Scholarship opportunity for PhD students

Mistra Geopolitics offers financial support to PhD students to spend a semester as guest researchers within the program. The aim of the support is to strengthen the links with partner organizations and to enable PhD students from low or middle income countries to spend a semester in Sweden and take part of the course work and activities of Mistra Geopolitics Research School.

Mistra Geopolitics is a research program with the overall goal to critically explore the interaction between geopolitics, human security and global environmental change. In a world characterized by growing uncertainties, the program will be able to contribute with new knowledge while demonstrating opportunities created by innovation and technological development in a number of areas. The program brings together diverse disciplines and research approaches spanning peace and conflict; human security; global environmental governance; global environmental change; and the effectiveness of domestic, regional, and global policy-making.

The program includes a Research School, which is hosted by the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. The Research School offers training for the next generation of scholars in methods, theories, and collection data for advanced analysis of geopolitics and sustainable development. The training includes courses on environmental change, geopolitical challenges and environmental governance, as well as regular seminars where senior scholars offer feedback on doctoral students’ work and where issues related to policy outreach and research communication are debated.

The call
Mistra Geopolitics offers financial support for covering the travel and accommodation expenses for three PhD students to spend a semester in Sweden (September to December 2018). During this period the graduate course Environmental Governance in an Uncertain World (7,5 ECTS) will be offered. The visiting PhD student will be hosted by one of Mistra Geopolitics’ partner universities and linked up with a senior scholar who will serve as a mentor during the period of the affiliation. The successful applicant will be awarded up to 7500 Euro to cover associated costs for travel and accommodation.

Who can apply?
In order to qualify for support, applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program in a low or middle income country. The topic of the PhD dissertation should be clearly linked to the research agenda of one or several work packages within the Mistra Geopolitics program. For further information see:

How to apply?
You apply by sending a letter of intent describing your research interests and how they relate to Mistra Geopolitics. Please specify which work package within the program that is most closely related to your research interests, and at which partner university that you want to locate your stay. All applications should also include a CV and list of publications, and be sent to Maria-Therese Gustafsson, Director of the Mistra Geopolitics Research School. Email: Deadline for application 10 February 2018.

For more information on the call please contact Maria-Therese Gustafsson: