Opportunities to do research at Swedish HEIs
Laboratories at several Swedish higher education institutions are offering various types of support to researchers from Ukraine, including laboratory time. The open laboratories are registered on the research organisation EMBO’s website – filter using “Sweden”. External link.
At present, laboratories at the following higher education institutions have opened up to receive researchers: University of Gothenburg, Karolinska Institutet, Lund University, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, and Umeå University.
Global Young Academy is also putting together initiatives from different laboratories; among these are laboratories at Karolinska Institutet, ScieLifeLab, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Chalmers University of Technology, Lund University, Stockholm University and Umeå University. All initiatives are gathered together in a list in Google Docs. External link.
The European Research Council (ERC) is encouraging researchers with ERC grants to offer work to researchers from Ukraine. Several researchers active in Sweden are now offering work with their research teams; among these are researchers at Karolinska Institutet, Uppsala University, Lund University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the University of Gothenburg and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).
Science4refugees is an EU initiative, offering job opportunities within the European research community. You can also upload your CV here. Several Swedish higher education institutions are included in the database.
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies has set up a support programme for researchers at risk. The programme is open to six persons, and the researchers are offered employment at Södertörn University so that they can continue their work as researchers and teachers in their field.
Researchers from Ukraine who are covered by the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive and have a doctorate can apply for a scholarship for a place at a research environment at Uppsala University. 20 scholarships are available to apply for, where each scholarship covers a stay of five months.
Funding for Swedish HEIs for employing researchers
Swedish higher education institutions (HEIs) can apply for funding of up to 3 million SEK during a period of maximum 3 years to employ a Ukrainian researcher and/or teacher. The call is aimed at the Foundation’s 22 target group HEIs.
Swedish higher education institutions may apply for funding from the Swedish Research Council for employing researchers from Ukraine with a Seal of Excellence certificate within the Horizon Europe work program Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).
The researchers in question participated in the 2021 call for Post doctoral fellowships (MSCA PF-2021) and received high scores on their research proposals but were not granted funding due to budgetary constraints.
The Swedish Research Council has sent out information about the funding opportunity to Swedish higher education institutions. If you have questions, please contact Isabel.Dellacasa.Lindberg@vr.se, Swedish national contact point (NCP) for MSCA.
The researchers in question have been urged to contact the HEI of interest directly.
The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, SUHF, has a working group for refugee issues that works in a coordinating manner to identify the higher education institutions' needs for managing the refugee situation.
The working group has produced proposals for measures for the entire sector and a PDF with answers to questions received from the higher education institutions.
Funding for researchers in Sweden offering work
Researchers in Sweden who are hosting a researcher with a doctoral degree from Ukraine can apply for a scholarship to make it easier for the Ukrainian researcher to work at the Swedish university.
The Swedish Society for Medical Research, SSMF, is allocating 10 million SEK to support Ukrainian citizens active in medical research.
Researchers in Sweden who have ongoing research grants from SSMF can apply, and the support will be paid out in the form of scholarships to students, doctoral students and postdocs who have come to Sweden from Ukraine after the outbreak of war in 2022.
Region Östergötland is announcing scholarships that enable researchers at Linköping University to receive doctoral students and researchers with recent PhDs from Ukraine who are active in medical research.
The scholarship is for one year and can be applied for by researchers in Sweden who have ongoing projects funded with ALF funds in Östergötland. Applications can be submitted throughout 2022, and the project should start no later than 2023.
Mistra is allocating 10 million SEK for support to researchers with PhDs from Ukraine. The funds may be used for offering researchers employment within Mistra's research programmes for a limited time.
Other initiatives from Swedish HEIs
Fundraising at Malmö University
Malmö University has started a fundraiser to collect funds for scholarships for students and salaries for visiting researchers and teachers from Ukraine.
Fund at Lund University
Lund University has started a fund to quickly raise money that can be used to create a safe place for staff and students from Ukraine and let them continue their research or studies at Lund University.
KTH Ukraine Scholarship Program
The Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, has started a fundraiser to enable researchers from Ukraine to be offered visiting researcher positions.
Umeå University is allocating 5 million SEK to receive researchers from Ukraine. The researchers who are granted funding must fit into the activities, and the faculty and the department must be able to co-fund the researcher with at least 50–67 per cent. Decisions on funding will be made in 2022.
Luleå University of technology is allocating 5 million SEK to offer researchers and teachers from Ukraine work or scholarships. The institutions also contribute funds.
University of Gothenburg is allocating 5 million SEK, which the university's eight faculties may use to receive visiting researchers from Ukraine. The purpose of the initiative is to contribute to the survival of the Ukrainian Academy.
Scholars at Risk (SAR) is an international network of institutions and individuals. The purpose of the network is to offer protection for researchers who are fleeing or live under the threat of persecution, and to promote academic freedom. Members of the network report when they can receive a researcher within a specific research field. SAR then arranges the match. SAR’s Swedish section is led by the University of Gothenburg.
Several Swedish organisations and higher education institutions are members, and the Swedish Research Council, Formas and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond contribute funding to the network.
The European Commission is gathering together all the ongoing initiatives by EU member states to support researchers from Ukraine. The website includes information about where researchers can find information about housing, work and recognition of educational degrees.
Science4Ukraine is an initiative run by the student and researcher community globally, gathering together opportunities for researchers from Ukraine. All initiatives are gathered together and can be searched via their website External link.