Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) Programme 2019 (Fully-funded Master’s Study in Sweden)

Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) Programme 2019 (Fully-funded Master’s Study in Sweden)

Deadline: February 14, 2019

Applications for the Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) Programme are open. The programme offers a unique opportunity for global professionals 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. Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals with academic qualifications, demonstrated work and leadership experience, 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, and a clear idea of how a study programme in Sweden would benefit their country.

Do you have ambition, leadership experience and a strong professional background? You could study for a master’s degree in Sweden on a fully-funded Swedish Institute scholarship.


The Swedish Institute (SI) is has launched the Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP), a new scholarship programme which replaces Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS). SISGP offers scholarships to a large number of master’s programmes starting in the autumn semester 2019.

An estimated 300 scholarships will be available for full-time master’s studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2019. Usually 1-2 % of the applicants are awarded a SISGP scholarship.

The scholarship is intended for full-time one-year or two-year master’s programmes, and is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester. The scholarship is granted for one academic year (two semesters) at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters, provided that the student has passed his/her courses/credits.

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship covers:

  • Tuition fees: directly paid to the Swedish university by us
  • Living expenses of SEK 10,000/month
  • Travel grant of SEK 15,000 *
  • Insurance against illness and accident
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a platform to grow professionally and build your network while in Sweden
  • Membership of the SI Alumni Network after your scholarship period – a platform for continued networking and further professional development

* The travel grant is a one-time payment for the entire study period. The grant is not applicable to students already living in Sweden.


  • Work experience: You must have minimum of 3,000 hours of demonstrated employment.
  • Leadership experience: You must have demonstrated leadership experience from your current or previous employment.
  • University admissions: You must be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities, have followed the steps of university admission, and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programmes by 4 April 2019.
  • Country of citizenship: You must be a citizen of a country that is eligible for the scholarship programme.
  • Other eligibility criteria: There are also conditions regarding dual citizenship, previous residence and studies in Sweden, and more.

Priority will be given to applicants with a strong and relevant professional background and demonstrated leadership experience.


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, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe


A complete application must consist of:

  1. a completed motivation letter
  2. a CV
  3. two valid and completed letters of reference
  4. valid and completed proof of work and leadership experience
  5. a copy of your valid passport

How to Apply

  1. To begin with, apply for a master’s programme at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2018 – 15 January 2019.
    • Only master’s programmes that are on the list of master’s programmes are eligible for SISGP.
    • University Admissions is the national online application service which handles admissions to universities in Sweden. It is an independent agency not related to the Swedish Institute (SI). The eligibility and application procedure for SI scholarships and for university admissions are different.
    • Once you have submitted your application to the master’s programme(s), you will get a personal application number consisting of eight digits. Save the number as you will need it when applying to SISGP.
    • 1 February 2019 is deadline for receipt of application fee and supporting documents that are required by University Admissions. The application fee is non-refundable.
    • If you missed the deadlines or failed to follow the application procedure at University Admissions, you will not be eligible for an SI scholarship.
  2. Apply for an SI scholarship between 4-14 February 2019, follow the instructions below.
    • After you have completed your application to a master’s programme you can apply for an SI scholarship. See more information about required documents and forms/templates above.
    • During the application period 4-14 February 2019, submit the required documents digitally through their online application portal.
    • The online application portal is open from 00:00 CET 4 February 2019 to 23:59 CET 14 February 2019. Access to the online application portal will be available on this page below during the application period.

If your application is missing one of the required documents above, it will be disqualified.

For more information, visit Swedish Institute.