Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme for master’s level studies

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.

The Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme aims at supporting advanced level studies and research in order to forge closer links between Turkey and the European Union, and to contribute to strengthened democracy and a greater respect for human rights.

The scholarships are intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees. The programme offers a total of 20 – 25 scholarships for master’s level studies for the year 2017/2018.

The scholarship application period opens with a first application step 1 December 2016 – 16 January 2017, followed by a detailed second application step for successful candidates from the first step, on 1 – 10 February 2017.

The recipients of the SI scholarships within the Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme for 2017/2018 have now been determined. See the lists of recipients.

To apply for a SI scholarship, you must first complete your separate application to the eligible master’s programme(s) before the university deadline 16 January 2017. The application process and the selection criteria for the Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme are separate from the application process to master’s programmes at University Admissions. Note that you should also look for scholarship opportunities from your Government or from other sources in your country, as well as for opportunities from Swedish universities, since the competition for SI scholarships is very fierce.

Who we are looking for

The Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Progamme is part of the Swedish government’s awards scheme 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 from Turkey 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 democratic development of their society, and forge closer links between Turkey and the European Union. Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals with academic qualifications, demonstrated leadership experience and a clear idea of how a study period in Sweden would benefit their country.

Selection and eligibility criteria

Applicants must be citizens of Turkey and have at least two years of experience from voluntary work, paid or unpaid internship, position of trust and/or full/part time employment.

Applicants must qualify academically and display relevant leadership experience. In addition, applicants should show an ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to strengthened democracy, increased respect for human rights, gender equality or the rule of law in Turkey.

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 12:00 CET 1 December 2016 – 24:00 GMT 16 January 2017.  Successful candidates have now been notified.  They are required to submit a detailed application for the second step 1–10 February 2017. The two-step application process aims at offering transparency in the selection criteria.

To be considered for a scholarship, you must first complete your separate application to the master’s programme(s) before the university deadline of 16 January 2017. To be considered for a scholarship in the second step, you must pay your university admissions application fee (SEK 900) to University Admissions before 1 February 2017 (deadline for receipt of the fee). There is no application fee for applying for SI scholarships.

For the second step of the scholarship application you will be required to submit a Motivation letter, a Europass CV, a passport copy, one letter of reference and one proof of work experience. The documents must be in English. If any mandatory document is not used or completed in English the application is deemed ineligible.

Read more about the application procedure, including guidelines, important dates, document templates and what happens after submitting the application

Scholarship benefits

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.

Travel grants

Scholarship holders will receive a travel grant in connection with the scholarship upon arrival. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 5,000.


Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.

Network memberships

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.

Scholarship period

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 scholarships for the academic year 2017/2018 will be offered according to the set quota: 70% for studies at one-year master’s programmes and 30% for studies at two-year master’s programmes.

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.