2018-19 Scholarship – awarded to Gustav Jonsson

The Society of Swedish Engineers in Great Britain has awarded Mr. Gustav Jonsson the 2018 scholarship for him to continue his work at Imperial College London (ICL) to further promote a fruitful collaboration in academic research between Great Britain and Sweden. The scholarship will allow Gustav to continue working on the project while applying for Ph.D. funding at ICL. Gustav will shortly receive a M.Sc. degree from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden) in medical biotechnology.

Gustav performed his master’s thesis in the laboratory of Dr. Nadia Guerra at ICL co-supervised by Professor Björn Önfelt from KTH. Throughout the project, a chip with micro-scale wells (developed by Prof. Önfelt) allowing separation of individual immune cells with individual tumour cells was implemented and experimentally validated at ICL.

Implementation of the microwell chip allowed a special type of immune cell, natural killer (NK) cells, to be studied at single-cell resolution. NK cells are one of the key players in anti-cancer immunity and act as one of the first responders to malignant tumour growth. Through the utilisation of the chip, it was found that murine NK cells can be divided into multiple heterogenous sub-populations based on their capacity to kill tumour cells, as demonstrated by Prof. Önfelt with human NK cells. These sub-populations varied from NK cells that were uncapable of killing tumour cells to those that
could kill multiple tumour cells.

The aim of Gustav’s future research is to further study these sub-populations of NK cells to identify the underlying mechanisms behind NK cell heterogeneity and anti-tumour capability. A steam-lined and effective way of identifying and quantifying NK cells of a high killing capacity would not only be interesting from a basic research perspective, but also a therapeutic perspective in which a patient’s intrinsic ability to fight cancer can be assessed.

2020 Scholarship

The scholarship for 2020 will be announced later in the year. The application deadline is in April.

The Society of Swedish Engineers in Great Britain is offering a unique scholarship opportunity for a young, motivated and driven Swedish engineer currently studying in the United Kingdom, either in industry or an academic institution.

The Society has for a long time awarded scholarships with the intention of making it possible for Swedish engineers to visit the UK and study at British technology institutions. The scholarship is primarily intended for students who have recently graduated from a Swedish higher technical education and are interested in international technology development, management and marketing.


The promotion of a better understanding of British technical and industrial conditions amongst Swedish engineers. To secure this object it is proposed to afford opportunities for young Swedish engineers to visit the United Kingdom and to study at first hand British engineering enterprise, and industrial works and Institutions.


Scholarships to young Swedish engineers shall be granted out of the annual yield of the investments, the amount granted in each case to be paid in such instalments as the administrative body may decide. The Scholarship when granted may, if not used within 12 months, be withdrawn.

The Scholar shall, before the final instalment is paid, submit a report on the experience gained during the time he made use of the Scholarship.

The S.I.S. has the copyright of such report.

How to Apply

Applications should be sent in English or Swedish to the Chairman:

Please include a cover letter, CV, the name of the university/ institution you are/ will be affiliated with and the nature of your proposed course of research/study.