To be eligible for Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP), you must be a citizen of an SISGP-eligible country, and have sufficient documented proof of work and leadership experience. You must also follow the application steps of university admission, and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programmes on time.
The Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (SISGP) aims at diversity and gender equality among scholarship holders. We welcome applicants regardless of age or religious beliefs.
Please read through the information below carefully before you begin your scholarship application process.
Country of citizenship
SISGP complies with the Swedish government strategy for capacity development, partnership and methods supporting the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. The programme is funded by Sweden’s development aid budget, the goal of which is to create opportunities for people who live in poverty and oppression to improve their living conditions. In order to effectively deliver results in line with the strategy and the goal of development aid, SISGP focuses on the countries below.
Citizens of these countries are eligible to apply to SISGP:
Bangladesh; Bolivia; Brazil; Cambodia; Cameroon; Colombia; Ecuador; Egypt; Ethiopia; Gambia; Ghana; Guatemala; Honduras; Indonesia; Jordan; Kenya; Liberia; Malawi; Morocco; Myanmar (Burma); Nepal; Nigeria; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Rwanda; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tanzania; Tunisia; Uganda; Vietnam; Zambia; Zimbabwe.
You must have a citizenship in one of the eligible countries. However, you do not need to reside in the country at the time of the application.
Regardless of country, you are not eligible for the Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals if you:
About 650 master’s programmes taught in English starting in the autumn semester 2019 are eligible for SISGP. Check the list of eligible master’s programmes for SISGP.
To be eligible for SISGP, you must have had at least 3,000 hours’ work experience prior to 3 February 2019 from a maximum of three organisations/companies. Valid work experience for SISGP includes both full-time and part-time employment, for instance as employee, employer, and freelancer. You will be required to certify the experience in your application. If you do not already have the required amount of work experience, your application will be disqualified. However, it is not required that you are employed at the time of the application.
Work experience within the fields in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be prioritised.
How to calculate your employment hours
Here are two examples of how to calculate your employment hours.
Scenario 1: Currently employed full-time, working 40 hours per week for 50 weeks per year for 1 calendar year prior to 3 February 2019, and previously worked part-time as freelancer 12 hours per week for 28 weeks per year for 3 calendar years.
The calculation is (40 hours x 50 weeks x 1 year = 2,000) + (12 hours x 28 weeks x 3 years = 1,008) = 3,008 hours.
An applicant within this scenario meets the eligibility criteria for work experience required within the SI Scholarships for Global Professionals.
Scenario 2: Owns a company as self-employed, working 10 hours per week for 35 weeks per year for 3 calendar years. Will close down the company on 31 December 2018 and does not have another employment.
The calculation is (10 hours x 35 weeks x 3 years) = 1,050 hours.
An applicant within this scenario fails to meet the eligibility criteria for a scholarship due to lack of work experience hours.
Important information about work experience
You must be able to demonstrate your previous leadership experience. The experience may be demonstrated through for instance previous work experience, or involvement in civil society organisations.
The leadership experience has no requirement in regards to a minimum number of hours.
Leadership experience involves the experience to lead other colleagues/organisations, mandate to influence the development strategy for the organisation you work at, allocate tasks to colleagues and familiarity with decision-making processes.
Regarding the university application, you must also: