December 20, 2015

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

Course(s) Offered: Any eligible field
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters)
Provider: Swedish Institute
Country to Study in: Sweden

Scholarship Description
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) is the Swedish government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. It is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI).

The Scholarships target highly-qualified students and are awarded for studies in Sweden starting in an autumn semester. The scholarships are intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees.

The programme offers a unique opportunity for future leaders to develop professionally and academically, to experience Swedish society and culture, and to build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and with each other.

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

The scholarships are only intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees according to the information here: University Admissions: Who is required to pay tuition?.

Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals with outstanding academic qualifications, demonstrated leadership experience and a clear idea of how a study programme in Sweden would benefit their country.

Applicants must be from an eligible country and have at least two years’ work experience. Applicants must display outstanding academic qualifications and leadership experience. In addition, applicants should show an ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to a just and sustainable development in their country.

There is no age limit for scholarship holders.

Selection criteria:
The Swedish Institute is looking for applicants who display both intellectual ability and leadership potential and welcome applications regardless of age, gender and religious beliefs. The scholarship programme aims for diversity amongst the 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 a Swedish or EU/EES-citizenship, permanent residence permit or work permit in Sweden. (Not applicable for Syrian citizens.)
  • 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.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL Developing Countries on the OECD/DAC list(pdf).

Participating Institutions
All Swedish Universities are eligible

Fields of study
About 600 different study programs at Swedish universities are eligible for a scholarship. Eligible programs are selected by Swedish universities and cover a wide variety of study areas.

For the 2016/2017 academic session, priority will be given to applicants choosing study programmes with an emphasis on gender equality, sustainable development, democracy, human rights or poverty reduction.

Number of awards
Approximately 300 scholarships are awarded each academic year

Sponsorship duration
The scholarship is only awarded for programs starting in the autumn semester (August/September) and is intended for full-time master’s level studies of one or two years. It 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 (courses/credits) are satisfactory.

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 benefits
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 designed to cover living costs and study expenses for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members.

Travel grants:
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.

Method of Application
Please note that the scholarship application is separate from the application to master’s programmes at Swedish universities. You apply to your masters programme by using the national online application service

To apply, you MUST NOT be a Swedish nor an EU nor an EES citizen. In addition, you MUST BE a student who is required to pay tuition fees in Sweden according to the information at University Admissions.

It is important to read the Application instructions for the SI Study Scholarships and to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.

The scholarship application consists of two steps, the first step will be open 1 December 2015 – 20 January 2016, followed by a detailed second step for successful candidates from the first step, 8–13 February 2016.

Please note that the first step has been extended and that SI will not be able to announce the results before the deadline for completing your application to university admissions. All candidates must therefore pay the application fee to university admissions before 1 February 2016.

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) target highly-qualified international students and are awarded to students from selected countries. The scholarships are intended for full time master’s level study. In the past, few scholarships were reserved for studies at Bachelor’s level.

Application Deadline: 20 January / 13 February 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Top Swedish Scholarships for International Students

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