Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals 2019-2020


Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global ProfessionalsDo 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) has launched the Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals(SISGP), a new scholarship programme which replaces Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS). 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.

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

Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals 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.

Deadline: January 15th and February 14th, 2019


Eligible-programmes- Swedish institute scholarships for global professionals-2019.pdf

  • 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.
  • Citizens of these countries are eligible to apply to Swedish Institute Scholarships :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.Other eligibility criteria: There are also conditions regarding dual citizenship, previous residence and studies in Sweden, and more.

Scholarship value

The Swedish Institute Scholarships programme 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

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

How to apply

  1. To begin with, apply for a master’s programme at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2018 – 15 January 2019.
  2. Apply for an SI scholarship between 4-14 February 2019
  • During the application period 4-14 February 2019, submit the required documents digitally through the 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.

Due to the high volume of applications, the online application portal for Swedish Institute Scholarships may be under heavy pressure at the end of the application period. We strongly urge all applicants not to wait until the last days to apply.

Required documents

You should only submit the required documents listed below in your online scholarship application. We will not consider any other documents than the required ones. You must complete your application in English. Use the forms and templates provided below and complete them according to the instructions, or else your applications will be disqualified.

  1. A motivation letter: you must use the SISGP form for motivation letter 2019/2020. The form will be available here in January 2019.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (CV): you must use the SISGP template for CV and the CV should not exceed the number of pages indicated in the template. Additional pages will not be considered. The template will be available here in January 2019.
  3. Two different letters of reference: you must use the SISGP form for letter of reference. At least one letter of reference must be based on your work experience. It will be a merit if the second letter of reference is based on your involvement in networks or civil society organisations outside of your regular work. The letters should be signed by the referee and stamped with an official stamp of the referred organisation or a notary office. The form(s) should be typed, then printed, signed and stamped; and then be uploaded as one PDF-file.
  4. Proof of work and leadership experience: you must use the SISGP form for proof of work and leadership experience. The work and leadership form should be signed by the referee and stamped with an official stamp of the referred organisation or a notary office. The form(s) should be typed, then printed, signed and stamped; and then be uploaded as one PDF-file.
  5. A copy of your passport: your personal data including name, citizenship and photograph must be shown clearly. Copy of passport should be included together with the CV as a last page. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a copy of your valid passport to include.

Please note :Make sure you have a complete application

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

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

For more information,please visit Swedish Institute Scholarships programme



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