About the scholarship program
The SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans Programme aims at supporting advanced level studies and research within the selected fields in order to contribute to closer relations between the Western Balkans and the European Union.
Kindly note that the deadline for applying for SI scholarships for master’s studies starting in the autumn semester of 2016 has passed. Next call will be at the end of 2016 for master’s studies starting in the autumn semester of 2017. The eligibility criteria as well as the application procedure and key dates may differ from this year.
The scholarships are intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees. The programme offers about 12 scholarships for the academic year 2016/2017. The exact number of scholarships depends on the quality and length of the applied study period of all applications received.
Scholarship application period: 1–13 February 2016.
The programme is open to candidates from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, and Serbia.
Who is eligible?
The scholarships are only intended for students who are required to pay the tuition fee according to the information at the university's website.
There is no age limit for scholarship holders.
A scholarship cannot be granted for a student who:
- has already lived in Sweden for two years or more previous to the scholarship period
- has a Swedish or EU/EES citizenship, permanent residence permit, or work permit in Sweden.
- has previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college.
- has already been awarded three or more scholarships/grants from SI.
- already holds a degree from a Swedish university/university college
- is currently enrolled in a study programme at a Swedish university/university college.
The programmes have been selected by the Swedish Institute on the basis of thematic relevance for the Results Strategy for Sweden’s reform cooperation with the Western Balkans. Only programmes within the areas of social sciences and environmental sciences are eligible.
Scholarship benefits and period
The scholarship covers both the tuition fee (which is paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month.
The scholarship is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester (August/September) and is granted for one academic year, i.e. for two semesters at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters provided that the student’s study results are satisfactory.
The scholarship is designed to cover living costs and study expenses for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members. The granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended beyond the study programme period nor can the scholarship be transferred to another study programme at a Swedish university.
Upon arrival, scholarship holders will receive a travel grant. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 5,000.
Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
SI Network for Future Global Leaders
All Swedish Institute scholarship holders are invited to become members of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a network that offers unique opportunities during and after the stay in Sweden. Together with other talented people from all around the world, the scholarship holder is able to take part in a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks that benefit both to career and personal development.
Please note that the scholarship application is separate from the application to the master’s programmes at Swedish universities. Make sure to complete your application to the master’s programmes that you wish to apply to before the deadline 15 January 2016. You apply through the national online application service. Pay your application fee to University Admissions before the fee deadline 1 February 2016.
Once submitted, your application to the master’s programme will be assigned a personal application number consisting of seven digits. You must use this application number when applying for a Swedish Institute scholarship (scholarship application period 1–13 February 2016). You will be required to submit a motivation letter, a letter of reference and a Europass style CV with your scholarship application. These enclosures can be prepared well in advance of the actual scholarship application period. Kindly note that no other documents than the mandatory enclosures will be considered.
The Swedish Institute is looking for applicants who display both intellectual ability and leadership potential and welcome applicants regardless of age, gender and religious beliefs. The scholarship programme aims for diversity among the scholarship holders.
- You may apply to a maximum of four different master’s programmes in total, but make sure to first check whether the programmes are listed as eligible for the scholarship.
- Applications must be submitted online with enclosures in any of the following formats: .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
- All application documents must be submitted by the application deadline. Late documents will not be considered.
- Limit your documents to the numbers or characters specified. Texts that exceed this limit will not be considered.
- Exclude photos of yourself from your CV.
- As a Swedish public authority, the Swedish Institute (SI) operates under the Swedish Principle of Public Access to Information. This means that any data registered in our systems will be treated as a public document. In accordance with this, information about your application and qualifications will be accessible to the public on request.
Steps to complete your Swedish Institute scholarship application:
- Prepare a motivation letter according to the Swedish Institute template. 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. Without exception, answers may not exceed the allowed number of characters (letters and spaces) for each question.
- Prepare a Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English using the Europass format of maximum three pages. Additional pages will not be considered. Any CV submitted in another format than Europass is NOT valid. We also ask you not to insert any photos of yourself in the CV.
- Prepare a letter of reference. It is recommended to use the Swedish Institute template for the academic year 2016/2017.
- When the Swedish Institute scholarship application period opens on 1 February 2016, apply through our online system. Use the personal application number retrieved from universityadmissions.se. Do not forget to submit your enclosures.
The scholarship application form will be available on this page during the application period 1–13 February 2016.
Please note that you need to submit a separate copy of your scholarship application for each eligible master’s programme that you have applied to. For example, if you have applied to the maximum of four master’s programmes, you must submit four separate online scholarship applications. Each application must have a motivation letter, a letter of reference, and a CV attached. You may use the same for all applications, or create unique ones for each programme.
What happens to my scholarship application?
- All eligible and complete applications are assessed by a selection committee taking into consideration the relevance and quality of the motivation letter, CV and letter of reference.
- Only students who have been offered a place in a master’s programme after the first selection round on 29 March 2016 will be considered for a scholarship. Students who have been listed as reserves will not be considered. Unfortunately, no scholarships are available for late admissions.
- In early April, the Swedish Institute will publish a list of successful scholarship candidates at si.se. Due to the large number of applicants, only those who are offered a scholarship will be notified.
- Each successful candidate will receive an official scholarship offer by email and is requested to accept or reject this offer by the deadline indicated.
Will there be a reserve list for SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans?
Each year the Swedish Institute initially awards more scholarships than are available as there are always several students who do not accept their scholarship offer. Because of this practice, we do not have a reserve list for scholarships.
Key dates and deadlines for applications to the academic year 2016/2017
- 1 December 2015–15 January 2016
- 1 February 2016: Deadline to submit supporting documents and payment of application fee.
- 1–13 February 2016: Apply for a Swedish Institute scholarship through the online application service (application opens 1 February 2016)
- 29 March 2016
- 12 April 2016
- 14 April 2016: Deadline for accepting your study place
- 13-17 April 2016: Swedish Institute formal scholarship offer to successful candidates by email
- 30 April 2016: Deadline for accepting the Swedish Institute scholarship.
For more information click "Further official information" below.
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