The Swedish Government offers exclusive scholarships to South African citizens. We are now looking for talented and ambitious scholars that want to attend a Master’s Programme at a Swedish university. Everything from living expenses to tuition fee will be included in the scholarship.
Kindly note that the deadline for applying for SI scholarships for master’s studies starting in the autumn semester 2017 has passed. Next call will be at the end of 2017 for master’s studies starting in the autumn semester 2018. The eligibility criteria as well as the application procedure and key dates may differ from this year.
In connection with the Binational Commission agreement between Sweden and South Africa, the Swedish Institute allocates up to 10 scholarships for South African citizens attending master’s studies starting in the autumn semester 2017.
The recipients of Swedish Institute Study Scholarships 2017/2018 have now been determined. See the lists of recipients.
Who we are looking for
SISS is the Swedish government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. It is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI). The programme offers a unique opportunity for future leaders to develop professionally and academically, to experience Swedish society and culture, and to build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and with each other.
The goal is to enable the scholarship holders to play an active role in the positive development of the societies in which they live. Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals with academic qualifications, demonstrated leadership experience and a clear idea of how a study programme in Sweden would benefit their country.
Selection and eligibility criteria
Applicants must be South African citizens but may, at the time of their application and admission, reside in a country other than South Africa, including Sweden. In addition, applicants should show an ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to a just and sustainable development in South Africa, in a long term perspective.
Read more about the selection criteria and eligible master programmes.
Application procedure and key dates
The application process consists of two steps. The first step is to apply through an online application form between 1 December 2016 – 24:00 GMT 16 January 2017. The lists of successful candidates has been notified. The successful candidates will need to submit a detailed application with a Motivation letter, a Europass CV and a passport copy for the second step 1 – 10 February 2017. The two-step application process aims at offering transparency in the selection process.
The scholarship covers both tuition fees (paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month. There are no additional grants for family members.
Scholarship holders from South Africa receive a travel grant in connection with their scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 15,000.
Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
All SI scholarship holders become members of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a network which offers exclusive opportunities for SI scholarship holders during their stay in Sweden. Together with other talented people from all around the world, the scholarship holders take part in and organise a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks beneficial both to career and personal development. Scholarship holders are expected to be ambassadors for their country, and to demonstrate leadership skills and cooperation within the NFGL. When the scholarship holders return to their home countries they become part of the SI Alumni Network.
The scholarship is intended for full-time master’s level studies of one or two years, and is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester. The scholarship covers the whole duration of the master’s programme.
The scholarship period cannot be altered or extended beyond the study programme period, nor can the scholarship be transferred to a study programme other than the awarded one.
Do you want to see what it’s really like to win a SI scholarship? Check the stories of some of our previous and current scholarship holders from South Africa.