Linnaeus-Palme

Last changed: 31 August 2022

At the moment, it is not possible to apply to the programme. No further calls for proposals are planned in the future. On the Swedish Council for Higher Education's website you can read more about the reasons. See link below.

Read more about the cancelled calls for proposals on utbyten.se (in swedish)

Linnaeus-Palme is a programme to help finance Swedish universities to establish new exchange partnerships for students and teachers in low- and middle-income countries. Linnaeus-Palme is administered by the University and Higher Education Council and is funded by Sida within the framework of the capacity development strategy, partnerships and methods that support Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development 2018-2022.

With this programme, you can establish long-term reciprocal collaborations with higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries. The program will stimulate collaboration between universities and colleges in Sweden and in developing countries. The purpose is to increase the internationalisation of the Swedish university.

As the name implies, the programme has two parts – Linnaeus and Palme. The first part, Linnaeus, gives Swedish teachers and students the opportunity to teach and study in different developing countries. The second part, Palme, provides opportunities for teachers and students from developing countries to teach and study in Sweden.

Note! This program is not for studies at the doctoral or researcher level.

For which type of Linnaeus-Palme funding should I apply?

Linnaeus-Palme has two different parts: Planning and Partnership. There is one application round for each per year. Planning applications are submitted in the autumn (usually in the month of November), while the Partnership applications are submitted in the spring (usually in the month of April).

If you want to start a new collaboration by visiting a university where you have not had a previous collaboration/Linnaeus-Palme project, you should apply for Linnaeus-Palme Planning. A planning trip is often the first step, and can serve as the basis to start a new exchange agreement and getting Partnership funding going forward.

If you have had a cooperation before, or you have received Linnaeus-Palme Planning funds before, you should apply for Linnaeus-Palme Partnership. It is possible to apply for Linnaeus-Palme Partnership funding for the same project for up to 8 years, but you apply one year at a time.

Possible partner countries

Valid cooperation countries are countries that are on the OECD's DAC list, which includes countries that are defined as low or middle-income countries by the OECD's Development Assistance Committee. A complete list is available here (in Swedish).

Who can apply for funding for LP-projects?

All departments at SLU can apply for Linnaeus-Palme. The department is the project owner, who administers and is responsible for the grant. You must contact the central SLU Linnaeus-Palme coordinator if you plan to apply via Mobility@slu.se.

Linnaeus-Palme Partnership

The Linnaeus-Palme Partnership Program aims to strengthen partnerships between Swedish higher education institutions and higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries, as well as to contribute to institutional capacity development and broaden the interest in development cooperation among young people. The total number of exchanges applied for must be equally distributed among the partners.

Teacher exchange

A teacher exchange must be at least 2 and maximum 8 weeks, including travel days. During the exchange period, the teacher must teach at the undergraduate or graduate level at either of the institutions participating in the project, but does not need to be employed by the department.

Student exchange

The student exchange shall include full-time studies at the undergraduate or graduate level at the respective university for at least 10 and a maximum of 40 weeks. At least 10 weeks must be counted as exchange studies and generate credits.

  • The student must have studied at least one year at university level before the exchange begins, and be enrolled at bachelor or master level at one of the participating institutions.
  • The student must be able to count/transfer the credits in their education.
  • A Linnaeus student must be a Swedish citizen or have a permanent residence permit in Sweden, or alternatively be a Nordic citizen who has been registered (folkbokförd) in Sweden for at least one year before leaving.
  • A Palme student must be a citizen of one of the valid partner countries.
  • Employed staff or doctoral students may not participate in student exchanges.

Other activities

It is also possible to apply for a grant for activities other than exchange:

  • Language training: grants for language training with the aim of strengthening the existing language skills of participating teachers (only for teacher exchange).
  • Other activities such as workshops, digital initiatives, seminars, or other activities that contribute to the project’s goals and which strengthen the reciprocity of the partnership. In the application, you must state which activities you intend to do, how much money you request, and what that amount should cover.
  • Evaluation trip: teachers and administrative staff can participate. An evaluation trip must be part of a project that also has exchanges. It is not possible to apply for a grant solely for an evaluation trip.
  • Visa travel for Palme participants: Costs for travel, room and board can be covered if the participant must travel in order to get their visa. You can apply for a grant of 2000, 5000, or 10 000 SEK per participant based on estimated costs.

Budget

The Linnaeus-Palme Program is a complement to the other international collaborations and exchanges we have. It is not intended to cover all the costs of the project. The department needs to finance certain parts themselves. Funding for most activities within a project is granted in the form of a lump sum. All projects that are granted student and teacher exchanges also receive a standard grant for the administration of the project.

