Applying for grants and scholarships makes your expense account last a little bit longer. Here is some information about a few

funds that are open to applications from PhD's within the Humanities.



Twice annualy, grants from the Kempe foundation are announced. The purpose is to support doctoral students in their research. Funds are primarily aimed at doctoral students at the beginning of their studies, with projects that hold a high scientific level. If you are a resident of Västerbotten, Västernorrland or Norrbotten and member of one of the Student unions at Umeå university, your are eligible to apply.

wallenberG travel


Gives out grants for international and research related expenses, such as conference travel costs and conference fees. The foundation has SEK 600,000 at its disposition for grants aimed primarily at younger researchers, who have been admitted to postgraduate studies or who are PhD researchers. First and foremost the grant should be used for travel that furthers personal scientific exchange and is beneficial to Swedish research. In some exceptional cases grants can be awarded to international guest researchers. 


Gives out grants for expenses related to the distribution of research results, such as symposiums, exhibitions and print/production costs. The society also accepts applications from scholars working with projects that are related to social issues, and aims to strenghten a meaningful and evolving life in community with others.

The Sigrid RAUSING Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a UK grant making foundation, founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support human rights globally. Since then, the Trust has given away approximately £250 million to human rights organisations all over the world. They do not accept unsolicited applications, rather they give grants by identifying new grantees through recommendations and field work.


Gives out grants to researchers with a Swedish Citizenship. The foundation do however only under special circumstances, provide grants for researchers who haven’t completed their PhD. 



Gives grants to research within the Swedish humanities and cultural heritage. The grants is announced once a year. In 2015, a total of 5,4 million was divided amongst 158 applicants.


The main part of Vittersakademins funding goes to research projects often in cooperation with Universities, learning institutions, cultural heritage institutions and other institutions that support research funding.


Gives out grants for Swedish or Nordic newspaper- and press history, Swedish, Nordic or European advertisement history but also for projects concerned with print and graphical technology history. Research areas includes Communication Science and History.


Gives out grants to individual researchers for projects within all areas but also to organisations working towards improving social conditions. As of now around 7 million SEK is being granted to scientific research through grants in the size of 5.000 to 60.000 SEK.

Wahlgrenska Foundation

Gives out several grants of 75.000 SEK for media researchers. Applications from younger researchers are prioritized. The project should in some way focus on media/mass media. The perspective can be local, national and transnational both in history, contemporary and the future.

Johan & Jacob söderberg's foundation

Gives out grants primary for areas such as Culture, Law and Economy, but also to lecturing and education. They frequently fund PhD projects with bigger and smaller grants.


There are a total of 19 royal research foundations ranging through different areas of research. Here are a few of them:


Queen Silvias Jubilemusfond

Gives grants to research about adolescents and disabilities.


Stiftelsen H.M Konungens Wallenbergfond

The aim of this fund is to support scientific research and education of "national value".


Queen Silvias foundation for research and education

The main goal of the foundations is to support scientific research and/or support the preparation of teaching or education. Since its start, almost 6,8 Million SEK have been granted.


King Carl XVI Foundation for scientific research
The foundation's main goal is to support scientific research and/or support the preparation of teaching or education. Since its start, almost 11 Million SEK have been granted.



For a more complete list, check out the Grants and Fundings tab on Aurora or click here.




Some Thoughts on Grant Writing, by Heidee Wasson.


On The Art of Grant Writing, by Adam Pzreworski and Frank Salomon.



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Three smart moves to 

optimize your chances

FOR getTING an application accepted.





1. Read the criteria for the grant very thoroughly and several times.


Make sure your application explicitly refers to all of the criteria mentioned. Never just overlook a few criterias that doesn't suit you. If your project does not match 100% – say so, and explain why you apply anyway. Or tweak your project.   



2. Search for extra information about the background of the grant givers.   


For instance, watch available YouTube films and texts about them, ask for a meeting or phone-call, or investigate what they think about you as a grant seeker. Also ask other people what they know about the grant giver and what experiences they've had, but watch out: do not copy their strategies, create your own. Extra interest in a grant giver is always highly valued. Never be afraid to appear "stupid". Make sure you contact them when you are somewhat prepared though. Try to find out about their short, middle and long term agendas for the grant, what science/society issues they care about, and so on. Later refer to this in your application agenda (in subtle ways, without explicitly mentioning what you might have found out about them).


3. The extra.


Think of how your application could give something extra to the grant giver: something you can offer beyond the formal requirements of the grant criteria.