Are you coming to the end of your higher education and want to improve your knowledge of global development issues? Take the chance to participate in Minor Field Studies (MFS) in a developing country.

Minor Field Studies (MFS) mean that students who are reaching the end of their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree can gather material for their degree essay on-site, in a developing country. MFS means that a student studies issues of importance to economic, social, political or knowledge-based development in the country he or she travels to for at least eight weeks.

An MFS study can be done in all academic fields, from the humanities and social sciences to natural science, engineering and medicine. One aim of the programme is to prepare students for work in global contexts and organisations.

An MFS student receives a stipend of 27,000 krona to cover some of the costs of the overseas stay.

Which countries can I travel to?

It is possible to do MFS in a number of low and middle income countries around the world. These are all the countries available for MFS: 

Africa 

Algeria Angola Benin
Botswana Burkina Faso Burundi
Central African Republic Comoros Djibouti
Egypt Ivory Coast Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea Ethiopia Gabon
Gambia Ghana Guinea
Guinea-Bissau Cameroon Cape Verde
Kenya Congo-Brazzaville, Rep Congo-Kinshasa, Dem. Rep.
Lesotho Liberia Libya
Madagascar Malawi Mali
Morocco Mauritania Mauritius
Mozambique Namibia Niger
Nigeria Rwanda São Tomé and Príncipe
Senegal Seychelles Sierra Leone
Somalia South Africa South Sudan
St. Helena (territory) Sudan Swaziland
Tanzania Chad Togo
Tunisia Uganda Zambia
Zimbabwe  

 

Asia

Afghanistan Armenia Azerbaijan
Bangladesh Bhutan Philippines
Georgia India Indonesia
Iraq Iran Jordan
Cambodia Kazakhstan China
Kirgizstan Laos Lebanon
Malaysia Maldives Mongolia
Myanmar/Burma Nepal North Korea, Dem. Rep.
Pakistan Palau Palestine
Papua New Guinea Sri Lanka Syria
Tadzhikistan Thailand Timor-Leste
Turkey Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
Vietnam Yemen  

 

Europe

Albania Bosnia-Hercegovina Kosovo
Macedonia Moldavia Montenegro
Serbia Ukraine Belarus

 

North America

Anguilla (territory) Antigua and Barbuda Belize
Costa Rica Dominica Dominican Republic
El Salvador Grenada Guatemala
Haiti Honduras Jamaica
Cuba Mexico Montserrat (territory)
Nicaragua Panama St. Kitts-Nevis
St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines

 

Oceania

Cook Islands Fiji Kiribati
Marshall Islands Federated States of Micronesia Nauru
Niue Salomon Islands Samoa
Tokelau Islands Tonga Tuvalu
Wallis and Futuna Islands (territory) Vanuatu  


South America

Argentina Bolivia Brazil
Chile Colombia Ecuador
Guyana Paraguay Peru
Surinam Uruguay Venezuela

 

What are the application requirements?

To be able to apply for an MFS stipend you must

  • study at a university or university college in Sweden
  • have completed at least 150 credits when you start MFS
  • not have started doctoral (third cycle) level education
  • have good English skills
  • be a Swedish citizen or have permanent residency in Sweden.

The degree essay that is the result of your MFS must be written in English or the official language of the host country.

How do I apply?

You apply for an MFS grant from one of the departments or HEIs that have been awarded MFS grants by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. If your department does not offer MFS you can, in some cases, contact other departments in your field and apply via them.

The various departments have their own application forms and instructions. Talk to the study and careers guidance counsellor or the international coordinator at the department to find out the rules and when to apply (application deadlines differ between departments).

Some things that are good to know before applying for MFS

  • Students who have permanent residency in Sweden or double citizenship (Sweden and another country) may not undertake MFS in the other homeland.
  • Students from other Nordic countries, who are not Swedish citizens, must have been resident (registered) in Sweden for at least a year on the date they are granted the stipend.
  • No students who apply for MFS may have previously been awarded an MFS grant or other Sida-financed grant for the type of study covered by the application. However, experience from studying or volunteer work in developing countries is no barrier to receiving a grant.

Which departments have MFS stipends?

This is a list of all the departments and universities that are granted MFS stipends in 2016. In some cases, also students that are not enroled at an instution can apply for MFS grants there. To get to know if external applicants are accepted, you have to contact each institution.

