About the scholarship program
The deadline for applying for SI scholarships for PhD studies and postdoctoral research for the academic year 2016/2017 has passed. The results will be announced via email by the end of May 2016.
Next call will be at the end of 2016 for PhD studies and postdoctoral research for the academic year 2017/2018. The eligibility criteria as well as the application procedure and key dates may differ from this year.
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.
The programme offers a total of 3–5 scholarships for the year 2016/2017 for PhD studi Countries
The SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans Programme is open to candidates from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro and Serbia.
Selection criteria and areas of priority
Applications are evaluated by the Swedish Institute (SI) and an academic board. The primary evaluation of the application takes into account the applicant’s academic background and personal motivation, research quality and expertise in the project field of the host department. The strength of the research proposal with regards to its scientific quality, originality, methodological approach, and relevance is also evaluated. In the final selection of candidates SI will consider the distribution of scholarships with regards to academic fields, universities, purpose of study, nationality and gender.
The personal motivation of the applicant should include a statement of how the research proposal will correspond to needs emphasized in the existing frameworks for relations between the Western Balkans and the European Union (e.g. Stabilisation and Association Process).
The scholarship is free of tax and amounts to SEK 15,000 per month for PhD students and SEK 18,000 per month for postdoctoral researchers and senior scientists. The scholarship cannot be prolonged or extended.
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.
- the scholarship is designed to cover living costs for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members. No funding for bench fees is provided.
- the granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended; however, it is possible to apply for subsequent funding through a new call for applications.
- in case of a postponed arrival date, the scholarship period can be decreased accordingly.
- there is no travel grant included in the scholarship offer.
Application procedure and key dates
Please read the instructions for more information on the application procedure and to access the online application portal.
The scholarship application call for the academic year 2016/2017 will be open from Monday 2 November 2015 to Saturday 16 January 2016, 24:00 CET.
Scholarship offers will be sent to successful candidates by the end of May 2016 at the latest, and candidates are required to respond to the offer within 14 days. Please note that all decisions are sent by email only.
To apply press "Further Official Information" below.