The call for SI scholarships for master’s studies in Sweden, starting in the autumn of 2020, closed on 20 February. The list of successful recipients will be announced on si.se 24 April 2020. We recommend that you also look for other scholarship opportunities at www.studyinsweden.se.
Swedish Institute (SI) Scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey are open for citizens of the Western Balkans and Turkey, for master’s degree studies starting in the autumn semester 2020.
We offer scholarships to full-time master’s degree studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2020. Check the list of master’s programmes that are eligible for SI scholarships for the academic year 2020/2021. However, only programmes related to a number of subject areas are prioritised. Kindly see the priorities below.
- To begin with, apply for a master’s programme at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2019 – 15 January 2020.
- Apply for an SI scholarship between 10-20 February 2020, follow the instructions below.
In this call for applications, around 15 scholarships in total will be available for applicants from the six Western Balkan countries and Turkey.
The scholarship covers
- Tuition fees: pay directly to the Swedish university by SI
- Living expenses of SEK 10,000/month
- Travel grant of SEK 5,000/academic year
- Insurance against illness and accident
- Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a platform to help you grow professionally and build your network, while in Sweden
- Membership of the SI Alumni Network after your scholarship period – a platform for continued networking and further professional development
The scholarship does not cover:
- Additional grants for family members.
- Application fee to University Admissions.
The scholarship is intended for full-time one-year or two-year master’s programmes and is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester. The tuition fee will be paid directly to the Swedish universities in the beginning of each semester. The stipend for living expenses is paid monthly during the scholarship period.
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 master’s programme.
Scholarship holders enrolled in one-year master’s programmes (60 credits) may apply for a monthly grant of SEK 10,000 to pursue an unpaid internship in Sweden or in their home country. The internship may last for a period of up to 5 months beyond the ordinary scholarship period.
Only citizens of one of the six Western Balkan countries or Turkey are eligible for this scholarship programme.
You must have demonstrated work experience within a field related to democracy, human rights or the rule of law.
Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated leadership experience from civil society or public sector.
The master's studies must be eligible for SI scholarships. We give greatest priority to certain subject areas.
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 3 April 2020.
There are also conditions regarding dual citizenship, previous residence and studies in Sweden, and more.
Who we are looking for
The scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey is part of the Swedish government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. They are funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI). The programmes offer a unique opportunity for future leaders to develop professionally and academically, to experience Swedish society and culture, and to build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and with each other.
The goal is to assist the countries in the Western Balkans and Turkey to forge closer links with the European Union. Thematically the scholarship programmes focus on democracy, human rights and the rule of law, including gender equality, equal opportunities and non-discrimination, and independent media.
Priority will be given to applicants with a strong and relevant professional background and demonstrated leadership experience from civil society or public sector.
How we evaluate and select
After the application deadline, we carry out a screening of all applications and disqualify those that do not meet the eligibility criteria for the SI scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey. In addition, if you fail to follow the instructions for required documents, such as incomplete application, wrong form, missing valid stamp, etc., your application will be disqualified. Reasons for disqualification are given in the instructions in the forms and here on the website. Therefore, it is very important that you read through all available information carefully.
We will then evaluate all the eligible applications and take into consideration all the information provided in your applications. We will grade them according to the aim and purpose of the scholarship programme. We are looking for talented and active professionals with capability, a platform and ambition to contribute to international development. You will find more information about the kind of candidates we are looking for above. The evaluation is comprehensive and therefore you need to be outstanding in all aspects to get through the tough competition and be selected for a scholarship. We give priority to certain factors which you can read more about in the eligibility criteria section.
When the admission results for master’s studies are announced at universityadmissions.se on 3 April 2020, we will do a further evaluation of the eligible applications which have been admitted (including conditional admissions) to a Swedish university and make the final selection from them. Your scholarship application will therefore no longer be considered if you are not admitted by 3 April 2020.
The quality of the application is crucial in our selection. We compile a short list on the basis of the evaluation process described above. However, we aim at having all genders represented as equally as possible in the final list of scholarship recipients. We also want to include as many of the eligible countries and Swedish universities as possible, provided there is sufficient number of strong applications. We also need to stay within our budget. We may therefore make an additional adjustment in the final selection process in order to achieve the distribution we are aiming for. We do not have any quotas for specific countries, fields of study, Swedish universities, etc.
The competition for SI scholarships is very high. We recommend that you also look for other scholarship opportunities from your government, from organisations in your country, or from Swedish universities.
Note! The application documents/forms for 2020/2021 have been deleted from this section, as the call for applications ended on 20 February. Documents for the next call (2021/2022) will be made available here in December 2020/January 2021.
You should only submit the required documents listed below in your online scholarship application. We will not consider any other documents than the required ones. You must complete your applications in English. Use our forms provided below and complete them according to the instructions both below and in the forms, or else your applications will be disqualified. Kindly note the length limitation for your answers and the documents.
- A motivation letter: you must use the Western Balkans/Turkey form for motivation letter 2020/2021. You need to fill out and upload the motivation letter as a PDF-file on the application portal during the application period. The form will be made available here by the end of January 2020.
- A Curriculum Vitae (CV): you must use the Western Balkans/Turkey form for CV 2020/2021 and the CV should not exceed three pages. It’s up to you to decide which parts are relevant for your application. Additional pages will not be considered.
- Letter(s) of reference: you must use the Western Balkans/Turkey form for letter of reference 2020/2021. It is mandatory to submit one letter of reference, but you may submit two. At least one letter of reference must be based on some type of work experience. The form(s) 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 and stamped; and then be uploaded as one PDF-file. You can find more information in the instructions in the form and in our FAQ.
- Proof of work and leadership experience: you must use the Western Balkans/Turkey form for proof of work and leadership experience 2020/2021. The work and leadership forms should be signed by the referee and stamped with an official stamp of the referred organisation or a notary office. The forms should be typed, then printed, signed and stamped; and then be uploaded as one PDF-file. You can find more information in the instruction in the form and in our FAQ.
- A copy of your passport: your personal data including name, citizenship and photograph must be shown clearly. Copy of passport should be included together with the CV as a last fourth page. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a copy of your valid passport to include.
Make sure you have a complete application
A complete application must consist of:
- a completed motivation letter
- a CV
- one or two valid and completed letter(s) of reference
- valid and completed proof of work (the leadership experience form is not compulsory)
- a copy of your valid passport
If your application is missing one of the required documents above, it will be disqualified.
If you apply to several master’s programmes
You should submit only one scholarship application for all the eligible master’s programmes that you applied for at universityadmissions.se. It means, in one scholarship application, you can apply for SI scholarships for up to four eligible master’s programmes that you applied at universityadmissions.se. However, if you have also applied for master’s programme(s) at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE), you should create and submit an additional scholarship application separately for the master’s programme(s) at SSE. If you only want to apply for SI scholarships for master’s programme(s) at SSE, you only need to submit one scholarship application for all the master’s programms you applied for at SSE.
Each scholarship application should have only one of each required document attached, no matter how many master’s programmes you applied for. If you have applied at both universityadmissions.se and SSE, you should attach all the required documents in both the scholarship applications.
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