Plan and Research
Formulate your needs
Before you start looking for scholarships, it's important to really think about what you need financial assistance for and if you think someone would want to fund it. What you need help with can be anything from financing literature, to help with flight tickets, or to support extensive research. Scholarships are awarded to both students and private individuals and companies with the intent of promoting a particular purpose.
There are books stuffed full with information about scholarships and foundations. You can often find them in libraries. Some popular collections are: ”Stipendiehandboken” ("Scholarship Handbook"), ”Fonder och stipendier i Sverige” ("Funds and scholarships in Sweden"), ”Stora Fondboken” ("Big Book Fund") and "Scholarships & Grants".
On different Embassy websites you can sometimes find information about different grants connected to the country where you are going to stay. You can also visit the Swedish embassy website of the country you are travelling to, and see if there is information about scholarships for Swedes abroad.
Be creative and visit websites or contact different associations, federations, banks, insurance offices etc. to ask if they award scholarships.
Find out what the application should contain
Different foundations have different requirements that you must fulfil in order to receive their scholarship. It is therefore important to find out what requirements you need to fulfil before submitting the application. Competition for scholarships is fierce, and if you do not have thorough and accurate application, your chances to receive the grant are small.
An application often contains a personal letter, a resume, a cv, references, background to why you are applying for the scholarship, and what you will use the money for.
- Things to think about...
- Start early!
- Sometimes it is possible to apply for a grant even if you already have started a project.
- Search for scholarships that are linked to your school, education, student nation, etc.
- Search for scholarships related to your place of birth or current residence
- Search for scholarships related to your union, political party, or sport.