Call for Application: Fully-funded SIDA Training Program on Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries to Be Taken in Sweden


Applications are now open for the upcoming international training  programme on ‘Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries‘  Sida’s International Training Programmes on “Intellectual Property for Least Developed Countries” are now open to candidates from most low- and middle income countries. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, is a government agency working on behalf of the Swedish parliament and government, with the mission to reduce poverty in the world. The objective of the programme is to increase the capacity of the participant and her/his organisation to develop intellectual property systems adapted to national policies, to enhance the conditions and possibilities for commercialization of national/local products through Intellectual Property and to raise the understanding and use of Intellectual Property in order to promote economic growth.

Type: Training

Number of Awards: 27

Award Providers: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

To Be Taken At (Country): Swedish Patent and Registration Office Stockholm, Sweden and one of the participating countries

Duration of Program: The training will take place in Sweden (28 January – 16 February) and in one of the participating countries (19-24 August).

Eligible Countries: The following countries are invited to nominate candidates: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Laos, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia

Value of Award: The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) will cover all costs related to all programme phases except personal expenses, visa fees or any local airport taxes and departure fees.



  • The Programme is directed towards policy makers and their advisers as well as towards persons at a senior decision-making level from the government sector, collective management organizations and also to persons from the university or the
    private sector who are or who will be involved in issues concerning Intellectual Property rights on a national level.
  • Emphasis will be made on the selection of senior officials with experience in areas of transfer of technology and technological capacity building in order to promote cooperation between institutions of higher learning, research institutions, industries, and business to initiate project-based activities on invention and innovation.
  • The participants accepted into the programme shall be obliged to participate in all phases of the programme. Substitutes will not be accepted for any phase.
  • Management approval for all participation and project work is mandatory and is to be confirmed in the application.
  • The participant should have some proficiency in the use of computers (word processing) and access to computers with Internet connection in the home country (for e-mail communications).
  • The WIPO general course on Intellectual Property (DL101) or equivalent knowledge is recommended but not a prerequisite. The participant’s professional role in his/her home country is more important than formal qualifications.
  • When accepted to the programme candidates will be asked to prepare a short description of the chosen project.
  • Considering the training programme consists of international travels and work away from home in a new environment, good health and full working capacity is conditioned. It is therefore recommended that candidates undergo a medical examination before filling in the Medical Statement in the Application form
  • Only candidates nominated by the appropriate organization and in accordance with national rules will be considered

How to Apply: To apply, please read attached brochure and submit the application form (attached) at the Swedish Embassy in Maputo.

Application Deadline: 28th October 2017.

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

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