We start work on assessing the applications after the application deadline. We do this based on the criteria for validity and quality.

The assessment has two stages:

  • First, the application is assessed using the criteria for validity.
  • If the application is valid, then its quality is assessed.

It is not possible to supplement an application after the application deadline.

Criteria for validity

To be valid:

  • the project application must have arrived before 12 noon on the day of the deadline (the deadline can be found on the programme’s start page)
  • the project application must have been submitted through our application system
  • the project owner must be an accredited higher education institution
  • the project application must be complete

To be a complete project application, it must include

  • a signed letter of intent from the partner university/department, or indicate who is authorised representative of the partner university/department, with a date or phrasing that shows it supports the current Linnaeus-Palme application
  • an appended file with the framework application that includes the relevant project application. The framework application should be signed by the vice-chancellor or other authorised person with the right to sign agreements or otherwise certify his or her approval.
  • contact details (first name, last name, telephone and email) for an authorised representative with the right to sign agreements on behalf of the university, who provides approval for the terms and conditions and the programme’s other rules
  • a valid partner country

Quality criteria 

Valid project applications are assessed using the following quality criteria:

  • the project’s relevance in relation to the aims and objectives of the programme
  • the project’s feasibility and how well the planned activities are assessed as contributing to achieving the project’s objectives, the conditions of the project and both parties’ capacity to conduct international exchange projects 
  • the project’s risk awareness and risk management.

Allocation principles

Funding allocation within the Linnaeus-Palme Partnership is based on a quality assessment conducted by two assessors. The maximum points are 42 and the lowest points for approval are 25. Points are stated with a decimal and not rounded off. All applications that do not achieve the approved level are rejected. Other applications are ranked using the average points from the two assessments and as many as the programme budget allows are granted. If there are more applications with the same minimum points for approval than there are funds for allocation, the below selection criteria will be used to grant the funds.

  1. Project applications for teacher education (applicants have stated the subject area “education and teacher education”).
  2. Continuing applications.
  3. Exchange projects for cooperation with a university in one of the countries included in any of UHR’s contact seminars (see below).
  4. Random selection.

Countries included in contact seminars

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Colombia, Georgia, Egypt, Kirgizstan, Morocco, Peru, Serbia and Uzbekistan. Syria is not included because Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against travel to the country. We always refer to the Ministry’s recommendations for safety and security.