Questions and answers

Is there any compensation for members?

The Academy covers travel and hotel expenses for meetings and when members represent the Academy. There's no additional compensation for the time put in.

Do I need to be a Swedish citizen?

No, but we expect members to be based at a Swedish research institution during their membership period (5 years).

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How many apply and how many new members are selected each year?

We usually get around 65–80 applications and bring in 6–8 new members annually. This means it's pretty competitive. If you don't make it on your first try, we encourage you to apply again. It's not uncommon for members to apply multiple times before getting in.

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How’s my application evaluated?

Applications are assessed based on two main criteria: (1) scientific merits and (2) interest and ability to engage in the Academy's activities. The evaluation is conducted by a yearly rotating interdisciplinary panel of academy members. If necessary, the panel engages external experts to gauge scientific merits.

How do I become a member?

The first step is to submit an application, the application period is usually open from November until the beginning of January. A selection panel evaluates the scientific merits of all applicants and invites the best candidates for an interview. Based on this, the selection panel recommends new members for formal election by the academy.

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Do I need to speak Swedish?

We're pretty flexible with language and switch to English when necessary. However, we strongly encourage members to learn Swedish to fully engage in all types of external activities and make the most of the network.

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Is there a predefined quota for members from different scientific disciplines?

No. The Academy is open to researchers from all disciplines, but not every discipline may be represented at all times. In selecting new members, we aim for diversity in scientific background, various universities, and gender. The best way to achieve this diversity is by ensuring we receive top-notch applications from a wide range of researchers.

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Can I nominate someone else for the Academy?

No, new members need to apply on their own initiative.

How much time do I commit as a member?

We're very much a hands-on academy, and the more time you put in, the more rewarding it is to be a member 🙂 The whole academy typically meets four times a year for two-day meetings. Besides these, members participate, to varying degrees, in both internal and external activities. The operation is supported by private and public research funders and is run with the assistance of a secretariat.

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How is the Board of the Foundation appointed?

The members of the Academy appoint the Academy Board amongst themselves, and the Academy Board appoints a majority of the members of the Board of the Foundation.

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As a member, you will have access to a platform where a selection of Sweden’s foremost younger research leaders convene to discuss and address issues broadly pertaining to research and science.

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Funding and partnerships

Find out more about how the Young Academy of Sweden's activities are supported.

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