Scholarship Overview

  • Country: Sweden
  • Scholarship Type: Merit-based
  • Institutions: Nordic Africa Institute
  • Funded by: Nordic Africa Institute
  • Tuition Type: Full tuition
  • Degree Program: PhD and Postdoctoral
  • Scholarship Amount: Air ticket, daily allowance, etc
  • Separate Application Required?: Yes
  • Deadline: 10 April, 2024.

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship package offers:

  • A round-trip flight ticket in economy class.
  • Lodging facilities.
  • A daily subsistence allowance of 400 SEK (approximately 40 USD).
  • A one-time installation grant of 2,500 SEK (approximately 250 USD).
  • Access to a workspace, which includes a desk computer, in a shared office at the Institute.

It’s important to note that the daily subsistence allowance is only applicable for the days you are present in Uppsala.


The scholarship initiative targets early career researchers residing in Africa who are conducting research with an orientation towards contemporary African issues within the Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines. The research should align with the fundamental goals of the UN Agenda 2030, as it pertains to the five impact areas outlined by the Institute.

Eligibility for the program is extended to two primary groups of early career researchers:

  • Individuals who are employed on a full-time basis at a university or research center in Africa, currently enrolled in a doctoral program within the African region, and who do not hold an international scholarship.
  • Postdoctoral researchers who have obtained their PhD no more than five years prior to applying.

The Institute is committed to ensuring equitable allocation of scholarships with respect to gender and the geographic focus of the research.

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, please follow the steps listed below:

Step 1:

An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) that includes any publications. If these publications are available online, please provide the URLs.

Step 2:

A detailed research project outline, not exceeding 5 pages, which should include:

Step 3:

A thoroughly developed research proposal.

Step 4:

A concise work plan of 1 page, which should outline:

Step 5:

Specific objectives and expected outcomes for the research to be conducted during your tenure at the Institute.

Step 6:

A reference letter that must be a signed letter of support from either the applicant’s Head of Department or another senior scholar in the same research field. This letter should verify the applicant’s current workplace/affiliation and area of research.

Please be aware that we will not consider incomplete applications. Anyone who is currently employed by, has been previously employed by, or is otherwise professionally affiliated with the Nordic Africa Institute is ineligible for the scholarships. Additionally, all applications must be submitted in English. Should there be a scenario where the Scholarship Programme for 2025 does not receive full funding, we will promptly notify all applicants.

For those who prefer or require an alternative submission method, applications can also be sent via regular postal service. For further details on this process, please reach out to [email protected].

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