FAQ

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below to facilitate the application process.
This section is based on The Foundation Blanceflor’s by-law and a compilation of questions asked during the last application periods.

Application procedure

We recommend you to read through the application form first and then prepare the résumés required in a separate document, ready to copy-and-paste into the form. Make also sure that you have prepared thoroughly the pdf’s you must upload to complete your application, some of those are scanned documents you will have to demand from your present institution and the institution that will receive you during the term of the scholarship. Finally, with everything else prepared, take notice that the final ‘captcha’ may time-out, perhaps you must renew it so keep a separate copy of everything written in the form!

Citizenship

Q: Can a non-Italian, non-Swedish citizen apply?
A: Only Italian and Swedish citizens are qualified to apply for the scholarship.

Age

Q: Am I overaged, 33 years, but can I apply anyway?
A: The Foundation Blanceflor like to privilege younger scientists, that’s why ‘normally not older than 33 years’ is said. However, if you present particular reasons of why your studies/research are carried out while older than 33 years, those might be understood by The Foundation Blanceflor. Such flexibility could, for example, apply to childcare, but should in no case comprise more than a couple of years.

Level of studies/research

Q: Can an undergraduate student apply for a scholarship?
A: The Foundation Blanceflor prioritise PhD and post-doc studies. Master students are scarcely awarded and undergraduate students not.

Q: Can I get a scholarship for studies not integrated in the formal academic system?
A: The Foundation Blanceflor scholarship is oriented towards academic studies and institutions.

Q: I am a Medical doctor, not PhD, do I qualify anyway for a scholarship?
A: The Foundation Blanceflor support high-level academic studies and research and prioritise doc and post-doc applicants.

Support from ‘sending’ institution

Q: What do you mean with the support letter from a ‘sending’ institution?
A: We refer to the institution where you are presently, or lately have been, engaged as the ‘sending’ institution. It is important to know that you count with the knowledge and support from these persons and the institution.

Q: What do you mean with “relevant person”?
A: We refer to “relevant person” as someone like the teamleader, decanus/director of the institution, the university or it’s administration where you are – or lately have been – engaged.

Receiving institution Invitation

Q: Do I need to have an established relation with a receiving institution, or could I apply for the scholarship without a receiving institution, PhD program, etc.?
A: Having a receiving institution is an absolute requisite, without it your application will not be finally considered. Moreover, you must certify this relation with a letter from the receiving institution. This letter should be written and signed by a relevant person on the receiving institution’s stationery paper, scanned and saved as a pdf.

Q: What do you mean with “relevant person”?
A: We refer to “relevant person” as someone who is the teamleader, decanus/director of an institution, the university or it’s administration. A person that has the mandate and knowledge to make this invitation

Period for the studies

Q: Is it possible to apply, already having initiated the studies/research period?
A: Yes, the scholarship is granted for a maximum of a one-year period, specified in your application, while studies/research often span over a longer period of time. However, one could apply for a second year with scholarship from The Foundation Blanceflor.

Q: Can a 12-month period start and end at any time (for example, start September, etc.)
A: Yes, the scholarship is awarded for one year at a time and the supposed period for starting is from May-June onwards, but there is no problem starting later. However if it is later than May-June the following year you are supposed to apply during that next period, the following year.

Q: Can I apply for a second year of scholarship?
A: Yes, but you will have to do another application when it is time for it. A third year is not awarded.

Q: How to manage a study period spanning over several years?
A: You apply for the scholarship for one year, in the budget and other documents you detail the whole period. You are then enabled to apply for a second year.

Q: Is there a minimum period for the scholarship?
A: Not really, but The Foundation Blanceflor does not prioritise grants for very short periods.

Tax exemption

Q: Do I have to pay tax on the scholarship?
A: According to Swedish tax law, grants from the Foundation Blanceflor are not taxable income in Sweden. Each holder of a grant is advised to check the tax situation in the relevant other territory.

Deadline for application

Q: If I can not meet the application deadline with all the documents?
A: The application on the web form must be submitted before the deadline. If you have problem with any of the documents, please let us know to consider the situation.

Q: Will I receive a confirmation of my application?
A: Yes, you will receive an e-mail confirming your application.

