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Fully Funded Swedish Government Scholarships for Developing Countries, 2018

About Scholarship: SISS is the Swedish government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. It is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI).

Applicants from outside the home country will often need to meet specific English language/other language requirements in order to be able to study there.

Swedish Government  through her Foreign affair ministry calls for applications for Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS). Scholarships are awarded to students from developing countries for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2018.

The goal is to enable the scholarship holders to play an active role in the positive development of the societies in which they live.

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

  • Eligible Countries: Applicants from about 140 countries are eligible for SISS. (Afghanistan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Armenia, Albania, Angola, Kenya, Bolivia, Algeria, Bangladesh, Tajikistan, Cabo Verde, Antigua and Barbuda, Benin, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Argentina, Bhutan, Congo, Azerbaijan, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Belarus, Burundi, Egypt, Belize, Cambodia, El Salvador, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Georgia, Botswana, Chad, Ghana, Brazil, Comoros, Guatemala, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, China (People’s Republic of), Djibouti, Honduras, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, India, Cook Islands, Eritrea, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Kosovo, Cuba, Gambia, Kyrgyzstan, Dominica, Guinea, Micronesia, Dominican Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Moldova, Ecuador, Haiti, Mongolia, Fiji, Kiribati, Morocco, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nicaragua, Gabon, Lesotho, Nigeria, Grenada, Liberia, Pakistan, Iran, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Iraq, Malawi, Paraguay, Jamaica, Mali, Philippines, Jordan, Mauritania, Samoa, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Myanmar, Swaziland, Libya, Nepal, Syrian Arab Republic, Malaysia, Niger, Tokelau, Maldives, Rwanda, Ukraine, Marshall Islands, Sao Tome and Principe, Uzbekistan, Mauritius, Senegal, Vietnam, Mexico, Sierra Leone, West Bank and Gaza Strip, Montenegro, Solomon Islands, Montserrat, Somalia, Namibia, South Sudan, Nauru, Sudan, Niue, Tanzania, Palau, Timor-Leste, Panama ,Togo, Peru, Tuvalu, Saint Helena, Uganda, Saint Lucia, Vanuatu, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines Yemen, Serbia, Zambia, Seychelles, South Africa, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey Turkmenistan, Uruguay, Venezuela, Wallis and Futuna)
    • Category 1 – about 50 scholarships will be available for citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina-Faso, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
    • Category 2 – about 60 scholarships will be available for citizens of Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Iran and Vietnam.
    • Special initiative – up to 10 scholarships will be available for citizens of South Africa in connection with the Binational Commission agreement between Sweden and South Africa. Citizens of South Africa should apply within the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South Africa, since the eligibility criteria and application procedure are different for this special initiative.
    • Category 3 – about 60 scholarships will be available for citizens of countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients other than the above mentioned and those countries included in other SI scholarship programmes. There is no quota set for any specific country.
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available for full-time master’s level studies at the Swedish Universities.
  • Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded to study the subjects offered by the universities.
  • Scholarship Benefits:  The scholarship covers
    • Tuition fees: directly paid to the Swedish university by us
    • Living expenses of SEK 9,000/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 grow your network and experience, while in Sweden
    • Membership of the SI Alumni Network after your scholarship period – a platform for further professional development and to stay in touch

    * The travel grant is a one-time payment for the entire scholarship period. The grant is not applicable to students already living in Sweden.

  • Number of Scholarships: An estimated 180 scholarships will be available for full-time master’s studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2018. Usually 1-2 % of the applicants can be awarded a SISS scholarship.
  • Eligibility Nationality: International Student
  • Study Country Sweden
  • Entrance Requirements:  The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) aims at diversity. Institute welcomes applicants regardless of age, gender or religious beliefs. Applicants must come from a SISS-eligible country, and show proof of work and leadership experience. Scholarships will only be granted to candidates who have followed the steps of the university admission and been admitted to one of the eligible master programmes in Sweden. The programme is open to three different categories of countries. Approximately 100 scholarships within each category will be available.
  • English Language Requirements: In order to be eligible for university studies in Sweden, a student must demonstrate that they meet the English requirements for the course or programme.

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