For some programmes and courses, there is a possibility to travel abroad to collect data for your thesis or degree project. To see if this possibility is open to you, begin by checking the syllabus of your programme and the course in which you are doing the thesis.

Minor Field Studies

Minor Field Studies (MFS) is a scholarship of SEK 27,000 financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida. The scholarship is open for students, with Swedish citizenship or a permanent residence permit, who wish to travel to an approved low or middle-income country for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks to collect data for their bachelor’s or master’s thesis.

Application 

The application is currently closed and will open again in September 2022, with application deadline 14 november, for students at Malmö University who want to conduct a field study during the spring semester 2023. Information meetings will be held at the beginning of the application round, info will be posted here and on Canvas start page.

Eligibility and qualifications

To be eligible, you must:

  • study a bachelor’s or master’s level and use your MFS to gather data for your bachelor’s or master’s thesis during a of minimum of eight weeks;
  • be a Swedish Citizen or hold a permanent residence permit. Please note! EU citizens permanent right of residence does not make you eligible. Citizens of another Nordic country may be eligible if they have been registered residents in Sweden during at least the past 12 months at the time of application deadline;
  • be a registered as a student at Malmö University
  • never have commenced PhD studies
  • conduct your field study in an approved country. List of approved countries
  • be able to stay in your host country for a minimum of eight consecutive weeks

Good to know before submitting your application

It is your own responsibility to come up with and develop a project idea (with support from your academic supervisor or other relevant contact people). Your supervisor at Malmö University is the one you should turn to with questions regarding academic content. Various organisations can also offer project ideas. The MFS coordinator may assist you with contacts, but in general it is your own responsibility to find and make contact with relevant organisations/people.

When assessing your application, the decision group will consider how likely a successful field study is based on your application, so it is important that you clearly explain:

  • what you want to do
  • where you want to do it
  • how it will be done (methods, theory)
  • who will help you (your contact/s in the host country)

How to apply

Follow these three steps to submit your application.

Log in to the application portal, and choose ‘Application for Minor Field Studies – MFS’. Use your computer ID to log in.

Log in to the application portal

You need to submit several documents to make an application. Here you will find a list of the required documents and what they need to contain.

Project description

This is the main part of your application. This is also the main document on which the decision group bases your assessment. It should be a maximum of five pages, written in English, and contain the following:

  • background, theory, purpose, method
  • reflections regarding the subject chosen and its relevance connected to the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals (un.org
  • time plan, including preparatory work
  • description of the planned fieldwork
  • short description of the security situation in the area and how you plan to consider it during your field study
  • a short description of an alternative plan (what happens if the original plan needs to be changed?)
  • ethical considerations regarding your proposed fieldwork. Please note that interviews/observations of children and/or people in some kind of vulnerable positions are generally not approved.
  • a description of how you plan to share your experiences with other students at Malmö University after the field study
  • list of sources (for example, books, articles, and websites). Does not need to be counted as part of the five pages.

A simple budget

The budget must include travel costs, daily expenses (based on the living costs of the host country), as well as any vaccinations, visas and permits.

Statement from the supervisor at Malmö University

The statement must certify that the project description is suitable in relation to the field of study and that the person agrees to be your supervisor during the field study. In case your department is unable to appoint a supervisor by the time of the application deadline we will instead accept a document in which a teacher at your department certifies that the proposed study is suitable in relation to the field of study, and that you will get a supervisor when it is time for the actual field study.

Document form the contact person in the field

The document must prove that the person agrees to be your contact person in the host country to help you with practical matters as well as help you to get in contact with people relevant for your study, for example. This document will be accepted in most forms, such as email conversations, text messages or a formal invitation. Don’t forget to explain who your contact person is and how and why they’ll be able to assist you. Your contact person can be someone you know from before, a contact you got via a teacher or someone you got in contact with through googling relevant organisations.

Transcript of Records from Ladok

A document that proves that you are a registered student at Malmö University as well as your study results. If you have grades from other higher education institutions, you submit these as well.

CV

A CV where you list previous studies, relevant experiences, and contact information.

Copy of passport or other relevant documents that states citizenship

If you are not a Swedish citizen you shall upload a copy of your permanent residence permit or, if you are a citizen of a Nordic country other than Sweden, a document from the Swedish Tax Office stating that you have been registered in Sweden for the past 12 months. 

Make sure everything is included and submit your application online. The selection result will be announced via email approximately 3-4 weeks after the application deadline.

How your application is assessed

Malmö University has an assessment group that decides which applicants will receive the MFS scholarships. All faculties are represented in the group. Read more about how the assessment is made and who is part of the assessment group.

The assessments are based on the Swedish Council of Higher Education’s guidelines for assessments.

All general requirements must be met. Thereafter, the overall feasibility of the application is assessed. Here, all variables in the application are considered, such as choice of subject and method, question statement, contacts in the host country, the student awareness and maturity, reasonable budget, background research, security situation in the country and any risks to the student's personal safety.

It is an advantage if the applicant has previous experience of development issues through, for example, travels or studies. 

The decision cannot be appealed.

Assessment group

The Assessment Group consists of the following people:

The Minor Field Studies blog

All MFS students document their experiences in our blog. Here you can read posts directly from students in the field. 

Minor Field Studies blog

Erasmus+

The Erasmus+ programme offers the possibility of applying for a scholarship. Examples of what the scholarship can cover include data collection at a company or organisation, degree projects or field studies in Europe. 

More information about Erasmus+ scholarships

Go International for all

All students have equal and fair access and possibility to participate. You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions, if you are in need of support, or if you have a disability. Additional scholarship funds are available within some exchange programmes for students who, for example, travel with a child or have a disability.