Frequently asked questions

Thank you for your interest in the Swedish Institute Scholarships. Should you have any queries regarding our scholarships, please see the list of frequently asked questions below before you contact the SI Scholarships team.

If your question is not answered below, please contact us via our Facebook page or via email to sischolarships(a)si.se.

Direct links to the FAQ topics:

University Admissions and master’s programmes
Scholarship eligibility for studies on master’s level
Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS)
Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South Africa
SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans
The Swedish–Turkish Programme for master’s level studies
The Visby Programme for master’s level studies
Scholarships for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers

 

University Admissions and master’s programmes

If you have a question regarding your University Admissions application, the application fee or applying for a master’s programme, please check on University Admissions’ website or directly contact University Admissions. SI and University Admissions are two separate agencies and SI only administers SI scholarships.

Q: Can I apply for a master’s programme at the Swedish Institute?

A: No. The Swedish Institute (SI) is a government agency, not a university. We administer SI scholarships, as well as several other areas, but not university courses. For more information please visit our website. If you want to apply for a university programme you have to do so through University Admissions or contact the university you are interested in directly.

Q: How do I apply for a master’s programme?

A: You have to apply through University Admissions or directly through the university you are interested in.

Q: I missed the deadline to apply to University Admissions, can I still apply for a scholarship?

A: Applicants must apply for a master’s programme first to be eligible to apply for a SI scholarship. If you have applied as a late applicant you may apply for a scholarship. However, SI can only consider those who are admitted to one of the eligible master programmes in the first selection round at University Admissions by 24 March 2017.

Q: Why do I have to pay an application fee for my scholarship?

A: There is no application fee to apply for a SI scholarship. There is, however, an application fee that you need to pay to apply for admission via University Admissions. The Swedish Institute and University Admissions are two different government agencies. The Swedish Institute only administers SI scholarships. Please note that if you do not pay the application fee by their deadline, your application to University Admissions will not be processed and this means that you cannot be admitted to any university and therefore you cannot be considered for a scholarship. For questions regarding the admissions process to University Admissions and their application fee, please contact them directly.

Q: How do I pay the application fee?

A: For questions regarding the admissions process to the University Admissions and their application fee, please contact University Admissions directly.

Q: I have applied to the Stockholm School of Economics, do I have to pay the application fee?

A: The Stockholm School of Economics have its own application system. For information regarding this, please contact them directly.

Q: How do I know what my application number is?

A: After you have applied for the master’s programme(s) at University Admissions, you will receive a seven-digit application number. You will be asked to submit this application number in the online application form. Students who have applied to the Stockholm School of Economics will not receive an application number; therefore you should enter seven zeroes (0000000) instead. After you have submitted your scholarship application, you will receive a scholarship application reference number from SI via email. You do not need to email us this number.

Q: What documents do I need to submit to University Admissions?

A: The Swedish Institute and University Admissions are two separate government agencies. For documentation required by University Admissions, please contact them directly.

 

Scholarship eligibility for studies on master’s level

Q: When is the application period?

A: Period for scholarship application for master’s studies starting in the autumn semester 2017:

Q: How do I know if my country is eligible?

A: There is a list of eligible countries under each scholarship programme. Please visit our website for a complete list of our scholarship offers.

For the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships, please check the OECD/DAC list. This is a list of lower- and middle-income countries. If your country is on this list, you are eligible to apply, as long as your country is not included in any of our other scholarship programmes for master’s studies.

Students from South Africa should apply within the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South Africa.

The Swedish–Turkish Scholarship Programme is only open for citizens of Turkey.

The Visby Programme is open for citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

Q: I cannot find my country on the list of countries in the online application form, what do I do?

A: All eligible countries are included in the list. If it is not there, you are not eligible to apply. If you believe your country is eligible and you can’t find your country on the online application list, please look through the list carefully.

Q: What requirement do you have for English proficiency?

A: SI does not have any requirement for language proficiency for master’s students. For information regarding requirements for language proficiency for University admissions application, please visit their website. You can find information regarding the eligibility and required enclosures for SI scholarships on each scholarship programme’s webpage.

