Swedish Institute Scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey for Master’s studies

Deadline: 4 February 2019
Open to: citizens from  for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey
Benefits: fully funded


Are you an experienced or aspiring civil society leader from the Western Balkans or Turkey who wants to contribute to a positive development in your region? Apply for a master’s degree in Sweden on a fully-funded scholarship to boost your academic and professional skills.

Swedish Institute Scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey are open for citizens of the Western Balkans and Turkey, for master’s degree studies starting in the autumn semester 2019. The scholarships are provided within the SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans and the Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Programme.

They offer scholarships to a number of master’s programmes for full-time degree studies in Sweden starting in the autumn semester 2019. Check the list of master’s programmes that are eligible for scholarships for the Western Balkans and Turkey.

  1. To begin with, apply for a master’s programme at universityadmissions.se, between 16 October 2018 – 15 January 2019.
  2. Apply for an SI scholarship between 4-14 February 2019, follow the instructions below.

In this call for applications, up to 12 scholarships will be available for applicants from the six Western Balkan countries, and an estimated 8 scholarships will be available for applicants from Turkey.



The scholarship covers

  • Tuition fees: directly paid to the Swedish university by Swedish Institute Scholarships;
  • Living expenses of around EUR 969.27/month;
  • Travel grant of around EUR 484.63;
  • Insurance against illness and accident;
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a platform to 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 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 scholarship is granted for one academic year (two semesters) at a time. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters, provided that the student has passed his/her courses/credits.

Scholarship holders enrolled in one-year master’s programmes (60 credits) may apply for a scholarship extension 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.

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.

How to apply?

Required documents

You should only submit the required documents listed below in your online scholarship application.

  1. A motivation letter: You must use the SI form for motivation letter for applicants from the Western Balkans and Turkey. You will need to fill in and upload the motivation letter as a PDF-file on the application portal during the application period. The form will be available here in January 2019;
  2. A Curriculum Vitae (CV): you must use the template for applicants from the Western Balkans and Turkey. The CV should not exceed three pages. Additional pages will not be considered. It must be uploaded as one PDF. The template will be available here in December 2018 (preliminary);
  3. One or two letters of reference: the letter(s) of reference can be in a free format, or you can use the SI form for applicants from the Western Balkans and Turkey. At least one of the letters must prove your work and leadership experience. If applicable, the letter(s) should certify your involvement in networks or civil society organisations. The letter(s) must be signed by the referee, and if possible stamped with an official stamp of the referred organisation.You can find more information in our FAQ. There will also be an instruction in the form. The form will be available here in December 2018 (preliminary);
  4. A copy of your passport: your personal data including name, citizenship and photograph must be shown clearly. Copy of your valid passport should be included with the CV as a last fourth page.

Make sure you have a complete application

A complete application must consist of:

  1. a completed motivation letter in the SI form;
  2. CV in the SI template;
  3. one or two valid and completed letters of reference;
  4. a copy of your valid passport.

If your application is missing one of the required documents above, it will be disqualified.

For more information, please visit the official web page.