Nomination of guest professors in mathematics

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Science invites applications to a program for guest researchers. Researchers at Swedish Universities including deans, directors and vice presidents can nominate guest researchers. The call gives the opportunity for up to five well reputated researchers in Mathematics from abroad to spend 1-12 month at a Swedish research institution.

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in collaboration with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences have decided to support Swedish research in mathematics. The aim is for Sweden to recover its position at the international cutting edge by giving the best young researchers international experience and by recruiting young as well as more experienced mathematicians to Sweden.

Swedish research in mathematics has a longstanding tradition but has lost ground internationally during recent decades. Despite alarming reports about mathematics in the educational system there are a lot of competent Swedish students who measure up internationally and want to undertake doctoral studies in mathematics. Furthermore, there is a considerable demand for PhD-holding mathematicians in academia as well as in the commercial and industrial world. The Foundation is now funding up to SEK 200 m. during a six-year period in order to further develop Swedish research in mathematics.

Nomination procedures

The application shall be made by the nominating institutions directly to the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and shall consist of three parts where part 1 shall describe the Swedish research and research environment where the guest professor shall be working. Part two shall include a justification of the value of appointing the specific researcher and part three shall be written by the proposed guest professor. Part three shall also include a short research plan, the researchers CV and earlier scientific merits. A list of publications specifically pointing out the five most important publications including justification shall also be enclosed.

A budget in accordance with the Foundations budget form shall be enclosed to the application.

The application shall be written in English except the short scientific summary which shall be written in Swedish.

A guest researcher can be nominated by one or more researchers based in Sweden which can be working at various institutions. The guest researcher total visit in Sweden cannot exceed 12 month. Please note that it is the responsibility of the nominating institution to employ the guest researcher in accordance with the Universities' rules. The remuneration to the guest researcher shall correspond to the equivalent Swedish salaries. In addition travel and living expenses can be paid.

Nomination/Application period

The application period starts in June 17, and a complete application shall be submitted to the Foundation at no later than October 5.


The class for Mathematics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science will be responsible for the review process.

The review will be based on three main parts: academic quality, the feasibility of the proposed research plan in the specific research environment and the significance of the presence of the guest researcher at the Swedish institution.


A list of successful applicants will be published on the Foundations web-site during


Contact person at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science is Ms Cecilia Herbst

Additional information

Instructions E-application