 

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS)

Q: How can I submit my application?

A: You should submit your application via our online application portal. You can find a link to the online application portal on the webpage for application procedure and key dates during the application period. Only applications submitted via our online portal will be accepted. It is important to read through all the information on our website about SISS before applying. Should you be selected to the second step of the application, it is also important that you read through all the information in the template instructions.

Q: What documents are required for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS)?

A: There are no documents required for the first step of the application. You only need to fill in an online application form in the first step. A link to the form will be available during application period on the webpage for application procedure and key dates.

You can find information regarding the documentation needed for the second step of the application on our webpage for application procedure and key dates. Templates that you will need to use for the second step will be uploaded on the same webpage in January 2017. Any document that is not required will not be considered. Kindly note that only successful candidates from the first step are eligible to apply in the second step of the application.

Q: Do I need to pay the application fee of SEK900 to University Admissions in order to apply for a SISS scholarship?

A: There is no application fee for applying for SI scholarships. The application fee of SEK 900 is only required by University Admissions as part of the study programme(s) application process. The deadline for receipt of the application fee is 1 February 2017 and only those who paid on time will be considered by University Admissions. One of the eligibility criteria for SI scholarships is that you are admitted to one of the eligible master programmes in the first selection round at University Admissions by 24 March 2017. Therefore, in the second step of the scholarship application, SI will only consider those who have paid the application fee to University Admissions on time. Make sure you find out which is the latest day for you to make the payment so that the University Admissions receives it by 1 February 2017. If you have any question regarding the application fee and the payment, please check University Admissions’ website or directly contact University Admissions.

Q: When will the results of the first step of SISS application be announced?

A: In late January 2017 (preliminary date: 25 January 2017), a list of successful candidates from the first step of the scholarship application will be published at si.se. Successful candidates will also be notified via email. Unfortunately, we will not be able to notify all candidates; only successful candidates will be notified.

Q: I have a dual citizenship, what citizenship should I use when applying?

A: Applicants within SI Study Scholarships who have a dual citizenship from countries not listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients are NOT eligible for the SI Study Scholarships.

Applicants who hold dual citizenships and both countries are eligible for SI scholarships, should choose only one of the citizenships when applying for SI scholarships. Therefore applicants can only apply to one SI scholarship programme or one category/initiative within SI Study Scholarships. Applicants who apply for SI scholarships with more than one citizenship will be disqualified.

Q: Can I apply to any master’s programme?

A: Only a limited number of master’s programmes are eligible for SI scholarships. A list of eligible master’s programmes can be found on our webpage for eligibility criteria.

Q: Can my referee fill out the templates in my native language and then translate it?

A: SI will accept translations as long as they are performed by a notarised translator with the appropriate stamps. It is not acceptable for individual applicants to translate the documents on their own. The original document and the translation should be uploaded as one PDF.

Q: Who can fill out the letter of reference that is required in the second step?

A: SI prefers that the referee is a professional referee. It should be someone who knows you in a professional rather than a personal manner. It does not have to be your direct boss. It can be, for example, the HR manager, as long as that manager can comment on your work. If you, for instance, are still a student or a freelancer and do not have a professional referee, you may find an academic referee or a client who is not related to you.

Q: Who can sign the proof of work and leadership experience form in the second step?

A: It should be someone who knows you in a professional rather than a personal manner and it should be someone who knows about your experience at the company/organization. It does not have to be your direct boss. It can be, for example, the HR manager, as long as that manager can comment on the experience. If you work in a student organization at your university, you may ask a staff at the university who knows about your experience to certify it and it can be stamped by either the university or the organization. If you work as a freelancer, you may ask the professional association or agency – at where you are registered as a freelancer or receive works from – to sign and stamp. If you work in a family business or you are the owner, we can accept a signature from a client or a staff works at your company who is not a family member to you. However, the client should not be a private person and should instead be a company/organisation and is only allowed to certify the working hours that you have worked for them.

If you are not able to provide the required proof, you are unfortunately not eligible.

Q: Does my employer(s) need to stamp my proof of work and leadership experience form?

