The programme aims to promote democratic, economic and social development through supporting know-how and transfer of knowledge to advanced students within these areas.
SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans is the current title for the programme previously known as SI Scholarships for East Europe.
The scholarships are intended for full-time master's level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees.
About 10-15 scholarships will be offered for the academic year 2014/2015.
Scholarship application period: 3-11 February 2014.
Who is eligible?
The scholarships are only intended for students who are required to pay the tuition fee according to the information at University Admissions.
There is no age limit for scholarship holders.
A scholarship cannot be granted for a student who:
- Has already lived in Sweden for two years or more previous to the scholarship period.
- Has Swedish or EU/EES-citizenship, a permanent residence permit or a work permit in Sweden.
- Has previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college.
- Already holds a degree from a Swedish university/university college.
- Is currently enrolled in a study programme at a Swedish university/university college.
Countries of eligibility
The programme is open to candidates from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia.
Only programmes within the areas of social science and environmental science are eligible. A list of eligible master's programmes is available here.
Scholarship benefits and period
The scholarship covers both the tuition fee (which is paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month.
The scholarship is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester (August/September) and is granted for one academic year, i.e. for two semesters at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters provided that the student's study results are satisfactory.
The scholarship is designed to cover living costs and study expenses for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members. The granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended beyond the study programme period nor can the scholarship be transferred to another study programme at a Swedish university.
Scholarship holders will receive a travel grant in connection with the scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 5,000.
Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
SI Network for Future Global Leaders
All Swedish Institute scholarship holders are invited to become members of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders – a network that offers unique opportunities during and after the stay in Sweden. Together with other talented people from all around the world, the scholarship holder is able to take part in a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks that benefit both to career and personal development.
How to apply
For application instructions, click here.