Mobility and Research Outside Sweden

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Opportunities within Europe


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Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA)

As of January 2014, with the move to Horizon 2020, the Marie Curie Actions are now called the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA). This change better reflects the Polish roots of this extraordinary scientist who inspired and inspires the programme. Awarding €6.16 billion in the period to 2020, the MSCA support research training and career development focused on innovation skills. The programme funds worldwide and cross-sector mobility that implements excellent research in any field (a "bottom-up" approach). All open calls in Horizon 2020 will be published on the European Commission web site Participant Portal.

Forte – Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Research project/Outlines, call period December 2016- January 2017
Forte has a yearly call for proposals for projects (1-3 yrs.) with submission of project outlines in January and full applications in May.

Postdoc, call period December 2016-29 January 2017
Forte announces postdoc grants once a year. This postdoc grant starts in January 2016 and lasts two years.

Junior researcher/Outlines, call period December 2016- January 2017
Forte has a yearly call for junior researcher grants (1-4 yrs.) with submission of outlines in January and full applications in May.

  • Forte also makes thematic calls for proposals in response to identified needs in the society and to the government´s intentions. Open and future calls for proposals:

Swedish-Indian research on ageing and health, call period 21st September 2016- 12th January 2017
In collaboration with the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) , Forte announces a joint call for collaborative research projects in the field of ageing and health. The call is open for joint proposals from research teams based in India and Sweden.

Rehabilitation after sick leave, call period October 2016- 15th December 2016
In October, Forte will announce a call for proposals for research on the return to work after sick leave due to mental illness and pain. The research should increase the understanding of which factors and interventions within the health care system promote rehabilitation and return to work. The call is open to applications for project grants over three years. Studies should be carried out in collaboration or in contact with employers or the Swedish Public Employment Service, Arbetsförmedlingen.


The Swedish Research Council

All grants are regularly announced on the web site: The web site provides instructions for applying as well as forms, contacts and the Research Council’s general terms and conditions.

Our grants:

Grant explicitly promoting mobility

International Postdoc

The purpose of the grant, twice a year, is to promote international mobility for those with a recent doctoral degree from a Swedish HEI or EUI. Young researchers will get the opportunity to work at a foreign university or research institute or at a Swedish university, university college or research institute. Researchers with a doctoral degree no older than two years are eligible (taken into account time away for parental leave, illness, service within the National Defence, medical internship, commission of trust with union or student organization).

Grants promoting international co-operation

Bilateral agreements

The Swedish Research Council has bilateral agreements on research collaboration with several countries. The agreements usually concern collaboration at the researcher level through joint research projects and workshops, access to research infrastructures or researcher exchange. Information about joint calls are announced on the web site .

There are currently bilateral agreements with:




South Korea





Research Network Grant – Swedish Research Links

The purpose of the Swedish Research Links programme is to support the development of long-term research partnerships between Swedish researchers and researchers within low income and lower middle-income countries. The program is open to researchers from all academic disciplines, covering theoretical as well as empirical, basic as well as applied fields of research. The countries eligible for these forms of collaborative research are on the OECD/DAC list (columns Least Developed Countries, Other Low Income Countries and Lower Middle Income Countries and Territories).



Relevant links

PromoDoc If you’re interested in studying for your PhD in Europe

EURODOC The European Council of doctoral candidates and young researchers

EURES Information, advice and recruitment/placement

ESF European Science Foundation

Europass Opening doors to learning and working in Europe

NARIC network The network aims at improving academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study

Citizens Signpost Service Help and advice on your life, work and travel in the EU.Multilingual legal experts provide a personalised reply

Opportunities outside Europe

EURAXESS Worldwide

There are plenty of opportunities outside the EU as well. Find out more about research outside the EU, including links to researcher’s mobility portals in Australia, Asia, Canada, Chile, Japan and South Africa.