Q: Is it possible to deliver personally the documents to The Foundation Blanceflor’s office?
A: Normally not, but if you have a special case let us know, info@blanceflor.se!

Documents attached

Curriculum Vitae

Q: I have a Curriculum Vitae, but it does not follow the EU standard, do I have to remake it?
A: We like to see your CV in the standard format that EU provides, please use the link to learn more: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae.

Q: I have my Curriculum Vitae printed on paper, could I submit it sending it with ordinary mail?
A: No, your CV should conform to the EU standard (see above), be saved as a pdf-file and uploaded in the Application Form.

Study Certificates

Q: What do you mean with study certificates?
A: The study certificate certifiy your academic achievement, it’s typically issued by the university or similar authority. Do not submit certificates of non-academic studies, unless you consider them relevant.

Q: Do I have to translate the study certificates into English?
A: No, it is OK to include them in their original language, we’ll manage.

Q: Is it possible to send the certificates, in copy, by ordinary mail?
A: No, your certificates should be scanned, saved as a pdf-file and uploaded in the Application Form.

Project Proposal Summary

Q: The Project Proposal Summary, should it be more general or more ‘technical’?
A: It should, of course, reflect the complete project and our board are specialists in their areas and thus able to read a purely scientific description.

Q: The summary should be approximately 200 words?
A: Yes, try to write a summary, you are not winning points making it longer! We do not print out beyond 200 words!

Budget estimation

Q: What should I include in the Budget estimation, travel, conferences, food and lodging, workshops, insurance, furniture, etc.?
A: We like to see a total budget of your estimated expenses for the study period. We do not defray institutional costs, fees or laboratory material, but rather contribute to your personal cost of living.

Q: The receiving institution pays a salary, is that an impediment while applying for the scholarship?
A: It is not, but should of course be detailed in the Budget estimation.

Q: I have applied for other scholarships or resources, does that disqualify me for an award from The Foundation Blanceflor?
A: No, it does not, but detail whatever contribution in your Budget estimation.

Invitation letter from receiving institution

Q: I do not have the invitation letter yet, could I apply anyway?
A: The Invitation letter from the receiving institution is a requisite, your application will not be considered without it.

Q: Could the receiving institution send the letter of invitation directly to The Foundation Blanceflor?
A: No, it should be written on institutional stationery paper, signed by a relevant person, scanned and saved as a pdf and uploaded with your application.

Q: I do not have any receiving institution, could you be helpful finding me one?
A: No, The Foundation Blanceflor support studies/research, but does not intervene in the design of the same or the contacts to set it up.

Q: I can not get the invitation letter in time for the application, can I apply anyway?
A: If the invitation letter is late, please let us know when it could be expected. Your application will not be finally considered without this letter.

Reference and/or recommendation letters

Q: Could reference or recommendation letters be sent directly to The Foundation Blanceflor and could it be e-mail or does it have to be on paper?
A: Yes, letters could be sent directly to The Foundation Blanceflor if you or the referents so prefer. It could be either paper och e-mail to info@blanceflor.se.

Q: Do you prefer recommendations or references in sealed envelopes?
A: It is not a requisite as such, but is accepted if you or the referents prefer.

Q: My references or recommendation letters are late, could I apply anyway?
A: These documents are not a requisite – different from the recommendation and invitation letter from “sending” and “receiving” institutions – but please put yourself in contact with our office so we know that the letters will arrive and approximately when.

Technical problems submitting the Application

Q: I get error messages when I try to submit the application on the web form, what do I have to do?
A: The most probable issue is that the so called ‘captcha’ at the end of the form (the characters that should be copied) has timed out. If you reload the page this problem should be solved. However, we recommend you to write down all the information in a word processor and thereafter copy-and-paste it into the form, thus making it a swift process in order to avoid time out problems.

Q: Should I use any particular web browser to avoid technical problems with the web form?
A: Not really, the form should work with any reasonably modern web browser, either in Windows, MacOS X or Linux. It has been tested in Firefox, Opera, Safari and recent versions of Internet Explorer (versions 10 and 11). Older versions of IE could display the information inadequately, including the web form for application.


81 Comments

  1. Stefano says:

    Hello,

    I was wondering if you received my mail (post) confirming my acceptance, and if you could please let me know if all the details I provided by email are fine and enough.

