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 Swedish Institute 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 region. The programme is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply to SI 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; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Turkey; Uganda; Ukraine; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe.

You must have a citizenship in 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. 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 have both applications disqualified.

*Exception: students with dual citizenship in Romania may still apply for a scholarship but must apply with the citizenship that is eligible for the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals when applying to SI Scholarships as well as University Admissions.

Citizens of South Africa, cannot apply to SI Global Professionals, but are eligible for other SI scholarship programmes.

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

About 600 master’s programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2021 are eligible for Global Professionals

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; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Vietnam; Zambia; 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, Russia, 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).

For applicants from Turkey 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.

It is up to you to motivate in your scholarship applications 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’ work experience prior to 9 February 2021 from a maximum of three organisations/companies. Valid work experience for Global Professionals includes both full-time and part-time employment, for instance as employee, employer, and 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; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Vietnam; Zambia; 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.

For applicants from Turkey priority is given to strong 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. 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 9 February 2020, 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 2019 and 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 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 hold more than one position of employment at the same time, all hours for respective position 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’ 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 9 February 2021 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.

The leadership experience has no requirement regarding 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.

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, according to the information from  Kindly contact University Admissions directly regarding questions related to application and tuition fees. Here you will find information about whether you are required to pay 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 on time before 1 February 2021.
  • be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programmes* by 9 April 2021. You can only be awarded a scholarship for the master’s programme you are admitted to by 9 April. Master’s programmes 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 deleted. Please check the information 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.

*The list of eligible master´s programmes will be published by the middle of November 2020.

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 (August 2021);
  • 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.

 *Exception: students with dual citizenship in Romania may still apply for a scholarship but must apply with the citizenship that is eligible for the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals when applying to SI Scholarships as well as University Admissions.