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Published: 20 Dec, 2019

Generous Scholarship from Erling-Persson Family Foundation

NEWS Department of Epidemiology and Global Health has recieved, yet again, a generous funding from The Erling-Persson Family Foundation. The Foundation will provide SEK 12 million towards scholarships for students from non-EU/EEA countries studying the Master's programmes in Public Health. The funding will enable full tuition waivers, and partially cover living costs, for up to 8 students every year.

Text: Wasif Ali

The Erling-Persson Family Foundation has continued its generous support of the Master's programmes in Public Health, offered by the Department of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University. The Programmes have received a new funding boost from the Foundation, SEK 12 million for the next five years.

"We are thoroughly ecstatic about this decision and are grateful to the Foundation for this support", says Klas-Göran Sahlén, Chair of the Programme Council.

This has energized us immensely

The funding will be disbursed as scholarships, covering tuition-costs in full and partial living costs, for up to 8 students from non-EU/EEA countries every year, for the next 5 years.

"We strive every year to have a talented, diverse and experienced group of students from all over the world in our programmes. And the tuition requirement for the non-EU/EEA citizens has been a major hinder in achieving that goal, especially for students from low-income countries."

"This has energised us immensely, and will now enable us to increase our focus solely on education, and towards building a sustainable health for the future", says Klas-Göran Sahlén, Chair of the Programme Council.

"This is the second time we have received such funding, a validation and a sign that we at the programme are doing many things right and are headed in the right direction. This was great news on many levels", says Marie Lindkvist, the Director of Studies.

"We will begin with the work immediately and the first intake will be for the Autumn term 2020", adds Klas-Göran.


Klas-Göran Sahlen
Associate professor
Marie Lindkvist
Associate professor