    It would be good to have your response confirmation, as I need to notify another funding agency to say I no longer need them to process my application.
    It would also need a confirmation document (digital, pdf is fine) stating that the grant was accepted, and date when it will be delivered (and the total amount).
    I would need it rather soon in order to present it to housing agencies and to fix a working/medical insurance abroad.

    Thank you in advance, and let me know asap.

    Sincerely,

  2. Alejandro says:

    Hi,
    I sent in my confirmation through email (signed and scanned) but I was told to also send it through regular mail. As I am already abroad I wonder if that’s really necessary. I’ve been trying to get in touch with your administrator but he hasn’t come back to me.

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Alejandro,
      Yes, we need the signed paper document for legal purposes. But while waiting for the snail-mail to arrive it is just fine to have your scanned document. Our administrator might have been off for a couple of days, but I hope that this answer will be useful for you!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  3. Rosa says:

    Dear Blanceflor,
    I will soon have to submit my report for the ending of my studies, but when I try to click the link I get this error message: “[Form id=”16″], Please read about possible tecnical problems!”.
    Could you have a look? Otherwise I don’t know how to submit my report.
    Thank you very much.
    Regards,
    Rosa

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Rosa,
      Thank you for calling our attention to your problem! Some update had failed and it was not possible to use the form. Now it is fixed, so please feel welcome to submit your report!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  4. Peter Sjögren says:

    Today is the last working day of April. Is it possible that the response of one’s application will come today or during the weekend?

    Best regards,

    Curiously waiting, Peter

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Peter,
      A mailing to all the applicants was made earlier today, unfortunately some hours beyond the time limit you asked for.
      best regard,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  5. Claudia says:

    Morning,
    I have some problem with submission of your application form. I have tried to do it from this morning, how can I solve this problem as the deadline is today?
    Thanks
    Claudia

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Claudia,
      We would need a more technical description of your problem to be able to help you out. Please detail computer OS and version, web browser and version and what kind of error message you get. Please make sure you read thoroughly all the instructions and the FAQ, including the comments!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

      • Claudia says:

        I tried with a Windows 7 Enterprise ( Chrome and Mozilla), OSX YOSEMITE version 10.10.5 ( Safari ) and Windows 10 home (Chrome). The errore message is always the same: “403 Forbidden, A potentially unsafe operations has been detected in your request to this site”. I already read every comments and there is any answer for the same problem that I found it.
        Best regards
        Claudia

        • webmaster says:

          Dear Claudia,
          This problem have to do with some blacklisting, we are trying to look into it and will come back to you as soon as possible.
          //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  6. Stefano says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    I am an Italian citizen, and I have already prepared the application after defining a project with a German University / Research institute which invited me for a post-doc research project of about 6 months.
    However, I have studied both my MSc and PhD (soon finished) in Sweden. I noticed only now that among the criteria is mentioned that the applicant is supposed to “has not already been studying abroad for several years”.
    I was wondering if there may be exception to this restriction, e.g. in case of a very good application.

    Thank you for you time.

    Best regards,

    • Stefano says:

      To one previous email regarding my eligibility (i.e. as Italian who studied in Sweden and wants to move abroad to Germany), I only received a general reply:

      “the deeper meaning of the scholarships from The Foundation Blanceflor is to promote younger persons to study or perform research abroad. This would normally mean that you having studied, for example, in Italy or in Sweden, would search to continue your studies in one of the other qualifying countries.”

      • webmaster says:

        Dear Stefano,
        If you are Italian or Swedish citizen going to study in one of the qualifying countries you are eligible. Clear enough?
        Welcome to apply!
        best regards,
        //The Foundation Blanceflor team

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Stefano,
      Yes, it is true, priority is generally given to those not having a waste international experience already. But it is not absolute, it’s up to the final criteria of the Board.
      Welcome to apply!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  7. Sara says:

    Dear Blanceflor,

    Are you currently experiencing problems with submission of your application form? I have tried two different web browsers and get error messages once I submit the application.

    Thank you in advance!

