The Visby Programme aims at building capacity in young professionals who have the ambition to play an active role in society and to contribute to a positive development in their home countries and region.

The programme focuses on the individual mobility of young, academic talents to promote professional collaboration and lasting relations between Sweden and the programme countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine. The goal is to build an integrated, knowledge-based and research-intense region where environmental and social sustainability, innovation and responsibility in management are key factors in achieving sustainable economic growth and regional development.

Our scholarships

Scholarships for master’s level studies in Sweden

Students on master’s level from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can apply once a year (early spring) for full coverage scholarships for master’s level studies at Swedish universities for one or two years. The scholarships include tuition fee coverage, insurance, a monthly grant of SEK 10,000 for living expenses, a travel grant and membership in the SI Network for Future Global Leaders. Read more and apply here.

Scholarships for PhD studies and postdoctoral research in Sweden

As of 2019 there will be no call for applications for scholarships within the Visby Progamme for PhD and postdoctoral research visits. During 2019-2020 we will review our current scholarship and project funding programmes. We will also look at possible new opportunities for actors in academia. The aim of this is to identify the forms of support that can most effectively deliver results in line with the Swedish government strategies for cooperation with specific regions.

Information about how to apply for a full PhD position in Sweden as well as useful links for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers can be found on

Scholarships to invite Swedish students, researchers and experts

Swedish students, PhD students, researchers and experts can apply for scholarships from SI for visits in any of the countries included in the Visby Programme for the purpose of studies, research, or capacity-building and strengthening of co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region.

Experts can be staff from any of the following organizations/agencies located in Sweden:

  • Public agencies, universities, research institutes, science parks
  • Municipalities, regional administrations
  • Trade organisations/federations/partnerships, associations, and NGOs

The visits can last between one and twelve months and each application must include an official invitation or letter of admission provided by a host organisation in the destination country.

Find out more about the scholarship and the possibility to invite Swedish students, researchers and experts here (pdf).