Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Developing Countries 2022-2023

Do you have ambition, leadership experience, and a strong professional background? You could study for a master’s degree in Sweden on a fully-funded Swedish Institute scholarship. Find out if you can apply.

Scholars from developing countries are invited to apply for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Developing Countries 2022. Through SISS, they will grant about 180 scholarships for higher education in Sweden. The scholarships will be available for full-time master’s studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester of 2022. Usually, 1-2 % of the applicants can be awarded a SISS scholarship.

In the application, all applicants must ensure that they have complied with the eligibility criteria to the later to avoid disqualification.

Level/Field of study:

The scholarships are available for Full-time Master’s level studies to study the subjects offered by the universities. If you wish to explore more information on Masters Scholarships, click on the link.

Host Nationality:

The scholarship is hosted by Sweden.

Eligible Nationality:

The scholarship is open to international students especially from developing and transition countries.

Scholarship Benefits:

  • The scholarship covers both tuition fees (paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month.
  • There are no additional grants for family members. The scholarship period cannot be altered or extended beyond the study programme period, nor can the scholarship be transferred to a study programme other than the awarded one.
  • Scholarship holders from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients receive a travel grant in connection with their scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 15,000.
  • Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
  • 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 scholarship does not cover:

  • Additional grants for family members.
  • Application fee to University Admissions.

Scholarship Number:

The programme is open to three different categories of countries. Approximately 100 scholarships within each category will be available.


The following criteria must be met in order for applicants to be eligible for the scholarship:

  • The  Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Developing Countries (SISS) aims at diversity. Institute welcomes applicants regardless of age, gender or religious beliefs.
  • Applicants must come from an 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.
  • Citizens of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and Ukraine cannot apply within this programme but are instead eligible within other SI scholarship programmes.

Application Procedure:

  • To begin with, apply for up to four master’s programs at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2022 – 15 January 2023. About 550 master’s programs taught in English will be eligible for SISS. They will publish a list of eligible master’s programs for the academic year 2022/2023 here by 1 December 2022
  • Apply for an SI scholarship after you have completed your application to the master’s program (s). See more information about the required documents and templates below.
  • During the application period, submit the required documents digitally through our online application portal.
  • The online application portal is open from 2 February 2022. Link to the online application portal will be available on this page during the application period.

Regarding the university application, you must also:

  • Be required to pay the tuition fee according to the information at University Admissions. Kindly contact University Admissions directly regarding questions related to application and tuition fee.
  • Have paid the application fee for master’s programmes at University Admissions on time before 1 February 2022.
  • Be admitted (including conditionally admitted) to one of the eligible master’s programmes by 6 April 2022. If you are listed as a reserve, you will not be considered for an SI scholarship. There are no scholarships available for late admissions. We will publish a list of eligible master’s programmes for the academic year 2022/2023 here by 1 December 2022.

Due to the high volume of applications, the online application portal may be under heavy pressure at the end of the application period. We strongly urge all applicants not to wait until the last minute to apply.

Citizens of South Africa should apply within the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for South Africa.

Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

It is important to read the application procedure and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more information about Swedish Institute Study Scholarships for Developing Countries

Application Deadline

The submission of the SISS scholarship ended on January 15, 2022

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