Pro Futura Scientia History and Mission

In 1999, the Swedish Collegium and Riksbankens Jubileumsfond set up a cutting-edge research
programme for promising early-career scholars in the humanities and social sciences, the Pro Futura
Scientia Programme. The selection of scholars to the programme and the management of it rests on
the Collegium, which collaborates with internationally leading institutes for advanced study. The idea
is to provide optimal conditions for young scholars and to give them the chance to pursue curiosity-
driven research during a five-year period. In the course of the programme scholars are offered a
tenured position at the nominating university.

Candidates are nominated by Swedish universities and leading research universities in Northern Europe,
but also by the University of Cambridge. The nominating universities are encouraged to propose candidates
not only from their own university but also from other universities.

After a rigorous selection procedure, some 15 per cent of the nominees are admitted to the programme.
The Pro Futura scholars remain associated with the nominating university and, in addition, spend one to
one and a half years at the Swedish Collegium. They also spend one year abroad.

The researchers who have attended the Pro Futura Scientia Programme have come to play an important
role in the Swedish academic system. They have taken up distinguished professorships, been elected
members of scholarly academies, including the Young Academy of Sweden, and joined national research
councils and governing bodies at universities.