Fulbright Scholar Award

All Disciplines


Application Deadline
Friday, September 15, 2023
Award Code
Activity Type
Research includes activities involving scientific research, qualitative research, quantitative research, and practice-based research, including artistic research. Research can take place in locations such as the laboratory, the field, the archives, or an artist residency. It can be experimental, clinical, or applied. It can include examining policies, systems, theories, methods, interactions, and works of art and music, with the objective to evaluate or develop new knowledge or works. Quantifiable (tangible) outcomes can include publications (books, journal articles, scripts, etc.), conference presentations, artistic and musical compositions, exhibitions, performances, films, and patents.
Teaching includes classroom teaching, as well as giving guest lectures, workshops, and seminars, and engaging in other related activities. Classroom teaching is typically at the undergraduate and graduate level, and courses may be designed by the scholar or prescribed by the host institution and may be taught or co-taught by the scholar. The teaching load varies by award, as well as the host institution. Scholars may also consult on building research capacity, advise graduate students, and assist with thesis advising.
A combination of teaching and research as described above. Refer to the award description for any specifications on percentages of time that should be devoted to teaching vs research.
Degree Requirements
Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) required
Career Profile
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in an artistic profession.
Early Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for no more than seven years.
Mid-Career Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than seven, and less than 13, years.
Awards are open to individuals who have more than seven years of experience in a particular profession.
Senior Academics
Awards are open to those who have been working in the capacity of a teacher or scholar for more than 13 years.

Number of recipients

Up To
Award Start Period
August 2024 - March 2025
Award Length
3 months - 6 months
Flex Option
Multi-Country/Area Award
Projects are sought in all disciplines
Scholars selected for this award can choose to
Advise and/or mentor students
Assist in faculty, curriculum, and/or program development
Conduct a research project of the applicant’s choosing
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses designated by the host institution
Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses of the applicant’s choosing
Conduct a professional and/or artistic project

In addition to being a prestigious academic exchange program, the Fulbright Program is designed to expand and strengthen relationships between the people of the United States and citizens of other nations and to promote international understanding and cooperation. To support this mission, Fulbright Scholars may be asked to give public talks, mentor students, and otherwise engage with the host community, in addition to their primary activities‎.

Award Activity

Teach and/or research in the proposed area of interest. The ratio of teaching vs. research and the number of courses to be taught (if any) is to be arranged between the scholar and the host institution and stated in the letter of invitation.

Location Selection: Applicant may propose an appropriate host
Locations Detail

Any institution of higher education or research, museum or cultural institutions in Sweden are accepted; applicants must arrange their own affiliation by the time of application. Applicants are free to contact the Commission with questions regarding acceptable hosts. Assistance with housing arrangements is usually available through the host institution.

Award Length and Period

Although not covered by award funding, grantees may extend their stay in Sweden beyond the maximum six month period of the Fulbright grant, provided they demonstrate to the Swedish Migration Authority financial and insurance coverage for themselves and family members, as well as continued support from the academic host.

Areas of Interest

Applications are welcome in all fields, including the arts.

Special Features

Lecturers/Research Scholars are encouraged to apply to the Inter-country Program through participating European Fulbright commissions/posts for additional funding to travel within Europe for activities related to their academic project. Please see the Commission website for information.

Citizenship/Residency Requirement
Applicants residing in the award country at the time of application or thereafter are not eligible to apply for this award.
Permanent residents of the award country are not eligible to apply for this award.
Invitation Requirement
A letter of invitation is required.
Language Proficiency Requirements
None, English is sufficient. However, feasibility of conducting the project must be demonstrated in the project statement
Additional Language Requirement

All teaching and research activities can be conducted in English. However, knowledge of Swedish is advantageous. Applicants requiring translation services or research assistance must arrange for this at their own cost.

Additional Qualification Information

Please note that candidates currently residing in Sweden or who have already begun a program in Sweden are not eligible for the Fulbright program in Sweden.

Additional Comments

Applicants should clearly state the number of months and specific dates for which they are requesting funding. Grants should be carried out during the academic year (August-May), unless otherwise justified. Information concerning letters of invitation can be found at the Commisison website. Grantees intending to stay in Sweden for a longer period than the initial six months covered by the Fulbright award, should contact the Commission.

General information on host institutions and academic life in Sweden is available here.

