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 HEIs that have been awarded MFS grants by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. If your university does not offer MFS you can contact other HEIs and apply via them.

The various HEIs have their own application forms and instructions. Talk to the International Office at your university to find out the rules and when to apply (application deadlines differ between HEIs).

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 universities have MFS stipends?

This is a list of all the universities that are granted MFS stipends in 2017.

University/University College Number of grants
Blekinge Institute of Technology 5
Chalmers University of Technology 20
Ersta Sköndal University College 15
Swedish Defence University 2
University of Gothenburg 63
Dalarna University 4
University of Borås 11
University of Gävle 3
Halmstad University 5
Jönköping University 20
University of Skövde 5
Kristianstad University 8
Karlstad University 7
Karolinska Institutet 11
KTH Royal Institute of Technology 25
Linköping University 22
Linnaeus University 16
Luleå University of Technology 16
Lund University 73
Malmö University 15
Mid-Sweden University 8
Mälardalen University 2
Red Cross University College 5
Royal College of Music in Stockholm 5
Sophiahemmet University 6
Stockholm University 80
Swedish University of Agricultural Sicences 30
Södertörn University 9
Stockholm School of Theology 5
Umeå university 30
Uppsala University 67
Örebro University 7

Grant amounts and budget

In 2017 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 2017-09-01