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Scholarship holders

Information about scholarships

What is a scholarship?

A scholarship is a form of funding for maintenance during Master’s or PhD studies or career development after the completion of a doctoral degree. As a scholarship holder, you will get:

  • Up to 4 years of study as a PhD student, with a minimum of SEK 12 712/month (2015) or
  • Up to 2 years of career development as a postdoctoral fellow, with a minimum of SEK 18 160/month (2015)

This also includes:

  • a good working environment
  • help with planning your studies
  • continuous follow-up of your development
  • insurance
  • student health service
  • occupational health service

What is a scholarship not?

When you are a scholarship holder you are not regarded as an employee, you do not pay taxes and you do not get a salary. This also means that you will not get:

  • pension contributions (not pensionable)
  • holiday pay
  • parental benefit (with exception for PhD students)
  • sickness benefit (with exception for PhD students)

If you fall ill or have a child you will have to use your scholarship. (Lund University must have an agreement with the funder that the student can extend the scholarship for an equivalent period of time.)

Lund University receives persons with two kinds of scholarships, established and external scholarships.

Established scholarships

Concerns scholarships for Master’s studies or postdoctoral career development established and/or paid out via Lund University.

The scholarship will be announced as vacant by the department. When you are accepted as a scholarship holder at Lund University you will receive:

  • a letter of invitation (can be used when applying for visa and right of residence).
  • a copy of the decision to award a scholarship
  • a plan for your studies/professional development (containing information about planned career development, length of stay, follow-up etcetera)
  • information about social benefits
  • information about relevant insurance policies

You will also be registered in Ladok (students) or Primula (postdocs).

Risk of retroactive taxation

Scholarships for postdoctoral career development established and/or paid out via Lund University are not normally taxed in Sweden. However, there is a risk of possible retrospective taxation in cases where the scholarship recipient has been employed at LU within the past two years or where he or she gains employment at LU immediately after the period covered by the scholarship.

Risk of retroactive taxation in your home country

There may be a risk of the scholarship being taxed in the holder’s home country; the scholarship holder should investigate this before the period of the scholarship.

External scholarships

Concerns scholarships that are awarded and paid out directly to the scholarship holder by an external funder, for study at Master’s or doctoral level, or for postdoctoral career development. When you are accepted as a scholarship holder at Lund University you will receive:

  • a letter of acceptance (can be used when applying for visa and right of residence)
  • a copy of the decision on acceptance as an external scholarship holder
  • a plan for your studies/professional development (containing information about planned career development, length of stay, follow-up etcetera.)
  • information about social benefits
  • information about relevant insurance policies

Risk of retroactive taxation in your home country

There may be a risk of the scholarship being taxed in the holder’s home country; the scholarship holder should investigate this before the period of the scholarship. Please bear in mind that scholarship funding for study or postdoctoral career development gives fewer social insurance benefits than funding in the form of student finance or employment.

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Contact

Contact your line manager or the human resources officer within your department/faculty or equivalent.

Telephone: +46 (0)46-222 00 00 (switchboard)
Mailing adress: Box 117, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Invoice adress: Box 188, 221 00 Lund, Sweden
Organisation number: 202100-3211

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