The online application portal for the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals academic year 2023/2024 is closed.
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. Make sure to read through the following page carefully.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on the DAC list of ODA recipients 2022-2023.
*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.
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.
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 prioritised subject areas.
For applicants from 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, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia or Zimbabwe – the greatest priority will be given to master’s studies with an emphasis on the contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
For applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine – the greatest priority will be given to applicants who choose study programmes with an emphasis on environmental and social sustainability, innovation, responsibility in management or sustainable economic growth (listed in alphabetical order, no priority or ranking is implied).
Admissions to Swedish university and colleges are managed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education through their portal University Admissions. The Swedish Institute will receive your personal information and application status directly from University Admissions. In order to be eligible for the SI scholarship you must:
- be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities. Find out if you are liable for tuition fees here.
- have paid the application fee for master’s programmes in time. The payment is made to University Admissions. Find all the key dates here.
- be admitted (or conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programmes on 30 March 2023. You can only be awarded a scholarship for the master’s programme you are admitted to on 30 March 2023. Master’s programmes to which you are listed as a reserve cannot be considered.
If you have been admitted to another programme/programmes of lower priority, it is important that you make sure to decline reserve places on time so that your successful admissions are not deleted later on. Please check the information on how to reply to University Admissions. If you are only listed as a reserve and not admitted to any of the eligible master’s programmes, you cannot be considered for an SI scholarship. There are no scholarships available for late admissions. Contact University Admissions directly if you have any questions about your application, tuition fees or admittance.
To be eligible for Global Professionals, you must:
- have had at least 3,000 hours of work experience prior to 10 February 2023 from a maximum of three organisations/companies. You do not need to meet the work experience requirement in one period of employment nor do you have to be employed at the time of application. Valid work experience for Global Professionals includes both full-time and part-time employment, for instance as an employee, employer or freelancer. Priority will be given to applicants with a strong professional background within the fields of priority.
- be able to provide certification for the 3,000 hours of work experience using our forms. If you do not have the required amount of work experience or can’t provide the certification, your application will be disqualified.
It will also be a merit if you can demonstrate your involvement in networks or civil society organisations outside of your regular work with a letter of reference. Read more about the required documents below.
For applicants from 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, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, or Zimbabwe – work experience within the fields in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be prioritised.
For applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova or Ukraine – priority is given to strong work experience within the field related to environmental and social sustainability, innovation, responsibility in management, or sustainable economic growth, especially experience from civil society or public sector.
Note! If you are in a current employment, it is not a requirement of the Global Professionals that you resign from your position. You are advised to discuss your application with your employer. It is also your responsibility to ensure that you will be granted a leave of absence from your work or will be released in time, in case you are selected for a scholarship. SI will not intervene in this.
In addition to your work experience, you must be able to demonstrate your previous leadership experience. The experience may be demonstrated through for instance previous work experience or involvement in civil society organisations or networks.
Leadership experience involves the experience to lead other colleagues/organisations, mandate to influence the development strategy for the organisation you work at, allocate tasks to colleagues and familiarity with decision-making processes.
The leadership experience has no requirement regarding a minimum number of hours. However, priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated strong and relevant leadership experience from employment.
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 organisation or notary office. The letters should be typed, then printed, signed, stamped and uploaded as a single PDF-file. You can find more instruction in the form and our FAQ.
- Letters of reference from two different referees are mandatory.
- One of the letters must be based on work experience (mandatory). It is also a merit if the second letter of reference is based on your involvement in networks or civil society organisations outside of your regular work.
Proof of work and leadership experience
You must use SI’s form for proof of work and leadership experience 2023/2024. 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, stamped, and uploaded as a single PDF-file. You can find instruction in the form and our FAQ.
Copy of your valid passport/National ID card
You must submit a copy of your valid passport/National ID card with the application. It must clearly show your personal data, including your name, citizenship and photograph. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a copy of your passport/National ID card that is valid at the time of application. You will be asked to upload the passport copy in the online application portal.