Writing stipend

The purpose is to offer a limited-period stay that offers peace and quiet to enable concentration on a piece of writing.


The grant can be applied for by natural scientists working as teachers or researchers in the natural sciences employed at universities or university colleges in Sweden.


Application 2024

The Hasselblad Foundation should receive the application by May 15, 2024. The application form can be filled out in English or Swedish here.


The grant can be applied for by natural scientists, working as teachers or researchers in the natural sciences employed at universities or university colleges in Sweden.


Stipend period & amount
The stipend amount is  SEK 10,000, excluding the rental cost paid by the Foundation. The apartment at Villa Martinson is available during September.


About Villa Martinson

Villa Martinson is a former private villa located a stone’s throw away from Jonsered Manor. The house has five apartments, and on its upper floor, there is also a shared library for socializing, discussions and studies. The villa, with a view of undulating climes and Lake Aspen, is named after Jonsered’s most famous literary reference, Harry Martinson, who lived here in his youth.


Application deadline

May 15, 2024

Stipend 2023

Marina Panova, researcher, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Stipend 2022


Jerker Vinterstare received his PhD in evolutionary biology from Lund University in March 2021 and is currently employed as a researcher at SLU Aqua (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences).

At SLU Aqua, Jerker is involved in a diverse range of research projects focusing on our Swedish fish stocks. For example, a major current task is to investigate how aquatic ecologists can apply new and less-invasive methods, such as eDNA and iEcology (internet ecology), to reduce the suffering and mortality rates of studied organisms. Another question Jerker is currently working on aims to estimate spatial and temporal risks for by-catches from commercial fishing. Such risk estimation can adjust the fishery to protect other animals that sometimes get caught by mistake, such as harbour porpoises, seals and birds.



One of Jerker’s significant interests is evolutionary biology, and when time allows, he tries to write up unpublished data from his time as a PhD student. This data describes how prey animals can deal with rapid changes in predation risk by evolving phenotypic plasticity in anti-predator defences. To a large extent, this work is on the fascinating crucian carp (Carassius carassius). This species has developed a unique ability to change its entire body shape and behaviour depending on the presence/absence of predatory fish in the water.

Read more about this work in Jerker’s thesis: ht


The stay in villa Martinsson will be a nice environmental shift from the home office, where the surrounding nature will be a guaranteed source of inspiration, says Jerker.

Stipend 2019


Sara Planting-Bergloo





Stipends for Villa Martinson 2018


Amanda Mattsson, Doctoral student at the Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE), Mid Sweden University

Soodabeh Majdi, Department of Chemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg













Stipends 2017


Dr Alyssa Joyce from the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, has been awarded a scholarship for a stay at Villa Martinson in May 2017. Dr Joyce’s research focuses on sustainable aquaculture. During her stay, she will work on an article about the handling of pathogens in organic fish production.






Professor Per Sundberg from the Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, has been awarded a scholarship to Grez-sur-Loing in September 2017. In 2009, Professor Sundberg and two PhD students went on a collection trip to Chile with an aim to assess the local fauna of nemerteans (a primarily marine group of worm-like species). The purpose of the stay in Grez-sur-Loing is to finish documenting the results from the collection and describe the species found.

The results are based on a combination of so-called morphological characters and cladistic analysis (how different species are related) based on DNA sequences. The results will be of   interest to the researchers specialising in nemerteans, but would also contribute to the understanding of marine ecosystems in Chile and add a piece of information to the mapping of biological diversity on Earth.







Stipends 2016


Anna Godhe, Professor Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg is granted the stipend to Villa Martinson in Jonsered.
Anna Godhe’s main research interest is within phytoplankton ecology, the role of phytoplankton life-cycle stages, population genetic of phytoplankton, and interactions between different trophic levels in the pelagic environment. She has for several years studied the dynamics between the planktonic and benthic stages of microalgae.


Annie-Maj Johansson, Senior Lecturer Science at the School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, is granted the stipend to Villa San Michele in Grez-sur-Loing, France. Johansson’s research interest is about teaching and learning in primary school science. She received her PhD in Mathematics and Science Education in 2012 at the University of Stockholm with the thesis “Inquiry-based approach in primary school science”.