RJ Sabbatical 2022


Each year, Riksbankens Jubileumsfond announces project support for a sabbatical abroad for senior lecturers and professors.

The purpose is to allow the recipient to complete research in the humanities and social sciences that has reached an advanced stage.


  • Area: Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Applicants: individual researchers with a permanent position at a Swedish higher education institution (HEI)
  • Approved for: 6–12 months
  • The application system opens: 11 April 2022 at 09.00
  • The application system closes: 2 May 2022 at 15.00
  • RJ Sabbatical can begin at the earliest on 1 December 2022 and at the latest on 1 January 2024


RJ Sabbatical allows senior lecturers and professors within the social sciences and humanities to complete ongoing scholarly work or to finish writing major works or syntheses. The grant is also intended to promote international contacts with Swedish research through the sabbatical abroad.


  • Stays abroad must be a part of RJ Sabbatical. RJ prefers for sabbaticals to be divided into maximum of two periods. One of these periods is to be of at least 30 consecutive days.
  • The applicant is responsible for the planning and all practical arrangements for the time abroad (insurance, accommodation, visa and the like). This is done in consultation with the researcher’s own HEI and the foreign host institution.
  • The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the research is compatible with the ethical guidelines established by the Swedish Research Council and that ethical review is carried out where necessary.
  • Researchers applying for RJ Sabbatical must be permanently employed at a Swedish higher education institution.
  • Final reports for any previous research grants from RJ must have been submitted by the application date.
  • Only one RJ Sabbatical application may be submitted per application occasion.
  • Only one applicant may be included per application.
  • Researchers with RJ Sabbatical grants are required to conduct research for the entire time covered by their employment. Exceptions are only possible for supervision of PhD students, up to a maximum of 10 per cent of full-time employment and no more than the amount committed to at the start of the RJ Sabbatical. The supervision of PhD students is not funded by RJ.
  • RJ Sabbatical grants may never cover more than the scope of the applicant’s position.
  • Researchers who are drawing retirement pension or will start drawing one during the period covered by the funding may not apply for an RJ Sabbatical grant.


Applications are submitted through RJ’s application system. Familiarise yourself with the application form while reading the instructions below.


Write the summary in Swedish and English. The summary may contain up to 1,500 characters including spaces and should explain why the research task is important, its purpose and how it will be conducted. Formulate the summary so that a layperson can understand it. If the application is approved, the summary will be posted on RJ’s website.

Project description

Write the project description in English and formulate it to allow RJ’s multidisciplinary review panel to assess its scientific quality. The description may contain up to 15,000 characters including spaces and is to present:

  • The research question
  • The purpose
  • The theory and method
  • The contribution to the international research front
  • A plan explaining how RJ Sabbatical will allow the completion of research already at an advanced stage and how this will result in a manuscript ready to be published
  • Previously completed work along with any remaining work to be done
  • The time and place for the planned sabbatical abroad
  • How the stay abroad can lead to international contacts and collaboration of benefit for the home institution even after the RJ Sabbatical has been concluded
  • A short curriculum vitae with details on the applicant’s current position
  • Whether and, if so, how RJ’s grant will be combined with research time included in the researcher’s position at the home institution.


  • List costs for salary and employer’s social-insurance contribution top-up (LKP).
  • List costs related to the sabbatical abroad (including any costs for accompanying family members) under Operating costs. RJ awards up to SEK 55,000/month for listed expenses during the RJ Sabbatical period and assumes that the grant administrator, as the responsible employer, will cover any costs beyond this amount.
  • Specify costs for disseminating results, including those for open access and production support.
  • Do not list any indirect costs or university-wide fees (e.g., IT, premises and administration) in the application.
  • RJ adds an additional amount to each grant for indirect costs and costs of premises based on RJ’s own model for determining such costs. This also includes costs arising at other research units, both in Sweden and abroad.

Budget specification

Write the budget specification in Swedish or English. Specify and explain all budgeted costs. Unspecified or unexplained expenses will not be approved. 

The grant administrator must approve the application, and the project leader and head of department or equivalent must sign the application. Mail the pages with the budget and signatures to RJ, or email these to the responsible research manager no later than one week after the deadline. RJ will process only signed applications.

If RJ awards a grant to your project and if your project generates, collects or uses digital data, you should have a data management plan in place from the start. This plan is not submitted to RJ.

Through their signatures, the project leader and the head of department guarantee that any necessary data management plan will be in place at the start of the project and that it will be updated as needed through the project period. Read more about data management plans or contact your university. All Swedish higher education institutions have the resources to support researchers in managing digital data.

Assessment criteria and review process

The crucial criteria for RJ’s decisions are scientific quality and feasibility of the project. The potential of the sabbatical abroad to lead to international contacts of a more lasting character is weighed in the assessment.

Projects are evaluated and prioritised by a specially appointed multidisciplinary review panel consisting of international researchers. Formally, RJ’s board of directors makes the final decision. No explanation for the decision is provided.