A: Yes. All applicants need to prove the authenticity of the required documents for his/her application. Without the necessary stamps, your proof of work and leadership experience will be deemed ineligible. The Swedish Institute makes no exceptions.

Q: An applicant should only submit one proof of work and leadership experience, but I have worked at more than one workplace.

A: You must use our template for proof of work and leadership experience. In this template, there is one part for work experience and one part for leadership experience. In the part for work experience, you will get space to fill in up to four work experiences; in the part for leadership experience, you will get space to fill in up to two leadership experiences.

Q: Do I have to provide proofs for all the work experience I have had so far if I have worked at many workplaces?

A: In the template for proof of work and leadership experience, there is one part for work experience and one part for leadership experience. If you have worked at several places, you do not have to present the proof for each of your work experiences. However, the proofs filled in the part for work experience must in total show that you have worked for more than 3,000 hours. Applicants who cannot provide a proof for a total of 3,000 hours of work experience in the part for work experience in the proof of work and leadership experience form will be deemed ineligible.

If four experiences are not enough for you to meet the requirement for 3,000 hours, we will accept one additional page. However, additional page is only acceptable in this situation.

Q: Can I submit my qualifications in a different format?

A: No. You must use the SI templates referred to on the webpage for SI Study Scholarships. If any mandatory document is not in the right format, or is not completed in English, the application is deemed ineligible.

Q: Can I use another Europass template for my CV?

A: No. You must use this Europass format. Application with a CV that is in another Europass format or any other format will be deemed ineligible. A CV may not exceed three pages and any additional pages will not be considered. You do not have to fill in all the sections in the format. You should attach a copy of your passport as a last fourth page in your CV.

Q: What kind of experience is valid?

A: You can find detailed information under the title “Work experience” on the webpage for eligibility criteria. We are unfortunately not able to comment or assist on individual applicants applications as this would create an unfair advantage. Please use your best judgement and decide what you believe is most appropriate according to your situation. If you believe your experiences should be counted as work experience, you can count them. However, kindly note that you will be asked to submit certificates for your experiences in the second step of the application. Experiences that cannot be certified according to our requirements, will not be considered by the selection committee in the second step of the application. Additionally, the competition is very stiff and the selection committee will prioritize those who have work experience in the fields related to their field of studies and/or in our prioritized fields.

Q: How do I answer certain questions?

A: SI is unfortunately not able to assist applicants in answering questions in their applications as this would create an unfair advantage. Please read through all instructions in the template and on the webpage for SI Study Scholarships.

If you are from Syria:

Q: Do students from Syria have to pay the SEK 900 application fee?

A: Syrians who are currently living in Sweden on a residence permit that was granted on a basis other than studies are likely to not be required to pay the SEK 900 application fee to University Admissions. You may still be eligible to apply even if you are not required to pay the application fee. Syrians currently not living in Sweden are likely to be required to pay the application fee. Please contact University Admissions directly for further questions. There is no application fee to the Swedish Institute to apply for a SI scholarship.

Q: Do applicants from Syria have to hold a bachelor’s degree from a university in Syria?

A: Yes. To be eligible for a scholarship for Syrian students, you must be a Syrian citizen and have a bachelor’s degree from Syria. The Swedish Institute makes no exceptions.

Q: Do applicants from Syria have to have 3,000 hours of work experience and leadership experience?

A: Students from Syria do not need to meet the requirement for 3,000 hours of work experience and the requirement for leadership experience, as there is a special initiative for applicants from Syria. However, you still must meet all other eligibility requirements, and applicants who have leadership experience and 3,000 hours’ work experience will be given priority. Applicants from Syria must hold a bachelor’s degree from a Syrian university and there is no exception.

 

Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South Africa

Q: How can I submit my application?

A: You should submit your application via our online application portal. You can find a link to the online application portal on the webpage for application procedure and key dates during the application period. Only applications submitted via our online portal will be accepted. It is important to read through all the information on our website about SISS for South Africa before applying. Should you be selected to the second step of the application, it is also important that you read through all the information in the template instructions.

Q: What documents are required for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) for South Africa?

