The Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education, STINT, has the mission to internationalise Swedish higher education and research. STINT offer a number of grants and scholarship programmes, where KTH can seek funding for various forms of international activities in higher education and research.
The programmes aim to pick up on various current needs, from initiating international projects through four-year international partnerships at faculty level, to strategic internationalisation at university level. Application can be done by KTH faculty directly to STINT on all programmes except for "Strategic Grants for Internationalization" and "Teaching Sabbatical". Support in the application process is offered.
STINT grants and scholarship programmes
Grants for Double Degree Programmes
The aim of the programme is to internationalise and renew higher education on Bachelor, Master's or PhD level. Grants for Double Degree Programmes targets the development of new educational collaborations between Swedish and foreign higher education institutions.
Applicants must be dean or equivalent with a responsibility for decisions regarding new education programmes. Projects may last for up to three years. Funds applied for in a project may not exceed SEK 750,000. The project must be co-funded by KTH (and other partners) in a sum at least as great as that being applied for. The main partner should be outside EU/EFTA.
The aim of the programme is to strengthen the competitiveness of Swedish universities and colleges through the development of international relationships. The internationalisation of higher education and research is mainly based on concerted, long-term efforts. Sometimes however, it is important to be able to act quickly when the opportunity arises. STINT offers an Initiation grant for this purpose. Initiation grants are given for the implementation of short-term projects targeting the building of new and strategically interesting international relationships.
Joint Research Collaboration with Brazil, China, Japan and Korea
The aim of the Joint Research Collaboration programmes is to strengthen Swedish research and higher education by developing and establishing international partnerships. The programme supports projects of high scientific quality which are clearly contributing to the activities of participating educational establishments.
Applicants should have obtained their PhD. Projects may last for up to three years, conditional upon the acceptance of an interim report. The proposed project must encompass at least one Swedish party and at least one party in the specified country. Applicants may have on-going projects in the Initiation Grants programme, but otherwise there must not be any on-going STINT projects. The ideal partnership project will have activities encompassing research as well as higher education, although STINT is able to support pure research partnerships.
South Africa-Sweden Research Cooperation
The aim of South Africa-Sweden Bilateral Scientific Research Cooperation is to strengthen Swedish research and higher education by developing and establishing international partnerships. The programme supports projects of high scientific quality which are clearly contributing to the activities of participating institutions.
Projects may last for up to three years. Applicants should be working at a university in Sweden and have obtained their PhD. The proposed project must encompass at least one Swedish and at least one South African party. In addition to the application to STINT a parallel application is to be submitted by the South African party to the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Postdoctoral Transition Grants
The aim of the Postdoctoral Transition Grants for Internationalisation programme is to support promising young researchers in Sweden after a postdoc period (which included at least one year abroad) in order to maintain and further develop their international network early in their careers.
The programme targets further development of the international relations after the postdoc period. It does thus not fund traditional postdoc periods abroad. Projects may last for up to three years. The funds are to be used for mobility, stays abroad or foreign researcher’s stays in Sweden.
Strategic Grants for Internationalization
Higher education and research is in a highly dynamic period which brings about new opportunities and challenges. This in turn requires clear goals and strategies for internationalisation at universities. With Strategic Grants for Internationalisation, STINT will contribute to the renewal and development of internationalisation strategies at university level. The programme is aimed at the university leadership. Applications should incorporate strategically important internationalisation initiatives which also utilise the experience and dedication of individual leaders in their field at each university. Note that applications for this action should be submitted by the president.
The Teaching Sabbatical programme aims to develop both individuals and institutions. By giving Swedish university teachers international experiences relevant to their teaching role rather than their research one, STINT will contribute to educational renewal and the creation of new networks. With its scholarship programme, STINT wants to highlight the fact that academic teachers need international models and experiences.
Participating teachers will reside at the foreign university for the autumn semester (August to December). The intention is for them to teach, either by giving a course themselves or in partnership with a colleague at the host university. STINT is collaborating with selected universities based in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. STINT aims to provide at least ten scholarships a year.
In the calls KTH is invited to nominate two candidates. Vice Rector for Global relations nominates KTH candidates following a proposal from the Head of Departments. To apply, send the completed application form for STINT Teaching Sabbaticals (docx 1.3 MB) to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31st