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Sara,
      We are sorry to learn that you have experienced difficulties submitting your application. However, a valid application entered just 40 mins ago (21.30 today) so we presume you found a way to overcome your problem. If you care for describing in detail your difficulties, you are welcome to do so and give us the chance to include this, whether it means technical changes and/or further instructions/FAQ.
      Thanks in advance,
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  8. David says:

    Dear Blanceflor foundation
    I am preparing an application for the 2017 round and am about the fill in the budget template. I will be applying to able to spend some time as a visiting researcher in the UK. Should I still fill in USD and EUR exchagne rates (as well as costs in SEK) or should I simply state the GBP (British Pound) rate?

    Also, in the “grants and scholarship” section, should I fill in any amount I have applied for in other grants, even though they have not been recieved yet, or should I only fill in the ones I have been granted at the time of sending the Blanceflor application?

    Thanks for all the help!

    /David

    • webmaster says:

      Dear David,
      The scholarship is given in SEK and the columns for filling in USD or EUR exchange rates is just made as a help. Exchange rates are volatile so if you prefer, fill in the amount in SEK, that is what counts!
      Do not fill in still not approved grants, but rather detail them in the form, where it is asked for.
      Welcome to apply!
      Best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

      • David says:

        Dear Blanceflor foundation,

        thank you for the clear and swift answers! It definitely helps out in the preparation of the application!

        /David

  9. Alba says:

    Dear Blanceflor foundation team,
    I have a few question about the budget estimation.

    – My family is trying to help me with my living cost, but it is very hard for them and for me, too. What should I write in the budget estimation? The amount that it is ok to ask them (that I would like it to be minimum) or the maximum they can give me?
    – I am a fist-year PhD at Oxford, so I will be almost on my second year when the scholarship will be given and my course is supposed to last for 3 to 4 years. I am not sure about what to write in the budget estimation. Should I consider the whole period (3 years) and calculating the estimation for that period? I am sorry, but I don’t understand it from the FAQ.

    Thank you very much for your time.

    With kind regards,

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Alba,
      The purpose of the budget estimation is to get an idea of your economic needs for living. If your family is contributing with a fixed donation it is, of course, reasonable to put that in as an income. From what you explain we rather understand that what they would do is a “fill in” to cover your needs. It the latter, rather leave it out and let them “fill in” when you have cashed in whatever scholarship you will get.
      The budget estimation is based on yearly expenses, although we understand that many of the items are based on the whole period. The scholarship from The Foundation Blanceflor is given per year.
      Welcome to apply!
      Best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  10. Lauro Meneghel says:

    Hi,
    I got my PhD in Italy (University of Padova) and since April 2016 I am at Karolinska Institutet for a 2-years a postdoc. As I am already at KI shall I consider KI or University of Padova as “sending institution”? In case it’s my University back in Italy should the letter be signed by my previous supervisor?
    Thank you very much,
    Best Regards,

    Lauro Meneghel

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Lauro,
      Yes, if it is feasible to get this recommendation letter from your former institution (Univ of Padova), that’s fine.
      Welcome to submit your application!
      Best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  11. Johannes Henriksson says:

    Dear Foundation Blanceflor team,

    I’m a Swedish citizen and I’m interested in applying for your scholarship. I’m currently in my first year of my PhD at Berkeley in the US and wonder what “sending institution letter” is? For the “receiving institution letter” I assume I can attach my admissions offer letter from Berkeley which invites me to their program. But there are not really any “sending institutions” since I’m already at Berkeley, am not part of any exchange program but instead applied myself for a full 5-year PhD program.

    Thank you for your help.

    Best regards,
    Johannes Henriksson

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Johannes,
      Yes, the concept of “sending institution” may result improper in your situation, but refers to when there is an institution that recommends the applicant, usually the place where one last studied, researched or worked… It’s in other words a recommendation letter. If you can get something alike, attach it to your application, otherwise just simply attach the certificate from your last studies/work.
      Welcome to submit your application!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  12. Giulia Scagliotti says:

    Dear Blanceflor foundation team,

    I’m Giulia Scagliotti, a student from the University of Pavia. I applied for a thesis based Master’s program in Civil Engineering in the United States and I would be interested in your scholarship. I will officially know if I am admitted to the program only after your deadline and I would like to ask you if I could upload or send you the Invitation letter from the “receiving institution” in March/April 2017.

