So to clarify the circumstances to which I am here; I have got a scholarship to conduct a so called 'minor field study' (MFS). The scholarship is from the Swedish International Development agency (SIDA), and the sum is 27 000 kr. More than a hundred departments on swedish universities can issue these scholarships, and in 2014, 775 applications got approved.
The money are supposed to cover (or almost cover) the travel and living expenses (including vaccinations and such) for a period of eight weeks in a development country. The subject can be anything, ranging from peace and conflict studies, to medicin and to engineering. In my case the country is Malawi and the subject is water chemistry, altough the specifics of the project have yet not been decided.
The idea and purpose of the MFS is to offer students a chance of practical work, international connections and to develop deeper knowledge about their chosen subject. And in the process, maybe even get a chance to do some really good research.
I have a supervisor over here, one at home at Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet (SLU). Uppsala University are the ones to approve my MFS application and later project report, and SIDA are the ones paying.