16 April 2020

ASEM-DUO Sweden Fellowship Programme 2020: Open Call for Applications!

Open Call!

The call for applications for ASEM-DUO Sweden mobility grants for the academic year 2020-2021 is now open. Applications will be accepted from 14 April to 2 June 2020 (local Swedish time, GMT+1). Applications sent or posted after 18 May 2020 will not be accepted.

The DUO-Sweden Fellowship Programme was established in 2010 with the aim of promoting exchanges of people between Sweden and 21 Asian countries (Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam) on a balanced basis.

In this respect, DUO-Sweden requires that a pair (two persons) of students be exchanged in an academic cooperative arrangement. Students are defined as follows: undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in universities.

Eligibility Criteria

Due to the unique nature of this program, in order to be eligible, the following are required:

Your exchange fulfils all three requirements below:

  • An educational institution in Sweden (home institution) and an educational institution in Asia (host institution) have established an academic cooperative agreement/inter-institutional agreement;
  • The Swedish home institution has selected an EU national student enrolled at the home institution to send to the Asian host institution, and such selection has been accepted by the Asian host institution;
  • The same Asian host institution has selected an Asian student enrolled at the host institution to send to the Swedish home institution, and such selection has been accepted by the same Swedish home institution.

Duration and Amount of DUO-Sweden Fellowships

DUO-Sweden 2020/2021 applies exclusively to exchange projects starting from 4 August 2020 and ending before September 2021. DUO-Sweden 2020/2021 selection is made only once a year. In this respect, those who are planning an exchange during the Spring Semester 2021 (January-August 2021) shall apply for DUO-Sweden 2020/2021.

The duration of fellowship is limited to one semester (or 4 months, whichever comes earlier). The amount of the fellowships is standardized as follows:

  • High-income countries: 3,500 Euro per student in a pair.
  • Middle- and low-income countries: 4,000 Euro per Asian student and 3,000 Euro Swedish student.

The duration of exchange should be at least one semester and the scholarship is only available for those studying fulltime (minimum 24 ECTS/16 weeks). Exchanges of less than one semester are not allowed. If a semester is longer than 4 months in the visiting institution, the fellowship will be awarded for 4 months.

In the event that a student exchange lasts for a fewer number of weeks than granted, the scholarship will be adjusted on a pro-rata basis and repayment of the funds provided will be required.

More information

Additional information can be found on the ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme website.


  1. DUO-Sweden 2020 General Description and Guidelines
  2. DUO-Sweden 2020 Application Form