Open call

17 January - 20 February 2024

Kerstin Hesselgren 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.

Subject area: Humanities and Social Sciences

Support form: Research environment and collaboration support

Grant form: Visiting researcher grant

Focus: The researcher nominated for the visiting professorship shall be an internationally prominent researcher within the areas of social sciences or humanities. The person nominated shall be a woman.

Applicant: Organisation (Swedish higher education institution (HEI) with departments in social sciences, humanities, theology or law). A representative of the host organisation shall be invited to be the project leader for the application.

Participating researchers: No participating researchers may be invited to join the application.

Grant period: 6–12 months.

Grant amount: Maximum 145 000 SEK per month for the stay, total maximum 1 740 000 SEK.

Start of grant period: January 2026.

Application period: 17 January 2024 (14.00/2 pm) – 20 February 2024 (14.00/2 pm).

Publication of grant award: No later than end of September 2024.

Specific instructions for the call

In addition to reading the call text, you also need to consult our Guide for applicants.

Contents:

Application procedure

In order for a person to access the call and start the application process, they have to be authorised to create organisation applications on the organisation’s Prisma account. If this is not the same person who will be the project leader and responsible for completing the application, the project leader must be invited to the application once the process has been started (see under the heading “Applicant” below, and under the tab “Participants” in the application form).

Requirements for applicants

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

The holder of the Kerstin Hesselgren professorship shall be an internationally prominent researcher within the areas of social sciences or humanities. The person nominated shall be a woman.

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 field.

The visiting professor awarded the professorship shall be employed by the administrating organisation throughout the visit.

Applicant

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 availability period.

When the application is registered and signed in Prisma (see below), the HEI and the nominating 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

General information about overlaps between applications and grants

The 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 awarded, or be a reason for us to reject the application.

There is no limit to the number of applications a single HEI may submit or participate in, but a single researcher may only be nominated in one application.

Participating researchers

No participating researchers may be included in this application.

Costs and grant amounts

Funding may be applied for to cover salary costs in Sweden including social security contributions and insurance, rent of housing in Sweden, and travel between Sweden and the home country. The funding may also include travel costs for accompanying family members.

The maximum amount you may apply for is 145 000 SEK per month for a stay of 6 to 12 months, and the total maximum is 1 740 000 SEK, including indirect costs.

The grant amount includes cover of indirect costs as a percentage of the direct costs, according to the model used by the administrating organisation. Grants must not be used for scholarships.

The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation will cover any costs in excess of the amount received.

Grant period

The visit to Sweden shall last no less than 6 months, and no longer than 1 year, and shall begin in 2026. 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, which is 12 months over and above the grant period applied for.

The entire grant amount will be paid during 2026, irrespective of when during the year the visit begins. The first payment will be made during January 2026 at the earliest.

What must the application contain?

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.

We prefer you to complete the application in English, but you may also use Swedish.

The information we request under each tab in the application form is described below.

Descriptive information

Under this tab, in addition to what is asked for below, 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).

Abstract

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 one third of an A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.

Research description

Research programme

The research programme shall consist of brief but complete information about the nomination. 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 programme must include the following headings and information, listed in the following order:

  • The researcher and her research: Present the nominated researcher and her 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 departments in Sweden.

Nominated visiting professor

Please state the following:

  • name, title, current position and workplace of the nominated researcher
  • the competence the 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 researcher’s CV and publication list

Please attach a brief CV with full address details (including email address) and current position title of the nominated researcher. Please also attach a publication list, divided up under the headings 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

Salary

Please state the salary applied for for the nominated researcher (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). Please state the amounts in Swedish krona, rounded to the nearest 1 000 SEK.

Running costs

Describe the nominated visiting professor’s costs for rent of housing, insurance, 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 your 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 visiting professorship entail (for which you are not seeking funding 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 one A4 page in Arial, font size 11, single line spacing.

Administrating organisation

Please state the site of the visiting professorship.

Participants

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 to this application.

How your application is assessed

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.

Evaluation process

Your application for Kerstin Hesselgren visiting professorship is evaluated by a review panel where the members are Swedish researchers.

At least three members review and grade your application individually. If the right competence is missing within the panel, an external reviewer will also assess your application. The entire review panel (except for the external reviewer) will then meet at a review panel meeting to discuss and prioritise the applications, and to make a proposal for a decision to the Scientific Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Review panel

Following the grant decision your application will receive an individual final statement containing the grades and a summary of the review panel’s discussion and overall assessment of the scientific quality of the application.

Here you will find a more comprehensive description of the Swedish Research Council's assessment of applications

Evaluation criteria and guiding questions

The evaluation of the applications to Kerstin Hesselgren visiting professorship consider the proposed visiting researcher’s scientific merits and international position together with the relevance for the call regarding how well the visiting researcher can contribute to the development of both the host institution’s activities and Swedish research in general in the relevant field.

The assessment of the visiting researcher's scientific merits and international standing is assessed on a seven-point 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.

Visiting professor’s scientific merits and position internationally (1–7)

Guiding questions:
  • How strong are the nominee´s scientific merits?
  • How strong is the nominee´s position internationally?

Relevance for the call (1–7)

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.

Guiding questions:
  • 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?
  • How well-worked out is the plan for the nominated researcher’s participation at the host institution and other institutions in the country? To what extent can the nominated researcher contribute to the development of the host institution's activities?
  • To what extent can the nominated researcher contribute to the development of Swedish research in general in the field in question?
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