Programme outline

The Swedish Government is offering ten scholarships to talented and ambitious South African students who wish to pursue their Master’s degree at a university in Sweden. The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) is open to highly qualified students who are citizens of South Africa.

The programme offers an opportunity for aspiring future leaders to develop professionally and academically, to experience the culture in Sweden, and build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden.

Degree level

Master’s (two years only)


The call for the SISS for the 2017/2018 academic year is opening on 1 December 2016. The application process has been divided into two application periods. The first application period will be between 1 December 2016 and 16 January 2017. Successful candidates will be notified in late January 2017 and will be asked to submit a detailed application with a motivation letter, a Europass CV and a passport copy, for the second step. The two-step application process aims at offering transparency in the selection process for the second selection round: 1-10 February 2017.

Who can apply?

• Applicants must be South African citizens but may, at the of their application and admission, live outside South Africa,
• Applicants should show an ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to a just and sustainable development in South Africa, in a long-term perspective.
• Priority will be given to applicants who have completed their Bachelor’s degree from a South African University,
• Applicants must apply and be accepted to a University in Sweden in a relevant Master’s programme,
• Applicants must not have lived for more than two years in Sweden, or hold a Degree from a University in Sweden.

Fields of Study

Priority will be given to students who have chosen programmes that focus on: business, democracy, environment and sustainability, gender studies, human rights, information and communication technologies, law and social studies. For general guidelines on studies in Sweden, please visit www.studyinsweden.se.

Scholarship benefits and period

- The scholarship covers both tuition fees and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month. A once-off travel grant of SEK 15,000, upon arrival.
- Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance and Personal Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.
- The duration of the scholarship is two years and cannot be extended.

Application process

More information is available on the Swedish Institute website.


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