Sweden: Master Scholarships
Applying for SI scholarships for master's level studies
What are these instructions for?
These instructions tell you how to apply for a Swedish Institute scholarship if you intend to study at a master's level programme in Sweden. These instructions are valid for the Guest Scholarship Programme, the Swedish-Turkish Programme, and the Visby Programme.
Am I eligible?
Because the Guest Scholarship Programme is open to applicants from all over the world (except students from the Nordic countries - Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway), nearly everyone is eligible. However,
you are not eligible for these scholarships if any of the following are true:
- You are not eligible if you will have lived in Sweden for two or more years when the scholarship period is due to begin.
- You are not eligible if you have a Swedish permanent residence permit.
- You are not eligible if you have a Swedish work permit and you are not an EU citizen.
- There is no age limit for scholarship holders. You do, however, need to be fluent in English. You may apply even if you are already studying in Sweden, provided you meet the above criteria. You cannot apply retroactively for academic programmes you have already been accepted into or are currently studying at.
How do I apply?
When you apply for admission to a master's programme at a Swedish university or university college, you can at the same time apply for a scholarship from the Swedish Institute.
There is no separate application form for the SI master's scholarship. Do not send SI any master's scholarship requests or applications. You need to tell the school you are applying to directly that you would like to be considered for an SI scholarship. Some institutions let you indicate this on their admission application forms. In other cases, you will need to attach a letter to your admission application that spells out your request for an SI scholarship explicitly. Send your completed application for admission, including the request for an SI scholarship, to the institution you would like to study at. They will process your scholarship request.
The application deadline for the scholarship is the same as the application deadline for the master's programme you have chosen.
How is my scholarship application processed?
The school you have applied to first chooses whom to admit to their master's programmes. From this group of successful applicants, it then considers those who have requested an SI scholarship, and makes a shortlist of up to 10 recommended scholarship candidates per programme, which it sends to SI.
As a rough estimate, SI receives around 10 recommendations for each of the around 200 master's programmes currently offered by Swedish institutions of higher education.
The Swedish Institute collects these recommendations from all Swedish universities and university colleges, and then makes the final selection of scholarship recipients.
If you have been selected for a scholarship for a program that begins in the fall semester, you will be informed by SI in May or early June. Because of the nature of the selection process, you cannot expect to be informed by SI if you are not selected.
Note: You cannot apply for an SI scholarship once the application deadline has passed, nor can you apply for a scholarship for a programme you are already studying at.
Which master's level programmes does the Swedish Institute scholarship cover?
SI master's scholarships are intended for master's level programmes at Swedish universities and university colleges. These programmes are compiled in a database and in a catalogue. Schools provide details about entrance requirements, content and application procedures for each master's programme. Schools also decide whether they want to take part in the SI scholarship programme. (A few do not.) The Guest Scholarship Programme is open to studies within all subjects and for all nationalities, whereas other scholarship programmes restrict eligible nationalities, allowable master's programmes, or both.
The length of master's programmes is typically two or three terms - 40-60 credits (60-90 ECTS). The scholarships are usually granted for one academic year (i.e. two terms) at a time, but are extended if the study results are satisfying.
At present, the scholarship amounts to SEK 8,000 per month for nine months (one academic year). This sum of money is designed to cover the living expenses of one person only. The scholarship holder is insured by the Swedish Institute against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
Distribution of scholarships
SI administers scholarships for several different programmes, reflecting the priorities and mandates of various funding sources:
Master's scholarships via the Guest Scholarship Programme
Scholarships within this programme are distributed in international competition among candidates from all over the world. (Students from the Nordic countries - Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway - are not eligible.) Scholarships are granted within all subjects.
Recipients from developing countries may also apply for a partial travel grant.
The Guest Scholarship Programme
All nationalities, with the exception of citizens from the Nordic countries - Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway - may apply to the the Guest Scholarship Programme. The programme is administered by the Swedish Institute and supports master's level or advanced level studies in all subjects at a Swedish Institution of higher education.
If you intend to pursue a master's level degree, please follow the standardised application instructions for master's scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute, here. (Note: There is no application form)
If you intend to pursue advanced level studies or research, please follow the standardised application instructions for such scholarships here.
Alternatively, you can download a PDF of the official brochure: Guest Scholarship Programme, 2006-2007.
The Scholarships program below only for Turkish citizen and some European countries.
Master's scholarships via the Swedish-Turkish Programme
This is a programme for citizens of Turkey, where priority is given to applicants within the field of European studies or human rights law. The programme is financed by the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul and administered by SI.
Recipients also receive a travel grant.
Master's scholarships via the Visby Programme
The Visby programme is open to students from Belarus, Ukraine and the following parts of Russia: the cities of St Petersburg and Moscow and the provinces of Kaliningrad, Pskov, Novgorod, Leningrad, Moscow, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk and the Republics of Karelia and Komi.
Recipients also receive a travel grant.