Information about scholarships
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The information below concerns the scholarships that are announced by the Scholarship Office.
About the application
All scholarships are applied for online, unless otherwise specified. Once you have logged in and started an application, you can log back in to complete and make changes to it throughout the application period. If you make any changes, you have to save them and submit your application again.
After the deadline it is no longer possible to submit applications, so you must complete and submit your application on time! It is not possible to make changes to your application once the deadline has passed.
Scanned original documents don’t have to be attested. If you are attaching copies theses must be attested, with the exception of transcripts with original signature or a control code from Uppdok/Ladok. A copy is attested by two persons (anyone except you) who certify that the copy matches the original. This is done with signatures, clarification of signatures, and phone numbers written on each page of the copy that contains text.
What attachments are needed for students at undergraduate and postgraduate level?
Check the requirements of the scholarships for which you are applying. Read the scholarship requirements carefully to see what is to be certified. Contact the Scholarships Office if you are uncertain of what to attach. The documents that you want to attach to your application must be scanned, photographed or the like. Permitted file formats are jpg/jpeg, png, bmp and pdf. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that the attachments are legible.
Below are examples of some of the most common certificates needed.
Certification of all higher education studies (with study results)
Certification of all higher education studies (with study results), including foreign higher education studies, must always be attached to your application. The study certificate can be signed by your department or printed from the Student Portal. There must be an original signature from your department or a control code from Uppdok/Ladok on the study certificate. If you have recently started your studies at Uppsala University and have not yet accrued any credits, you need to attach a registration certificate. Note that the control code or the original signature on the transcript must be clearly visible in the file attached. A screenshot of your transcript or the like is not an accepted attachment.
Upper secondary school grades
Must only be attached if the scholarship for which you are applying has any requirements concerning upper secondary school education. A screen shot of your grades is not an accepted attachment. Grades from municipal adult education (Komvux), folk high-school and the like are usually not required. Those grades should only be attached if the requirements of the scholarship need to be proved by such certification.
Certificate of student nation membership
Must be attached if you are applying for most student nation scholarship. There are a few exceptions, so please read the scholarship requirements carefully. You must pay the membership fee of the current term and student nation. You can, for example, take a photo of your student nation card for the ongoing term. If you have not yet received the student nation card of the present term, you can receive a receipt of paid membership fee from your student nation. The receipt must have a signature and a stamp from the student nation to be valid. A screen shot of a payment is not a valid certification of student nation membership.
Certificate of place of birth and civil status
Your place of birth and civil status is confirmed by a birth certificate. It is important that you, when you order a birth certificate from the Swedish Tax Agency, make sure that the kind of birth certificate you order contains the information needed. Contact the Swedish Tax Agency if you are uncertain of what the different birth certificates contain.
Membership of the Church of Sweden
Your membership is confirmed by a certificate from the Swedish Church.
Kinship is to be confirmed by a family tree or the like that describes kinship to the donor (or other required person) according to the scholarship requirements. The kinship must be proved throughout, i.e. including your own personal data. You must also attach a birth certificate for your parents where the kinship between you and your parents is stated. The family tree must be attested by two persons, who must also provide contact information and be prepared to verbally certify that the family tree is correct.
An itinerary must be attached if you are applying for a travel scholarship. This should include the purpose of the travel, time periods and planned content.
Estimate of costs (incl. amount applied for)
A cost estimate must be attached if you are applying for a travel scholarship. This should include the total amount you are applying for and the expenses the scholarship is intended to cover. State for example if the money will be used for living expenses (and for how long), material costs, operating costs, laboratory expenses, travel, accommodation, car or boat rental, etc. The amount for which you are applying must be stated in your application. You can't be granted a higher amount than the one you apply for.
What to attach for research and travel scholarships?
Below are examples of some of the most common certificates needed.
Must be attached by applicants of postgraduate level.
Must be attached by students of undergraduate and graduate level. PhD students should attach transcripts to prove admission to postgraduate studies.
A brief description of the research you are conducting and for what purpose you intend to use the scholarship for which you are applying. Also specify if the project for which you are applying is part of a larger project or more self-contained.
Estimate of costs (incl. amount applied for)
This should include the total amount you are applying for and the expenses the scholarship is intended to cover. State for example if the money will be used for living expenses (and for how long), material costs, operating costs, laboratory expenses, travel, accommodation, car or boat rental, etc. The amount for which you are applying must be stated in your application. You can't be granted a higher amount than the one you apply for.
List of publications
List all your publications. You can also include (not published) material from conferences.
