The objective of the scholarship program is to promote democratic, economic and social development through supporting know-how and transfer of knowledge to advanced students within areas in which Sweden is at the forefront of academic research.
The program is only available to citizens of the following countries: Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kenya, Kosovo, Mali, Moçambique, Moldova, Rwanda, Serbia, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. About 40 scholarships will be offered for the academic year. Important dates Prior to applying for a scholarship, application to the master’s degree program must be made via the online application service for master’s programs in Sweden at http://www.studera.nu.
Scholarship benefits and period
The scholarship amount is SEK 8,000 per month and the scholarship is only awarded for programs starting in fall semester. The scholarships are usually granted for one academic year, i.e. for two semesters at a time, but will be extended for programs longer than two semesters provided that study results are satisfactory.
How to apply
Prior to applying for a scholarship, application to the master’s degree program must be made via the online application service for master’s programs in Sweden at http://www.studera.nu.After you have applied to a master’s degree program, the application procedure for scholarships will then open in February. Only a limited number of Swedish master programs will be eligible for scholarships next year. The selection of master programs will take place in January and the list will be published together with the call for applications in February.
The eligible master programs will be within the following study areas: agriculture and forestry, environmental studies, natural sciences (biotechnology, energy), democracy/human rights/gender issues, peace and development studies, economics and entrepreneurship, education, engineering, health science/medicine, information and communication technology, international relations, media and journalism, law/ international law, social issues, spatial/urban planning and real estate management. The list of applicants who will receive a scholarship will be announced at the SI website, http://www.si.se and at http://www.studyinsweden.se in the beginning of June
Who is eligible?
The scholarships are intended for guest students belonging to the above mentioned target group for full time temporary studies in Sweden starting in fall semester 2010. There is no age limit for scholarship holders.You are not eligible for this scholarship if any of the following is true:
- You have already lived in Sweden for two years or more when the scholarship period is due to begin.
- You have a Swedish permanent residence permit or a work permit.
- You have a previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for studies at the master’s level or research at a Swedish university.
However, students who have attended a Swedish Institute summer course in Swedish language or the Swedish Institute Summer University may apply.
Scholarship holders from ODA countries will receive travel support in connection with the scholarship. The travel grant is a lump sum, given only once. Citizens from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo, Moldova and Serbia, will receive SEK 5,000. Citizens from the remaining countries receive SEK 10,000.
Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
The scholarship is designed to cover living costs for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members.
Scholarship holders following a two year master’s degree program are permitted to spend a maximum of one semester abroad in connection with their studies while retaining the scholarship.
The granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended.