The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) programme 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).
The programme offers a unique opportunity for future leaders 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 programme in Sweden would benefit their country.
Priority will be given to applicants choosing study programmes with an emphasis on gender equality, sustainable development, democracy, human rights or poverty reduction.
To be eligible for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS), you must be a citizen of an SISS eligible country, and should have sufficient documented proof of work and leadership experience. You must also follow the application steps of university admission and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programmes on time.
Minimum of 3,000 hours of demonstrated full time or part time employment, voluntary work, paid/unpaid internship, or position of trust
Demonstrated leadership experience from employment, voluntary work, or internship after high school studies.
Two valid and completed Letters of reference
Proof of work and leadership experience
Copy of passport
The scholarship is intended for full-time one-year or two-year master’s programmes, and is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester. The scholarship is granted for one academic year (two semesters) at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters, provided that the student has passed his/her courses/credits.
The scholarship period cannot be changed or extended beyond the awarded scholarship period, nor can the scholarship be transferred to a study programme other than the awarded master’s programme. The competition for SI scholarships is very fierce.
Read the FAQ here, https://si.se/en/apply/faq-scholarships-on-masters-level/
Tuition fees directly paid to the Swedish university
Living expenses of SEK 9,000/ month
Travel grant of SEK 15,000 (a one time payment for the entire scholarship period)
Insurance against illness and accident
Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL)
Membership of the SI Alumni Network after your scholarship period
DAC List of ODA Recipients, includes PhilippinesDAC_List_ODA_Recipients2014to2017_flows_En
How to apply?
To begin with, apply for up to 4 master’s programmes at universityadmissions.se, then apply for an SISS scholarship.
University Admissions is the national online application service which handles admissions to universities in Sweden. It is an independent agency not related to the Swedish Institute (SI). The eligibility and application procedure for SI scholarships and for university admissions are different.
Once you have submitted your application to the master’s programme(s) at universityadmissions.se, you will get a personal application number consisting of seven or eight digits. Save the number as you will need it when applying to SISS.
If you missed the deadlines or failed to follow the application procedure at University Admissions, you will not be eligible for an SI scholarship.
Further reading, https://si.se/en/apply/scholarships/swedish-institute-study-scholarships/
Kindly see the PDF below for the list of ODA recipients, which includes the PhilippinesDAC_List_ODA_Recipients2014to2017_flows_En
The SISS aims at diversity and gender equality among scholarship holders. They welcome applicants regardless of age or religious beliefs. Applicants from about 140 countries are eligible for SISS.
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.
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarship provides a number of full scholarships for master’s programmes in Sweden. The programme is open to students who are citizens of countries on the OECD/DAC list. The programme offers a unique opportunity for future leaders to develop professionally and academically, to experience Swedish society and culture and to build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and each other.
Submit your application to
111 30 Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: 08 453 7800