Visby Programme – Who can apply

To be eligible for the Visby Programme, you must be a citizen of an eligible country, and have documented proof of work experience. You must also follow the application steps of university admission and be admitted to one of the eligible master's programmes on time.
SI Kick-off event with the class of 2019 in Stockholm.

The Visby Programme scholarships for master’s level 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

To be eligible to apply to the Visby Programme, you must be a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, or Ukraine. Priority will be given to applicants who currently reside in one of the eligible countries.

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 be disqualified.

Citizens of other countries:

Citizens of the following countries cannot apply to the Visby Programme, but are eligible for other SI scholarship programmes: Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Malawi, Montenegro, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, 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 master’s programmes

About 600 master’s programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2020 are eligible for the Visby Programme. Check the list of eligible master’s programmes for the Visby Programme scholarships 2020/2021.

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). 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 the Visby Programme scholarships, you must have demonstrated work experience prior to 9 February 2020. The experience may be demonstrated through current or previous full- or part-time employment, paid or unpaid internship, volunteer assignments, as well as through positions as chairperson or board member at student unions or student organisations. There is no requirement in regards to a minimum number of hours.

You will be required to certify the experience in your application. If you are unable to demonstrate any kind of work experience according to our instruction, your application will be disqualified. However, it is not required that you are employed at the time of the application.

Strong work experience within the field of environmental and social sustainability, innovation, responsibility in management, or sustainable economic growth will be prioritised, especially experience from civil society or public sector.

If you are in a current employment, it is not a requirement of the Visby 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.

Leadership experience

Leadership experience is not a requirement for applicants within the Visby Programme. However, your application will be prioritised if you have demonstrated and relevant leadership experience, especially from civil society or public sector.

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 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 Visby Programme 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; 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;
  • have been awarded cumulatively three or more scholarships/grants from SI;
  • 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 Visby scholarship, but must apply with the citizenship that is eligible for the Visby Programme both to the Swedish Institute and University Admissions.

Previous SI scholarship holder within the Visby Programme at the Diploma Ceremony 2019.
Previous SI scholarship holder within the Visby Programme at the Diploma Ceremony 2019. Photo: Magnus Liam Karlsson
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