Östersjöstiftelsen (The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies) was founded by the Swedish Government in 1994. Its mission is to support research and doctoral studies, as well as the academic infrastructure at Södertörns högskola (Södertörn University). Since its foundation, the Foundation has granted SEK 2,4 billion to the university. Primarily, the Foundation supports basic research initiated by the researcher.
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies has funded approximately 160 research projects and the education of 115 doctoral students at Södertörn University. The Foundation has supported research into the Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as research into the Natural Sciences, particularly research into environmental issues.
During recent years, Södertörn University has been granted SEK 200 million per year from the Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies. Of these funds, about 40% has been allocated to research projects. A large number of these projects are multidisciplinary in character. In addition to funding research projects, funds have been granted for planning research, the recruitment of professors, inviting visiting research fellows to the university, providing funds for travel and conference attendance, as well as for the academic infrastructure at Södertörn University. All this has enabled the university to continue its activities in some of the areas in which it specialises.
The Centre for Baltic and East European Research (CBEES) was founded at the university in 2005 to promote and coordinate research and doctoral studies focusing on the Baltic Sea Region and Eastern Europe and, at the same time, to strengthen multidisciplinary research at Södertörn University. The Baltic and East European Graduate School (BEEGS) is incorporated within CBEES, and the Graduate School offers an international and multidisciplinary research environment mainly within the Humanities and Social Sciences, where English is the working language. CBEES is also responsible for organising conferences, courses, lectures and seminars. Baltic Worlds is a quarterly scholarly journal and news magazine published by CBEES and funded by the Foundation.