Teacher exchange
  • Linnaeus:The basic grant is 21 000 SEK for two weeks. The grant increases thereafter by 2000 SEK per week. The maximum grant you can receive is 33 000 SEK for an eight-week exchange.
  • Palme: The basic grant is 31 500 SEK for two weeks. The grant increases thereafter by 2000 SEK per week. The maximum grant you can receive is 61 500 SEK for an eight-week exchange.
Student exchange
  • Linnaeus: The basic grant is 20 000 SEK for ten weeks. The grant increases thereafter by 2 500 SEK per week. The maximum grant for a student exchange is 45 500 SEK for 40 weeks of studies.
  • Palme: The basic grant is 40 000 SEK for ten weeks. The grant increases thereafter by 850 SEK per week. The maximum grant for a student exchange is 115 000 SEK for 40 weeks of studies.
Visa travel for Palme participants
  • You can apply for a grant of 2000, 5000, or 10 000 SEK per participant based on estimated costs.
Grant for administration of the project

Approved projects that include exchanges automatically receive a standard grant of 8000 SEK for administrative costs. In addition, the standard contribution is granted:

  • 1000 SEK per project participant in teacher exchanges.
  • 3000 SEK extra for each participating Palme teacher for extra expenses linked to special income tax for foreign residents – SINK (contact the Swedish Tax Agency with questions).
  • 2000 kronor per projektdeltagare i studentutbyte.
  • 12 000 kronor i revisionsbidrag för projekt som beviljas bidrag om 300 000 kronor eller mer.

Project period

Last day to submit your final report for ongoing project periods:

  • Granted projects in the 2019 application round will report by 28 February 2023.
  • Granted projects in the 2020 application round will finalise by 28 February 2023.
  • Granted projects in the 2022 application round will report by 30 September 2023.

Linnaeus-Palme Planning

L-P Planning call for proposals 2022 is cancelled.  At the moment, it is not possible to apply to the programme. Read more about the cancelled calls for proposals on utbyten.se (in swedish)

The purpose of the trip is to serve as a preparation for future exchanges. The Swedish and foreign universities have the opportunity to discuss the goals of the cooperation, the organisation of the exchanges and to ensure the quality. It is important that there is a broad foundation for exchange activities within the institutions. The idea is that a successful planning trip will be transformed into a successful partnership project going forward. It may be more difficult (but not impossible) to be granted Linnaeus-Palme Partnership Funds if you have not been granted Planning Funds first.

The planning trip must therefore be completed by teachers who are well-established in their institution in both countries.

Activities allowed within LP Planning

The planning trips should include at least three working days with each partner (excluding travel time), aiming to plan for a Linnaeus-Palme partnership project and solidify the project plans.

  •  Planning trip must take place both in Sweden and in the partner country
  • Activities related to research cannot be included in the Linnaeus-Palme program

Budget

You will receive a grant of 20 000 SEK per participant.

Exchange Period

The exchange period for projects within Linnaeus-Palme Planning 2021 are from the decision date to January 31, 2023. During this time, all participants must have completed their exchange and all travels.

Evaluation report

  • For projects approved in the 2019 application round, you must submit a final report no later than 1 September 2022.
  • For projects approved in the 2021 application round, you must submit a final report no later than 1 March 2023.

 

Application

Linnaeus-Palme Partnership application

L-P Planning call for proposals 2022 is cancelled.  At the moment, it is not possible to apply to the programme.

The SLU department completes the application online via UHR’s application portal “Mina Sidor”.

Log in to Mina Sidor, and create a new application for Linnaeus-Palme Partnership.

  1. Fill in the application and upload the supplementary documents, including a Letter of intent. Once you have filled in the project application, download and save the application overview as a PDF. By Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at the latest, you must send the overview to Mobility@slu.se. It can be a draft.
  2. I will add your project in the SLU compilation of all projects for the application round (ramansökan).
  3. Once the chancellor has signed the project compilation ramansökan, I will send you back the signed version by March 10, 2022.
  4. You upload the ramansökan in your application in the section ‘Contact persons.’ The deadline for the application is Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 12:00. Note the time! The application closes midday.

 

Linnaeus-Palme Planning Application

L-P Planning call for proposals 2022 is cancelled.  At the moment, it is not possible to apply to the programme.

Reporting

When the project period is over, you must submit a narrative and financial report that measures the results from the exchanges. If your project has been granted 300 000 SEK or more, the project owner is responsible for arranging an audit of the evaluation report. A qualified, unbiased and authorized external auditor must perform the audit. Projects that constitute an audit must also submit the audit report.

Last day to submit your final report for ongoing project periods:

Granted projects in the 2019 application round will report by 28 February 2023.

Granted projects in the 2020 application round will finalise by 28 February 2023.

Granted projects in the 2022 application round will report by 30 September 2023

The report includes:

  • Survey for participants
  • Audit report (if applicable)
  • Report submitted via Mina Sidor (the same system where you submit the application)