Course(s) Offered: Any eligible field
Course Level: Postgraduate (masters)
Provider: Swedish Institute
Country to Study in: Sweden
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.
Applicants must come from a SISS-eligible country (see below), and show proof of work and leadership experience.
Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals with academic qualifications, demonstrated leadership experience and a clear idea of how a study programme in Sweden would benefit their country.
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.
Applicants must be from an eligible country and have at least 3,000 hours of experience from full-time/part-time employment, voluntary work, paid/unpaid internship, and/or position of trust. Applicants must display 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, in a long term perspective.
Citizens of SISS-eligible countries (three different categories of countries):
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina-Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran and Vietnam.
Candidates with citizenships from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients(pdf) other than the above mentioned and those countries included in other SI scholarship programmes, can apply within this category.
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.
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 335 scholarships will be awarded each academic year
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.
The scholarship covers both tuition fees (paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month. There are no additional grants for family members.
Scholarship holders from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients receive a travel grant in connection with their scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 15,000.
Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
All SI scholarship holders become members of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a network which offers exclusive opportunities for SI scholarship holders during their stay in Sweden.
Method of Application
The application process consists of two steps. The first step will take place through an online application form. Successful candidates will be notified, and asked to submit a detailed application for the second step. The two-step application process aims at offering transparency in the selection process.
The application process and the selection criteria for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships are separate from the application process to master’s programmes at Swedish universities. You must first complete your separate application to the master’s programme(s) before the university deadline 16 January 2017. You apply to your masters programme by using the national online application service University Admissions.
It is important to read the SISS – Application procedure and key dates and also 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 2016 – 16 January 2017 24:00GMT, followed by a detailed second step for successful candidates from the first step, 1–10 February 2017.
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: 16 January / 10 February 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes
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