Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Grant for Study in Sweden

Stockholm September 21, 2010

The research grant of the Astrid Lindgren Foundation ”Solkatten”

One of the aims of the Foundation (established in 1986) is to ”contribute to the teaching and further education of individuals who are involved in research on children’s culture and are capable of conveying the results of their research to a larger audience”.

For this purpose the Board of Directors has established a grant intended to give researchers – ”primarily from abroad” – the opportunity ”to pursue research on Swedish or Nordic literature for children and young adults”. Amounting to SEK 25,000, this grant should cover costs for a research period at the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books (Sbi) in Stockholm. An additional contribution of up to SEK 15,000 will be given to cover travel costs. The Institute will in its turn provide study space and extended reference services and will also arrange for professional contacts with colleagues within the Department of Literature and History of Ideas at the University of Stockholm and within the Department of Literature at the University of Uppsala.

The appointment procedure begins with the Board of Directors inviting Professors and Research leaders at academic Institutions that can be expected to harbour eligible candidates to submit nominations with information on the qualifications of persons concerned. This circular letter is thus to be regarded as the start of that procedure.

You are hereby invited as the representative for the research at your Institution to before December 1st 2010 submit your proposal for a researcher, qualified for the grant. The recipient will be expected to make use of the grant during 2011.

The nomination should not extend two pages of text and should, besides personalia in the form of name, address etc, contain information on the candidate as to
· academic education, other relevant qualifications and main research interests
· previous research achievement (a separate bibliographical account of academic material and publications should be enclosed but books and other printed material should be submitted only at the request of the jury)
· language proficiencies (knowledge of one Scandinavian language is presupposed)
· the aim of the research period in Stockholm
· the approximate time preferred for the utilization of the grant.

The Jury will include representatives of the Foundation (Ms Annika Lindgren), the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books (Ms Sonja Svensson, PhD and Mr Jan Hansson, Director), the Department of Literature and History of Ideas at the University of Stockholm (Ms Boel Westin, Prof.) and the Department of Literature at the University of Uppsala (Ms Lena Kåreland, Prof emerita.).

The appointment will be made known before February 1st 2011.

On behalf of the Solkatten Foundation and in the hope of many good proposals
Jan Hansson
Director, The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books

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