blank spaces. This is approximately one A4 page in Arial, font size 11.
Budget and research resources
The grant is a standard amount and you therefore do not need to enter any budget applied for in the application form.
Please state your activity level (per cent of a full-time equivalent) in the project. We assume that your activity level as project leader corresponds to a full-time equivalent during the grant period.
Grant for accompanying family
Please state if you are applying for the standard grant for accompanying family members. See the section on ”Costs and grant amounts” above for further information.
Planned use of the grant
Describe very briefly how you intend to allocate the grant (in percentages) to salary costs (including additional costs for you and any accompanying family), research expenses and indirect costs. Remember to speak to your administrating organisation in good time to find out the percentage that applies in your case for your indirect costs, as this varies between different HEIs.
The description may cover a maximum of 500 characters including blank spaces.
Publications and artistic outputs
Please attach your publication list drawn up according to the headings and information below. The list may cover a maximum of 5 page-numbered A4 pages in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing and 2.5 cm margins.
Sort the publications and artistic outputs under each heading in reverse chronological order, so that the latest published work is at the top of the list. Please only include articles or equivalent that are published or accepted for publication at the time of applying. The author name order shall be identical to that of the published work, and your name shall be highlighted in bold. The application cannot be supplemented with publications and artistic outputs after the deadline for the call.
- Selection of publications and artistic outputs: List the 5 publications or artistic outputs of the greatest importance for your application. Describe how you contributed to each publication or output, and its relevance to your research project (maximum 4 lines per publication). Highlight your name in bold in the author list. State “Part of PhD thesis” in bold in brackets for the publications or outputs included in your doctoral thesis.
- All publications and artistic outputs: Sort the publications or outputs, with your name highlighted in bold in the author list, under each heading (publication type) in the following order. State “Part of PhD thesis” in bold in brackets for the publications or outputs included in your doctoral thesis.
- Exhibitions, concerts, performances, etc.
- Peer-reviewed original articles
- Peer-reviewed conference contributions, the results of which are not included in other publications
- Peer-reviewed edited volumes
- Research review articles
- Peer-reviewed books and book chapters
- Other publications including popular science books/presentations
Invitation from the administrating organisation
The invitation from the Swedish HEI where you will be employed shall show that you are welcome to conduct your planned research there. By signing the application in Prisma, the administrating organisation confirms this undertaking.
The invitation shall be addressed to you as applicant, cover the period shown in this call and include the following two parts:
- how the applicant’s proposed research relates to the research conducted at the department or research team involved
- the applicant’s scientific independence in relation to the department or research team involved
- how the results from the research programme will contribute to the department’s future activities.
Commitment of the administrating organisation
- the planned start and end dates of your employment at the Swedish HEI, the applicant’s employment form, and any additional funding or support required to conduct the planned research
- how the HEI/department will fulfil the project’s needs for premises, equipment and other infrastructure
- the department’s plan for how the applicant can continue to develop their scientific career and competence during and after the grant period.
The document may cover no more than 2 A4 pages, and shall be in English. Download the template for the invitation from the administrating organisation. Word, 41.4 kB, opens in new window.
Invitation from host department abroad
The appendix shall include a formal invitation from the host department abroad showing that you are welcome to carry out your planned research there. The invitation shall be addressed to you as the applicant from the head of department or equivalent of the host department abroad where the research will be carried out. The name and contact details of the person signing the document shall be included. The invitation shall be valid for the period stated in this call and shall include a description of
- the reason for inviting and hosting the applicant
- how the applicant’s proposed research fits into the research and expertise of the department or research team involved
- the applicant’s proposed role in the research team and/or in the department.
In addition, the invitation shall also describe the host department’s undertakings in the form of a description of:
- the support required to conduct the proposed research and how this will be provided for the applicant
- how the department will fulfil the applicant’s need for premises, equipment and other infrastructure
- how the research environment will support the development of the applicant’s scientific career, networks and competence.
The invitation shall include information on the host department, including the period/s of the stay/s, and contact person at the host department abroad (first name, last name, telephone number and email address). Please also state the faculty of the host department and the postal address.
The document may cover no more than 2 A4 pages per invitation. In the event you will be staying at more than one host department, the invitations shall be merged into one document. Download the template for the invitation from the host department abroad. Word, 40.7 kB, opens in new window.
Description and justification of the host department chosen
The description may cover no more than 1 A4 page and shall include the following:
- A justification of your choice of host department abroad and description of your opportunities to develop your skills as a researcher.
- A justification of your choice of administrating organisation and a description of your opportunities to develop your independence as a researcher.
- A description of how the research at the host department abroad relates to the research at the Swedish department.
Please state the administrating organisation and project site.
Here you as applicant may invite participating administrators to your application.
Under this tab, please upload your relevant CV information from your personal account in Prisma. The following information, where available, must always be included in your CV, taking into account the stated limitation in numbers:
- Education: First, second and third cycle higher education and specialist degrees. Please note that if you will be completing your doctoral degree after the call has closed, you must provide information about the planned examination during the third cycle higher education you upload to the application.
