Guest researcher at NAI – Nordic countries

Nordic Guest Researchers' Scholarship Programme

This scholarship programme is directed at researchers in Nordic countries, engaged in African oriented research. Female researchers are especially encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

Deadline for applications: 1 April 2015 (for a scholarship in 2016).

Application form

The purpose of the programme
The purpose of the Nordic Guest Researchers’ Programme is to promote scholarly exchange with Nordic researchers and to provide opportunities for Nordic scholars to pursue their own research projects at the Institute and  thereby also enjoy easy access to the Institute’s library and other resources.

Who can apply?
The Nordic Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme is directed at scholars in Nordic countries engaged in research on/about the African continent and with a proven track record of extensive research experience. The applicant should be placed at or affiliated with a Nordic university or other Nordic research institution. We would especially like to encourage women to apply for these scholarships.

Applications are invited from scholars with research projects related to current thematic research clusters at the Institute:

1.        Agrarian Change, Property and Resources

2.        Conflict, Displacement and Transformation

3.        African International Links

4.        Urban Dynamics

Please see this website for more details on the research clusters.

Applicants are requested to identify within what cluster their project fits best and to motivate the identification.

The scholarship and facilities
The Guest Researchers' Scholarship includes a return trip (economy class), accommodation, a subsistence allowance of SEK (Swedish kronor) 300 per day plus an installation grant of SEK 2,500, a shared office and free photocopying facilities up to a maximum of 1,000 copies. Guest Researchers are provided with their own office space with a computer/MS Word in a shared office.

The maximum duration of the stay is 90 days. To be entitled to a refund of the travel costs, the Guest Researcher has to stay for at least two months.

Like most other academic institutions in the Nordic countries, the Nordic Africa Institute is closed or at least running at a reduced capacity during the periods 15 June–15 August and 15 December–15 January. Applicants are thus asked not to choose these periods for their visit.

The Institute’s library is specialized in literature on contemporary Africa and focuses on Social Sciences. Guest Researchers also have access to the Uppsala University Library, including their online resources, and to the Library of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Additional activities
Guest Researchers have the possibiltiy to present their research at the Nordic Africa Institute and at other institutions in the Nordic countries.

The application should contain

  • a completed application form (2 copies)
  • a short motivation of your selection of NAI research cluster (2 copies)
  • an up-to-date curriculum vitæ (2 copies)
  • a short abstract of the research project to be carried out at the Nordic Africa Institute (2 copies)
  • a well elaborated research proposal outlining the main features of the research topic. The proposal should focus on the project to be carried out at the Nordic Africa Institute and include the expected results. Length of the proposal: 5 pages (2 copies)
  • copies of and/or references to the applicant’s publications; the two most important articles related to the research project to be pursued at the Nordic Africa Institute (2 copies of each)
  • a signed letter of support from the applicant’s Head of Department or other senior scholar in the same field.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Submission of applications
Applications can be sent by post/airmail or by email. Applications sent by email should contain only 1 copy of each document.

Applications sent by post/airmail should be addressed to
The Nordic Africa Institute
The Programme Officer
The Nordic Guest Researchers’ Scholarship Programme (NGRP)
P.O. Box 1703
SE-751 47 Uppsala, Sweden.

Applications sent by email should be addressed to

Please note: On the subject line of your email, write: “APPLICATION Nordic Guest Researchers’ Scholarship.” Applications sent by email should only contain 1 copy of each document.

Scanned versions of signed support letters can also be sent to the above email address.

Deadline for applications
The application period is now closed (for a scholarship in 2015)

Further information, phone +46 18 471 52 00.