Applications Open: Swedish Institute Study Scholarships 2017-18 (335 scholarships to study in Sweden)

Applications Open: Swedish Institute Study Scholarships 2017-18 (335 scholarships to study in Sweden)

Deadline: January 16, 2017

Applications are now open for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) 2017-2018. The scholarships are awarded to students from selected countries for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2017. The scholarship covers the whole duration of the master’s programme. An estimated 335 scholarships will be available.

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 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. The goal is to enable the scholarship holders to play an active role in the positive development of the societies in which they live.

Scholarship Value and Benefits

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.

  • Travel grants: 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.
  • Insurance: Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
  • Network membershipsAll 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. Together with other talented people from all around the world, the scholarship holders take part in and organise a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks beneficial both to career and personal development. Scholarship holders are expected to be ambassadors for their country, and to demonstrate leadership skills and cooperation within the NFGL. When the scholarship holders return to their home countries they become part of the SI Alumni Network.


  • Applications will be considered in three categories:
    • Category 1: 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.
    • Category 2: Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran and Vietnam.
    • Category 3: Candidates with citizenships from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients other than the above mentioned and those countries included in other SI scholarship programmes, can apply within this category.
    • Citizens of South Africa should apply within the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South Africa.
    • Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine cannot apply within this programme, but are instead eligible within other SI scholarship programmes.
    • Syria: Due to the difficult situation in Syria, the Swedish Institute allocates up to 15 scholarships for Syrian students. Applicants must be Syrian citizens, with a bachelor’s degree from a Syrian university. Applicants may at the time of application and admission reside in a country other than Syria, including Sweden. Priority will be given to applicants who have 3,000 hours’ work experience and leadership experience.
  • Applicants who hold dual citizenships and both countries are eligible for SI scholarships, should choose only one of the citizenships when applying for SI scholarships.
  • 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.
  • Applicants must have had at least 3,000 hours’ work experience prior to 1 February 2017 (not required for students from South Africa and not compulsory for students from Syria).
  • Priority will be given to applicants choosing study programmes with an emphasis on gender equality, sustainable development, democracy, human rights or poverty reduction.

Eligible Programmes


  1. First application step 1 December 2016 – 24:00 GMT 16 January 2017:
    The first part of the application process is now open. Apply through the SI online application portal. In the first step, no documents will be required and you should only submit ONE scholarship application no matter how many eligible master’s programmes you have applied to on
  2. Second application step 1 – 10 February 2017:
    Only successful candidates from the first application step are eligible to apply in the second step of the application. A list of successful candidates will be published at in late January 2017. Successful candidates will also be notified via email.
    For the second step of the scholarship application you will be required to submit a Motivation letter, a Europass CV, a passport copy, one letter of reference and one proof of work experience. The documents must be in English. If any mandatory document is not used or completed in English the application is deemed ineligible.


To be considered for a scholarship, you must first complete your separate application to the master’s programme(s) before the university deadline of 16 January 2017. To be considered for a scholarship in the second step, you must pay your university admissions application fee (SEK 900) to University Admissions before 1 February 2017 (deadline for receipt of the fee). There is no application fee for applying for SI scholarships.

For more information, visit Swedish Institute Study Scholarship. Also see other SI Scholarship Opportunities.