The Research Grant of the Astrid Lindgren Foundation “Solkatten”

Stockholm 2 September, 2020

The Astrid Lindgren Foundation “Solkatten” was established in 1986. One of its aims is to “contribute to the teaching and further education of individuals who are involved in research on children’s culture and are capable of conveying the results of their research to a larger audience.”

For this purpose the Board of Directors has established a grant intended to give researchers – “primarily from abroad” – the opportunity  “to pursue research on Swedish or Nordic literature for children and young adults.” Amounting to SEK 40,000 in 2020, this grant should cover costs for a research period at the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books in Stockholm, which has a research library with a large collection of theoretical literature on children’s literature (appr. 20 000 volumes). The Institute will provide study space and reference services and will also arrange for professional contacts with colleagues at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University.

The Board of Directors hereby invites professors and research leaders at academic departments to submit nominations for eligible candidates before 12 October, 2020. The recipient will be expected to make use of the grant before 31 December, 2021 (depending on the Covid-19 situation an extension might be possible).

The nomination should not exceed two pages of text and should, in addition to personal details in the form of name, address etc., contain information on the candidate as to

  • academic education, other relevant qualifications and main research interests,
  • previous research achievements (a separate bibliographical account of academic material and publications should be enclosed but books and other printed material should be submitted only at the request of the jury),
  • language proficiencies (knowledge of a Scandinavian language is a strong merit),
  • the aim of the research period in Stockholm,
  • the approximate time preferred for the utilization of the grant.

Please send the nomination by e-mail to: asa.warnqvist@barnboksinstitutet.se

The Jury includes representatives of the Foundation, the Swedish Institute for Children’s Books, and the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University.

The appointment will be announced within a month of the deadline for applications.

On behalf of the Solkatten Foundation,

Dr Åsa Warnqvist
Research Manager
The Swedish Institute for Children’s Books

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