How to apply

Who can apply?

As both an engineer and a business leader, Hans Werthén was a result-oriented innovator. The purpose of the scholarships bearing his name is to give young university graduates an opportunity to develop in another country and then return home with new knowledge and experiences that they can apply in industry, business or academia in Sweden. The scholarships are for young people in the fields of engineering, sciences, leadership, economics and law.

Each scholarship is for a year of scientific work at the postdoc or doctoral candidate level, or for MBA or LL.M studies in an advanced international setting. The scholarship amount is SEK 100,000–200,000. You must be in the age bracket 25–35 years and have a university degree, preferably a PhD, or a Master’s as a minimum, in the fields of engineering/sciences or economics/law. You should also have been engaged in some form of related activity after graduation, preferably research activity or private sector experience in which you have developed your expertise.

The application process and what the application is to include

The application is an online form that is available on this website. You will also find instructions on what the application is to contain and which attachments to include. The attachments are also submitted online with the application form. Any attachments sent after the application has been submitted should be emailed to caroline.linden@iva.se. If they will come from a third party they can also be sent by post to the Hans Werthén Foundation. Please note that the online application form must be completed in full on one occasion. You will then need to print out the email confirmation, sign it and send it by post to:

The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA)
Hans Werthén Foundation, Box 5073
102 42 Stockholm, Sweden

The Foundation accepts applications once a year. The application portal is open from 10 January until 1 March 2022. The selections are made at the Foundation’s board meeting in May.

Application forms will be saved for up to one year and will only be returned if requested by the applicant.

What should the application include?

In addition to the completed online form, the printed email confirmation filled out in full and signed.

  • A CV.
  • A cover letter describing your plans and goals for your stay abroad (max. two pages of A4) as well as a brief summary of the cover letter that can be published. In your cover letter you are to describe what you have been doing since you graduated and explain your plans and the reason for your stay abroad, and why you chose the particular location. Include a brief description of your project or activity plan. Include also a concrete explanation of what you hope to achieve during your stay abroad, preferably including the relevance in the context of your particular industry. MBA applicants should provide an account of their leadership experience. We also want you to tell us what you would like to do after the scholarship period ends.
  • Certified copies of your diploma/s.
  • Admission notice (can be added later).
  • The application form includes a section for a rough cost calculation (you can also provide a separate, more detailed cost calculation and a proposed financial plan for your stay abroad).
  • At least two letters of recommendation (may be sent separately).

Important assessment criteria

The selection process takes place in a climate of great openness and consideration for the specific ambitions of each applicant. Important selection criteria are the applicant’s educational and work qualifications to date as well as goals and plans for the stay abroad. Selection will also be based on the overall impression of the applicant gained from the application and references, and the nature of the planned stay abroad.

Please note that an initial assessment is made based solely on the information on the application form. Fill it out carefully – it is important that your application provides a good representation of you and your qualifications, even without the attached documents.

When you have received a scholarship

If you have applied for and receive or have already received a supplementary scholarship for the same purpose from another source, you must inform the Foundation of the amount.

Contact information

Caroline Linden
Coordinator International Affairs
Phone +46 8-791 29 51