The Visby Programme

The Swedish Institute (SI) 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 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Sweden 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.

SI is interested in students and researchers who are creative and ambitious and at the same time show excellence in their academic fields. The drive and will to assist their country and contribute to development of multilateral co-operation is an important factor. All scholarship holders will be part of the fellowship Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) where young talents from all across the globe meet around issues such as global leadership for a sustainable future. All scholarships also include a life-long membership in the SI Alumni Network.

Who can apply?

Scholarships for master’s level studies

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, insurances, a monthly grant of SEK 9,000 for living expenses, a travel grant and membership in the SI Network for Future Global Leaders.

Scholarships for PhD studies and postdoctoral research

PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and senior scientists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can apply for scholarships lasting up to 12 months for research visits at Swedish universities. The scholarships include a monthly grant of SEK 15,000 (PhD students), SEK 18,000 (post-docs, senior scientists) for living expenses, insurance coverage (the insurance also covers family members), and membership in the SI Network for Future Global Leaders.

Scholarship for studies in Sweden – in Swedish

Students, teachers and researchers from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia, with knowledge of Swedish at a minimum of B1/B2 level, can apply for scholarships to study one or two semesters within any field/topic (courses taught in Swedish) at a university in Sweden. The scholarship includes a monthly grant of SEK 9,000 for living expenses as well as a travel grant. Please visit the Swedish website si.se for more information.

Scholarships to invite Swedish students, researchers and experts

Swedish students, PhD students, researchers and expert staff employed at any of the following categories of actors/organisations located in Sweden, can apply for scholarships from SI for visits in any of the countries included in the SI Baltic Sea Region Co-operation for the purpose of studies, research, or capacity-building and strengthening of co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region.

  • 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).

SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals

The SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) is a training programme developed to build awareness, capacity and resilience in the practice of governance in the Baltic Sea region and the EU Eastern Partnership countries. SAYP also aims to strengthen young professionals and their individual capabilities to meet the requirements of a modern governance structure.

SAYP consist of a two-week intense training session held in Sweden. The target group is young professionals, up to 35 years old, already government employed, working with development of policy and measures to create a more transparent, resilient and efficient public administration. SAYP also welcomes participants who represent the civil society and non-governmental organisations involved in policy development.

The next call for applications will open in January 2017. Please visit the SI Summer Academy for Young Professionals (SAYP) webpage for more information.

Updates regarding the SI Visby Programme

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