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Swedish Institute SI Scholarship 2022/2023


Swedish Institute SI Scholarship 2022/2023:

Swedish Institute SI Scholarship is looking for ambitious professionals who want to make a difference. The SI Scholarship for Global Professionals offers a unique opportunity to develop professionally and academically, experience Swedish society and culture, and build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and other global professionals.

About Swedish Institute SI Scholarship:

Every year, the Swedish Institute awards SI scholarships to non-European students for studies at Swedish universities. Today, 432 people from 42 countries are awarded scholarships for studies at master’s level.

The SI Scholarship for Global Professionals aims to develop future global leaders that will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to sustainable development. The applicants should have a clear idea of how their education will contribute to the sustainable development of their home countries and regions. The Swedish Institute will grant about 350 scholarships for master’s degree studies in Sweden.

The scholarship is intended for a full-time, one- or two-year master’s program, and is funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The Swedish Institute open the call for applications once every year for master’s studies beginning in the autumn semester. In order to have a successful application, make sure to be eligible, complete all steps of the process, and that you have the documentation required to finalize your application in time. Please read through the following pages carefully.

Swedish Institute SI Scholarship| Funding:

  • Full tuition fee coverage. The fee is paid directly by SI to your Swedish university in the beginning of each semester.
  • A monthly payment of SEK 10,000 to cover your living expenses throughout the study period.
  • Insurance against illness and accident.
  • Travel Grant.* This is a one-time payment and does not apply for students already living in Sweden.
    • For scholars from 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, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe – the scholarship includes a travel grant of SEK 15,000 for the entire study period.
    • For scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine, the scholarship includes a travel grant of SEK 10,000 for the entire study period.
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Professionals (NFGP) – a platform to help you grow professionally and build a network while in Sweden.
  • After your scholarship period has ended, you become a member of the SI Alumni Network. As a member, you get a unique opportunity for continued networking and professional development.

The scholarship does not:

  • Provide additional grants for family members.
  • Cover the application fee to University Admissions.
  • Allow changes to the study program. We are only able to support you through the awarded master’s program.
  • Allow extensions or changes to the awarded scholarship period.
 Swedish Institute SI Scholarship 2022/2023

Swedish Institute SI Scholarship| Eligibility Criteria:

  • You must be a citizen of a country that is eligible for SI scholarships. However, you do not need to reside in the country at the time of the application.
  • You must have a minimum of 3,000 hours of demonstrated work experience. In addition, you must have demonstrated leadership experience from your current or previous employer, or from civil society engagement.
  • You must be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities, have followed the steps of University Admissions and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programs.
  • The master’s programs you apply for must be eligible for SI scholarships. They give priority to programs within certain subject areas, depending on your country of citizenship.

You are not eligible if :

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 (starting 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 a 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 2021.

 *Exception: students with dual citizenship in Romania may apply for a scholarship even though they are EU citizens, and must state the citizenship that is eligible for the scholarship when applying to both SI and University Admissions.

Country of Citizenship:

You must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries. However, you do not need to reside in the country at the time of the application.

Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bolivia; Belarus; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Colombia; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Georgia; Ghana; Guatemala; Honduras; Indonesia; Jordan; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Moldova; Morocco; Myanmar (Burma); Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Russian Federation; Rwanda; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Ukraine; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

If you have dual citizenship(s) and both are eligible for SI scholarship program(s), you should choose only one of the citizenships when applying for SI scholarships. Applicants who apply to more than one SI scholarship using more than one citizenship, will have both applications disqualified.

Eligible master’s program:

About 600 master’s programs taught in English are eligible for an SI scholarship. It is up to you to motivate in your scholarship application if/how your chosen programs are related to the prioritized subject areas. You’ll find the list of eligible master programs for the SISGP call for application academic year 2022/2023 here.

Work Experience

To be eligible for Global Professionals, you must have had at least 3,000 hours of work experience prior to 10 February 2022 from a maximum of three organizations/companies. Valid work experience for Global Professionals includes both full-time and part-time employment, for instance as an employee, employer or freelancer. You will be required to certify the experience in your application. If you do not already have the required amount of work experience, your application will be disqualified. However, it is not required that you are employed at the time of the application.

Priority will be given to applicants with a strong professional background.

Swedish Institute SI Scholarship| Required documents:

We will not consider any other documents than the required ones. You have to use SI Scholarship’s provided forms, and you must complete your application in English. Otherwise, your application will not be considered further.

A complete application consists of:

Note! Your application will be disqualified if any of the above is missing.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

You must use SI’s form for CV 2022/2023 and the CV should not exceed three pages. It’s up to you to decide which of your previous experiences are relevant for your application. Additional pages will not be considered during the evaluation.

Letters of reference

You must use SI’s form for the letter of reference 2022/2023. All letters of reference must be signed by the referee and stamped with an official stamp of the referred organization or notary office. The letters should be typed, then printed, signed, stamped and uploaded as a single PDF-file. You can find more information in the instruction in the form and our FAQ.

  • Two different letters of reference are mandatory.
  • One of the letters must be based on work experience (mandatory). It is also a merit if the second letter of reference is based on your involvement in networks or civil society organizations outside your regular work.

Proof of work and leadership experience

You must use SI’s form for proof of work and leadership experience 2022/2023. 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, stamped, and uploaded as a single PDF-file. You can find more information in the instruction in the form and our FAQ.

Copy of your valid passport/National ID card

You must submit a copy of your valid passport/National ID card with the application. It must clearly show your personal data, including your name, citizenship and photograph. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a copy of your passport/National ID card that is valid at the time of application. You will be asked to upload the passport copy in the online application portal.

How to apply:

1. Apply for a master’s program:

  1. Apply for up to four eligible master’s programs at universityadmissions.se. Note that Stockholm School of Economics have their own, separate intake and admissions process.
  2. Once you have submitted your application for master’s program(s) at universityadmissions.se, you will get a personal application number consisting of eight digits. Save the number as you will need it when applying to the SI Scholarship for Global Professionals. Your application will be disqualified if you type in the wrong number in the online application form. Applicants for Stockholm School of Economics will not receive such a number.
  3. Submit your receipt of the application fee and the supporting documents required by University Admissions . The fee is non-refundable.
  • You’ll find the list of eligible master programs for the SISGP call for application academic year 2022/2023 here.

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