Kalmar and Växjö’s major Linnaeus Scholarship for research within ecological sustainable development

The SEK 500,000 scholarship is now announced for the eight consecutive year and will be handed out at Linnaeus University’s Academic Ceremony in January 2020.

The application deadline is November 11, 2019.

Overall objective

The scholarship should support Linnaeus University’s research within ecologically sustainable development. It is intended for applied research that contributes to reducing environmental impact and that our planet’s resources last for future generations.

The scholarship is aimed at all scientific disciplines. It should promote innovative research within biology, ecology, and technology. This can be anything from technical solutions and innovations to human behaviour. How do we relate to our planet? How can lifestyle changes contribute to ecological sustainability? How can we achieve better production and wiser consumption?

The scholarship is meant to promote that research contributes to creating sustainable solutions for the future.

Required qualifications

The applicant must be a doctoral student at Linnaeus University and be in the final stages of his/her third-cycle studies with plans made for the defence of the doctoral thesis, or having defended his/her doctoral thesis not more than four years earlier. The research project for which the scholarship is applied for is to be carried out at Linnaeus University.

The scholarship can be applied for by an individual or by a group.

Assessment criteria

The assessment will take the following criteria into consideration:

  • Scientific quality and potential in both previous and planned research.
  • Ability to illustrate the long-term impact on people and environment.
  • Potential to make a considerable contribution to a decreased environmental impact.
  • Degree of innovation.
  • Practical application within the region.
  • The project is carried out in collaboration with the industry and/or the public sector.
  • A gender perspective is to be taken into account when relevant.


The application must contain:

  • Application form with contact information
  • Description of the planned research project
  • Résumé
  • Scientific qualifications
  • List of publications
  • Popular science description
  • Budget

Description of planned research project may comprise a maximum of five A4 including references.
Résumé a maximum of two A4.
List of publications a maximum of two A4.
The popular science description must not exceed one A4.
A preliminary budget for how one intends to use the scholarship is to be enclosed with the application.

Applications from doctoral students are to be accompanied by a testimonial from the supervisor, providing an account of at what pace the research work/third-cycle studies are progressing. The testimonial is to include an evaluation of the applicant.

Also enclosed with the application should be an assurance from the head of department that the infrastructure necessary for the research, in the form of facilities etc., can be provided.

The applicant shall, if there is a need or requirement thereof, be able to combine research with lecturing.

The scholarship may be applied for by a person who has previously received the scholarship.


On request, the holder of the scholarship is to give a presentation of his/her scholarship year to the two municipalities and through an open lecture.


The application is to be addressed to Linnaeus University’s scholarship secretary. The application deadline is November 11, 2019.

Linnaeus University
Scholarship secretary
Linda Leonhardt
391 82 Kalmar
E-post linda.leonhardt@lnu.se