SI Scholarship for Global Professionals – Apply Here

Are you a student looking for an opportunity to study abroad? If yes, here is a wonderful opportunity for you as the Swedish Institute is awarding scholarships for master’s studies to citizens from 41 countries.


What is SI Scholarship for Global Professionals?The SI Scholarship for Global Professionals aims to develop future global leaders that will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to sustainable development. The scholarship is provided for full-time, one- or two-year master’s programme, and is funded by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In 2023 the Swedish Institute will grant about 250 scholarships for master’s degree studies in Sweden.The Swedish Institute open the call for applications once every year for master’s studies beginning in the autumn semester. In order to have a successful application, the applicants should have a clear idea of how their education will contribute to the sustainable development of their home country and region; the applicant must make sure to be eligible, complete all steps of the process and have the documentation required to finalise the application in time.

What’s included

The SI Scholarship is a competitive full-ride scholarship that includes: Full tuition fee coverage. The fee is paid directly by SI to your Swedish university in the beginning of each semester.A monthly payment of SEK 11,000 to cover your living expenses throughout the study period.Insurance against illness and accident.A travel grant of SEK 15,000 (*11,000 for scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). This is a one-time payment and does not apply for students already living in Sweden.Membership in the SI Network for Future Global Professionals (NFGP) – a platform to help you grow professionally and build a network while in Sweden.After your scholarship period has ended, you become a member of the SI Alumni Network. As a member, you get a unique opportunity for continued networking and professional development .

The scholarship does not:

Provide additional grants for family members.Cover the application fee to University Admissions.Allow changes to the study programme. We are only able to support you through the awarded master’s programme.Allow extensions or changes to the awarded scholarship period.


Country of citizenship

You must be a citizen of a country that is eligible for SI scholarships. However, you do not need to reside in the country at the time of the application.

Master’s programmes

The master’s programmes you apply for must be eligible for SI scholarships. We give priority to programmes within certain subject areas, depending on your country of citizenship.

University admission

You must be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities, have followed the steps of University Admissions and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programmes by 30 of March 2023.

Previous experience

You must have a minimum of 3,000 hours of demonstrated work experience. In addition, you must have demonstrated leadership experience from your current or previous employer, or from civil society engagement.

Your are not eligible if you…

  • have already resided in Sweden for cumulatively two years or more, prior to the scholarship period (starting August 2023);
  • have previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college. Previous participants of the SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP). Students who have attended SI summer courses in Swedish language or the Swedish Institute Summer University (SISU) may still apply;
  • already hold a degree from a Swedish university/university college;
  • are currently enrolled in a study programme at a Swedish university/university college;
  • 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 dual citizenship in countries not listed.

 *Exception: students with dual citizenship in Romania may apply for a scholarship even though they are EU citizens, and must state the citizenship that is eligible for the scholarship when applying to both SI as well as University Admissions.

Country of Citizenship

You must be a citizen of one of the eligible countries. However, you do not need to reside in the country at the time of the application. If your country of citizenship is not listed below, we suggest that you look for other scholarships on Study in Sweden’s scholarship database.

Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply to the SI Scholarship for Global Professionals:

Armenia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Bolivia; Belarus; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Colombia; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Georgia; Ghana; Guatemala; Honduras; Indonesia; Jordan; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Moldova; Morocco; Myanmar (Burma); Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Rwanda; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Ukraine; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

Dual Citizenship
If you have dual citizenship(s) and both are eligible for SI scholarship programme(s), you should choose only one of the citizenships when applying for SI scholarships. Applicants who apply to more than one SI scholarship using more than one citizenship, will have both applications disqualified.

*Exception: students with dual citizenship in Romania may apply for a scholarship even though they are EU citizens, but must state the citizenship that is eligible for the scholarship when applying to both SI as well as University Admissions.

Eligible programmes

About 700 English-taught master’s programmes are eligible for an SI scholarship. Here you will find the list of  SISGP eligible master programmes for the academic year 2023/2024. It is up to you to motivate in your scholarship application if/how your chosen programmes are related to the prioritized subject areas.

Required documents

We will not consider any other documents than the required ones. You have to use SI’s provided forms, and you must complete your application in English. Otherwise, your application will not be considered further.

A complete application consists of: CV (we only accept the SI-template)Letters of reference (we only accept the SI-template)Valid and completed proof of work and leadership experience (we only accept the SI-template)Copy of your valid passport/National ID card Motivation (will be asked of you in the application portal)Note! Your application will be disqualified if any of the above is missing.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)You must use SI’s form for CV 2023/2024 and the CV should not exceed three pages. It’s up to you to decide which of your previous experiences are relevant for your application.

Additional pages will not be considered during the evaluation

Letters of reference You must use SI’s form for the letter of reference 2023/2024. All letters of reference must be signed by the referee and stamped with an official stamp of the referred organization or notary office. The letters should be typed, then printed, signed, stamped and uploaded as a single PDF-file.

How To Apply

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