Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals – Who can apply

To be eligible for SI Scholarships for Global Professionals, you must be a citizen of one of our eligible countries and have sufficient documented proof of work and leadership experience. You must also follow the application steps of University Admission and be admitted to one of the eligible master's programmes on time.
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The Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals aims 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

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 contribute to a positive and sustainable development in their home countries and regions. The programme is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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; Russian Federation; Rwanda; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Ukraine; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

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.

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. 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.

If your country of citizenship is not listed above, we suggest that you look for other scholarship opportunities.

Eligible programmes

About 600 master’s programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2022 are eligible for an SI scholarship.

  • You’ll find the list of eligible master programmes for the SISGP call for application academic year 2022/2023 here.

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, 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, Russian Federation or Ukraine, 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).

It is up to you to motivate in your scholarship application if/how your chosen programmes are related to the prioritised subject areas.

Work experience

To be eligible for Global Professionals, you must have had at least 3,000 hours of work experience prior to 10 February 2022 from a maximum of three organisations/companies. Valid work experience for Global Professionals includes both full-time and part-time employment, for instance as an employee, employer or freelancer. You will be required to certify the experience in your application. If you do not already have the required amount of work experience, your application will be disqualified. However, it is not required that you are employed at the time of the application.

Priority will be given to applicants with a strong professional background.

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, Russian Federation 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.

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.

How to calculate your employment hours

Here are two examples of how to calculate your employment hours.

Scenario 1: Currently employed full-time, working 40 hours per week for 50 weeks per year for 1 calendar year prior to 10 February 2022, and previously worked part-time as freelancer 12 hours per week for 28 weeks per year for 3 calendar years.

The calculation is (40 hours x 50 weeks x 1 year = 2,000) + (12 hours x 28 weeks x 3 years = 1,008) = 3,008 hours.

An applicant within this scenario meets the eligibility criteria for work experience required within the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals.

Scenario 2: Owns a company as self-employed, working 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 3 calendar years. The company will close down on 31 December 2021 and applicant does not have another employment.

The calculation is (10 hours x 35 weeks x 3 years) = 1,050 hours.

An applicant within this scenario fails to meet the eligibility criteria for a scholarship due to the lack of work experience hours.

Important information about work experience

You do not need to meet the work experience requirement in one period of employment, nor do you need to have been working in your current role for 3,000 hours in order to be eligible to apply. However, the accumulated 3,000 hours should not be from more than three organisations/companies.

If you have held more than one position of employment at the same time, all hours for the respective positions can be used to meet the requirement for work experience.

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.

You must be able to provide certification for the 3,000 hours of work experience by using our forms. For more information please see the application procedure and key dates.

You can only include working hours obtained prior to 10 February 2022 in your calculation.

Leadership 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.

University application

Regarding the university application, you must also:

  • be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities. Find out if you are liable for tuition fees here. SI will receive the tuition fee status including your personal information directly from University Admissions.
  • have paid the application fee for master’s programmes to University Admissions by the deadline 1 February 2022. See all key dates here.
  • be admitted (or conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programmes* on 7 April 2022. You can only be awarded a scholarship for the master’s programme you are admitted to on 7 April. 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.

*The list of eligible master´s programmes will be published by 1 November 2021.

Other eligibility criteria

Regardless of all the eligibility criteria listed above, you are not eligible for the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals if you:

  • have already resided in Sweden for cumulatively two years or more, prior to the scholarship period (starting August 2022);
  • 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), and students who have attended SI summer courses in the 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; or
  • have dual citizenship in countries not listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients 2021.

 *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.

 

 

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