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, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia or Turkey are eligible to apply.

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. 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 the following countries cannot apply to SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey, but are eligible for other SI scholarship programmes: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, 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, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Citizens of countries not listed above are unfortunately not eligible for any SI scholarships for master’s studies. We suggest that you look for other scholarship opportunities.

Eligible programmes

We award scholarships to a number of master’s programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2020. The list of eligible master’s programmes for SI scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2020/2021 will be published here by 6 November 2019.

Greatest priority will be given to applicants who choose study programmes with an emphasis on democracy, human rights or the rule of law, including gender equality, equal opportunities and non-discrimination, or independent media.

Work experience

To be eligible for the scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey, you must be able to demonstrate your work experience within the field related to democracy, human rights or the rule of law, including gender equality, equal opportunities and non-discrimination, or independent media. 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. There is no requirement in regards to a minimum number of hours.

You will be required to certify the experience in your application. If you are unable to demonstrate any kind of work experience according to our instruction, your application will be disqualified. However, it is not required that you are employed at the time of the application.

Strong and relevant work experience from civil society or public sector in your home country is prioritised.

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

Leadership experience

Leadership experience is not a requirement for applicants applying for scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey. However, your application will be prioritised if you have demonstrated and relevant leadership experience, especially from civil society or public sector.

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.

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 Admissionson time before 3 February 2020.
  • be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of the master’s programmes eligible for applicants from the Western Balkans and Turkey by 3 April 2020. You can only be awarded a scholarship for the master’s programme you are admitted to by 3 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.

Other eligibility criteria

Regardless of all the eligibility criteria listed above, 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 2020);
  • 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;
  • 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; or
  • have dual citizenship in countries not listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients.