Opens for applications 10 February
The Visby Programme offers scholarships to a large number of master’s programmes starting in the autumn semester 2020. Check the list of master’s programmes that are eligible for the Visby Programme 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.
An estimated 60 scholarships will be available for full-time master’s degree studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2020. Usually around 6-8 % of the applicants are awarded a Visby Programme scholarship. The number varies between countries and genders, although there are no quotas for any specific countries or genders. Check the statistics of the previous call for applications.
The scholarship covers:
- Tuition fees: pay directly to the Swedish university by us
- 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.
You must be a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine.
You must have demonstrated work experience.
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 Visby Programme is part of the Swedish government’s international awards scheme and is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI). The programme aims at building capacity in professionals who have the ambition to play an active role in society and to contribute to a positive development in their home countries and region.
The programme focuses on the individual mobility of academic talents to promote professional collaboration and lasting relations between Sweden and the programme countries. The goal is to build an integrated, knowledge-based and research-intense region where environmental and social sustainability, innovation and responsibility in management are key factors in achieving sustainable economic growth and regional development.
We are looking for applicants who display both intellectual ability and leadership potential and welcome applicants regardless of age, gender and religious beliefs. The scholarship programme aims for diversity among the scholarship holders.
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 Visby Programme. 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 high. We recommend that you also look for other scholarship opportunities from your government, from organisations in your country, or from Swedish universities.
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 application in English. Use our forms provided below and complete them according to the instructions both below and in the forms, or else your application will be disqualified. Kindly note the length limitation for your answers and the documents.
- A motivation letter: you must use the Visby Programme 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 Visby Programme 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 Visby Programme 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 letters 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 Visby Programme form for proof of work and leadership experience 2020/2021. 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 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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