    Thank you in advance,

    Best regards

    Giulia Scagliotti

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Giulia,
      Yes, we understand your situation and suggest that you make a letter of your own explaining the abovementioned circumstances and upload that instead of the invitation letter asked for. The actual invitation letter from the “receiving institution” should then have reached us before the Easter holiday in April, please send it as an attachment to info@blanceflor.se.
      Welcome to apply!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  13. Peter Sjögren says:

    I will probably have expenses associated with double lodging as my apartment will remain unused for the duration of my stay abroad. Am I supposed to include this as an expense in the budget calculation?

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Peter,
      It would be an impossible task for the Board to judge if the expenses are justified or not, the suggestion is rather to include all the expenses that you do have related to the studies/research you are about to carry out. The limitation – seen from The Foundation’s side – is rather that these expenses are not of institutional nature, because such are supposedly covered by the receiving institution and/or other contributions.
      Welcome to submit your application!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

      • Peter Sjögren says:

        Yes, that was my initial thought as well, thank you for your swift reply. However, how does then my salary factor into your “equation”? If I include my ph.d. student salary and not the expenses related to that salary i.e. paying for expenses at home etc. will this not be at my disadvantage since the NET including sought funds from the Foundation will end up positive with a surplus? Sorry if this is confusing I just want to be as transparent as possible.

        • webmaster says:

          Dear Peter,
          Well, it’s hard to give you a concrete answer… The budget template considers incomes of various types (i.e. salaries, scholarships, etc.) and the personal expenses whatever could be included as such. If your net incomes are superior to your expenses with the same amount that the scholarship you’re applying for = you don’t need the scholarship, or just to the extent of the difference. It could be confusing that the amount you apply for from The Foundation Blanceflor is already included in the incomes, while still not granted. But the budget is anyway an estimate and the Board have reasonable knowledge of mathematics so whatever confusion will certainly be sorted out! Transparency is welcome, as well as your application!
          best regards,
          //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  14. Samuel says:

    Dear Foundation Blanceflor team,
    My name is Samuel and I have a question about the research fields included in your scholarship. My PhD project aims to examine the evolutionary processes that promote biodiversity and therefore it encompasses the field of evolutionary biology, genetics and ecology. Unfortunately, I could not notice these while reading your description and I wonder how influential it is the subject of the project and if my field of research could fulfill your requirements for a successful application.

    Sincerely,
    Samuel

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Samuel,
      Definitely inter-disciplinary subjects are each day more common and development of the same very fast, thus becoming hard to sharply define the subject areas. For the same reason it is hard to reply, the interpretation of what’s covered belong in the end to the decision of the Board. Our advice is therefore to submit your application.
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  15. Valentina Pampanini says:

    Dear Banceflor foundation team,

    I have another question,

    In the instructions provided in the budget template for the sections “grants and scholarships” and “other contributions” is stated that I should include “the grants given for the studies/research” and “any other contribution you estimate to have”. Does this include the grants I applied for, whose outcome I do not know yet and that I actually do not estimate I will get?

    Thank you in advance

    Best regards,

    Valentina

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Valentina,
      In regard to the budget you are supposed to detail these other contributions, if you have still not got an answer of course without adding the amounts. These applications should also be detailed in the web form. However, if you receive any further support before or after getting the grant from The Foundation Blanceflor you should inform about this.
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  16. Tommaso Patriarchi says:

    Hello,

    i graduated with a PhD from the University of Siena, Italy on May 2015.
    I am now doing a postdoc at the University of California Davis, and i am only directly affiliated with this university.
    I was wondering if i am still eligible to apply, since i don’t have a “sending Institution”?

    thank you very much,

    -Tommaso Patriarchi

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Tommaso,
      What is referred to by ‘sending instituion’ is where you last finished your studies, a kind of recommendation letter.
      We hope that this clarifies the situation and that you are able to comply whit this requirement.
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  17. Valentina Pampanini says:

    Good afternoon,

    I am an MD and pediatrician from Italy; after completing the residency in Pediatrics in Rome (University of Tor Vergata) I came here at KI and directly started a PhD. As I understood I can apply for the scholarship, even though the “receiving institution” (KI) is already paying me a salary. But then, what should I consider as “sending institution”?

    Did I misunderstand?