A: There are no documents required for the first step of the application. You only need to fill in an online application form in the first step. A link to the form will be available during application period on the webpage for application procedure and key dates.

You can find information regarding the documentation needed for the second step of the application on our webpage for application procedure and key dates. Templates that you will need to use for the second step will be uploaded on the same webpage in January 2017. Any document that is not required will not be considered. Kindly note that only successful candidates from the first step are eligible to apply in the second step of the application.

Q: Do I need to pay the application fee of SEK900 to University Admissions in order to apply for a scholarship within SISS for South Africa?

A: There is no application fee for applying for SI scholarships. The application fee of SEK 900 is only required by University Admissions as part of the study programme(s) application process. The deadline for receipt of the application fee is 1 February 2017 and only those who paid on time will be considered by University Admissions. One of the eligibility criteria for SI scholarships is that you are admitted to one of the eligible master programmes in the first selection round at University Admissions by 24 March 2017. Therefore, in the second step of the scholarship application, SI will only consider those who have paid the application fee to University Admissions on time. Make sure you find out which is the latest day for you to make the payment so that the University Admissions receives it by 1 February 2017. If you have any question regarding the application fee and the payment, please check University Admissions’ website or directly contact University Admissions.

Q: When will the results of the first step of the application within SISS for South Africa be announced?

A: In late January 2017 (preliminary date: 25 January 2017), a list of successful candidates from the first step of the scholarship application will be published at si.se. Successful candidates will also be notified via email. Unfortunately, we will not be able to notify all candidates; only successful candidates will be notified.

Q: I have a dual citizenship, what citizenship should I use when applying?

A: Applicants who have a dual citizenship from countries not listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients are NOT eligible for the SI Study Scholarships for South Africa.
Applicants who hold dual citizenships and both countries are eligible for SI scholarships, should choose only one of the citizenships when applying for SI scholarships. Therefore applicants can only apply to one SI scholarship programme or one category/initiative within SI Study Scholarships. Applicants who apply for SI scholarships with more than one citizenship will be disqualified.

Q: Can I apply to any master’s programme?

A: Only a limited number of master’s programmes are eligible for SI scholarships. A list of eligible master’s programmes can be found on our webpage for eligibility criteria.

Q: Do I need to submit any letter of reference or proof of work and leadership experience?

A: Applicants within the SISS for South Africa programme do not have to have work experience and should not submit any letter of reference or proof of work and leadership experience.

Q: Can I use another Europass template for my CV?

A: No. You must use this Europass format. Application with a CV that is in another Europass format or any other format will be deemed ineligible. A CV may not exceed three pages and any additional pages will not be considered. You do not have to fill in all the sections in the format. You should attach a copy of your passport as a last fourth page in your CV.

Q: How do I answer certain questions?

A: SI is unfortunately not able to assist applicants in answering questions in their applications as this would create an unfair advantage. Please read through all instructions in the template and on the webpage for SI Study Scholarships for South Africa.

 

SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans

Q: What countries are eligible for scholarships for the Western Balkans?

A: Scholarships for the Western Balkans are open to applicants from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro and Serbia.

Q: How do I apply?

A: Scholarships for master’s studies are offered within the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS). Please see the FAQ for SISS above and visit the scholarship programme’s page for more information.

Scholarships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are offered within the SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans. Please see the FAQ under PhD and Postdoc and visit the scholarship programme’s page for more information.

 

The Swedish–Turkish Scholarship Programme

Q: How can I submit my application?

A: You should submit your application via our online application portal. You can find a link to the online application portal on the webpage for application procedure and key dates during the application period. Only applications submitted via our online portal will be accepted. It is important to read through all the information on our website about Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme before applying. Should you be selected to the second step of the application, it is also important that you read through all the information in the template instructions.

Q: Are there any documents required for the first step of the application for the Swedish–Turkish Scholarship Programme?

A: There are no documents required for the first step. You only need to fill in an online application form in the first step. A link to the form will be available during application period on the webpage for application procedure and key dates.

Q: Do I need to pay the application fee of SEK 900 to University Admissions in order to apply for an SI scholarship?

A: There is no application fee for applying for SI scholarships. The application fee of SEK 900 is only required by University Admissions as part of the study programme(s) application process. The deadline for receipt of the application fee is 1 February 2017 and only those who paid on time will be considered by University Admissions. One of the eligibility criteria for SI scholarships is that you are admitted to one of the eligible master programmes in the first selection round at University Admissions by 24 March 2017. Therefore, in the second step of the scholarship application, SI will only consider those who have paid the application fee to University Admissions on time. Make sure you find out which is the latest day for you to make the payment so that the University Admissions receives it by 1 February 2017. If you have any question regarding the application fee and the payment, please check University Admissions’ website or directly contact University Admissions.

Q: When will the results of the first step of the scholarship application be announced?

A: In late January 2017 (preliminary date: 25 January 2017), a list of successful candidates from the first step of the scholarship application will be published at si.se. Successful candidates will also be notified via email. Unfortunately, we will not be able to notify all candidates; only successful candidates will be notified.

Q: I have a dual citizenship, what citizenship should I use when applying?

A: Applicants within the Swedish–Turkish Scholarship Programme who have a dual citizenship from countries not listed on the DAC list of ODA recipients are NOT eligible for the SI scholarships.

Applicants who hold dual citizenships and both countries are eligible for SI scholarships, should choose only one of the citizenships when applying for SI scholarships. Therefore applicants can only apply to one SI scholarship programme or one category/initiative within SI Study Scholarships. Applicants who apply for SI scholarships with more than one citizenship will be disqualified.

Q: Can I apply to any master’s programme?

A: Only a limited number of master’s programmes are eligible for SI scholarships. A list of eligible master’s programmes can be found on our webpage for eligibility criteria.

Q: How can I find out what documents I need to submit for the second step of the application for the Swedish–Turkish Scholarship Programme?

A: You can find information regarding the documentation needed for the second step on our webpage for application procedure and key dates. Templates that you will need to use for the second step will be uploaded on the same webpage in January 2017. Any document that is not required will not be considered.

Q: I’m trying to fill out the motivation letter. What is the difference between the application number and application code?

A: The application number is the seven-digit application number you will receive from University Admissions when you have submitted your application to the master’s programme(s).  The application code is the specific programme code for the programme you have applied to. This can either be found on the list of eligible programmes on the SI website or on University Admissions. A list of eligible master programmes will be available on our webpage for eligibility criteria as of late November 2016.

Q: Can my referee fill out the templates in my native language and then translate it?

A: SI will accept translations as long as they are performed by a notarised translator with the appropriate stamps. It is not acceptable for individual applicants to translate the documents on their own. The original document and the translation should be uploaded as one PDF.

Q: Who can fill out the letter of reference that is required in the second step?

A: SI prefers that the referee is a professional referee. It should be someone who knows you in a professional rather than a personal manner. It does not have to be your direct boss. It can be, for example, the HR manager, as long as that manager can comment on your work. If you, for instance, are still a student or a freelancer and do not have a professional referee, you may find an academic referee or a client who is not related to you.

Q: Can the person who writes my reference letter also sign the document for proof of work experience?

A: Yes. As long as the reference person knows you in this capacity, she/he may also sign the proof of work experience.

Q: An applicant should only submit one proof of work experience, but I have worked at more than one workplace.

A: You must use our template for proof of work experience. In this template, there is one part for work experience and one part for leadership experience. In the part for work experience, you will get space to fill in up to four work experiences; in the part for leadership experience, you will get space to fill in up to two leadership experiences.

Q: Can I ask the same person to sign both the part for work experience and the part for leadership experience in the proof of work experience form?

A: Yes. The part for leadership experience is optional, and anyone not related to you and who knows you in a leadership capacity may sign for it.

Q: Do I have to provide proofs for all the work experience I have had so far if I have worked at many workplaces?

A: In the template for proof of work experience, there is one part for work experience and one part for leadership experience. If you have worked at several places, you do not have to present the proof for each of your work experiences. However, the proofs filled in the part for work experience must in total show that you have worked for more than 3,000 hours. Applicants who cannot provide a proof for a total of 3,000 hours of work experience in the part for work experience in the document ‘proof of work experience’ will be deemed ineligible.

