December 26, 2012

Master Scholarships for East-European Students in Sweden

This Swedish Institute program for highly-qualified East-European students aims 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. About 10 scholarships will be awarded for studies in Sweden, starting August 2013. The scholarship covers both living costs and tuition fees. 


The program is open to candidates from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), and Serbia. For the academic year of 2013/2014 about 10 scholarships will be offered. The applications are assessed by a selection committee taking into consideration the relevance and quality of the personal motivation letter and CV. Academic merits are already evaluated by the universities in the admission round and is not a criteria for scholarships. 

Who is eligible?

The scholarships are intended for students from the above mentioned target group for full time studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester, August 2013. There is no age limit for scholarship holders.
Scholarships cannot be granted to students who:
  • Have already lived in Sweden for two years or more, previous to the scholarship period.
  • Have a permanent residence or work permit in Sweden.
  • Have previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for Master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university.
  • Already hold a master’s degree from a Swedish university/university college.
  • Are currently enrolled in a study program at bachelor’s or master’s level at a Swedish university or university college.
How to apply

The scholarship application period for the academic year 2013/2014 will be February 1 until February 11, 2013. A list of successful candidates will be published on before deadline to accept your place at the study program at

The eligible master programs are within the area of social science and environmental studies and have been selected by the Swedish universities. The list of eligible study programs will be published on December 1, 2012 can be found here.

1. Apply for a study program at a Swedish host university by using the Swedish official online application service for academic studies in Sweden at This has to be done before the student can apply for a SI scholarship. Please observe that the personal application number retrieved in the confirmation from your study program registration has to be used when applying for a scholarship in the next step.
2. Submit the payment of your application fee to
3. Apply for a scholarship. This step can only be taken once having successfully registered an application for a study program at a Swedish university. Up to four programs can be applied for in order to maximize the chances to get admitted. In this case the candidate has to make a separate scholarship application to each of the study programs.

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 programs starting in the fall semester 2013 (August) and is 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. 

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 program period nor can the scholarship be transferred to another study program and/or university.

Travel grants

Scholarship holders will receive a travel grant in connection with the scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 5,000 and is meant to cover also the return flight. 

More information about the details of the application procedure can be found here.

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