PhD students and postdocs
This information is intended for PhD students and postdocs who are part of Sida-funded bilateral research cooperation programmes.
How to obtain your residence permit
The first time you travel to Sweden it is important that you start the process about 3 months before your planned travel. There are several steps to be taken, and it is important to allow time for each step. Please note that you need to contact the International Science Programme (ISP) before applying for residency permits in order to get all necessary documents.
Detailed information is found on the ISP and Migration Office websites.
Regarding subsistence allowances
Swedish universities follow the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance, which defines the conditions for PhD students. Sida has developed a document (in Swedish) interpreting the Ordinance in the part regarding the Sida-funded PhD-students. In brief, the subsistence allowances financed by Sida are not stipends and therefore exempt from the regulations regarding employment and stipend monetary level.