The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students from the countries listed below. The scholarships will be awarded for studies in Sweden starting in an autumn semester and cover both living costs and tuition fees.
Recipients of The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships have now been selected. Please click on the following link to see the list:
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships - Category 1
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships - Category 2
How many applied?
For Category 1, there were 2,272 applications from 1,038 applicants (applicants could apply for a scholarship for more than one programme). In total, 50 scholarships were awarded.
For Category 2, there were 4,515 applications from 2,385 applicants (applicants could apply for a scholarship for more than one programme). In total, 189 scholarships were awarded.
How were applications reviewed?
All applications were assessed by a selection committee, taking into consideration the relevance and quality of the personal motivation letter and CV. Universities have also been offered the opportunity to prioritise applicants. Academic qualifications were evaluated during the admission process by University Admissions in Sweden and universities and were therefore not a criteria in the selection of scholarship recipients.
Applicants who have been awarded a scholarship will receive a formal confirmation of the scholarship offer by email. Please be sure to follow all instructions given. It is also very important that you accept your admission offer for the programme you were awarded a scholarship to on Universityadmissions.se. You can do this by logging into your account there and answering "Yes" to the programme. The deadline for accepting your admission offer is April 8, 2013.
You must officially accept your scholarship offer from The Swedish Institute by April 19, 2013.
What if I have a question about my application?
Unfortunately, due to the very large number of applications we have received, we are unable to answer questions about individual applications. We thank you for your understanding.
The programme is open to candidates from two different categories of countries. Please note that if your country is included under Category 1, you can only apply within that category.
Candidates with citizenship from the following countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
For the 2012/2013 academic year, we received 906 applications and a total of 56 scholarships were granted for students from the 12 countries.
Applications are assessed by a selection committee taking into consideration the relevance and quality of the personal motivation letter and CV. Universities are offered the opportunity to prioritise applicants.Academic merits are already evaluated by the universities in the admission round and are not a criteria for scholarships.
Candidates with citizenship from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients can apply to this program. Priority will be given to candidates from Algeria, Botswana, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza strip and Yemen.
Candidates with citizenship from the following countries, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine cannot apply to this programme.
Citizens from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can only apply for a scholarship through The Visby Programme.
Citizens from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia can only apply for a scholarship through SI Scholarships for East Europe.
Citizens from Turkey can only apply for a scholarship through The Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme.
For the academic year 2012/2013 we received 888 applications and a total of 72 scholarships were granted for students from 24 countries.
The applications are assessed by a selection committee taking into consideration the relevance and quality of the personal motivation letter and CV. Universities are offered the opportunity to prioritise applicants. Academic merits are already evaluated by the universities in the admission round and are not a criteria for scholarships.
Who is eligible?
The scholarships are intended for students from the above-mentioned target groups for full-time master's studies in Sweden. Students studying at the bachelor's level are not eligible. There is no age limit for scholarship holders.
Scholarships cannot be granted for students who:
- Have already lived in Sweden for two years or more previous to the scholarship period.
- Have a permanent residence or work permit in Sweden.
- Have previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for studies at master’s level or research at a Swedish university. Students who have attended a Swedish Institute summer course in the Swedish language may apply.
- Already hold a master’s degree from a Swedish university/university college.
- Are currently enrolled in a study programme at the bachelor’s or master’s level at a Swedish university or university college.
How do I apply?
Instructions can be found at Application procedure for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships.
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) 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 15,000.
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.