    Thank you in advance

    Valentina Pampanin

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Valentina,
      Yes, you can of course apply for the scholarship even though your PhD already initiated.
      ‘Receiving institution’ is maybe a vague concept, but what is needed is a sort of recommendation letter from the institution where you last finished your studies.
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  18. Giacomo Santoiemma says:

    Dear Foundation Blanceflor Team,
    I’m a PhD student from Italy. Now I’m in Uppsala for a collaboration with SLU, from November to May 2017.
    I read the requirements, so currently I cannot apply for the grant (since I missed the application of February 2016). Anyway, do I have the possibility to apply before February 2017 in order to obtain (maybe) a funding for the last one or two months (so April-May)?
    Thank you,

    Kind regards

    Giacomo Santoiemma

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Giacomo,
      Unfortunately your time schedule is not matching the Foundations and the submission dates… Scholarships are not granted retroactively. Maybe it will coincide in your coming academic career, best luck!
      regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  19. IRENE PICCINI says:

    Dear Foundation Blanceflor team,
    I will finish my PhD in November 2017 and I would come to Sweden after my thesis defence to develop my research.

    I was wondering If I should be a post-doc student in Italy during my abroad period in Sweden.
    Moreover is it possible to apply for the scholarship 2017 (application deadline 1 February 2017) and come in Sweden from December 2017 (for one year if it is possible, otherwise until May 2018)??

    Thanks in advance!
    Best wishes,
    Irene

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Irene,
      About the period: Yes, if you intend to start studies/research in Sweden in December 2017 you will have to apply for the scholarship coming 1 February 2017.
      About the post-doc studies: You need an invitation from an institution abroad (one of the eligible countries) to make an application. Please read thoroughly the instructions, FAQ, etc on the web site to prepare.
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

      • IRENE PICCINI says:

        Thanks!

        I will apply for the scholarship (deadline in February 2017) while I am a PhD student in Italy but I would like to come in Sweden after my PhD thesis defence, is it possible ? Should I be a post-doc in Italy to come to Sweden with your scholarship? Or is it possible to come without a position in the Italian University ?

        Best wishes,
        Irene

  20. Mariateresa Ferone says:

    Good morning,
    I am a PhD student form Italy and I am planning to come in Sweden for a period of six months starting from January 2017. Since I missed the application of February 2016, I would like to apply in this submission session for the period April- June 2017 or May-July 2017. Is it possible?

    Best regards,

    Mariateresa Ferone

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Mariateresa,
      Scholarships are not granted retroactively which means that only the latter period you mention would qualify (May-July 2017).
      Welcome to submit your application!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  21. Ettore Emanuele Dettori says:

    Hello and Goord Morning,
    I’ve a question.
    I’m doing an international Doctorate in Spain for a Spanish University, but I’m Italian, could I do the application?
    My intention is to ask the double validation of the phd Italy – Spain.
    The phd started in November and it during 3 years, Its theme is remediation and environmental restoration.

    Thank you for your answer
    Regards
    EttoreDettori

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Ettore,
      As you certainly read at our web site, Spain is not one of the qualifying countries for carrying out the studies.
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

      • Ettore Emanuele Dettori says:

        I understand,
        but only final question
        I’ve planned 4 months at the University of Pavia (Italy), it is a train for my Ph.D., in this case could I attend the application, for time?
        Thank you and regadrs
        Ettore

        • webmaster says:

          Dear Ettore,
          As you certainly read on our web site, the purpose of the scholarship is to promote studies abroad for Italian and Swedish student and in a limited number of countries. Italians studying in Italy therefore does not work. However, we hope you find a suitable financing for your studies!
          best regards,
          //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  22. Francesca says:

    Good evening, I have a question about the budget template. I wanted to know if the fly ticket and other expenses such as, for example, internet key or external hard disk are covered by the grant.I currently have a fellowship in Italy, but considering the costs that I will continue to pay despite me being out (rental falls in Italy), it is not enough to cover all expenses. Thanks a lot.
    Best regardes.

  23. Andrea says:

    Dear sir/madam,

    I have a question regarding the budget template. I see that in the income section “Grants and scholarships”, the cell next to the “Foundation Blanceflor” is light blue.

