The SI scholarship programmes for the Western Balkans and Turkey aim at diversity and gender equality among scholarship holders. We welcome applicants regardless of age or religious beliefs.

Please read through the information below carefully before you begin your scholarship application process.

Country of citizenship

Citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia or Turkey are eligible to apply.

  • Dual citizenships: 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. This means that you can only apply to one SI scholarship programme. Applicants who apply to more than one SI scholarship using more than one citizenship, will be disqualified.
  • Citizens of other countries: Citizens of countries not listed above cannot apply to SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey, but may apply to other SI scholarship programmes.


Regardless of other eligibility criteria, you are not eligible for the SI scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey if you:

  • have already resided in Sweden for cumulatively two 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 master’s level studies 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.

Eligible programmes

We award scholarships to a number of master’s programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2019. Check the list of eligible master’s programmes for SI scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey.

Work and leadership experience

You must be able to demonstrate your work and leadership experience. The experience may be demonstrated through current or previous full- or part-time employment, paid or unpaid internship, volunteer assignments, as well as through positions as chairperson or board member at student unions or student organisations.

Demonstrated involvement in civil society organisations in your home country is prioritised.

The work and leadership experience has no requirement in regards to a minimum number of hours.

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.

Thematically relevant experience

To be eligible for SI scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey, your experience must be thematically related to at least one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) listed below.

You should also consider how these SDGs relate to your home country’s reform processes and ambitions for forging closer links with the EU.

Important information about work and leadership experience

  • If you are in a current employment, it is not a requirement of SI 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.

University application

Regarding the university application, you must also:

  • be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities, according to the information at University Admissions. Kindly contact University Admissions directly regarding questions related to application and tuition fees. SI will receive the tuition fee status including your personal information directly from University Admissions.
  • have paid the application fee for master’s programmes at University Admissions on time before 1 February 2019.
  • be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of master’s programmes eligible for applicants from the Western Balkans and Turkey by 4 April 2019. You can only be awarded a scholarship for the master’s programme you are admitted to by 4 April. Master’s programme(s) to which you are listed as a reserve will not be considered. Therefore it is important that you make sure to decline reserve places on time so that your admission will not be changed. Please check the instructions on how to reply to University Admissions. Contact University Admissions directly if you have any questions. If you are only listed as a reserve and not admitted to any of the eligible master’s programmes, you will not be considered for an SI scholarship. There are no scholarships available for late admissions.