Do you have a strong professional background and the ambition to actively contribute to the sustainable development in your home region? Apply for a fully-funded scholarship to study in Sweden and boost your academic and professional skills.
Opens for applications 10 February
The Visby Programme offers scholarships to a large number of master’s programmes starting in the autumn semester 2020. Check the list of master’s programmes that are eligible for the Visby Programme for the academic year 2020/2021. However, only programmes related to a number of subject areas are prioritised. Kindly see the priorities below.
- To begin with, apply for a master’s programme at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2019 – 15 January 2020.
- Apply for an SI scholarship between 10-20 February 2020, follow the instructions below.
An estimated 60 scholarships will be available for full-time master’s degree studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2020. Usually around 6-8 % of the applicants are awarded a Visby Programme scholarship. The number varies between countries and genders, although there are no quotas for any specific countries or genders. Check the statistics of the previous call for applications.
The scholarship covers:
- Tuition fees: pay directly to the Swedish university by us
- Living expenses of SEK 10,000/month
- Travel grant of SEK 5,000/academic year
- Insurance against illness and accident
- Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a platform to help you grow professionally and build your network while in Sweden
- Membership of the SI Alumni Network after your scholarship period – a platform for continued networking and further professional development
The scholarship does not cover:
- Additional grants for family members
- Application fee to University Admissions
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 tuition fee will be paid directly to the Swedish universities in the beginning of each semester. The stipend for living expenses is paid monthly during the scholarship period.
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.
Scholarship holders enrolled in one-year master’s programmes (60 credits) may apply for a monthly grant of SEK 10,000 to pursue an unpaid internship in Sweden or in their home country. The internship may last for a period of up to 5 months beyond the ordinary scholarship period.
Country of citizenship
You must be a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia or Ukraine.
You must have demonstrated work experience.
Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated leadership experience from civil society or public sector.
The master’s studies must be eligible for SI scholarships. We give greatest priority to certain subject areas.
You must be liable to pay tuition fees to Swedish universities, have followed the steps of university admission, and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programmes by 3 April 2020.
Other eligibility criteria
There are also conditions regarding dual citizenship, previous residence and studies in Sweden, and more.
Who we are looking for
The Visby Programme is part of the Swedish government’s international awards scheme and is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI). The programme aims at building capacity in professionals who have the ambition to play an active role in society and to contribute to a positive development in their home countries and region.
The programme focuses on the individual mobility of academic talents to promote professional collaboration and lasting relations between Sweden and the programme countries. The goal is to build an integrated, knowledge-based and research-intense region where environmental and social sustainability, innovation and responsibility in management are key factors in achieving sustainable economic growth and regional development.
We are looking for applicants who display both intellectual ability and leadership potential and welcome applicants regardless of age, gender and religious beliefs. The scholarship programme aims for diversity among the scholarship holders.
Priority will be given to applicants with a strong and relevant professional background and demonstrated leadership experience from civil society or public sector.