SISS – Application procedure and key dates

The scholarship application period for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) opens with a first step 1 December 2016 – 16 January 2017, followed by a detailed second step for successful candidates on  1 – 10 February 2017.

To be considered for a scholarship you must complete your separate application to the master’s programme(s) before 16 January 2017 by using the national online application service universityadmissions.se. To be considered for a scholarship in the second step of the scholarship application, you must also pay your university admissions application fee before the deadline for receipt of the fee 1 February 2017.

Kindly note that no other documents than the mandatory enclosures will be considered. Applicants must complete the application documents in English. If any mandatory document is not used, or is not completed in English, the application is deemed ineligible.

Once you have submitted your application to the master’s programme(s) on universityadmissions.se, you will be assigned a personal application number consisting of seven digits. You must use this application number when applying for a Swedish Institute scholarship in both the first and the second application step.

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

Steps to complete your Swedish Institute scholarship application

First application step 1 December 2016 – 24:00 GMT 16 January 2017:

The first part of the application process is now open. Apply through the SI online application portal. In the first step, no documents will be required and you should only submit ONE scholarship application no matter how many eligible master’s programmes you have applied to on universityadmissions.se. Application deadline is 24:00 GMT on Monday 16 January 2017. Due to the high volume of applications, the application portal may be under heavy load at the end of application period. We strongly urge applicants NOT to wait until the last minute to apply.

Second application step 1 – 10 February 2017:

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

  1. Use the Swedish Institute (SI) template provided to obtain a motivation letter. The template will be available here in late January 2017. Motivation letters in any other templates or formats are NOT valid. Make sure to read the questions in the motivation letter thoroughly, and be specific and personal in your reasoning. Answers may not exceed the allowed number of characters (letters and spaces) for each question. Motivation letters should be uploaded as a PDF file.
  2. Prepare a Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English, only using this Europass format of maximum three pages. A CV submitted in another format is NOT valid. Additional pages will not be considered.
  3. Use the SI templates provided to obtain one letter of reference and one proof of work and leadership experience(not required for students from South Africa). Remember that a letter of reference or a proof of work and leadership experience which is not signed and stamped is NOT valid. Templates should be typed, then printed, signed and stamped; after which they should be uploaded as PDF and submitted.
  4. Prepare a copy of your passport to enclose with your application. Your personal data including name, citizenship and photograph must show clearly. Passport should be included together with the CV (as a last fourth page).
  5. The online application portal is open until 24:00 CET 10 February 2017. Apply through the online system. A link to the portal will be available on this page on 1 February 2017. Due to the high volume of applications, the application portal may be under heavy load at the end of application period. We strongly urge applicants NOT to wait until the last minute to apply.

An application without a valid and completed motivation letter, CV, letter of reference, proof of work and leadership experience or copy of passport is deemed ineligible.

In the second step of the application, you need to submit a separate copy of your scholarship application for each eligible master’s programme which you have applied to. For example, if you have applied to the maximum four master’s programmes on universityadmissions.se, you must submit four separate and complete online scholarship applications. Each application must have a motivation letter, a CV, one letter of reference, one proof of work and leadership experience and a copy of passport attached. You may use the same motivation letter, CV, passport copy, letter of reference and proof of work and leadership experience for each application, or create unique ones for each master’s programme.

Key dates

  • Late November 2016 – 1 December 2016: the list of eligible master’s programmes for SI scholarships is published at the scholarship page at si.se.
  • 1 December 2016 – 16 January 2017: University application on universityadmissions.se.
  • 1 December 2016 – 24:00 GMT 16 January 2017: First step of scholarship application. Apply for a Swedish Institute Study Scholarship through the online application portal.
  • Late 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.
  • 1 February 2017: Deadline for supporting documents and payment of application fee for masters programmes to University Admissions. For detailed information see universityadmissions.se.
  • 1 – 10 February 2017: Second step of scholarship application. Apply for a Swedish Institute Study Scholarship through the online application portal. Only successful candidates from the first application step are eligible to apply in the second step of the application.
  • 24 March 2017: Notifications of the first selection round for university admission are published on universityadmissions.se.
  • 10 April 2017: A list of recipients of Swedish Institute scholarships 2017/2018 is published at si.se.
  • 12 April 2017: Deadline for accepting your study place on universityadmissions.se.
  • Middle of April 2017: The Swedish Institute’s formal scholarship offer to scholarship recipients is sent by email.

What happens with my scholarship application?

All eligible and complete applications are assessed by a selection committee taking into consideration the relevance and quality of all components within the application process including motivation letter, the CV, the letter of reference and the proof of work and leadership experience.

On 10 April 2017, the Swedish Institute will publish a list of successful recipients of Swedish Institute scholarships 2017/2018 at si.se.

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 and is requested to accept or reject this offer by the deadline indicated.

Please note that you have to accept your place at the study programme at universityadmissions.se before 12 April 2017.

Will there be a reserve list for the SI Study Scholarships?

Applicants who fulfil the formal requirements for a scholarship but have a merit rating lower than the successful candidates can be placed on a waiting list for a reserve place. Scholarship offers which are rejected by successful candidates may then be offered to applicants on the reserve list. Kindly note that being placed on a reserve list does not guarantee that you will be offered a scholarship.

SI will publish the reserve list when announcing the successful scholarship recipients. If your name is not on the list you have not been offered a reserve place.