The Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme for master’s studies 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

  • Only citizens of Turkey are eligible for this scholarship programme.
  • Dual citizenships: if you have dual citizenships and both are eligible for Swedish Institute (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 SI Study Scholarships. Applicants who apply for more than one SI scholarship/category using more than one citizenship will be disqualified.


Regardless of other eligibility criteria, you are not eligible for the Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme 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 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

Over 100 master’s programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2018 are eligible for the Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme. Check the list of eligible master’s programmes for the scholarship programme.

Work and leadership experience

You must be able to demonstrate your work and leadership experience. The experience may be demonstrated through previous or current full- or part-time employment, paid or unpaid internship as well as through position as chairperson or board member at student unions or student organisations, through involvement in civil society organisations, or volunteer assignments.

The work and leadership experience has no requirement in regards to the minimum number of hours.

Leadership experience involves the ability 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.

Important information about work and leadership experience

  • If you are in a current employment, it is not a requirement of the Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme 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.

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 Check the list of eligible master’s programmes for the Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme 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. Please contact University Admissions for questions regarding how to decline reserve places and how your admission can be changed. 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.