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Eligibility Criteria

Personal Eligibility

Applicants for IFS grants:

  • must be citizens of eligible countries (see below), and must carry out their research in an eligible country (which does not have to be the country of citizenship), and
  • must either be enrolled in a PhD program or have recently (within five years) completed a PhD degree.
  • must write their proposals in English

Eligibility exceptions

Eligibility exceptions can be considered under proven special circumstances, such as maternity/ paternity leave, ill health, and caring commitments. Your eligibility will be calculated by deducting the total time of leave from the total time you post PhD. Email proof of leave with a brief description of your circumstances to applications@ifs.se .

 

Institutional Affiliation

Applicants must be attached to a national or regional research institution (eg, university, non-profit research center, or research-oriented NGO) in an eligible country (see below). The institution is expected to administer the grant, guarantee that the applicant has a source of income, and provide basic research facilities.

Researchers employed at international research institutions are NOT eligible for IFS grants. However, researchers doing part of their project at an international institution can apply for an IFS grant if their principal affiliation is with a national institution. 

Country Eligibility

Eligible for IFS support are low and lower income countries and the IFS cut off point for country eligibility is the middle income GNI threshold (for 2018, USD 4,905) plus 5%, USD 5,150

For details see:  Gross national income per capita 2017, Atlas method and PPP - World Bank, July 1, 2018 

Formerly eligible G-20 countries which are no longer eligible include Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa.

Countries that were once part of the former Soviet Union are also not eligible ..

The list below is based on GNI per capita, Atlas method for 2017 and published in 2018.

Eligible countries are :

Afghanistan

algeria

angola

bangladesh

benin

Bhutan

bolivia

Burkina Faso

Burundi

cambodia

cameroon

Cabo Verde

Central African Rep.

chad

Comoros

Congo, Dem. Rep.

Congo, Rep.

Ivory Coast

djibouti

Egypt, Arab Rep.

El Salvador

eritrea

ethiopia

Gambia, The

Ghana

guinea

Guinea Bissau

 

 

Haiti

honduras

Kenya

kiribati

Korea, DPR

Lao PDR

Lesotho

Liberia

madagascar

malawi

mali

Mauritania

Micronesia, Fed.Sts.

mongolia

morocco

mozambique

Myanmar

Nepal

Nicaragua

niger

Nigeria

Pakistan

Papua New Guinea

Philippines

rwanda

samoa

São Tomé and Principe

senegal

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands

somalia

South Sudan

Sri Lanka

sudan

Estwatini

Syrian Arab Rep.

tanzania

Timor Leste

togo

tunisia

uganda

vanuatu

Vietnam

West Bank and Gaza

Yemen, Rep.

Zambia

zimbabwe




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