The Swedish Institute
The Swedish Institute is a government agency in Sweden responsible for spreading information about Sweden outside the country. The institute promotes Swedish interests and organizes exchanges with other countries in different areas of public life, in particular in the spheres of education, culture, and research.
The main office of the Swedish Institute is in Gamla stan in central Stockholm and the branch abroad is in the Swedish Cultural Centre in Paris. The agency board is appointed by the Government of Sweden and has approximately 90 members of staff.
In early 2007 the Swedish Institute stated it was planning to set up an “embassy”, the “House of Sweden”, in Second Life, an Internet-based virtual world. This virtual office is intended to serve as a point of information about Sweden and not to provide passports or visas.
Other Swedish embassies in foreign countries are under the direct authority and control of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals 2021
The Swedish Institute (SI) is now launching the Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP), a new scholarship program that replaces Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS). SISGP offers scholarships to a large number of master’s programs starting in the autumn semester of 2022
Deadline: 20 Feb 2022
Study in: Sweden
The course starts August 2021
Swedish Higher Education Institutions and Swedish Universities
Level/Field(s) of study:
Check the list of about 650 eligible master programs for the academic year 2022-2023.
Number of Scholarships:
An estimated 300 scholarships will be available.
Students from the following countries:
Bangladesh; Bolivia; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Colombia; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Honduras; Indonesia; Jordan; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Morocco; Myanmar (Burma); Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Rwanda; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses of SEK 10,000 per month, insurance, and a one-time travel grant of SEK 15,000 (only for scholarship holders living outside Sweden). There are no additional grants for family members.
The scholarship is intended for full-time one-year or two-year master’s programs and is only awarded for programs starting in the autumn semester.
To be eligible for SISGP, you must have had at least 3,000 hours’ work experience prior to 3 February 2019 from a maximum of three organizations/companies. Applicants must be from an eligible country (see above). You must be able to demonstrate your previous leadership experience. The experience may be demonstrated through for instance previous work experience, or involvement in civil society organizations.
You must be liable to pay tuition fees to the universities, have paid the application fee for master’s programs at University Admissions on time before 1 February 2021, and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programs by 3 April 2022.
Regarding the university application, you must also:
- be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities. Kindly contact University Admissions directly regarding questions related to application and tuition fees. SI will receive the tuition fee status including your personal information directly from University Admissions.
- have paid the application fee for master’s programs on time before 1 February 2022.
- be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programs* by 9 April 2022. You can only be awarded a scholarship for the master’s program you are admitted to by 9 April. Master’s programs to which you are listed as a reserve will not be considered. Therefore, it is important that you make sure to decline reserve places on time so that your admission will not be deleted. Please check the information on how to reply to University Admissions. Contact University Admissions directly if you have any questions. If you are only listed as a reserve and not admitted to any of the eligible master’s programs*, you will not be considered for an SI scholarship. There are no scholarships available for late admissions.
- *The list of eligible master´s programs will be published by the middle of November 2022
Other eligibility criteria
- Regardless of all the eligibility criteria listed above, you are not eligible for the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals if you:
- have already resided in Sweden for cumulatively two years or more, prior to the scholarship period (August 2022);
- have previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college; Previous participants of the SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP), and students who have attended SI summer courses in the Swedish language or the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU) may still apply;
- already hold a degree from a Swedish university/university college;
- are currently enrolled in a study program at a Swedish university/university college;
- have a Swedish or EU/EEA citizenship*, a Swedish permanent residence permit or temporary work- and residence permit based on work or on family ties with a citizen of Sweden/EU/EEA country who has a temporary or permanent right of residence in Sweden; or
- have dual citizenship in countries not listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients.
- *Exception: students with dual citizenship in Romania may still apply for a scholarship but must apply with the citizenship that is eligible for the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals when applying to SI Scholarships as well as University Admissions.
You should only submit the required documents listed below in your online scholarship application. Swedish institute does not consider any other documents than the required ones. You must use the forms and templates provided below and complete your application in English. Kindly note the length limitation for your answers and the documents.
