Committee for a Sustainable Future announces 2017-funding for Linnaeus University students who want to carry out a project on sustainable development. By this we would not only like to encourage student engagement, interest and knowledge in sustainability issues, but also provide a practical education on sustainable development that extends beyond the regular education. Student projects are part of the university's work on sustainable development and it is expected that the projects, big or small, should contribute in the sustainable development of the university and/or the society.
Different kinds of project ideas are possible in concern to the content and form of the project. It can be a book club, an information campaign, a dress-exchange day, a cultivation project, an exhibition, a film, a public lecture, an invention or may be something completely different that in one or the other way related to sustainable development and can be justified.
- Only a student or a group of students registered at Linnaeus University can apply for the project. If you are registered in at least one of the university's courses during the fall semester 2017 then you are eligible to apply for the project.
- The project should be time limited, that has a start and end date. You can continue with the project in autumn 2018 if you are still a student at the university. If the project is planned in such a way that it will continue after completion of the project period, funds will be paid only for the expenses during the project period.
- Students have to submit a project description including budget filled in a special form. The form will be sent to the coordinators for sustainable development of the university.
- The cost to plan and implement the project will be totally or partially compensated. The student will not get paid for the hours that he/she has to spend for the project work. There is a sum of 20,000 Sek per year to allocate to the received proposals.
- Compensation is given to student projects that are separate from regular studies or other organizational works. - The compensation requires that we as an academy behave impartially when it comes to party politics, religious beliefs or other organizational perceptions that may harm the university, individuals or operating units. Principles of democracy have to be followed.
- In their project application, students have to justify the contribution of the project towards sustainable development. The project will also be judged on its interdisciplinary nature and its relevance to the development of Linnaeus University's operations and/or promotion of student activities.
Decisions on the granting of funds:
- The Committee for a Sustainable Future assesses the submitted project descriptions and makes a decision on which project(s) will be granted compensation.
- Students who have been granted funding have to report the results after project completion. Approved projects can be formalized through a special decision made by Executive Office, in consultation with the Committee for a Sustainable Future.
- The project will be reported on a special theme-day that will be organized at the end of the year.
- It's a requirement that the students with granted funds also give their consent to publish their name and picture, as well as the project content on the Linnaeus University's website and in the university publications.
- Financial report with supporting documents / receipts must be attached with the project report.
- The compensation covers the costs only after the project have been granted funding. Costs incurred before the project is granted cannot be compensated by the university. The payment takes place only after the completion of the project. The lack of documentation entails no payment of compensation.