The Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) 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
SISGP complies with the Swedish government strategy for capacity development, partnership and methods supporting the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. The programme is funded by Sweden’s development aid budget, the goal of which is to create opportunities for people who live in poverty and oppression to improve their living conditions. In order to effectively deliver results in line with the strategy and the goal of development aid, SISGP focuses on the countries below.
Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply to SISGP:
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.
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.
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 Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey and Ukraine cannot apply to SISGP, 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.
About 600 master’s programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2020 are eligible for SISGP. Check the list of eligible master’s programmes for SISGP 2020/2021.
Priority will be given to master’s studies with an emphasis on the contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To be eligible for SISGP, you must have had at least 3,000 hours’ work experience prior to 9 February 2020 from a maximum of three organisations/companies. Valid work experience for SISGP 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. Additionally, work experience within the fields in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be prioritised.
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. Will close down the company 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 SISGP 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 2020 in your calculation.
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 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.
Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated, sound and relevant leadership experience from employment.
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 3 February 2020.
- be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programmes 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 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 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 Global Professionals 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 or research 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.