If four experiences are not enough for you to meet the requirement for 3,000 hours, we will accept one additional page. However, additional page is only acceptable in this situation.

Q: I need more space to answer my questions – can I submit an extra page?

A: No. Only answers within the character limit will be considered. It is up to each applicant to be able to offer representative answers within the character limit. In the template ‘proof or work experience’ we will accept one additional page. However, this is only acceptable for this document.

Q: Can I submit my qualifications in a different format?

A: No. You must use the SI templates referred to on the webpage for the Swedish–Turkish Scholarship Programme. If any mandatory document is not in the right format, or is not completed in English, the application is deemed ineligible.

Q: I have other qualifications and certificates that I would like SI to see – can I attach them also?

A: No. SI will only consider applications submitted according to the SI format using SI templates. All other submissions will be disregarded.

Q: Can I use another Europass template for my CV?

A: No. You must use this Europass format. Application with a CV that is in another Europass format or any other format will be deemed ineligible. A CV may not exceed three pages and any additional pages will not be considered. You do not have to fill in all the sections in the format. You should attach a copy of your passport as a last fourth page in your CV.

Q: What kind of experience is valid?

A: You can find detailed information under the title “Work experience” on the webpage for eligibility criteria. We are unfortunately not able to comment or assist on individual applicants applications as this would create an unfair advantage. Please use your best judgement and decide what you believe is most appropriate according to your situation. If you believe your experiences should be counted as work experience, you can count them. However, kindly note that you will be asked to submit certificates for your experiences in the second step of the application. Experiences that cannot be certified according to our requirements, will not be considered by the selection committee in the second step of the application. Additionally, the competition is very stiff and the selection committee will prioritize those who have work or experience in the fields related to their field of studies and/or in our prioritized fields.

Q: How do I answer certain questions?

A: SI is unfortunately not able to assist applicants in answering questions in their applications as this would create an unfair advantage. Please read through all instructions in the template and on the webpage for the Swedish–Turkish Scholarship Programme.

Q: How many applications should I submit?

A: In the first step of the scholarship application, you should only submit one scholarship application no matter how many eligible master’s programmes you have applied to.
In the second step of the scholarship application, you should submit one application per eligible programme you have applied to. For example: if you have applied for four programmes through University Admissions, one of which is not presented on the SI list of eligible programmes, you should submit and complete online three separate scholarship applications for each eligible master’s programme. If you have only applied for two master’s programmes, you only need to submit two applications. Each application must have a motivation letter, a CV, one letter of reference, one proof of work experience and a copy of passport attached. You may use the same motivation letter, CV, passport copy, letters of reference and proof of work experience for each application, or create unique ones for each master’s programme.

Q: How do I know if I will receive a scholarship?

A: A list of successful candidates from the first step will be published at si.se in late January 2017 (preliminary date: 25 January 2017). Successful candidates will also be notified via email. Only successful candidates from the first application step are eligible to apply in the second step of the application.

A list of recipients of Swedish Institute scholarships 2017/2018 will be published on si.se on 10 April 2017. Due to the large number of applicants, only those who are offered a scholarship will be notified in the middle of April 2017. Each successful scholarship recipient will receive an official scholarship offer by email in the middle of April 2017.

 

The Visby Programme

Q: When can I apply?

A: You should submit your application via our online application portal. You can find a link to the online application portal on the Visby Programme webpage during the application period. Only applications submitted via our online portal during the applications period will be accepted. It is important to read through all the information on our website before applying.

Q: Can I apply to any master’s programme?

A: Only a limited number of master’s programmes are eligible for SI scholarships. A list of eligible master’s programmes for the Visby Programme can be found on our webpage.

Q: What do I need to submit?

A: Under ‘application procedure’ on the Visby Programme webpage you will find a list of documents required for the application. In December 2016 you will also find the templates for the documents you need to use on our webpage. Any document that is not required will not be considered.

Q: I’m trying to fill out my letter of motivation. What is the difference between application number and application code?

