The Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa (SISSA) aims at diversity and gender equality among scholarship holders. We welcome applicants regardless of age or religious beliefs.

Priority will be given to applicants who

  • choose study programmes with an emphasis on one of the following subject areas: computer science and IT, design (industrial design, architecture, urban/regional planning), engineering, environmental technology/sustainable development, gender studies, nanotechnology, or public health,
  • have completed bachelor’s with honors or equivalent from a South African university, and
  • have demonstrated work and leadership experience.

Please read through the information below carefully before you begin your scholarship application process.

Country of citizenship

To be eligible to apply to the SISSA programme, you must be a South African citizen but may, at the time of application and admission, reside in a country other than South Africa, including Sweden. Residents in South Africa without a citizenship in South Africa are not eligible to apply.

Dual citizenship:

If you have dual citizenship(s) 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. Applicants who apply for more than one of SI scholarship using more than one citizenship will be disqualified.

Citizens of other countries:

Citizens of the following countries cannot apply to SISSA, 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, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, 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

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

We will give priority to applicants choosing study programmes with an emphasis on one of the following subject areas: computer science and IT, design (industrial design, architecture, urban/regional planning), engineering, environmental technology/sustainable development, gender studies, nanotechnology, or public health.

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 Admissions 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 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.

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

Support for the application fees

As stated above, you need to pay an application fee of SEK 900 to University Admissions for your applications to universities in Sweden.

Work and leadership experience

Work and leadership experience are not a requirement for citizens of South Africa who apply to SISSA. However, it will be a merit if you have demonstrated work and leadership experience. In this case, please read about the required documents to see how you should prove your experience in your scholarship application(s).

Leadership experience involves the experience to lead other colleagues/organizations, mandate to influence the development strategy for the organization you work at, allocate tasks to colleagues and familiarity with decision-making processes.

If you are in a current employment, 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.

Other eligibility criteria

Regardless of all the eligibility criteria listed above, you are not eligible for the SI Scholarships for South Africa 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;
  • 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.