Having a contact person in the host country is a requirement and you should receive a written confirmation stating you are welcome to carry through your field study in the host country.
Your contact person in the host country can be employed at a governmental authority, Higher Education Institution, organisation or company in the country. They may also represent development projects such as Sida, the UN, NGOs, or similar. However, the contact does not necessarily have to be a part of an organisation. Many students choose to find a contact person themselves through their personal network or through research.
Your contact should be able to help with practical things both before and during you time in the country, such as finding people to interview, advice on accommodation, travel, transport and safety. The contact will not receive compensation from Sida or JU for their efforts. Therefore, it is important that you reimburse any expenses agreed by the both of you beforehand, for example for transportation or data collection.
In the MFS application, you need to submit a confirmation from the contact in the field (formal invitation or certificate/contract such as an email exchange) showing there is a contact in the country to assist you. The certificate or the invitation letter should include clearly the name of the contact organisation/contact person and your whole name and the preliminary planned time period. If you submit an email exchange, make sure you include both your initial email requesting for a contact person and the contact person's reply confirming the request.
Please note: the confirmation must be submitted in English. If your contact does not speak English, please write a translation in English and attach to application.
- Ask your programme director or International Office if they already have contacts or collaborations abroad.
- Do you have friends/family that previously travelled or lived in one of the MFS countries?
- Research various host organisations and make contact.
- Does JU have any cooperation projects you can be part of (maybe through another department)?
- Is there an MFS alumnus that have been to the country where you like to go? Ask the International Office to get in touch.
This step can be tricky, and it can take a long time to receive an answer to your e-mail. Try to call if possible.
If you would like to describe in English what MFS is for your contact person, then you can use this link.