- Work: Current employment (including whether permanent or not) and longer relevant employment held, postdoctoral visits (also included as employment if relevant), research exchanges relevant to the research described and any longer interruptions in the research that have impacted on your opportunity to gain merit as a researcher.
- Merits and awards: Docentship, supervisees (doctoral students and students; state the number of persons in each category and list the names of the up to 10 most relevant to you), up to 10 of your most relevant grants awarded in competition, up to 10 of your most relevant prizes and awards, and up to 20 other merits relevant to the application.
- Intellectual property rights: For example, patents and open access computer programs developed by you; state up to 10 of your most relevant.
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.
Your application for international postdoc grant within artistic research is evaluated by review panel consisting of Swedish and international members who are active in artistic research.
At least three members review and grade your application individually. If extra competence is needed, your application might also be evaluated by an additional, external, reviewer. The entire review panel (not including any external reviewers) meets at two review panel meetings, one in the spring and one in the autumn, to discuss and prioritise the applications, and to make a proposal for a decision to the Committee for Artistic Research.
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In order to enable more in-depth discussions of applications of higher quality that have a reasonable chance of being funded, the applications that received the lowest grades from the panel members at the spring meeting are not discussed in detail at the review panel meeting in the autumn. Following the grant decision, all applications receive a final statement that includes the review panel’s grading of the application. The applications that have been discussed in more detail at the autumn panel meeting receive an individual final statement which, in addition to the grades, also contains a summary of the review panel’s discussion and joint assessment of the quality of the application.
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Evaluation criteria and guiding questions
The evaluation of the scientific quality of your application is made based on four basic criteria (Quality of the project as artistic research, Novelty and originality, Merits of the applicant, Feasibility). The purpose of using several components is to achieve a multi-faceted evaluation. The criteria are assessed on a seven-grade scale, except for feasibility, which is assessed on a three-grade scale.
In addition to the basic criteria, your application is also evaluated using two additional criteria (Relevance, and Internationalisation and research environment). Relevance is assessed on a three-grade scale, and Internationalisation and research environment 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. The guiding questions are intended to serve as a help in interpreting the different assessment criteria. When assessing a project, some questions may address the project in question more or less well.
The projects will be assessed as artistic research. Based on the Vienna Declaration on Artistic Research, this is defined as research through means of high level artistic practice and reflection; an epistemic inquiry, directed towards increasing knowledge, insight, understanding and skills. Artistic research covers all artistic practices, and the result of the research consequently relate to a broad artistic field, either intradisciplinary, or inter- or transdisciplinary. It is thus not necessary for each individual project to contribute to the entire field of artistic research, instead it is sufficient to contribute to your own field.
Quality of the project as artistic research (1–7)
- To what extent will the project be able to make an important contribution to artistic research and its future development?
- Is the purpose, method and presentation of the research clearly stated?
- To what extent are the proposed research methodology and artistic working methods suitable for the implementation of the project?
- How well are research problems, approach, methodology and artistic expression integrated?
- To what extent can the project be expected to achieve artistic qualities?
- How well is a gender perspective integrated if it is justified? Does the application overlook a gender perspective that could have been relevant?
- How well are the project's ethical aspects highlighted and to what extent are possible problems discussed and handled?
Novelty and originality (1–7)
- To what degree does the project ask new questions and to what degree is it delineated through original and innovative artistic questions?
- To what extent are previously overlooked problems and/or practices being investigated?
- In what way are new approaches and methods tested to carry out the research project?
- To what degree are perspectives applied that contribute to further developing the research field and the artistic field?
- Will the project present achieved results in a way that allows the innovative contribution to be well expressed?
Merits of the applicant (1–7)
- To what extent does the project manager have the artistic research competence and experience necessary to carry out the research project?
- To what extent has the previous work of the project manager had a national or international impact in the field to which the research project applies?
- To what extent are the project's layout and timetable realistic and appropriate in relation to what is to be carried out?
- Is there access to materials, equipment and other resources required to carry out the project?
- Is the work allocation and collaboration formats described in a satisfactory way?
- To what extent does the applicant consider relevant legal and formal requirements (such as ethical permits and guidelines) for the proposed research, including plans for how these should be handled?
Internationalisation and research environment (1–7)
- To what extent does the foreign host department seem relevant for the artistic research the application relates to?
- To what extent does the host department abroad add something that the applicant’s home department cannot offer?
- How suitable is the foreign research environment and artistic environment for the applicant’s opportunities to develop new competences, network, and independence as an artistic researcher?
- To what extent does the stay abroad and the project contribute to promoting Swedish artistic research?
- How suitable is the Swedish artistic research environment (or artistic environment and research environment) for the applicant’s opportunities to develop their career as an artistic researcher?
- To what extent is the proposed research project relevant to the artistic field and to the development of the artistic research field?
Overall grade (1–7)
The above subsidiary criteria are weighed together into an overall grade, which reflects the review panel’s joint evaluation of the application’s quality