South Africa - Sweden University Forum

South Africa - Sweden University Form, SASUF, is a collaborative STINT project between universities, organisations and authorities in Sweden and South Africa.



SASUF 2030 is a transformative project uniting 40 universities from across Sweden and South Africa. Bringing together leading researchers, teachers, students, university leaders and other stakeholders, the project will develop joint solutions to the challenges posed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

Umeå University participates together with 39 other universities in both Sweden and South Africa. The project is financed by STINT, National Research Foundation and the participating universities.

You can read more about SASUF 2030 on the project's website.

How can you get involved in SASUF 2030?

Doctoral student, teacher, researcher

Read more about how you as a researcher can participate in SASUF 2030.


Students are welcome in all SASUF's activities. The SASUF student network also organizes its own activities that connect the two countries.
Read more about how students can participate in the student network

SASUF research and innovation week 27-31 March 2023

The university is now announcing a limited number of places and travel grants for researchers' participation in SASUF's upcoming research and innovation week, which will take place in South Africa 27 – 31 March 2023. Researchers at all levels are welcome to apply, from doctoral students to professors. Deadline to apply for travel grants is 12 December

If you want to participate in the research and innovation week, you need to prepare a proposal for a contribution to the program. It could be a seminar or a workshop with partners in South Africa, or a contribution to the poster exhibition.

Read more and register your interest in travel grants and being part of Umeå University's delegation to South Africa by December 12.

Seek funding for virtual collaborations with South Africa

SASUF announces application for virtual exchange grants to, for example, create virtual courses or update already existing courses and projects with virtual elements. The selected proposals are funded with a maximum amount of SEK 200,000/ZAR 320,000.
The call is open until November 29, 2022.

Upcoming activities within SASUF 2030

29 November: Last day to apply for Virtual Exchange Grants
12 December: Last day to apply for travel grants for Research an Innovation week in South Africa
15 December: SASUF student network Coffee break
8 January: Last day to apply to organize satellite events, workshops/sessions or poster sessions during Research & Innovation Week 2023
27-31 March: Research & Innovation Week in South Africa


News 2022-11-24: Apply for travel grants for SASUF research and innovation week in South Africa
News 2022-09-12:
Participate in SASUF Goes Digital - A virtual conference focused on South Africa
News 2022-06-07:
Invitation to breakfast meeting 17 June - learn more about SASUF and other international collaboration projects
News 2022-05-13:
Invitation to call for workshops/sessions at SASUF Goes Digital


Coordinator: Jessica Bergström Grahn

Academic contact: Ingrid Svensson

Umeå universitets reference group for SASUF 2030:
Ingrid Svensson (International Office), Masoud Vaezghasemi (Epidemiology and Global Health), Martin Berglund (Computing Science), Peter Lexelius (Faculty of Humanities), Patrik Rydén (Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics), Annika Manni (Applied Educational Science), James Brown (School of Architecture), Jonas Rosenqvist (Research Support and Collaboration Office), Samkele Leve (student representative).