- A motivation letter: you must use the SISGP form for the motivation letter. You simply need to fill in and upload the motivation letter as a PDF file on the application portal during the application period.
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV): you must use the SISGP form for your CV and the CV should not exceed three pages.
- Two different letters of reference: you must use the SISGP form for a letter of reference. At least one letter of reference must be based on your work experience. It will be a merit if the second letter of reference is based on your involvement in networks or civil society organizations outside of your regular work. The letters should be signed by the referee and stamped with an official stamp of the referred organization or a notary office. The form(s) should be typed, then printed, signed, and stamped; and then be uploaded as one PDF file.
- Proof of work and leadership experience: you must use the SISGP form for proof of work and leadership experience. The work and leadership form should be signed by the referee and stamped with an official stamp of the referred organization or a notary office. The form(s) should be typed, then printed, signed, and stamped; and then be uploaded as one PDF file. You can find more information in the instruction in the form and in our FAQ.
- A copy of your passport: your personal data including name, photograph, and citizenship must be shown clearly. Copy of passport should be included together with the CV as a last fourth page. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a copy of your valid passport to include
- Covers your tuition fees to the Swedish university you are attending. This is paid directly by SI at the beginning of each semester.
- You will receive a regular payment of SEK 10,000 to cover living expenses throughout the scholarship. This payment is given monthly throughout the scholarship period.
- Insurance against illness and accident.
- Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders(NFGL) – a platform to help you build your network while in Sweden and grow professionally.
- After your scholarship period has ended, you gain membership to the SI Alumni Network and get a unique opportunity to further develop yourself professionally and for continued networking. The local networks currently consist of over 15,000 talented alumni from over 140 countries and exist worldwide.
- For Bangladesh; Bolivia; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Colombia; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Honduras; Indonesia; Jordan; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Morocco; Myanmar (Burma); Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Rwanda; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe the scholarship also includes a travel grant of SEK 15,000 for the entire study period. This is a one-time payment and does not apply to students already living in Sweden.
- For Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkey, or Ukraine. The scholarship also includes a travel grant of SEK 10,000 for the entire study period.
- This is a one-time payment and does not apply to students already living in Sweden.
Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Duration of Scholarships: The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships are intended for full-time master’s level studies of one or two years. It is only awarded for programs starting in the autumn semester and is granted for one academic year (two semesters) at a time. It will be extended for programs longer than two semesters, provided that the student has passed his/her courses/credits.
Applications for admissions are already closed.
- Apply for an SI scholarship between 10-20 February 2022, following the instructions on the official website. The application form will be available in January 2021.
It is important to visit the official website for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
A complete application must consist of:
- a completed motivation letter
- a CV
- two valid and completed letters of reference
- valid and completed proof of work and leadership experience
- a copy of your valid passport
Your application will be disqualified if it is missing one of the required documents above.
See detail of the application procedure at the official site application procedure.
- Apply for a master’s program at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2020 – 15 January 2021.
- Apply for an SI scholarship between 8-18 February 2021, following the instructions on the official website. The application form will be available on the official website in December 2020 /January 2021.
It is important to visit the official website for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
The application process is summarized as follows
- Apply for a master’s program at universityadmissions.se
- Apply for a SISGP scholarship
- Notifications from University Admissions
- Announcement of 300 successful SI scholarship recipients
Official Scholarship Website: https://si.se/en/apply/scholarships/swedish-institute-scholarships-for-global-professionals/
Can you apply for more than one degree program on Sweden Scholarship by Swedish Institute?
Only one scholarship application must be submitted for all the eligible master’s programs that you applied for at universityadmissions.se. It means, in one scholarship application, you can apply for SI scholarships for up to four eligible master’s programs that you applied at universityadmissions.se. However, you should create and submit an additional scholarship application separately for the master’s program (s) at SSE if you have also applied for a master’s program (s) at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). You only need to submit one scholarship application for all the master’s programs you applied for at SSE if you only want to apply for SI scholarships for master’s program (s).
Each scholarship application should have only one of each required document attached, no matter how many master’s programs you applied for. If you have applied at both universityadmissions.se and SSE, you should attach all the required documents in both the scholarship applications.
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