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The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) are awarded to students from selected countries for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2016. The scholarships cover both living costs and tuition fees. An estimated 300 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. Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals with outstanding academic qualifications, demonstrated leadership experience and a clear idea of how a study programme in Sweden would benefit their country.

The Swedish InstituteScholarship Provider: It is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI)

Study Major(s): Eligible master programmes in Sweden. Priority will be given to applicants choosing study programmes with an emphasis on gender equality, sustainable development, democracy, human rights or poverty reduction.

Course Level: This Scholarship is awarded to pursue a masters degree programme.

Scholarship can be taken at: Sweden

Scholarship for International Students: Yes

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be from an eligible country
  • have at least two years’ work experience
  • Applicants must display outstanding academic qualifications and leadership experience. In addition, applicants should show an ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to a just and sustainable development in their country.
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Regarding university application, the applicants must also:

  • have paid the application fee for master’s programmes at University Admissions before 1 February 2016.
  • be admitted to one of the eligible master programmes in the first selection round at university admissions by 29 March 2016. Students who are listed as reserves will not be considered. There are no scholarships available for late admissions. Check the list of eligible master programmes, selected among the Swedish universities/university colleges.

Click for List of Eligible Masters Programmes

Number of award(s): An estimated 300 scholarships will be available.

Duration of award(s): The scholarship is granted for one academic year (two semesters) at a time.

Scholarship Cover:
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. The scholarship period cannot be altered or extended beyond the study programme period, nor can the scholarship be transferred to a study programme other than the awarded one.

Selection Criteria: Selection is based on Merit.

Notification: Successful candidates will be notified in the beginning of February, and required to submit a detailed application for the second step 8 – 13 February 2016.

How to Apply:
The first part of the application process was open on 1 December 2015. Apply through the SI online application portal. No documents will be required in the first step. Application deadline is 24:00 CET on Wednesday 20 January 2016.

Online Application

Closing Date: The application deadline is 20 January 2016

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Eligibility criteria

Application procedure and key dates

For more information: Check Scholarship official page.

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