2015 Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South African students (Covers Tuition Fee & SEK 9,000 per month stipend)

Deadline for Applying for Master’s Programme in Swedish Universities: 15 January 2015.

Scholarship application period: 2-13 February 2015.

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students and are awarded for studies in Sweden starting in an autumn semester. The scholarships are intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees.

The Swedish Institute has decided to allocate up to 10 scholarships for South African students on an annual basis for three years. The scholarships are for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden for the academic years of 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, i.e. a total maximum of 30 scholarships.

The scholarship offer is within the scope of the regular scholarship process for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships. Scholarships are granted on condition that the students have been admitted to a master’s programme (i.e. not bachelor’s) at a Swedish university. However, all admitted students cannot be guaranteed a scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

The scholarships are only intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees according to the information at University Admissions.

There is no age limit for scholarship holders.

Applicants must be South African citizens but may, at the time of application and admission, reside in a country other than South Africa, including Sweden. Priority will be given to applicants who have completed bachelor’s studies from a South African university.

Eligible programmes

The list includes master programmes presented at University Admissions within the following subject areas: Social Science focusing on Democracy, Social Studies, Law, Human rights, Gender Studies, and Business, Information and Communication Technologies and Environment and Sustainability. The programmes are selected by the Swedish Universities. List of eligible programmes: South Africa Eligible programmes 2015-16

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 programmes starting in the autumn semester (August/September) and is granted for one academic year, i.e. for two semesters at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters provided that the student’s 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 programme period nor can the scholarship be transferred to another study programme at a Swedish university.

Travel grants

Scholarship holders will receive a travel grant in connection with the scholarship upon arrival. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 15,000.


Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.

How to apply

Follow these steps to apply for a scholarship.

Please note that the scholarship application is separate from the application to the master’s programmes at Swedish universities. Make sure to complete your application to the master’s programmes that you wish to apply to before the deadline 15 January 2015.

You apply by using the national online application service Universityadmissions.se. Pay your application fee to University Admissions before the fee deadline 2 February 2015. Please make sure to check for any updates at Universityadmissions.se.

Once you have submitted your application to the master’s programme/s it will be assigned a personal Application number consisting of six digits. You must use this Application number when applying for a Swedish Institute scholarship (scholarship application period 2-13 February 2015).

You will be required to submit a Motivation letter and Europass CV with your scholarship application. These can be prepared well in advance of the actual scholarship application period. Kindly note that no other documents than the mandatory enclosures will be considered.

Steps to complete your Swedish Institute scholarship application:

  1. Prepare a Motivation Letter according to the Swedish Institute template Motivation letter 2015 SI Study Scholarships South Africa. Motivation letters in any other templates or formats are NOT valid. Make sure to read the questions in the Motivation Letter thoroughly and be specific and personal in your reasoning. Without exception, answers may not exceed the allowed number of characters (letters and spaces) for each question.
  2. Prepare a Curriculum Vitae (CV) in English only using the Europass format of maximum four pages. Any CV submitted in another format than the Europass in English is NOT valid. Additional pages will not be considered. Include a passport copy together with the CV (as a fourth last page).
  3. When the Swedish Institute scholarship application period opens on 2 February 2015, apply through our online system. Use the personal application number retrieved from www.universityadmissions.se. Do not forget to submit your Motivation Letter and CV.
  4. When the Swedish Institute scholarship application period opens on 2 February 2015, apply through our online system. Use the personal application number retrieved from www.universityadmissions.se. Do not forget to submit your enclosures.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South African students



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