The Guest Scholarship Programme - Sweden

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The Guest Scholarship Programme: The Swedish Institute Guest Scholarship Programme is open to students from developing countries.

The scholarships are applied for in global competition and are open to foreign students/researchers who wish to travel to Sweden as guest students and who do not intend to settle permanently in Sweden.

General Criteria:


In principle, the Guest Scholarships are open for students from any part of the world except from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

The Swedish Institute will distribute the scholarships as evenly as possible among applicants from different geographical areas.

The Guest Scholarship Programme - Age: There is no age limit.

Study level:

The scholarships are intended for students at advanced university level, for part of Ph.D. or post-doc studies at any university or university college in Sweden or for participation in a Master’s Level Programme.

There are no scholarships available for undergraduate studies. The scholarships cannot be granted for a complete course of study leading to a Ph.D. degree.

Study period:

The maximum scholarship period is three academic years but the scholarships are usually granted for one academic year (nine months) at a time.

They can also be awarded for study periods of shorter duration. The scholarships are intended to finance a temporary stay in Sweden.

The Guest Scholarship Programme - Fields of study

Scholarships are granted for studies within all subjects. There are no scholarships available for learning basic Swedish.

Foreign students in Sweden:

Students already studying in Sweden are eligible to apply provided that they are not permanent residents, nor holders of a Swedish work permit, and they may not have been living in Sweden for more than two years when the scholarship is due to begin.(*Not applicable for EU citizens.)

Scholarship conditions:

At present, the scholarships amount to SEK 8,000 per month for graduate and research students and SEK 12,000 for holders of a PhD degree.

Each scholarship is designed to cover the living expenses of ONE person only.

There are no grants of any kind for family members. Scholarship holders from developing countries will also receive a partial travel grant. The travel grant is a lump sum given only once.

The scholarship holder is insured by the Swedish Institute against illness and accident during the scholarship period.


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

Scholarship limitations

Scholarship periods are fixed to 6, 12 or 18 months. The scholarship periods cannot be altered or prolonged.

For further details, and application materials, contact: The Guest Scholarship Programme

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