Linnaeus-Palme International Exchange Programme

Linnaeus-Palme is an Swedish exchange programme, introduced in May 2000, for teachers and students at undergraduate and master's level of higher education and aims at strengthening co-operation between institutions of higher education in Sweden and developing countries and thereby increasing global contacts in the world of higher education.

The programme is administered by the International Programme Office for Education and Training and financed by Sida, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency.
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Countries fulfilling the criteria for cooperation in the program are, with certain exceptions, those defined as developing countries by the list published by OECD's Aid Committee, DAC. Cooperation is thus possible with a number of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and also a number of countries in Central and Eastern Europe.

The exchange covers two parts:

– Linnaeus scholarships for outbound Swedish participants abroad since it was the custom of Carl von Linné to send his apprentices out into the world in order to gather information, and

– Palme scholarships for foreign participants as Olof Palme was deeply involved in the conditions faced by developing countries and their opportunities for development. The underlying idea is mutual co-operation between institutions of higher education will enrich the countries involved and provide a basis for broader partnerships between them.

Three types of exchange programmes

1. Travelling grants for preparing exchange projects

These journeys should be for one week. 35 000 SEK are offered as a grant, which includes travelling expenses for well established teachers from both countries to visit each other´s universities/colleges.

2. Exchange of Teachers

The exchange should be for five weeks. Two additional weeks of language course can be added. For the Linnaeus partner (travelling away from Sweden) the grant includes travelling expenses plus parts of living costs in the respective country, according to norms set by the Swedish government. For the Palme partner (coming to Sweden) the grant includes travelling expenses plus 600 SEK per day spent in Sweden.

3. Exchange of Students

The exchange should last for 1–2 semesters on full-time basis. The student must have completed one year of study in his home country before the exchange programme starts. The studies abroad should then be considered as equal to studies at the home university.
The out-going Linnaeus students are given a grant of 25 000 SEK for one semester or 40 000 SEK for two semesters.
The in-coming Palme students are given a grant of 45 000 SEK for one semester or 75 000 SEK for two semesters. Travelling expenses should be taken out of these money. Tuition fees are not accepted as this should be an exchange programme.
Students interested in these grants should contact the department at which they are studying, as it is the departments which are given the grants and decide which students should be selected.
A precondition for student exchange is that there has previously been a teacher´s exchange at the respective department.

Applications for the coming contract period

Applications for the contract period 1 July, 2014 – 30 June, 2015, should be delivered to the International Office or equivalent authority at the local Swedish university not later than 15 November, 2013. More information on this authority’s web page.
In 2006 Sida decided to extend the period for which Linnaeus Palme grants can be given from 5-6 years up to 8 years. Special criteria will be applied for projects that now has targeted the old limit. The stipends for incoming teachers and students have also been raised.

Selection procedures and decisions

Operational responsibility for the exchange programme lies with the individual departments of institutions of higher education. It is their desire for long-term institutional cooperation with corresponding departments in developing countries (and the reverse) which provides the foundations of the programme. The instruments at their disposal are the planning trip, as well as teacher and student exchange. Responsibility for the selection of teachers and students lies with the heads of the departments from where they come.

Approved South Asia related grants from previous years

Grants for the academic year 2013-14

The eleventh round of applications, for the contract period 1 July 2013 – 30 June 2014, were decided upon by the International Programme Office for Education and Training in lmid-March 2013. SASNET presents a list of the 28 programmes related to South Asia which were given grants. See our list on South Asia related projectsnew
Go for the full list of Linnaeus Palme grants 2013 (as a pdf-file)

South Asia related Linnaeus Palme International Exchange Programme grants 2001-2012