Virtual SUPRA Programme

The Virtual SUPRA Programme is a four-week programme designed to develop PhD and MA students’ theses through supervision, peer review and academic feedback. The recipients also gain access to NIAS LINC e-resources and receive sessions on how to further their academic careers through public presentations, podcasts, publishing and social media.

Included in the Virtual SUPRA Programme is:

  • Access and thorough introduction to the NIAS LINCresources.
  • Individual academic mentoring
  • Student presentations of their thesis work with feedback
  • Sessions on publishing and career development
  • Sessions on creating an academic presence online
  • Sessions on academic podcasts – what to do and what to say

Upon completion of the programme, SUPRA students will receive a certificate of participation.

SUPRA programme alumni will have the opportunity to further engage with NIAS as contributors to our InFocus Blog or Nordic Asia Podcast.

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A dynamic research environment

With around 30 participants every year, the SUPRA programme provides students with an opportunity to spend time at a lively research institute, which also houses a team of cutting-edge postdoctoral researchers located within a leading Nordic university. While NIAS supports all areas of Asian studies, we are especially strong on contemporary and modern East and Southeast Asia. Themes emphasised by our researchers include geopolitics, democracy and human rights, climate and sustainability, food security, gender, and digitalization.






The programme runs four times during the Spring semester (following four weeks in either February, March, April and May) and three times during the Autumn (September, October and November). Please specify your preferred month of participation in the application form.

The application deadline for the programme in the Spring is 1 November. For a spot in the Autumn, the application deadline is 1 July. 

The required documents for your application are:

  • The filled out application form (can be downloaded from the right hand menu)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from the supervisor of the thesis with which you apply for the SUPRA programme.

All students writing either an MA or PhD thesis are eligible to apply. However, students from institutions belonging to the Nordic NIAS Council (NNC) will be prioritised.

Applications should be submitted to:, with the subject line: Application for SUPRA programme [Spring/Autumn], [Year].

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