Linnaeus-Palme is an exchange programme for teachers and students at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) who teach or study at first-cycle or second cycle level. The programme aims to stimulate cooperation between Swedish Higher Education Institutions’ (HEI) and HEI's in low and middle income countries, in order to raise internationalisation.

The Linnaeus-Palme programme is financed by Sida and administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Linnaeus-Palme consists of two aspects:

  • Linnaeus-scholarships for teachers and students from Sweden who teach or study in low or middle income countries.
  • Palme-Scholarships for teachers and students from low and middle income countries who teach or study in Sweden.

Funds within the Linnaeus-Palme programme are not intended cover all expenses. Each higher education institution is expected to finance a certain portion themselves. Granted funds may only be used for the activities that were approved according to the application and the provisions of the agreement.

One programme - two parts

Linnaeus-Palme Planning

Usually an exchange is initiated with mutual planning trips in order to further plan prospective teacher and student exchange. The department at Umeå University and the department at the partner university discusses the objectives of the exchange, as well as quality assurance of prospective exchange. The programme provides support for visits of a maximum of two participants from each institution. At least one of the visiting participants must be a teacher who is well-established. The application for the planning trip need not be included within the scope of the University's application. It can be sent directly to the Swedish Council for Higher Education.

Read the instructions through the link below thoroughly, before submitting your application (online). The next application round for Linnaeus-Palme Planning will open during the autumn term 2018.

Linnaeus-Palme (in Swedish)

Linnaeus-Palme Partnership

This application covers teacher exchange, student exchange, language studies, extra funding for travel incurring visa expenses and evaluation trips. All projects must include teacher and student exchanges, or evaluation trips and student exchanges.

The number of exchanges applied for must be apportioned among students and teachers, ie the number of participating teachers and students from each institution must be consistent and it is not possible to apply for funds to cover more teachers than student exchanges. Projects that receive more than SEK 100,000 will be audited.

The activity period starts at the date of approval (2018) and ends 31 March 2020 (the last day to submit the report).

The exchange period starts the date of approval (2018) and ends 31 Janauary 2020.

Number of participants: maximum 2+2 teachers and 4+4 students.

Teacher Exchange

Teacher exchange covers full-time teaching, 10 hours/week, within the regular teaching at first-cycle or second cycle level. The instruction can consist of lectures, seminars, and group and individual supervision. Teacher Exchange should create a foundation for student mobility and strengthen the cooperation between the institutions. This can mean dealing with quality assurance of the instruction and clarifying how the courses can be transferred. When a teacher is instructing in a developing country it ought to be in close cooperation with the host institutions teacher and vice-versa.

A teacher exchange spans 21 to 56 days and one may apply for funding for travel and subsistence. You can also apply for grants for a two week language course prior to the exchange. It is possible to apply for additional funding for visa travel expenses for Palme students.

Student Exchange

Student exchange should provide the students from Umeå University, and the students from developing countries, an international experience, meritorious academic experience and understanding of other cultures. Students that wish to apply do so directly with their department. The department select the students that may go on an exchange. The selected students receive a scholarship to cover the additional costs incurred during the exchange period. It is possible to apply for additional funding for visa travel expenses for Palme students.

Terms of student exchange

  • The student must have studied at University level at least one year before the exchange. It has to be full-time studies for a minimum of 10 weeks and a maximum of 20 weeks, and the credits must be transferred after the exchange. In addition to the 10 weeks minimum, it is allowed to devote two weeks for an introduction course or a language course at the partner university.
  • A Linnaeus-student has to be a Swedish citizen or have a permanent residence permit in Sweden, alternatively be a Nordic citizen who has been registered with the Swedish Tax Agency at least a year before the exchange.
  • A Palme student need to have citizenship in one of the countries on the list of approved partner countries to be able to take part in the exchange.
  • Tuition fees cannot be charged for the exchange.
  • Staff or PhD students cannot particiapte in student exchanges.

Additional funding for participants with disabilities

It is possible for the home University to apply for additional funding for participants with disabilities to cover costs for special needs.

Evaluation trips

When a partnership within the Linnaues-Palme programme have been granted funding for at least four application rounds, it is possible to apply for grants for an evaluation trip.The purpose of the trip is to evaluate the partnership from an academic as well as administrative perspective. The evaluation has to cover at least five working days include travel to and from the partner university.

Application Linnaeus-Palme Partnership

The application round opens 7 february 2018.

Note that there are two deadlines for the application: you need to hand in the application to the International Office no later than 8 March 2018 and you need to submit the application to the Swedish Council for Higher Education no later than 21 March 2018 at 12:00 pm.

  1. Establish the project at your department/faculty and request a confirmation from your prefect.
    Confirmation form
  2. Read the instructions thorougly before starting the application process.
  3. Fill in the application and print out the application overview. All parts must be filled out.
  4. Send the overview, and confirmation from your prefect, to Umeå University's Coordinator, Monika Larsson at International Office, latest by 8 March 2018.
  5. The coordinator will file the project, along with the University's compilation of application.
  6. The Vice-Chancellor approves the University's compilation.
  7. The coordinator sends out the signed compilation to all the project managers.
  8. You attach a copy of the signed compilation to the departments application, before you submit it to the Swedish Council of Higher Education (UHR). Remember to attach the current statement from the partner University.

Last date to submit the application, along with the attached statement from your partner University and the signed compilation, to the Swedish Council of Higher Education (UHR) is 21 March 2018 at 12:00 pm. Incomplete applications may not be supplemented after the deadline.

Application, and the handbook with information concerning the application, is available (in Swedish):
Linnaeus-Palme Partnership

Applications must be submitted to Monika Larsson at International Office latest by 8 March 2018.




Contact details

Monika Larsson
International Office
090-786 60 87

Sandra Åström