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External funding

How to proceed when you have obtained an external scholarship to pursue a PhD?

You may be admitted to the PhD programme at Lund University Faculty of Medicine with an externally funded scholarship.

Note, however, that there are no individual grants available from Lund University for (international) PhD students . Thus, you will need to obtain funding from your home country, or other grant issuing body, such as a scholarship from a research foundation or a government issued grant. Please also note that you can not fund your studies with your private funding.

There are very specific requirements for such funding. Before you proceed, please make sure the funding you have meets these requirements.

Funding requirements for PhD scholarships

If you do not have access to such funding, the Postgraduate Studies Secretariat will not be able to help you. The following information only concerns those who have already obtained an external scholarship or grant. 

If you have access to funding, you can proceed by identifying your area of research interest. With your own funding, you can collaborate with an existing research group to define your PhD research project. Use the research database below to find the research groups of your interest.

Research database/portal at the Faculty of Medicine and Lund University

When you have identified your research area or group of interest, you can then get into contact with the research group leader to discuss your research ideas. At the same time, it is advised that you contact the postgraduate studies secretariat in order to verify that you meet all the necessary eligibility criteria. Be sure to include the following information:

  • Letter of Intent/ Interest of study
  • Proof of english proficiency
  • CV
  • Proof of funding

There is no special date applying for admission to graduate studies at the Faculty of Medicine in Lund. These applications are dealt with on a continuous basis.

When the Postgraduate Studies Secretariat has verified your eligibility, and you have established contact with a supervisor who is willing to take you on, a project proposal shall be written by the supervisor, which then will need to be approved by the department.

Related information

Are you eligible for a PhD position?

Information about our entry requirements


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