The Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) program is part of the Swedish government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders who will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI). The program offers a unique opportunity for global professionals 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 work and leadership experience, ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to a just and sustainable development in their country in a long term perspective, and a clear idea of how a study program in Sweden would benefit their country.

Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals

Course level: Master’s (full-time one-year or two-year programs)

Fields of study: Eligible master programs

Institution and country: Participating higher education Swedish institutes

Sponsor: Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden

Scholarship inclusions: 

  • Tuition fees: paid directly to the Swedish university by SI
  • Living expenses of SEK 10,000/month
  • Travel grant of SEK 15,000
  • Insurance against illness and accident
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a platform to help students grow professionally and build their network while in Sweden
  • Membership of the SI Alumni Network after the scholarship period – a platform for continued networking and further professional development
  • For Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation, and Ukraine, the scholarship includes a travel grant of SEK 10,000 for the entire study period. This is a one-time payment and does not apply to students already living in Sweden.

Eligibility criteria for the Swedish Institute Scholarships:

  • Work experience. A minimum of 3,000 hours of demonstrated employment
  • Nationality. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Moldova, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Russian Federation, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • University admissions.You must be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities, have followed the steps of University Admissions, and be admitted to one of the eligible master programs by the 7th of April 2022.
  • Leadership experience. Must have demonstrated leadership experience from current or previous employment

Application period: 10 – 28 February 2022, 14:59 CET

How to apply for the Swedish Institute Scholarships: 

  1. Apply for up to four eligible master’s programmes at at by 17 January 2022. Note that Stockholm School of Economics has their own, separate intake and admissions process.
  2. Once you have submitted your application for master’s programme(s) at, you will get a personal application number consisting of eight digits. Save the number as you will need it when applying to the SI Scholarship for Global Professionals. Your application will be disqualified if you type in the wrong number in the online application form. Applicants for the Stockholm School of Economics will not receive such a number.
  3. Submit your receipt of the application fee and the supporting documents required by University Admissions before the deadline on 1 February 2022. The fee is non-refundable.
  4. After you have completed your application to a master’s programme, you can apply for an SI scholarship. See more information about the required documents and forms under Criteria.
  5. Submit the required documents digitally through our online application portal. The portal is open from 10 February 00:01 until 28 February 2022 14:59 CET. Access will be available on this page during the application period.

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