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The Hasselblad Foundation is offering a stipend for a natural scientist to spend November and December at Hôtel Chevillon in the village of Grez-sur-Loing in France. The purpose is to offer a stay abroad for a limited period that can offer peace and quiet to enable concentration on a piece of writing.

Hôtel Chevillon and Grez-sur-Loing
Hôtel Chevillon has gone down in the history of Nordic art as one of the two hotels in Grez-sur-Loing which in the 1880s welcomed among their guests many people who were later to become famous Nordic and Anglo-Saxon artists and writers. They included Carl Larsson, Karl Nordström, Bruno Liljefors, the Danish and Norwegian Skagen painters, August Strindberg and Robert Louis Stevenson, to mention but a few. In this carefully restored setting, the Göteborg-based Grez-sur-Loing Foundation now rents apartments and studios to institutions so that they, in turn, can offer stipends to enable artists, writers, photographers, scientists and others to live and work in the area for a number of months (www.grez-stiftelsen.se). Hôtel Chevillon is not a hotel in the normal meaning of the term and the accommodation offered is self-catering. Hôtel Chevillon does not offer facilities for the disabled.

Grez-sur-Loing is situated about 70 kilometres south of Paris and 9 kilometres south of Fontainebleu. The village has about 1300 inhabitants. Few changes have been made over the last century to the village centre with its narrow, winding streets and dense housing. Notable sights are the ancient arched bridge and the time-honoured ruins of the tower.

The stipend will amount to SEK 30,000 and the foundation will also pay the rental cost for the accommodation.

Staffan Andersson, Professor of Animal Ecology at the University of Gothenburg, has been awarded the 2013 natural science stipend for a writer’s residency at Grez-sur-Loing. 

The Hasselblad Foundation’s citation for the award includes the following:

Professor Staffan Andersson’s research covers different aspects of colour communication, especially among birds whose visual appearance and colour vision are both more developed and more complicated than for us humans. The Foundation, which has noted how Professor Andersson shares the same interest in birds and bird photography as Victor Hasselblad, considers that the stipend winner’s plan to write an article comparing colour psychology with technical and philosophical aspects of art and architecture is highly suited for implementation at Grez-sur-Loing.

The purpose of the writer’s stipend, first awarded in 2007, is to offer an opportunity for a natural scientist to have residency at Hôtel Chevillon in the French village of Grez-sur-Loing during November and December in order to be able to concentrate in peace and quiet on a writing assignment. The stipend is worth SEK 30,000 and the Foundation also pays for accommodation in Grez-sur-Loing.



Applications for this stipend can be accepted from natural scientists who are active as teachers/researchers at Universities in Sweden.

Applications listing the applicant's personal details and the post held should be submitted with a brief CV and a description (justification) of the purpose of the stay. There are no specific application forms.
Applications (electronic) must be submitted to the Hasselblad Foundation no later than May 15 the year of application, in the form of a single, merged document (a PDF file). Address: stipendium@hasselbladfoundation.org

November - December

The stipend amounts to SEK 30,000 and the foundation also pays the rental cost for the accommodation. During the period of the stipend, the holder may also be accompanied by a member of her or his family at no extra charge.

The holder of the stipend must provide her or his own computer for the period. A central Internet connection and printer are provided at Hôtel Chevillon.

The Hasselblad Foundation will announce who has been awarded the stipend in June the year of application in a press release and through publication on the website.

Previous Recipients of the writing stipend:

2012: Martin T. Sykes, Professor in Plant Ecology, Department of Physical Geography & Ecosystem Science at Lund University

2011: Marek Abramowicz, Professor vid Institutionen för Fysik, Göteborgs Universitet

2010: Tore Samuelsson, Professor vid Institutionen för Biomedicin, Göteborgs Universitet

2009: Sofia Thorsson, Postdoctoral Fellow in Physical Geography at the University of Gothenburg

2008: Lars Öhrström, professor of inorganic chemistry at the Chalmers Institute of Technology, Gothenburg

2007: Jan O. H. Swantesson, PhD, assistant professor at  Karlstad University

About the stipend

2013 recipient of the stipend

How to apply

Previous recipients