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Departments can apply for grants for partnership projects within Linnaeus-Palme

All Swedish universities may apply for a grant to conduct an exchange project. The Swedish university is the project owner; it administers and is responsible for the grant.

Cooperation takes place at departmental level between two departments or the equivalent, which focus on the same subject, or in the form of an interdisciplinary cooperation. If your project requires cooperation centrally, you must explain why in your application.

The university must have a framework application. This is a compilation of all the university’s Linnaeus-Palme projects and must be approved by the vice-chancellor or another person authorised to make such decisions. Every university has a coordinator specifically for the Linnaeus-Palme Programme who is responsible for the framework application. Read more about the application on the Before applying page.

Funding opportunities

A partnership may be granted finding for up to eight project rounds, but the application is valid for three semesters at a time and is renewed every year.

You may apply for a grant for the following 

Within the Linnaeus-Palme Programme you can apply for grants for the following activities:

  • student exchange
  • teacher exchange
  • other activities, such as language classes prior to a teacher exchange, evaluation trips, workshops, themed seminars, digital initiatives or other capacity building or partnership-strengthening activity
  • visa travel for Palme participants

Even distribution 

The total number of exchanges applied for must be evenly distributed between the partners. This means that the number of participating teachers/students from each university must be the same. For example, if an exchange has two outgoing students (Linnaeus) it must also include two incoming students (Palme). It is also possible to apply for only teacher exchanges (1+1, 2+2 and so on).

Prerequisites for partnership projects


  • The student must have studied for at least one year in higher education prior to the exchange and be registered at Bachelor’s or Master’s level at one of the participating departments.
  • A student exchange must be for full-time study at Bachelor’s or Master’s level at each department, for at least 10 and a maximum of 40 weeks. At least 10 weeks must count as exchange studies and generate higher education credits. No tuition fees may be charged.
  • The student must be able to transfer the credits for their studies.
  • Linnaeus students must be entitled to student finance (CSN) during the exchange.
  • A Linnaeus student must be a Swedish citizen or have permanent residency in Sweden, or be a Nordic citizen who has been registered in Sweden for a least a year before departure.
  • 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.


  • A teacher exchange must be at least two and a maximum of eight weeks, including travel days.
  • During the exchange period the teacher must teach at Bachelor’s or Master’s level at one of the departments participating in the project, but does not have to be employed at that department.

Other activities

It is also possible to apply for funding for activities other than exchanges. You can read more about this on the Finances and grants page. Other activities also include the opportunity to apply for language grants and evaluation trips.

Language funding
As part of other activities, it is possible to apply for funding for language courses that aim to strengthen participating teachers’ existing language skills. For example, teachers who are expected to teach in English may apply for funding for English language courses.

Evaluation trip
Teachers and administrative staff may participate in an evaluation trip. For administrative staff, the person must be employed in the participating department and have international duties.

The evaluation trip must be included in a project that also has exchanges. It is not possible to only apply for funding for evaluation trips.

Project period

By project period, we mean the period of time that the project may have costs. All actual costs must have arisen and be paid within the period.

The project period for an application round starts on the date that a decision to grant funding is made. The final date for the project period is stated in the notification of decision.

Possible partner countries

Valid partner countries for the programme are based upon the OECD’s DAC list and consists of countries that are defined as low and middle-income countries by the OECD’s development assistance committee. An up to date list is available on the start page for the Linnaeus-Palme Partnership.

If your project is granted funding

Before you submit your application, an authorised representative of the university, with the right to sign agreements, must state that they accept entering into an agreement with UHR according to the programme’s terms and conditions. The agreement enters into force when a project is granted funding and we send a decision via email. The notification letter states the size of the grant, which project activities have been granted and the terms and conditions that apply on accepting the grant. The grant is paid automatically when the decision is made.

Student and teacher recruitment

Because student and teacher exchanges are the foundation of the Linnaeus-Palme Programme, it is important that the university ensures it is possible for students and teachers to participate in the planned exchanges. It is also important there is good planning at a departmental level, so the project participants’ knowledge and experience generated by the exchange will be integrated and disseminated, and the project can achieve the expected results of the Linnaeus-Palme Programme.