The Swedish Institute is a public agency that builds interest and trust in Sweden around the world. We work with Sweden promotion, cooperation in the Baltic Sea region, and global development.
The Swedish Institute gathers knowledge about the image of Sweden abroad and monitors international trends. Sweden has a brand platform based on common Swedish values that stand out internationally. The main message is that Sweden is a development-oriented country in which people and the environment take precedence.
SI shares information about Sweden abroad and analyses how other countries view Sweden. We also facilitate international exchanges and partnerships. The goal is to increase awareness of Sweden and build good relationships with individuals, organizations, and other countries.
If the world around us has a high level of trust in Sweden, it improves the conditions for trade, investment, tourism, and cultural exchange. It also makes it easier to attract international talent and contribute to global sustainable development.
The Swedish Institute’s core activities involve: Analysing how foreign target groups perceive Sweden, and how this affects opportunities for Swedish actors abroad.
Providing expert support to both private and public actors wishing to communicate the image of Sweden and Swedish skills.
- Spreading information about Swedish values and experience in the fields of innovation, sustainability, culture, and creativity.
- Increasing cooperation in the Baltic Sea region is a prerequisite for long-term development in Sweden and the region itself.
- Supporting projects that encourage democratic development in our partner countries.
- Establishing relations between Swedish partners and the decision-makers of tomorrow around the world.
- Actively promoting mobility for students, researchers, and skilled labor to and from Sweden.
- Providing funding and other support for Swedish language tuition and knowledge-enhancement programs focusing on Sweden abroad.
- Running Sweden’s only cultural center abroad, the Swedish Institute in Paris.
Of SI’s total funding, approximately SEK 294 million are grants and scholarships, and approximately two-thirds of this amount is financed by the Swedish aid budget. SI’s various sub-assignments are closely linked to each other.
- Applicants must be a citizen of an eligible country
- Applicants must have documented proof of work experience
- Applicants must also follow the application steps of university admission and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programs on time
- Applicants should know that priority will be given to applicants who currently reside in one of the eligible countries
- A student has already resided in Sweden for cumulatively two years or more, prior to the scholarship period
- If a student has 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
- Students can apply if they already hold a degree from a Swedish university/university college
- Have dual citizenship in countries not listed below
Citizens of the following countries cannot apply:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Myanmar (Burma)
- North Macedonia
- South Africa
- Sri Lanka
Greatest priority will be given to applicants who choose study programs with an emphasis on environmental and social sustainability, innovation, responsibility in management, or sustainable economic growth (listed in alphabetical order, no priority or ranking is implied). It is up to the student to motivate themselves while filling out their scholarship applications and which programs to choose that are related to the prioritized subject areas.
Since students need to have documented work experience, the experience may be demonstrated through current or previous full- or part-time employment, paid or unpaid internship, volunteer assignments, as well as through positions as chairperson or board member at student unions or student organizations. There is no requirement in regards to a minimum number of hours.
How to Apply
All applicants will need to follow these steps:
- Be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities, according to the information at University Admissions. All students should kindly contact University Admissions directly regarding questions related to application and tuition fees. SI will receive the tuition fee status including all personal information directly from University Admissions.
- Have paid the application fee for master’s programs at University Admissions on time before February 3, 2023.
- Be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programs by April 3, 2023. A student can only be awarded a scholarship for the master’s program they are admitted to by April 3, 2023.
- Master’s programs to which the students 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 instructions on how to reply to University Admissions. Contact University Admissions directly if any student has any questions. If they are only listed as a reserve and not admitted to any of the eligible master’s programs, then the student will not be considered for an SI scholarship.
- There are no scholarships available for late admissions.
Reward – Extra Benefits
This is a full-tuition coverage scholarship as well as, a SEK 10,000 a month to cover living expenses that may come up.
While the recipient is awarded, the individual will be welcomed as a new member of the SI Alumni Network. Also, the recipient can expect to stay as a member of the SI Alumni Network even after their scholarship duration ends.
The official deadline date is February 10, 2022, and lasts till February 28, 2022. That means only 20 days are really available for students to submit their Global applications.
However, students should look forward to their doctorate degree after their master’s degree is completed.
Open Submission Window Time Frame
The open submission window time frame is only 20 days in length and that means that this is a highly competitive scholarship since thousands of students will be sending in applications within that small time frame.
This is an annual scholarship that happens only once a year and always has had a deadline date in February.