Conditions for scholarship holders
If you are planning to carry out research at Uppsala University and have your funding organised through a scholarship, there are some issues listed below to which we would like to draw your attention.
It is important to bear in mind that a scholarship is not employment. A scholarship may be paid by Uppsala University, but more commonly it is paid by a research organisation or from a person’s home country. It follows that if you are on a scholarship, you are not entitled to Uppsala University’s benefits for employees. A scholarship is not subject to taxation.
Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance (GIF)
All international scholarship holders and accompanying family members are covered by a group insurance policy, the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance (Grupp- och individförsäkring, GIF). The insurance policy covers accidents, sickness, dental care, emergency home transportation, liability, legal rights, and property.
The GIF insurance applies 24 hours a day in Sweden. For people holding a Schengen visa, it applies in the whole Schengen area as well (with the exception of Property coverage, which applies in Sweden only).
Although the GIF insurance consists of several parts, it is mainly a health and injury insurance. Please read the full policy conditions at Kammarkollegiet.
Health insurance for scholarship holders staying more than one year in Sweden
Access to subsidized health care in Sweden is based on residency. A person normally becomes a resident if he or she will be staying in Sweden for more than one year. Residents are entitled to health care on the same conditions as citizens of Sweden. The term ‘health insurance’ in this text means that you are entitled to reduced fees for doctor’s visits, around 200 SEK per visit.
Residents are also entitled to dental care at a reduced cost; the sums are not as low as for visits to the doctor, however, and vary from dentist to dentist.
Health insurance for scholarship holders staying less than one year in Sweden
Visitors staying for less than 12 months who are citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland are entitled to medically necessary health care from a public health care provider in Sweden, provided they have a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Visitors are advised to bring their EHIC card when going to the doctor. Please note that visitors without employment are not entitled to planned health care. Dental care is not included, apart from a limited amount for emergency dental care.
EU/EEA citizens who do not qualify for the European health insurance card in their home country are covered by Uppsala University’s GIF insurance (see above).
Citizens from countries outside of the EU/EEA
If you are a citizen from a non-EU/EEA country, the GIF insurance will cover costs for necessary health care during your stay in Sweden. Please note that non-EU/EEA citizens on scholarships are entitled to only necessary health care.
Health insurance for family members
Accompanying family members are covered by the GIF insurance.
Health insurance when going abroad on business
You should bring your European Health Insurance Card, if you have one, when travelling to another EU/EEA country. You may also be covered by Uppsala University’s State Business Travel Insurance. Please ask your host department for what applies in your case. If you are not covered by the State Business Travel Insurance, your host department can sign a personal travel insurance for you through Kammarkollegiet.
Scholarship holders are not entitled to employment-based welfare benefits from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan), such as sick pay. If a scholarship holder is registered as a resident and has a personal identity number, he or she may be entitled to residence-based benefits. Please note that residence-based benefits do not apply to doctoral students with scholarships, only to doctoral students with doctoral study grants (utbildningsbidrag). Residence-based benefits include child allowance, parental benefit at base level and housing allowance.
Loss of income if you fall ill for a long period of time or if you become a parent
Loss of income if you fall ill for a long period of time is normally not covered by your scholarship. Because you are not employed, you cannot receive sick pay from Uppsala University or sickness benefit from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan). However, doctoral students with scholarships are covered by ‘Health and parental insurance for doctoral students with scholarships’. The insurance applies when the doctoral student’s scholarship is reduced due to his/her absence from studies in the case of illness or parental leave. The insurance consists of three parts: sickness benefit, parental benefit and temporary parental benefit. Please read the full policy conditions at Kammarkollegiet.
If you are a Swedish resident (i.e., you have a Swedish personal identity number), maternity care, such as check-ups during pregnancy, is free of charge. Other costs, such as costs in connection with childbirth, are about the same as a visit to the doctor. If you are not a resident of Sweden, the GIF insurance pays for necessary and reasonable costs for emergency care in connection with giving birth, miscarriage, or other serious complications prior to the end of the 28th week of pregnancy. With respect to giving birth before the end of the 28th week of pregnancy, necessary and reasonable costs for care of the mother and the child will be paid for a period not exceeding 90 days. Other costs for care in connection with pregnancy or childbirth are not paid.
Find out more about the Swedish medical system and health care.
Occupational Health Service
Doctoral students with scholarships are entitled to occupational health service, even if they are not employed, on condition that they are active as doctoral students for at least 20 per cent of the time.
Uppsala University has agreements with Feelgood (Uppsala) and Hansahälsan (Visby) for occupational health services, meaning that employees/doctoral students on scholarships can visit them for work-related problems. Visits to the occupational health services are free of charge. You are entitled to three visits per year; if you need more visits, these must be approved by the head of your department. All visits require an appointment.
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