Call for nominations: Olof Palme Visiting Professorship in Sweden

The Swedish Research Council’s grant for visiting professors aims to give universities the opportunity to develop a research area by recruiting an internationally prominent professor during a limited period. Through the Olof Palme professorship, an internationally prominent foreign researcher may spend one year at a university, higher educational institution or research institute in Sweden.

The Olof Palme professorship was created in memory of Olof Palme (1927–1986), Sweden’s prime minister during the years 1969–1976 and 1982–1986.

Eligibility criteria for grant applications

The following conditions must be fulfilled in order for the organisation to be duly qualified to apply for the grant. We carry out checks to ensure unqualified applications are rejected from further processing.

Focus and nominated candidate

The holder of the Olof Palme professorship shall be an internationally prominent researcher focusing on areas of importance for the striving towards peace in a broad context. This may include research into international policy, peace and conflict research and the comparison of social institutions. It may also relate to research into the fundamental causes of conflicts, and into societal development that in various respects promotes peace and human security.

The researcher proposed for the visiting professorship shall be the holder of a professorship or corresponding at the time of application. The researcher must also be aware of the nomination and what acceptance of the professorship entails. If the nominated candidate declines to accept the professorship, the HEI cannot propose a replacement.

The visiting professor is expected to participate in the department’s seminar activities and also to visit other departments across the country within his/her research area.

The visiting professor awarded the professorship shall be employed by the administrating organisation throughout the visit.


The applicant for the grant must be a Swedish university or higher education institution (HEI) that has been approved as an administrating organisation for grants from the Swedish Research Council. The application with a nominated candidate for the visiting professorship shall include a named researcher (project leader) who represents the institution wishing to act as host for the visiting professorship. The visiting professor shall be employed by the administrating organisation at the start of and throughout the grant period, unless the Swedish Research Council approves an exception.

When the application is registered and signed in Prisma (see below), the HEI and the nominated department undertake to be responsible for the local hosting and all practical arrangements associated with the visiting professor’s visit to Sweden, if the visiting professorship is awarded.

Number of applications and previous grants

There is no limit to the number of applications a single HEI may submit. However, any individual candidate may only be nominated in one application.

Costs and grant amounts

A grant of maximum 850 000 SEK including indirect costs may be applied for for a visiting professor who will visit Sweden for up to 6 months. For a visit lasting between 7 and 12 months, a grant amounting to maximum 1 700 000 SEK including indirect costs may be applied for.

The grant is intended to cover salary costs including social security contributions and insurance, rent of housing and travel to and from Sweden. The amount of the grant is affected by items such as accompanying family members and local housing costs. The Swedish Research Council assumes that the administrating organisation, as the employer responsible, will cover any costs in excess of the standard amount received.

Grant period

The visit to Sweden shall last no less than six months, and no longer than one year. The visit may be divided up into more than one period.

The professorship shall start during 2020. The entire grant amount will be paid during 2020, irrespective of when during the year the start occurs.

How do I apply?

You apply electronically in Prisma, which is the application system used by the Swedish Research Council. To apply, your organisation must have been approved as an administrating organisation and have created an organisation account in Prisma.

The application shall be initiated by the administration organisation (by the person responsible for the organisation account or for the organisation’s applications). The person initiating the application shall thereafter invite the person appointed by the nominating department to be responsible for the invitation to the visiting professorship and for completing the contents of the application as project leader/data manager for the application in Prisma.

What happens next?

When the person responsible for the organisation application at the administrating organisation has registered the application and the call closes (at 14.00/2 p.m. on the deadline date of the call), the registration of the application is automatically finalised and allocated a registration number.

Thereafter, the project leader/data manager can find information about the status of the application, registration number and signature of the application in his/her account in Prisma, under the tab “Applications and grants”. The person who is responsible for the organisation application at the administrating organisation can find the application under the tab “Organisation applications”.


The scientific evaluation of the application is carried out by active researchers. These peer reviewers evaluate the application in competition with the other applications on the basis of the evaluation criteria set by the Swedish Research Council.

The following aspects will be evaluated:

  • The visiting researcher’s merits and position internationally
  • The importance of the visiting researcher’s visit to the host department, and the added value to Swedish research in general within the subject area in question

If an application is not completed according to the instructions, this will be weighed into the evaluation.


Shortly after the grant decision has been made, a notice of the grant award will be published on the Swedish Research Council’s website. The project leader/data manager will thereafter find a notice of the decision and a final statement on the application in his/her personal account in Prisma, under the tab “Applications and grants”. The statement consists of a grading and, in some cases, written comments.

Application date
27 Feb 2018
6-12 months
Europe Sweden
Humanities Anthropology & Ethnology Archaeology Architecture Art & Art History Classical Studies Digital Humanities History Linguistics Literature Media Studies Music & Musicology Philosophy Religion & Theology Social sciences Business and Administrative Sciences Communication Sciences Demography Economics Environmental Sciences Gender Studies Geography International Relations Law Pedagogic & Education Research Political science Psychology & Cognitive Sciences Social Anthropology Sociology
Required post-doc experience: 
between 10 and 99 years
Grants available
Award granted
Up to SEK 1.700.000