Apply for MFS
The online MFS application is open 3-4 weeks before the final application deadline. The next application period opens 1 April, 2021. If you have questions concerning the application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the travel restrictions issued by the Ministry of Foreign affairs, currently valid until 31 May, 2021, SLU is only able to give preliminary MFS scholarship decisions to the applications that involves field studies in countries outside Europe. Ministry for Foreign Affairs extends advice against travel - Government.se
SLU gladly accepts applications from external students from other universities in Sweden, as long as the proposed field study falls somewhere within SLUs competence areas. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions about external applications.
In your application, you need to upload the following documents:
- Project description, instructions further down on this page
- Welcome letter from the contact person in the field
- Written confirmation from your Swedish supervisor
- Copy of your passport (or permanent residence permit, or Nordic passport AND proof of residence)
The MFS-field study must take place over 8 consecutive weeks (at least 56 days). The decision about whether you receive the scholarship is announced within one month from the application deadline.
Application period 2021
During 2021, SLU offers several application periods for MFS scholarship. The next period starts 1 April with deadline 30 April.
The online application works best in the web-browser Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. You should use your student e-mail address when you fill in the form. Note that the application cannot be edited once you have clicked 'Submit!'
The MFS-scholarship is a fixed amount of SEK 27 000 and is a travel scholarship designed to cover your expenses during your MFS-period. The amount is not intended to cover everything, but it normally needs to be supplemented with student loans, for example. You do not need to account for your costs, although you will be required to upload flight tickets and boarding cards in the MFS portal. If two or three students apply together, each person receives their own scholarship.
Selection and notification
SLU has a university-wide assessment committee for MFS applications who determines which students will be granted an MFS scholarship.
About a month after the time of application, you will be notified as to whether you have been granted an MFS scholarship. You will be required to attend a MFS preparatory course, book your flights and receive important documents, such as insurance certificate etc, prior to your departure.
Please note, again, that due to the travel restrictions outside Europe, we will only be able to make a preliminary evaluation of your MFS scholarship application.
Future insurance changes that will affect your choice of host country
The terms and conditions of Kammarkollegiet’s Student OUT insurance will be updated from July 1, 2021. An important change is that the insurance will not be valid in countries where the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Utrikesdepartementet) advises against all travel to (in Swedish: “alla resor”). If the advice against all travel only refers to a certain region in the country, the insurance is not valid at all in that country. If the advice against travel is introduced during the stay abroad, the insurance is valid during a transition period of 30 days for the student to have time to return home.
This will have some consequences for several MFS countries, for example, Colombia, Ethiopia and Turkey, where the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against all travels to a certain region in the country. Please note, you have to compare the list of MFS host countries to the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs advise against all travel.
You will not be able to conduct your MFS through SLU if the university cannot ensure that you have a valid student insurance via Kammarkollegiet. Please find further information about the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs advise against travel below.
- Student UT insurance agreement
- Instructions in English for the supervisor in Sweden and the contact person in the host country
- Instructions on what you should include in your project description, welcome letter from your contact person in the field, and the certificate from your supervisor in Sweden
Information about degree projects
- Information about degree projects, including FAQ, guidelines and support.