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Degree project abroad (MFS)

Minor Field Studies (MFS) gives you a unique possibility to conduct a field study in a developing country as part of your degree project at Linnaeus University. Take the chance to experience new approaches on your field of studies and global development, through the eyes of another country and culture.

An MFS project can be conducted in any degree subject and at any faculty at Linnaeus University. The application is open twice a year - in the beginning of November and the beginning of May. Students who are going to write a degree project on undergraduate/bachelor or graduate/master level are welcome to apply. 

You need to start the preparations early. It is a good idea to discuss subject and method with your teacher or academic supervisor around a year before your planned field study. You also need to find a contact person in the study country before you apply. 

Application

There are two application rounds each year; one in the beginning of November, for field studies in the spring semester, and one in the beginning of May, for field studies during the autumn semester. 

Please use this application guide and information film as support when planning your application. 

Remember to plan your field study in time, preferably a year before departure! 

What is Minor Field Studies?

Minor Field Studies (MFS) is a scholarship for students who wish to conduct a field study as part of their degree project on undergraduate/bachelor or graduate/master level, connected to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Through the scholarship students can conduct a field study in a low or middle income country for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks (56 days), to gather material for their degree project. Each scholarship is worth 27 000 SEK.

In which countries can I do my field study?

Low and middle income countries which are part of the OECD DAC list are approved countries to apply for. A list of the countries can be found here

What happens when I have handed in my application?

Your application will be processed by International Office and qualitative requirements will be assessed by a group of teachers, with representatives from all the faculties at Linnaeus University. The rector will make the final decision and applicants will be notified of the result of their application around a month after the application deadline. All applicants who fulfil the formal requirements will get a written assessment which can be used to further develop the field study, the degree project or another application for the MFS scholarship. 

Support for students with disabilities

If you need pedagogical support or special arrangements through your field study you can apply for an extra grant of up to 27 000 SEK, for additional costs that can occur. Please contact mfs@lnu.se for further information. 

Spread the word

As an MFS scholarship holder you will contribute by handing in a travel report and your degree project upon your return. Your experiences are valuable and we would be happy if you wanted to share them with other students who might be interested in MFS. You will get more information and options after your application has been approved. 

For more information about MFS can be found here

Who can apply?

Applicants must: 

  • be registered as a student at Linnaeus University at the time of the
    application.
  • be a Swedish citizen or have permanent residence permit in Sweden. Please note that EU citizens’ permanent right of residence is not the same as a
    permanent residence permit. Students from other Nordic countries, who
    are not Swedish citizens, have to be permanently living and registered
    (folkbokförd) in Sweden since at least a year at the time of the
    allocation of the scholarship.
  • connect the field study directly to a degree project at
    undergraduate och graduate level (bachelor or master) at Linnaeus
    University, which must be examined at Linnaeus University.
  • not have started a research education.
  • not have received another scholarship from UHR or Sida for the same period of time.
  • have a good knowledge of English. It is a plus if you also know an official language of the host country. The feasibility of the project can be affected by the applicant’s relevant language knowledge.

How do I apply?

Start by reading our application guide carefully and by looking at this application instructions film

Your application should contain:

  • Application form – used as a cover page
  • CV
  • Motivation letter (in English) stating why you apply for the scholarship and why you are the right person to receive it
  • Transcript of records (from LADOK)
  • Project plan (max 5 pages, in English)
  • Preliminary budget
  • Certificate signed by your academic supervisor
  • Certificate signed by a contact person in the country where the field study will take place
  • Copy of your Swedish passport or permanent residence permit
 
Please see the application guide above for further details about the application and its requirements. 
 
The application deadline is May 3, 2021, at 13:00.
Send the application to: registrator@lnu.se with the title "MFS ansökan HT 2021 Dnr: 2020/3592-2.1.7”