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. You can make comments or ask further questions to The Foundation Blanceflor below, but the comments are being moderated due to spam, and usually become published and answered within 24 hours.
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!
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Only Italian and Swedish citizens are qualified to apply for the scholarship.
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.
The Foundation Blanceflor prioritise PhD and post-doc studies. Master students are scarcely awarded and undergraduate students not.
The Foundation Blanceflor support high-level academic studies and research and prioritise doc and post-doc applicants.
The Foundation Blanceflor scholarship is oriented towards academic studies and institutions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, but you will have to do another application when it is time for it. A third year is not awarded.
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.
Not really, but The Foundation Blanceflor does not prioritise grants for very short periods.
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.
Yes, you will receive an e-mail confirming your application.
Normally not, but if you have a special case let us know, firstname.lastname@example.org!
No, your CV should conform to the EU standard (https://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/documents/curriculum-vitae/templates-instructions/templates/doc), be saved as a pdf-file and uploaded in the Application Form.
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.
No, it is OK to include them in their original language, we’ll manage.
No, your certificates should be scanned, saved as a pdf-file and uploaded in the Application Form.
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.
Yes, try to write a summary, you are not winning points making it longer!
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.
No, not at all, but detail all contributions in the budget sheet. The Scholarship is meant for personal expenses.
No, it does not, but detail whatever contribution in your Budget estimation.
The Invitation letter from the receiving institution is a requisite, your application will not be considered without it.
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.
No, The Foundation Blanceflor support studies/research, but does not intervene in the design of the same or the contacts to set it up.
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.
No, it is not compulsory, attach the list if you have one!
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.
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.
The Foundation Blanceflor has an explicit policy in accordance to the European Union Data Protection Directive, read and download our GDPR policy here!