University/University College Department Number of grants
Blekinge Institute of Technology Student Affairs Office 2
Chalmers University of Technology Central Administration Department 11
Ersta Sköndal University College Department of Social Sciences 3
Ersta Sköndal University College Department of Health Care 7
Swedish Defence University Central administration 2
University of Gothenburg Department of Business Administration 2
University of Gothenburg Department of Earth Sciences 4
University of Gothenburg School of Public Administration 2
University of Gothenburg School of Design and Crafts 2
University of Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama 2
University of Gothenburg Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences 4
University of Gothenburg Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies 5
University of Gothenburg Department of Economy and Society 2
University of Gothenburg School of Global Studies 5
University of Gothenburg Department of Economics 5
University of Gothenburg Department of Social Work 3
University of Gothenburg Department of Law 2
University of Gothenburg Sahlgrenska International Office 25
University of Gothenburg Environmental Social Science Program 2
University of Gothenburg Departement of Languages and Literature 2
University of Gothenburg Department of Political Science 3
Stockholm School of Economics Department of Economics 6
Dalarna University International Office 2
University of Borås International Office 8
University of Gävle International Office 3
Halmstad University International Office 9
Jönköping University School of Health Sciences 10
Jönköping University School of Education and Communication 2
Jönköping University Jönköping International Business School 2
Jönköping University School of Engineering 2
University of Skövde Student Affairs Office 5
Kristianstad University International Relations Office 5
University West International Office 2
Karlstad University International Office 7
Karolinska Institutet International Office 7
University College of Arts, Crafts and Design International Office 2
Kung. Tekniska högskolan International Relations 20
Linköping University Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning - IBL 2
Linköping University Department of Management and Engineering(IEI) 5
Linköping University Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology 2
Linköping University Department of Thematic Studies 3
Linköping University Dean's Office, Faculty of Educational Sciences 2
Linköping University

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

8
Linnaeus University Faculty of Arts and Humanities 5
Linnaeus University Department of Economics 8
Linnaeus University Faculty of Social Sciences 5
Linnaeus University Faculty of Technology 2
Luleå University of Technology Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 2
Luleå University of Technology Department of Health Sciences 10
Luleå University of Technology Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 2
Lund University Biomedical Engineering 6
Lund University Department of Ekonomic History 3
Lund University The Department of Human Geography and the Human Ecology Division 6
Lund University International Office LTH 5
Lund University Faculty of Law 2
Lund University Department of Economics 5
Lund University Faculty of Science 2
Lund University Department of Political Science 5
Lund University Raoul Wallenberg Institute 5
Lund University School of Social Work 4
Lund University Department of Sociology 5
Malmö University International Office 21
Mid-Sweden University The Vice-Chancellor's Office 2
Red Cross University College Central administration 3
Sophia Hemmet University Central administration 6
Stockholm University of the Arts School of Dance and Circus 2
Stockholm University Department of Child and Youth Studies 2
Stockholm University Department of Economic History 3
Stockholm University Department of Business Administration 3
Stockholm University The Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies 2
Stockholm University The Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences 19
Stockholm University Deptartment of Media Studies 2
Stockholm University Department of Education 2
Stockholm University Department of Language Education 2
Stockholm University The Department of Linguistics 2
Stockholm University The Department of Psychology 2
Stockholm University Department of Romance Studies and Classics 2
Stockholm University Department of Social Anthropology 2
Stockholm University Department of Political Science  4
Swedish University of Agricultural Sicences Central administration 24
Södertörn University Central administration 7
Stockholm School of Theology Central administration 3
Umeå university Epidemiology and Global Health 9
Umeå university Umeå School of Business and Economics 2
Umeå university Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences 2
Umeå university Department of Law 2
Umeå university Department of Chemistry 2
Umeå university Department of Education 2
Umeå university Department of Political Science 5
Uppsala University Tropical Ecology Group 5
Uppsala University Department of Public Health and Caring 10
Uppsala University Department of Peace and Conflict Research 2
Uppsala University Department of Social and Economic Geography  5
Uppsala University Department of Women's and Children's health 8
Uppsala University Department of Education 2
Uppsala University International Science Programme (ISP) 8
Uppsala University Department of Economics 2
Uppsala University Department of Political Science 8
Örebro School of Theology Örebro School of Theology 2
Örebro University Örebro University School of Business 2
Örebro University School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences 2
Örebro University School of Health and Medical Sciences 2
Örebro University School of Law, Psychology and Social Work 2
Örebro University School of Medicine 2

Grant amounts and budget

In 2015 the MFS grant is 27,000 krona per student. The grant is not intended to cover all expenses during the time abroad, it usually needs to be supplemented by other student financing.

Your application must include a preliminary budget. This should contain information about:

  • Travel to and from the country in which the study will be carried out (cheapest possible means of transport)
  • Some living expenses (50 per cent of the overseas subsistence allowance)
  • Any necessary trips within the country or region
  • Vaccinations
  • Any equipment costs
  • Travel to and from the place where the preparatory course is given (Härnösand)
  • Printing the MFS essay (maximum 10 copies).

List of actual allowance amounts on Skatteverket's website (in Swedish)

Preparatory course before departure

All students who are awarded an MFS grant participate in an obligatory preparatory course. This covers Swedish development partnerships and issues relating to cultural encounters, health and safety, as well as information about the different countries.

The courses are held at Sida Partnership Forum’s centre in Härnösand. Registration takes place via a special MFS course registration system; see the below link.

More practical information about the centre and the courses is available below “Praktisk information” in the MFS course registration system.

MFS course registration system (in Swedish)

Do you want to find out about previous MFS students’ experiences?

The MFS course registration system has travel reports and essays by students who have completed MFS.

MFS travel reports (in Swedish)

MFS essays (in Swedish)

Page last updated 2016-05-13