ICLD Fieldwork Grant

ICLD’s Fieldwork Grant is a programme for master’s students in Sweden. The aim of the programme is to provide an opportunity for students to conduct fieldwork abroad. The subject of study must have a strong connection to local democracy. Each thesis shall contribute to the understanding how local democracy and good governance can contribute to achieve sustainable development and poverty reduction.

Who can apply?

Master’s students (international and swedish) registered at a Swedish University.

How much is the grant?

Students may apply for a maximum of 20 000 SEK to conduct fieldwork for at least five weeks in a selected country.


The field studies should be conducted in one of the ICLD’s partner countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, China, Georgia, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, North Macedonia, Serbia, South Africa, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe. Projects in other countries are welcomed if they show an important contribution to local democracy and local governments in ICLD’s partner countries.


The call is announced in October every year and will be published on this page.
OBS: Due to the ongoing pandemic and the Foreign Ministry’s advice against non-essential travel to all fieldwork grant countries, ICLD will not be offering fieldwork grants at present. ICLD will revisit this decision when the situation has improved.

See previous recipients of the grant:

Master´s students awarded the grant for 2020

Master´s students awarded the grant for 2019

Here is the story from one of our fieldwork grant students: