Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) 171 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The Swedish Institute (SI) is inviting candidates from selected countries on the OECD/DAC list with work and leadership experience, who wish to undertake Masters degree programmes in Sweden commencing the Autumn Semester 2019, to apply for the Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP), a new scholarship programme replacing Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS). About 650 Masters programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2019 are eligible for SISGP (see the Official Website for participating universities and eligible programmes) and about 300 scholarships will be awarded for Autumn 2019 admission.


The scholarship covers tuition fees which are paid directly by SI to the Swedish university. Scholars will be given a stipend for living expenses of SEK 10,000 per month and a one-time travel grant of SEK 15,000 (the travel grant is not applicable to students already living in Sweden). There will be insurance coverage against illness and accident.

Scholars will gain membership to the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) and scholars will get to develop professionally and academically, experience Swedish society and culture and build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and other members of the Network.

The scholarship does not cover additional grants for family members and the application fee to University Admissions.

The scholarship covers full-time 1-year or 2-year Masters programmes, and is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester. The scholarship is granted for 1 academic year (2 semesters) at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than 2 semesters, provided that the student has passed his/her courses/credits. The scholarship period cannot be changed or extended beyond the awarded scholarship period, nor can the scholarship be transferred to a study programme other than the awarded Masters programme.


Applicants must be citizens of the following 34 countries: 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 and Zimbabwe.

They must have a minimum of 3,000 hours of demonstrated work experience prior to 3 February 2019 from a maximum of 3 organisations/companies. Valid work experience for SISGP includes both full-time and part-time employment, for instance as employee, employer, and freelancer. Work experience within the fields in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be given priority.

Applicants need to have leadership experience as demonstrated through for instance previous work experience, or involvement in civil society organisations. Leadership experience involves the experience to lead other colleagues/organisations, mandate to influence the development strategy for the organisation the candidate is working in, allocate tasks to colleagues and familiarity with decision-making processes.

A condition of the scholarship award is that applicants must be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to 1 of the eligible Masters programmes by 4 April 2019.

Those with dual citizenships and both citizenships are eligible for SI scholarship programme(s), candidates should choose only 1 of the citizenships when applying for SI scholarships. This means that they can only apply to 1 SI scholarship programme.

Regardless of country, applicants are ineligible for the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals if they:

  • have already resided in Sweden for cumulatively 2 years or more, prior to the scholarship period (August 2019);
  • have a Swedish or EU/EEA citizenship, a Swedish permanent residence permit or a temporary work and residence permit based on work or on family ties with a citizen of Sweden/EU/EEA country who has a temporary or permanent right of residence in Sweden;
  • have previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for Masters level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college;
  • already hold a degree from a Swedish university/university college;
  • are currently enrolled in a study programme at a Swedish university/university college; or
  • have a dual citizenship from countries not listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients.


Applicants must first apply for a Masters programme at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2018 and 15 January 2019, followed by an application for an SI scholarship between 4 and 14 February 2019.

Those who applied late at University Admissionsmay still apply for an SI scholarship during 4 to 14 February 2019. But only the applicants who are admitted to 1 of the eligible Masters programmes by 4 April 2019 will be considered for an SI scholarship.

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