The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students from the countries listed below. The scholarships will be awarded for studies in Sweden, starting in August 2013 and covers both living costs and tuition fees.

Countries The program is open to candidates from two different categories of countries. Please note that if your country is included under Category 1 – you can only apply within that category.
Category 1:
Candidates with citizenship from the following countries: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Category 2:
Candidates with citizenship from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients can apply to this program. Priority will be given to candidates from Algeria, Botswana, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza strip and Yemen.

Candidates with citizenship from the following countries, Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine cannot apply to this program.

Citizens from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can only apply within TheVisby Program.
Citizens from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo and Serbia can only apply within the program SIScholarships for East Europe.

Citizens from Turkey can only apply within TheSwedish-Turkish Scholarship Program.

Study Level

Scholarships are intended only for master’s level studies in Sweden starting in the fall semester 2013 (August). Please note that the scholarship is not eligible for bachelor’s level studies.


The scholarships are intended for students from the above-mentioned target groups for full time studies in Sweden. There is no age limit for scholarship holders.
Scholarships cannot be granted for students who:
  • Have already lived in Sweden for two years or more previous to the scholarship period.
  • Have a permanent residence or work permit in Sweden.
  • Have previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for studies at Master’s level or research at a Swedish university. However students who have attended a Swedish Institute summer course in the Swedish language may apply.
  • Already hold a Master’s degree from a Swedish university/university college.
  • Are currently enrolled in a study program on Bachelor’s or Master’s level at a Swedish university or university college.

How to apply for a scholarship

First apply for studies at a Swedish University
Prior to applying for a scholarship, you must apply for a study program at the Swedish official online application service University Admissions,  Deadline for applications is January 15, 2013. You can apply for a maximum of four study programs.

Submit the payment of your application fee to University Admissions before February 1, 2013.

Then apply for a scholarship
The scholarship application period for the academic year 2013/2014 will be February 1-11, 2013.
Please note that your application fee to University Admissions must be paid before you submit your scholarship application to the Swedish Institute.

The eligible study programs for SI scholarships have been selected by the Swedish universities. The list of eligible study programs can be found here.

Please observe that your personal application number retrieved in the confirmation from your study program registration has to be used when applying for a scholarship.

A list of successful candidates will be published on before deadline to accept your place at the study program at

More information about the application procedure can be found here.

Scholarship benefits and period

The scholarship covers both the tuition fee (which is paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month.
The scholarship is only awarded for programs starting in the fall semester 2013 (August) and is granted for of one academic year, i.e. for two semesters at a time. It will be extended for programs longer than two semesters provided that the study results are satisfactory.
The scholarship is designed to cover living costs and study expenses for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members. The granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended beyond the study program period nor can the scholarship be transferred to another study program at a Swedish university.

Travel grants

Scholarship holders will receive a travel grant in connection with the scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 15,000.


Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.


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