20 January 2017

Mistra Fellows Programme

The Mistra Fellows Programme began in 2015

What is the purpose of this initiative?

Mistra Fellows Programme seeks to establish collaboration and boost exchange of knowledge between Mistra’s various research groups and international research organisations. The plan is to give four researchers a year the opportunity to work for an international organisation, with a focus on policy issues.

The programme caters primarily for young researchers engaged in an existing Mistra programme. Through the initiative, each Fellow will gain the opportunity to spend up to a year at a think tank or international organisation abroad, preferably in Europe or North America.

To be eligible, researchers must have obtained a PhD, normally sometime in the past five years. Alternatively, they must be PhD students at a late stage of their postgraduate education.

What contribution can the programme make?

The intention is for the researchers sent abroad to gain an international outlook and an in-depth understanding of European and international policy processes. During the stay, the Fellow works in a project relevant to the Mistra programme and the host organisation alike. Another aim is for the stay to help establish contacts and, by extension, bring about intensified collaboration between the programme and the organisation concerned.

The application, submitted by the Mistra programme in which the researcher is engaged, must state the researcher’s destination abroad and what the researcher and the programme are expected to achieve from the stay. A comprehensive agreement between the researcher’s home organisation and the host institution is then drawn up.

The Fellow will be employed by the programme host or another Swedish partner in the programme. Mistra assumes no employer responsibility but bears expenses like salary, social security contributions and compensation for raised living costs during the stay. At most, Mistra can award SEK 1 million per person. The host organisation is expected to provide a workplace and, depending on the researcher’s experience, supervision or support.

Who will benefit from the results?

Researchers taking part in the Mistra Fellows Programme will be able to provide feedback and contribute experience from their exchange. The work carried out must be relevant both to the programme to which the researcher belongs in Sweden and to the host organisation.

The programme as a whole will help to establish a new generation of Swedish researchers with an interest, and ability to work both nationally and internationally in the interface between research and policy.

‘We think this initiative is good for everyone — not least because the programme provides experience and qualifications for the researchers who get the chance to go, while giving their host organisations an insight into how Sweden regards the issues they’re working on.’

Johan Edman, Programmes Director at Mistra

Facts about the Mistra Fellows Programme

Programme period: 2015–

Funding: Mistra funds up to four researchers annually to spend a year working abroad. The maximum award per person is SEK 1 million.

Programme host: Mistra

In charge of the programme at Mistra: Johan Edman

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