INSPIRE: Scholarships South Africa

INSPIRE is a project funded by the EU to promote innovation and
entrepreneurship in exchanges between Europe and South Africa.
Students, researchers and staff at Uppsala University can apply for
one of 51 grants to go on an exchange with one of our ten partner
universities in South Africa

If you have any questions about the project or your application:

For more information visit the website:

Apply now!

Deadline 15/03/2015

SANORD Conference

Uppsala University organised a panel at the SANORD (Southern African-Nordic Centre) 4th Biennial International Conference on "Contribution of Universities towards attaining MDGs", in Lilongwe, 1-4 December 2013.

The Uppsala Panel was entitled "Does Uppsala University make the world a better place?". After an introduction by Vice-Chancellor Professor Eva Åkesson, Dr Maria Teresa Bejarano presented REACT, Dr Peter Sundin talked about International Science Porgramme, and Professor Sten Hagberg presented Forum for Africa Studies.

Book launch: The Source of the Blue Nile
Welcome to a reception at NAI on Thursday 21 November at 6pm to launch Terje Østigård & Gedef Abaw Firew The Source of the Blue Nile: Water Rituals and Traditions in the Lake Tana Region.
Suprastructure - photo exhibition, Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala

At the same time as African cities are increasingly being shaped by new technology - cellular phones, mobile internet access, solar energy, satellites, etc. – many of them are also characterised by an infrastructure marked by advanced decay and uncertainty. Inhabitants live with constant failures in the flows of electricity, water, telecommunications, fuel, traffic etc.

The term ‘infrastructure’ conjures images of systems that function unobtrusively in the background. ‘Infra’ means below, and so the infrastructure is expected to transport water, sewage, waste, energy, goods, and people, without the need for anyone to be aware of it.

Through images from the million city Jos in Nigeria, researchers Erik and Ulrika Trovalla at the Nordic Africa Institute portray in a photo exhibition presently on display at the main entrance of the Ångström Laboratory in Uppsala, what happens when infrastructure moves from the background to the foreground and increasingly shapes daily life. Through its flaws, ‘infrastructure’ becomes ‘suprastructure’.

Text and photos by Erik and Ulrika Trovalla, researchers at the Nordic Africainstitute.The exhibiton is accessed through the main entrance during the fall/winter 2013, no entrance fee.


The future of Nordic Africa Institute?

A recent report from the Government's survey support recommends that the Nordic Africa Institute should be run under the auspices of Uppsala University. Here is the report.

And here is Uppsala University's position paper on this possible integration of the Nordic Africa Institute into our University.

Follow the debate on NAI's future in Upsala Nya Tidning:

Obama stärker det nordiska samarbetet, by Carin Norberg

Nordiska Afrikainstitutet behövs, by Morten Böås

Rädda Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, by Carina Hägg

Carina Hägg är inte intresserad av Afrika, by Carl Bildt

Klev jag på en öm tå, Bildt?, by Carina Hägg

Racism against African researchers

Professor Sten Hagberg, Associate Professor Peter Sundin and Dr Leif Abrahamsson, all Uppsala University, react against the harassement and discrimination systematically practised towards research colleagues from Africa. Their example is a case of a Mozambican researcher who was held in custody in Paris for four days before being allowed to enter Schengen, despite that he had his Schengen-visa! Read more here

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Rotary Peace Fellowships

Since 2012, the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University hosts a Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict - one out of six such centers worldwide. Every year the Rotary Foundation thus awards 10 Rotary Peace Fellowships for students that wish to pursue a 2-year master degree in peace and conflict studies at the department of Peace and Conflict Research in Uppsala.

The fellowship includes funding for tuition fees, a monthly stipend for room and board, summer internship support, conference and research funding, and travelling to and from Uppsala.

Applicants for a Rotary Peace Fellowship should have:

1) A commitment to international understanding and peace, demonstrated through their professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities

2) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, with strong grades at the time of application

3) Minimum three years’ combined paid or unpaid full-time relevant work experience for the master’s degree program

4)  Proficiency in English and a second language

The fellowships are offered on a world-competitive basis. The nomination process goes via a Rotary district so interested applicants should locate a Rotary club near them. There is no requirement for a previous affiliation with the Rotary Foundation. Fellows can only apply to a center outside of their home country.

Complete details of the application process, as well as the annual application form, can be found at For any questions please email the Rotary Peace Center staff at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research in Uppsala, at

Claude Ake Visiting Chair

Announcement  Visiting Chair

The Claude Ake visiting chair at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, is a collaboration between the department and the Nordic Africa Institute. It is funded by the Swedish Government and Uppsala University to honour the memory of Professor Claude Ake, prominent African scholar, philosopher and humanist.

The Department of Peace and Conflict Research and the Nordic Africa Institute currently invite social science departments, research institutions and institutes, in Africa and elsewhere, to propose candidates for the Claude Ake Visiting Chair 2013. In particular, the nomination of female candidates is encouraged.

Nominations should be submitted not later than 1 November 2012.

For more information:

Nordic Africa Institute Scholarships 2012

Study scholarships and PhD scholarships

The Nordic Africa Institue have a number of scholarships open for application. The last date of submission is the 1st of October 2012.

There are both study scholarships and PhD scholarships.

Find more information on the Nordic Africa Institue website:

Building a future energy system in Africa – How can science academies contribute?


ISP organizes a workshop on "Building a future energy system in Africa – How can science academies contribute?" in collaboration with the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences and Swedish Secretariat for Environmental Earth System Sciences. The workshop will take place on 10-11 September at the premises of the Royal Academy in Stockholm. More information and registration (free) at the homepage of the Royal Academy of Sciences :


Forum for Africa Studies has for long time had a strong research interest in Burkina Faso, notably given the many projects lead by Prof Sten Hagberg, Chair of Forum. This interest has been broadened since the Burkinabe revolution in October 2014 and the following for 10 months successful Political Transition that was undertaken. Yet that transition is under attack since the ex-President Compaoré's Security Forces, entitled Regiment de la Sécurité Présidentielle, seized power in a coup d'état on 16 September 2015. The coup-makers are led by General Gilbert Diendéré. In this particular situation, Forum has decided to publish ongoing discussions and reports on the Burkinabe crisis.

  1. Sten Hagberg: Burkina Faso: "The Return of the Phantoms of the Past"

  2. Sten Hagberg: "Militärkupp hotar stoppa afrikansk revolution"

  3. Yacouba Banhoro: "Burkina Faso : Le putsch du 16 septembre ou le dernier Baroud d’honneur de Gilbert Diendiér"


Uppsala Participants at SANORD Conference, 1-4 Dec 2013, Lilongwe, Malawi