Vetenskapsrådet International Postdoc Grant 2018

Publish Date: Sep 12, 2017

Deadline: Sep 19, 2017

International Postdoc Grant 

The purpose of the grant is to give recently 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 terms.

Eligibility criteria for applicants

The following criteria must be fulfilled in order for you to be eligible to apply for the grant. We carry out checks to ensure ineligible applications are rejected from further processing.


The applicant for an international postdoc grant must be an individual researcher. You must hold a doctoral degree from a Swedish university or the European University Institute (EUI), awarded no more than two years before the deadline for this call.

Grants from the Swedish Research Council shall be administered by a Swedish university or HEI or another Swedish public organisation that fulfils our criteria for administrating organisationsopens in new window. To apply, your organisation must therefore be approved as an administrating organisation.

If you are awarded a grant, you must be employed by the administrating organisation when the grant period starts and throughout the grant period, unless the Swedish Research Council, the administrating organisation or any other employer agree otherwise. The administrating organisation will decide on the employment form, 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. You do not have to be employed by the administrating organisation at the time of applying.

Career age

To apply for an international postdoc grant, your doctoral degree must have been awarded no more than two years ago, that is to say awarded no later than the deadline date for the call and no earlier than 19 September 2015. The award date we use is the date you fulfilled all the criteria for a doctoral degree, such as mandatory courses, oral defence and an approved doctoral thesis. If you hold a Swedish doctoral degree, the award date registered in Ladok applies. You will not be able to complete your application if your doctoral degree was awarded more than two years ago.

If your doctoral degree was awarded earlier, it is however still possible to apply if there are grounds for deductible time that are recognised by the Swedish Research Council. Recognised grounds are parental leave, positions of trust in trade union organisations and student organisations, mandatory service in the total defence services, illness (own illness or care of close family members), medical internships or medical fellowship (applies to clinically active professionals). The last two categories may involve periods of up to 24 months each. Please note that we do not accept other employment, unemployment or holidays as deductible time.

Costs and grant amounts

The grant is awarded in a standard amount of 1 050 000 SEK per year, of which 900 000 SEK is for your salary costs and 150 000 SEK for research expenses relating to your stay and the research you will be carrying out (such as consumables, travel including stays at research sites and publication costs). The grant amount includes cover of indirect costs. The standard amount relating to salary costs also includes social security contributions. The grant may not be used for bursaries.

The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation, as the employer responsible, will cover any costs in excess of the standard amount received.

Grant period

The grant period is 18-36 months, starting from 1 January 2018. The first payment will be made during January 2018 at the earliest.


A condition of the grant is that at least two thirds of the grant period is spent abroad. This time may, however, be divided up into several shorter periods. The mobility condition shall be confirmed by means of a letter of invitation from the foreign host university or corresponding and a description and justification of your choice of this institution. Both of these must cover the period stated in the application.

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