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 they travel 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: 


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 Sierra Leone  
Somalia South Africa South Sudan
St. Helena (territory) Sudan Swaziland
Tanzania Chad Togo
Tunisia Uganda Zambia



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  



Albania Bosnia-Hercegovina Kosovo
North 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



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

The various universities 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 universities).

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 a resident (registered) in Sweden for at least a year on the date they are granted the grant.
  • 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 grants?

This is a list of all the universities that offer MFS grants in 2017.

University/University College Number of grants
Blekinge Institute of Technology 8
Chalmers University of Technology -
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College 18
Stockholm School of Economics 6
University of Gothenburg 50
Dalarna University -
University of Borås 18
University of Gävle -
Halmstad University -
Jönköping University 28
University of Skövde 7
Kristianstad University 10
Karlstad University 8
Konstfack 2
KTH Royal Institute of Technology 70
Linköping University 35
Linnaeus University 30
Luleå University of Technology 12
Lund University 85
Malmö University 22
Mid-Sweden University 11
Mälardalen University 2
Red Cross University College 6
Royal College of Music in Stockholm 5
Sophiahemmet University 10
Stockholm University 60
Swedish University of Agricultural Sicences 50
Södertörn University 15
Umeå university  15
University College of Stockholm 5
Uppsala University 40
Örebro University 13

Grant amounts and budget

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.

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 (in Swedish).

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

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 2019-02-14