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Swedish Institute 2021 Masters Scholarships for Global Professionals

The SI Swedish Institute Scholarship for Global Professionals aims to develop future global leaders that will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to a positive and sustainable development in their home countries and region.

The programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It offers you a unique opportunity to develop both professionally and academically, experience Swedish society and culture, and build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and other scholarship holders.

Usually 4-6% of the applicants are awarded a Global Professionals scholarship.

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About Swedish Institute

The Swedish Institute (Swedish: Svenska Institutet, SI) is a government agency in Sweden with the responsibility to spread information about Sweden outside the country. It exists to promote Swedish interests, and to organise exchanges with other countries in different areas of public life, in particular in the spheres of culture, education, and research ... read more


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Swedish Institute Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Swedish Institute Masters Scholarship

  1. SI fully covers your tuition fees to the Swedish university you are attending. This is paid directly by SI at the beginning of each semester.
  2. You will receive a regular payment of SEK 10,000 to cover your living expenses throughout the scholarship. This payment is given monthly throughout the scholarship period.
  3. Insurance against illness and accident.
  4. Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders(NFGL) – a platform to help you grow professionally and build your network while in Sweden.
  5. After your scholarship period has ended, you gain membership to the SI Alumni Network. As a member, you get a unique opportunity for continued networking and to further develop yourself professionally. The local networks exist worldwide and currently consist of over 15,000 talented alumni from over 140 countries.
  6. For 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 the scholarship also includes a travel grant of SEK 15,000 for the entire study period. This is a one-time payment and does not apply for students already living in Sweden.
  7. For Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, Turkey or Ukraine. The scholarship also includes a travel grant of SEK 10,000 for the entire study period.

    This is a one-time payment and does not apply for students already living in Sweden.

The scholarship does not cover:

  1. Additional grants for family members.
  2. Application fee to University Admissions.

Note: Depending on the country where you have citizenship, the content of the scholarship will differ in certain areas.


Requirements for Swedish Institute Masters Scholarship Qualification

  1. Country of citizenship: You must be a citizen of a country that is eligible for the scholarship programme. Read more about country of citizenship.
  2. 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 the 9th of April 2021.
  3. Work experience: You must have a minimum of 3,000 hours of demonstrated work experience.
  4. Master's programmes: The master's studies must be eligible for SI scholarships. We give the highest priority to specific subject areas.
  5. Leadership experience: You must have demonstrated leadership experience from your current or previous employment or civil society.
  6. Other eligibility criteria: There are also other conditions regarding dual citizenship, previous residence and studies in Sweden, and more.

Note: Some criteria for priority SI scholarships differ depending on the home region of the applicant.

We are looking for ambitious professionals who want to make a difference by working with issues that contribute to a just and sustainable development in their home country and region; and also have a clear idea of how a study programme in Sweden would benefit their country and region. Priority will be given to applicants with a strong and relevant professional background and demonstrated leadership experience.


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Documents Required for Application

A complete application consists of:

  1. Motivation letter
  2. CV
  3. Letters of reference
  4. Valid and completed proof of work and leadership experience
  5. Copy of your valid passport

Note: Your application will be disqualified if any of the required documents above is missing.



Application Deadline

February 18, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Swedish Institute on applications.si.se to apply
  1. After you have completed your application to a master’s programme, you can apply for an SI scholarship. See more information about the  required documents and forms.
  2. Submit the required documents digitally through our online application portal. The portal is open from 8 February 00:01 to 18 February 2021 14:59 CET. Access will be available on this page below during the application period.

Note: Due to the high volume of applications, the online application portal 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. No admission past deadline 18 February 14:59 CET is accepted as the portal will be closed.

For more details, visit SISE website



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