Information on this page is only about the previous call for applications. Information about next call will be available on 1 December 2018 for master’s studies starting in the autumn semester 2019. The eligibility criteria as well as the application procedure and key dates may differ from this year.

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) 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 eligibility criteria for country of citizenship will differ in the coming call for applications. A new list of eligible countries will be published on 1 December 2018.

  • Citizens of other countries: citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine cannot apply to SISS, but are eligible to other SI scholarship programmes. Citizens of countries not listed above or on the DAC list of ODA recipients are unfortunately not eligible for any SI scholarships for master’s studies. We suggest that you look for other scholarship opportunities.
  • Dual citizenships: if you have dual citizenships and both are eligible for SI scholarship programmes, you should choose only one of the citizenships when applying for SI scholarships. This means you can only apply to one SI scholarship programme or one category/initiative within SISS. Applicants who apply for more than one SI scholarship/category using more than one citizenship will be disqualified.
  • Citizens of Somali: Sweden does not accept Somali passports which have been issued or extended after 31 January 1991. Somalian citizens who only hold such Somalia passport cannot be granted for a residence permit by the Swedish Migration Agency. If you also hold a passport from another country listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients, you are welcome to apply; and if you identify yourself as a Somalian, you are suggested to apply as a citizen of Somalia when applying to SISS, while you need to use the other passport when applying for residence permit at the Swedish Migration Agency, if you are awarded an SI scholarship.


Regardless of country, you are not eligible for the SI Study Scholarships if you:

  • have already resided in Sweden for cumulatively two years or more, prior to the scholarship period (August 2018);
  • 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 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; or
  • have a dual citizenship from countries not listed onthe DAC list of ODA recipients.

Eligible programmes

We will publish a list of eligible master’s programmes for the academic year 2019/2020 here by 1 December 2018. Only the master’s programmes that are in the list are eligible for SISS.

Work experience

To be eligible for SISS, you must have had at least 3,000 hours’ work experience prior to 1 February 2018 (not required for students from South Africa). You will be required to certify the experience. If you do not already have the required amount of work experience, your application will be deemed ineligible. However, it is not required that you are employed at the time of the application.

Different types of work experience eligible for SISS

  • Full-time employment
  • Part-time employment
  • Voluntary work
  • Paid or unpaid internships
  • Position of trust (for instance, chairperson at student union)

Only work experience caried out after high school studies are eligible, but it can be carried out before, during, or after graduating from your undergraduate studies.

Work experience within the fields in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be prioritised.

How to calculate your employment hours

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

Scenario 1: Currently employed, working part time 11 hours per week for 50 weeks per year for 4 calendar years prior to 1 February 2018, and previously employed working part time in a voluntary position 12 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 2 calendar years.

The calculation is (11 hours x 50 weeks x 4 years = 2,200) + (12 hours x 35 weeks x 2 years = 840) = 3,040 hours.

An applicant within this scenario would be eligible for a scholarship within the SI Study Scholarships.

Scenario 2: Part time voluntary employment, working 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 3 calendar years prior to 31 December 2017. Is only employed until 31 December 2017 and does not have another employment afterwards.

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 within the SI Study Scholarships.

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.
  • If you hold more than one position of employment at the same time, all hours can be used to meet the requirement for work experience.
  • If you are in a current employment, it is not a requirement of the SI Study Scholarships 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 templates. For more information please see the application procedure and key dates.
  • You can only include working hours obtained after your high school studies and prior to 1 February 2018, in your calculation.

Leadership experience

You must be able to demonstrate your previous leadership experience (not required for students from South Africa). The experience may be demonstrated through previous work experience, through position as chairman or board member at student unions or student organisations, through involvement in civil society organisations, or volunteer assignments after high school studies.

The leadership experience has no requirement in regards to the 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.

University application

Regarding the university application, you must also:

  • be liable to pay tuition fees in Sweden, according to the information at University Admissions. Kindly contact University Admissions directly regarding questions related to application and tuition fee.
  • have paid the application fee for master’s programmes at University Admissions on time before 1 February 2018.
  • be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programmes by 6 April 2018. You can only be awarded a scholarship for the master’s programme you are admitted to by 6 April. Master’s programme to which you are listed as 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. Check the instructions on how you should answer your admissions at University Admissions. Please directly contact University Admissions if you have any questions. If you are only listed as reserve and are 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. We will publish a list of eligible master’s programmes for the academic year 2019/2020 here by 1 December 2018.