Award Allowances

A fixed living allowance of SEK 27,000 (approx. $3,175 USD and untaxed) per month is provided. Grant periods may range between three and six months. A separate housing allowance is not provided. Grantees are responsible for arranging their own housing and should contact their host institution/adviser for assistance.

Estimated Travel and Relocation Allowance for Grantee

Round-trip travel for grantee only.

Do you offer additional dependent benefits

The grant provides for an additional dependent allowance of SEK 1,000 per month for the first accompanying dependent (spouse) and SEK 500 per month for each additional accompanying dependent up to a maximum of three. Dependents must accompany grantee for the entire grant period to be eligible for the dependent benefit allowance. All allowances are a flat amount paid in Swedish kronor.

Public schools are usually free of charge from primary through the upper-secondary level and many public and private schools offer English instruction through primary and upper-secondary levels. However, grantees should be aware that personal funds are usually necessary to cover costs for accompanying dependents, including the additional cost of daycare and international schools. Please note that children of grantees may be eligible to receive subsidized daycare and free schooling as long as the other parent is working or studying. It is the responsibility of the grantee to contact any schools and daycare centers directly to negotiate the terms of stay and applicable costs.

Dependents must accompany the grantee for at least 80% of the period abroad and a minimum of one semester in order to qualify for additional dependent benefits. Dependent benefits are not provided to Flex grantees.

Estimated Cost of Living

Cost of living estimates are available on the host university webpages.

Final grant amounts will be determined prior to the start of the academic year and are subject to the availability of funds. The United States Department of State and the Fulbright Commission in the host country reserve the right to alter, without notice, participating countries, number of awards and allowances.


What is life like for Fulbrighters in your country?

With a total population of approximately 10.2 million, Sweden is a sparsely populated country, characterized by its long coastline, extensive forests and numerous lakes. It is one of the world’s northernmost countries. In terms of surface area it is comparable to Spain, Thailand or the American state of California. Sweden’s borders have been unchanged since 1905 and the country has not been at war since 1814. Considering its geographic location, Sweden enjoys a favorable climate. This is mainly because of the Gulf Stream, a warm ocean current that flows off Norway’s west coast.

Americans visiting Sweden will find that English is widely spoken. Swedish society is welcoming and the culture is relatively easy to navigate. As a technologically advanced country, Sweden is ideal for many types of research. Scholars can generally expect reasonable access to people, institutions and information for research purposes.

A useful overview of Sweden is available online.

With a strong public emphasis on education, Sweden is an excellent place to teach and conduct research and all Swedish institutions of higher education and research offer opportunities for international scholars. Candidates from the level of recent Ph.D. scholar to full professor in any discipline will therefore be considered. Preference is given to academic and professional excellence, feasibility and significance of the project and match with host affiliation. English is sufficient, as Swedish students and scholars have excellent proficiency in English but interest in, or limited knowledge of the Swedish language is appreciated and often useful. The academic year consists of two 20-week semesters. The fall semester runs from the middle or end of August through mid-January and the spring term from mid-January through the beginning of June. Awards are rarely made in the summer months, unless justified by the nature of the project and prearranged with the prospective host institution.

All applicants should prioritize making a preliminary reservation at the university housing office of the host institution as soon as possible. If additional help is needed, they should ask their Swedish academic hosts for assistance in placing them in the university's housing queue. The Commission is unable to assist with housing. As all Fulbright grants are less than one year in length, U.S. grantees will not be issued a personal ID number and will therefore not be included in the social welfare system, nor be required to pay Swedish tax. As such, school options for family members should be discussed with the host institution. Grantees in Sweden for less than 6 months will not be able to open a Swedish bank account and will receive their grant payment at their U.S. financial institution.

For more information on living and studying in Sweden, click here.

Please note that applicants currently residing in Sweden or who have already begun a program in Sweden are not eligible for the Fulbright program with Sweden.

Previous Fulbright Recipients

Applicants interested in contacting previous Fulbright alumni in a certain field/area of research or geographical location may contact the Commission. Please visit the Commission's YouTube channel for videos of previous Fulbright grantees to Sweden, including the Distinguished Scholar in American Studies at Uppsala University here: https://www.youtube.com/@FulbrightSweden/videos.

Visit our Scholar Directory to view and search all Fulbright alumni. You can also learn more about Fulbright Alumni Ambassadors.