Minor Field Studies
As a student at Karlstad University, you have an opportunity to undertake aspects of your studies in a low- or middle-income country.
Minor Field Studies (MFS) is a scholarship programme for those of you who want to deepen your knowledge of global development issues. The scholarship provides an opportunity for you to carry out field studies and collect materials for your final degree thesis at bachelor's or master's level. MFS supports you studying issues, linked to the global goals in Agenda 2030, for at least eight weeks. You can apply for MFS regardless of which subject area you study at Karlstad University. The scholarship is SEK 27,000 and will cover the additional costs of conducting field studies in a low- or middle-income country. How many scholarships Karlstad University has available varies from year to year. If you are two students who plan to write a degree thesis together, you apply separately for MFS but with a joint project plan, see more information under FAQ.
Countries and topics
Your MFS stay must last for at least eight consecutive weeks in an approved low- or middle-income country. Your focus will be on studying issues related to the global goals, Agenda 2030. The topic should be important for your host country's economic, social, political, cultural or cognitive development. An MFS study can be carried out in all academic areas, from humanities and social sciences to natural sciences, technology and health. One purpose of the programme is to prepare students for working in global contexts and organizations therefore your thesis must be written in English.
- More information about MFS and a list of possible countries can be found at www.studera.nu
- More information about the global goals, Agenda 2030, can be found at www.globalamalen.se
- Many students choose to do MFS at one of the university's Study Points, here you will find more information about these. Link to Study Points Cape Town, Study Point Dharamsala, Fieldwork Varanasi, India.
The last application date before the autumn term is 15 May and for the spring term 1 November.
Due to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' current advice against travelling abroad and the Covid-19 virus, scholarships will not be granted, only preliminary notice will be given approximately one month after the last application date until the advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is removed.
Application - link to the application
The last application date before the spring semester is 1 November.
The last application day before the autumn semester is 15 May.