A: The application number is the seven-digit application number you will receive from University Admissions when you have submitted your application to the master’s programme(s). If you have applied to Stockholm School of Economics or any other school directly, please enter seven zeroes (i.e. 0000000). The application code is the specific programme code for the programme you have applied to. This can either be found on the list of eligible programmes on the SI website or on University Admissions. A list of eligible master programmes will be available on the Visby Programme webpage on 1 December 2016 at the latest.

Q: Who can fill out the reference letter?

A: The referee is expected to state an opinion of the applicant from a professional perspective and thereby provide an important supplement to the letter of motivation and the curriculum vitae. The reference person does not have to be academic but could also represent a private enterprise, a public agency, an NGO or another actor/entity.
University graduates already having workplace experience are recommended to provide a letter of reference from their current or previous employer.

Q: I have a dual citizenship, what citizenship should I use when applying?

A: While applicants holding an EU citizenship as well as a citizenship from one of the eligible scholarship countries (i.e. a dual citizenship) are eligible to apply, the Swedish Institute would not recommend doing so. To be able to apply for a scholarship, you must use the same citizenship as when applying to University Admissions. Thus, applicants with such a dual citizenship are required to pay the SEK 900 application fee as opposed to applying for free if they use their EU citizenship. Additionally, the scholarships are highly competitive and normally around 10 per cent of our applicants are awarded a scholarship. To avoid unnecessary fees and tuition fees, the Swedish Institute recommends that you apply with your EU citizenship as you will then not need to pay tuition fees.

 

Scholarships for PhD students and post-doctoral researchers

Q: What scholarship programmes offer scholarships for applicants on PhD and postdoctoral levels?

A: Scholarships for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers are offered within the SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans, Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme and the Visby Programme.

Q: How do I know if my country is eligible?

A: The SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans is open for citizens of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro and Serbia.

The Swedish–Turkish Scholarship Programme is only open for citizens of Turkey.

The Visby Programme is open for citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine.

Q: I come from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania or Poland, am I eligible for an SI scholarship PhD and postdoctoral levels?

A: No, due to a new government strategy, the Swedish Institute does no longer offer scholarships to applicants from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

Q: What do I need to submit in my application?

A: A list of required documents is available under each scholarship programmes “How to apply” webpage. You find a link to this page at the bottom of each programme’s webpage. There you will also find templates which for some documents are mandatory.

Q: What requirement do you have for English proficiency?

A: SI requires at least English 6 or Independent User B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. In the application you must submit a copy of internationally recognised English test results (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge) or the English language certificate on the SI template signed by an English teacher or another professional who can evaluate and comment on the English language proficiency of the applicant. The SI template can be found under the “How to apply” page on  each scholarship programmes webpage.

Q: Is it possible to come to Sweden for a longer or shorter period of time than stated on the website?

A: The length of the scholarship period, which is either 6, 9 or 12 months, cannot be altered. We can, in some cases, be flexible regarding the starting dates of your scholarship, in agreement with your host institution in Sweden.

Q: Can I come as a PhD or post-doc during the summer?

A: Normally the scholarship period starts on 1 September or 1 January. In exceptional cases, the start of a scholarship period can be shifted to summer months upon agreement between the applicant, the host institution and SI.

Q: Is it possible to receive a scholarship for a full PhD position in Sweden?

A: Scholarships on PhD level are available only for students enrolled in ongoing PhD programmes outside Sweden. Information on how to apply for a full PhD position in Sweden can be found on studyinsweden.se.

Q: Is it possible to receive a scholarship for a PhD within a different discipline than specified on your website?

A: The SI Visby Programme offers scholarships for PhD studies and research within all academic disciplines. However, scholarships for applicants from Turkey and the Western Balkans are offered for studies and research only within the field of social science. Please visit each scholarship programmes webpage for further information.

Q: Can I apply for a scholarship if my country is eligible, but I am currently enrolled in a PhD programme/employed as a postdoctoral researcher outside of my home country?

A: Yes, applicants currently studying or working outside their home countries are eligible for SI scholarships as long as they meet all other eligibility criteria.