Are you a global professional who wants to make a difference in your home country and region? Are you seeking an international experience to boost your academic and professional skills? Do you want to study in one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable countries? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should not miss the opportunity to apply for the Swedish Institute (SI) Full Scholarship 2024.
The SI Full Scholarship is fully funded and covers tuition fees, living expenses, insurance, and travel grants for master’s studies in Sweden. The scholarship is open to applicants from 41 countries who have demonstrated work and leadership experience in their fields. The scholarship aims to develop a network of future global leaders who will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and drive the development of their home countries forward.
About the Scholarship Provider
The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency that promotes interest and trust in Sweden worldwide. SI works with international exchange, education, culture, and communication to strengthen Sweden’s relations and development cooperation with other countries. SI also supports Swedish language learning and disseminates information about Sweden abroad. SI is a partner in implementing the Swedish government’s international policy and strategy.
The SI Full Scholarship is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:
- Be a citizen of one of the 41 countries eligible for the SI Full Scholarship. See the list of eligible countries here.
- Have at least 3,000 hours of demonstrated work experience from a current or previous employer or civil society engagement.
- Have demonstrated leadership experience from a current or previous employer or civil society engagement.
- Have a bachelor’s degree equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen, completed before 15 January 2024.
- Be liable to pay tuition fees at University Admissions.
- Have applied for a master’s program eligible for the SI Full Scholarship through University Admissions before 15 January 2024. See the list of eligible programs here.
- Have not already lived in Sweden for two or more years before the scholarship period.
- Have not previously been awarded an SI scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university or university.
- Have not previously had a Swedish permanent residence permit.
Sweden is a Nordic country in Northern Europe, known for its high quality of life, social welfare, innovation, and environmental sustainability. Sweden is a member of the European Union, the United Nations, the Nordic Council, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Sweden has a rich and diverse culture with a long literature, music, art, and design history. Sweden is also home to some of the world’s top universities and research institutions, offering various academic programs and disciplines in English.
The SI Full Scholarship covers the following expenses for the scholarship holders:
- Full tuition fee coverage. The fee is paid directly by SI to the Swedish university in the beginning of each semester.
- A monthly payment of SEK 12,000 to cover living expenses throughout the study period.
- Insurance against illness and accident.
- A travel grant of SEK 15,000 (*10,000 for scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine).
- Membership in the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) is a networking, learning, and professional development platform.
- Access to various events, workshops, seminars, and visits to companies and organizations in Sweden.
- Support and guidance from the SI scholarship team and alumni network.
Level and Field of Study
The SI Full Scholarship is available for full-time, one- or two-year master’s studies in Sweden. The scholarship covers a wide range of study fields and over 700 of the 1000 English-taught master’s programs in Sweden. The scholarship is aligned with the Swedish government’s international policy and strategy and prioritizes the following thematic areas:
- Climate change and environmental issues
- Human rights, democracy, and gender equality
- Innovation, digitalization, and new technologies
- Public health and social development
- Sustainable business and economic development
How to Apply
The application process for the SI Full Scholarship consists of two steps:
- Apply for a master’s program at University Admissions. You must apply for one or more eligible master’s programs through the national online application platform University Admissions before 15 January 2024. You must also pay the application fee and submit the required documents before the deadline.
- Apply for the SI Full Scholarship at SI. You must submit an online application for the SI Full Scholarship through the SI application portal between 12 and 28 February 2024. You must also upload the required documents and answer the questions in the application form.
The selection process for the SI Full Scholarship is based on the following criteria:
- The quality and relevance of the motivation letter
- The quality and relevance of the CV and references
- The quality and significance of the work and leadership experience
- The quality and relevance of the study plan
- The academic merit and grades of the previous studies
The SI Full Scholarship is highly competitive, with an average acceptance rate of around 4%. Therefore, preparing a strong and convincing application that showcases your academic and professional achievements, your motivation and goals, and your potential contribution to the sustainable development of your home country and region is essential.
Countries that can Apply
The SI Full Scholarship is open to applicants from the following 41 countries:
- Myanmar (Burma)
- Sri Lanka
The deadline to apply for a master’s program at University Admissions is 15 January 2024. The deadline to apply for the SI Full Scholarship at SI is 28 February 2024. The scholarship announcement day is 25 April 2024.
Please visit the official website for more information about the SI Full Scholarship. You can also read the open call for applications and the frequently asked questions here. You can also follow the SI on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn for updates and news.