    Is the applicant supposed to insert the requested scholarship? Or should the cell must be left empty?

    Thanks in advance

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Andrea,
      Yes, the proper use would be, as you suggest, to fill in the amount requested, then it will be easy to see how the budget balances.
      Welcome to submit your application!
      Best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  24. Giacomo says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    What should be the e-mail subject for the recommendation letter to be correctly associated to my application?

    Best regards,
    Giacomo

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Giacomo,
      How about using your name in the Subject line? That would be unique enough to avoid any confusion.
      Welcome to submit your application! Please use the e-mail address info@blanceflor.se.
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  25. maria says:

    Hi,

    I have been awarded a fellowship last year and I am using the grant as a tax-free stipend for me. To support my stay abroad during this year, the host institute paid my stipend for the first 4 months only and ask me to use the grant for the remaining period, which I did. I am now a bit worried about my situation because I am on a tax free-stipend and once my experience will end I will be without an income and with a lot of expenses (to relocate in my country) because I cannot claim unemployment benefits. Is it allowed to use a small amount of money to relocate in my country or should I use all the money as stipend and work in the lab until the last day?
    Thanks.

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Maria,
      The scholarship was awarded on the basis of a budget estimation that you submitted to The Foundation. If any major change in this budget occurs – regarding either incomes or expenses – you are supposed to report these back to get an approval. You are welcome to use info@blanceflor.se for this matter.
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  26. Sarah says:

    Hello

    Can clinicians apply to this grant? I have a medical undergraduate degree but am in the middle of my PhD (due to finish in 2017). I do not have any masters qualification.

    I also have a colleague who is a clinician and is currently undertaking a formal research period in an academic institution. However, this is not towards a higher degree. Would he still be eligible for funding?

    Many Thanks

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Sara,
      If you are finishing a PhD (and not a MD) you are qualified to apply for a scholarship, the aim for these are the academic career and investigation. Having done a Master is not a requisite. Regarding your colleague, again, the scholarship is usually granted to academic careers in academic institutions, research is fine.
      Welcome to submit your application!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  27. Luca says:

    Good morning,
    I have got a scolarship two years ago from the Foundation Blanceflor,
    while last year I haven’t.
    Now I would like to apply again, but on a different project than the one I have got money for.
    Should I use the 1st year application form or the 2nd year application form?
    Thanks,
    Luca

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Luca,
      You should use the 1st year application, the 2nd year application is suitable for continued projects, but in your case it is a new one.
      Welcome to apply!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  28. Marco says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I have two questions regarding the scholarship:

    1. Can the recommendation letter be written by the host?
    2. Is there a maximum in the budget one can request? 170000 SEK can be quite a small amount for one year in the US.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Best regards,
    Marco

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Marco,
      1. Yes, of course, but the important letter from the host is the invitation, i.e. telling that you are welcome, etc. Remember also that recommendation letters not are compulsory, but could always be a good contribution.
      2. The maximum amount 170.000 SEK is decided by the Foundation Blanceflor in the obvious understanding that the total expenses could represent a quite larger amount. However, the understanding is also that the scholarship from the Foundation Blanceflor is not the only source.
      Welcome to apply!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

  29. Margherita De Marzio says:

    Good Morning,
    I am a PhD student in Physics and I would be interested in a grant starting from March 2017 or some months later. Should I apply for Scholarship whose application closes on February 2016 or February 2017?
    Thank you.

    Margherita De Marzio

    • webmaster says:

      Dear Margherita,
      The Foundation Blanceflor “year” is from May-June to April-May, thus critical what meant with “or some months later”? If you say March 2017, yes, you should apply before 1 February 2016. If some months later you should rather wait until 2017. Welcome!
      best regards,
      //The Foundation Blanceflor team

      • Margherita De Marzio says:

        Thank you for the answer. I have one more question.
        If I apply for the scholarship applications 2016 but I do not win the grant, can I apply a second time in 2017 or is there a maximum number of trials?
        Best regards,

        Margherita De Marzio

        • webmaster says:

          Dear Margherita,
          Yes, you are welcome to apply as many times that you like, while accomplishing the requirements, there is no maximum limit.
          Welcome to submit your application!
          best regards,
          //The Foundation Blanceflor team

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