Research Stints Abroad

As a WASP PhD student, you have the possibility to apply for a short-term visiting researcher position abroad. This exchange program aims to foster meaningful long-term collaborations between researchers at WASP, Stanford University and UC Berkeley and other university research groups abroad. You can apply for a visit in the range 1-6 months.

Where can I go?

You can visit any research group in the area of your research interests outside Sweden. For visits to Stanford University and UC Berkeley there is a specific call every year, see further below.

Are there any time limits?

You can apply for a longer or a shorter visit. A long visit is typically one semester/two quarters long. For shorter visits there is a minimum time of 1 month. If you plan to share the time between different hosts, there is a minimum time of one month per host. During your time as graduate student you may apply for 1 longer or (at most) two shorter visits.

What funding can I get?

Applicants selected by the program will receive funding from WASP to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and living. The maximum amounts are 100 000 SEK (longer visit) or 50 000 SEK (shorter visit). Tuition fees may also be included in the WASP grant, but if the cost of tuition exceeds the maximum grant, it must be covered by your home university.

Researcher tuition at Stanford/Berkeley. Note that the MoUs signed by Stanford University, UC Berkeley and WASP mean that most tuition fees are waived, but not all. Both Stanford and Berkeley require a visiting researcher tuition fee (As an example, the Stanford fee 2018 was $1062 per month).

Who can apply?

Both academic and industrial WASP PhD students can apply for longer or shorter research positions abroad. WASP Affiliated PhD students can apply for positions at Stanford university and UC Berkeley but will not receive funding from WASP.

When do I apply?

For visits to Stanford University and UC Berkeley there is a call every year. The latest day for submission 2019 is on the 19th of November. The decision will be announced in December 2019.

For visits to other hosting universities you can apply continuously and will get a reply within a quarter (ordinary vacation times not included).

How do I apply?

The first step is to identify and approach a research group in the area of your research. Ask your supervisor for help in establishing the contact. You need a letter of invitation from your host (the head of that research group) to confirm that you are welcome to visit them.

The second step is to submit a short (max two pages) application by email to Bo Wahlberg (bo@kth.se) describing the planned visit with a short research plan together with the letter of invitation from your host.

If you have any questions about this, please contact the graduate school coordinator:

Petronella Norberg
Petronella.norberg@liu.se
+46 13 28 28 37