Itinerary (if funding is sought for travel)
This should include the purpose of the travel, time periods and planned content.
Statement by supervisor/equivalent
A statement of the significance the scholarship would have on your project/travel/research.
What scholarships can I apply for?
On the web page Find scholarships you will find more information about available scholarships. It is only possible to apply for the scholarships that are advertised (to only show these, select “Only available scholarships”). In order for a scholarship to be announced, the foundation must have enough means. It is also imperative that the scholarship is not occupied by another holder who has been awarded the scholarship for several terms.
At Find scholarships you can also see information about the majority of scholarships at Uppsala University, managed mainly by the Uppsala University Foundations Management of Estates and Funds (Uppsala Akademiförvaltning). There you can also see specific requirements for each scholarship.
You must be a full-time student or researcher at Uppsala University in order to be eligible for a scholarship. You must also meet the requirements of each scholarship. If you are granted a scholarship for several terms, you will have to be a full-time student and meet the specific requirements of the scholarship the entire period. Most scholarships are only for students or researchers at Uppsala University, but not all. Select “Scholarships also available for students/researchers at other universities than Uppsala” to view the scholarships that do not require studies/research at Uppsala University.
While there is no limit to the amount of times you can apply for scholarships, it is not always possible to be awarded a scholarship more than once. The regulations for each scholarship specify the holding time and whether it is possible to be awarded it more than once.
Scholarships for foreign students
Most scholarships advertised by the Scholarships Office can be applied for by all students at Uppsala University, regardless of nationality or citizenship. There are some exceptions so read the regulations for each scholarship carefully.
There are also other scholarships for foreign students applying for studies at Uppsala University, for example to the Master's programmes. These scholarships are not listed at Find scholarships and are not administered by the Scholarships Office. You can find information about these other kinds of scholarships at Prospective students.
Scholarships for studies abroad
If you are doing exchange studies through Uppsala University you can usually keep your scholarship during the exchange. A special request must be made to the Scholarships Office.
Travel scholarships can be used for travels within Sweden and abroad, depending on the regulations of the scholarship.
It is not possible to apply for travel scholarships for a travel that has already been completed, or a travel that started earlier than the current term. It is also not possible to apply for a travel scholarship for a travel that ended prior to the application deadline.
PhD students can mainly apply for research scholarships, travel scholarships and grants that may be awarded without regard to the income limit.
If you have an income of SEK 200 000/year or more, you cannot be awarded scholarships intended for students at the undergraduate level, but only research and travel scholarships.
The scholarship ceiling – maximum sum
The so-called scholarship ceiling regulates that a student cannot be awarded several smaller scholarships which together exceed the ceiling, currently 38 000 SEK/year. If the scholar is given only one scholarship the sum may exceed the ceiling. Travel and research scholarships are not included in the scholarship ceiling.
If you receive a larger scholarship than the one that you already have, you have to refrain the scholarship with the smallest sum if the total sum of the scholarships exceeds the scholarship ceiling. Should this be the case, the Scholarships Office will notify you – you don’t need to keep track of this yourself. If the total sum of the scholarships is lower than the scholarship ceiling, you can keep both scholarships.
How is the selection of all applicants made?
All applications are assessed based on the requirements for each scholarship. In many instances, the academic merits (such as credits awarded and grades achieved) along with the applicant’s financial position (such as income, assets, debts etc.) are taken into account when processing applications. Individual scholarship regulations often state that those who are the most “needy” or “studious" have the greatest chance of receiving the scholarship. It is often difficult to be awarded a scholarship during your first terms of university study, as you will not have earned many credits. You are able to apply for several different scholarships at the same time; this will not affect your chances of being awarded a scholarship.
Kinship with a donor, a certain place of birth, a connection to a specific upper secondary school etc. can sometimes give applicants right of precedence to a scholarship. Certificates that confirm kinship or other requirements must be attached to the application at the time of submission.
Research scholarships and certain travel scholarships have different selection criteria and processes.
When all scholarship awards are decided upon, every applicant will receive an email to the email address stated in the application. The applicants can then log in and see under the tab “Holding of scholarships” if they have been awarded a scholarship or not. If you have been awarded a scholarship, you can also read the contents of the decision.
Decisions regarding scholarship granting cannot be appealed.
Disbursement of awarded scholarships
When the granting of scholarships is made the amounts of the current term will be paid. The money will be paid to the bank account stated in your application, so there is no need to monitor the scholarship the term you receive it.
For research and travel grants, you use a requisition form for obtaining the funds.