Swedish Institute Scholarships Opportunity

Closing Date:
Bursary Category: Any Field of Study

Bursary Details

DHET call for applications for university application fee support: Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals 2022/2023

The Swedish Institute (SI) Scholarships for Global Professionals is offering scholarships for full-time one or two-year master's degree programmes at Swedish universities for 2022 academic year.

The scholarship aims to develop global leaders who will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and contribute to a positive and sustainable development in their home countries

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is offering support, including advice and payment of the Swedish university application fee, to up to fifteen (15) qualifying scholarship applicants.

Only those who have applied for admission to a Swedish university AND commit to applying for the SI Scholarship for Global Professionals are eligible. Selection will be done based on meeting the overall SI Scholarship for Global Professionals criteria including university entrance requirements, academic excellence, individual need and alignment with South African government priorities.

Applications for all Master’s programmes eligible for the SI Scholarship will be accepted.

Preference will be given in the nomination stage to applications in the following fields:


  • Engineering
  • Nanotechnology
  • Gender studies
  • Design
  • Computer Science and IT
  • Public Health
  • Sustainability, climate change and the environment

Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals Overview

Swedish university application link

List of eligible master's programmes

Candidate Requirements

The SI Scholarship for Global Professionals will open between 10 - 28 February 2022.

To qualify, applicants need to have applied to a Swedish university and submitted proof of university application fee payment of 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) approximately R1 580 prior to applying for the scholarship.

  • South African citizens in good health with a strong academic record – above 65% average achieved;
  • Must have had at least 3,000 hours of work experience within the fields in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development prior to 10 February 2022 from a maximum of three organisations/companies (visit https://si.se/en/apply/sisgp-who-can-apply/#other to understand how to calculate employment hours to make sure you qualify. Applicants will be required to provide certification of 3,000 work hours);
  • Available and eligible to study in Sweden from September 2022;
  • Have applied for a Master’s degree programme eligible for SI scholarships at a Swedish university on a full-time basis;
  • Intend to return to South Africa at the end of your studies;
  • Have demonstrated leadership experience from your current or previous employment or from civil society engagements;
  • Priority will be given to applicants with a strong and relevant professional background and demonstrated leadership experience


Bursary Enquiries

For any queries related to the DHET university application fee support process, contact the Internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za.

For inquiries about the universities and/or course of study in Sweden, contact University Admissions in Sweden or your preferred university(ies) directly at: https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start.

For any inquiries regarding studies in Sweden or the scholarship please contact oskar.nielsen@gov.se at the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria.

Bursary Inclusion

  • Tuition fees;
  • Living expenses of SEK 10,000/month (~R17 000);
  • Travel grant of SEK 15,000 (~ R25 500) for the entire scholarship period – this will be paid upon arrival in Sweden, therefore recipients will need to pay for their own flight to Sweden;
  • Insurance against illness and accident;
  • Membership of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL) – a platform to grow your network and experience, while in Sweden;
  • Lifelong membership of the SI Alumni Network – a platform for further professional development and to stay in touch.

How to Apply

To apply for the university application fee support from the DHET, eligible applicants must complete the DHET application form and submit all required supporting documents by 17 January 2022 after submitting admission application to the Swedish university of choice.

See more details below on the application process.

More information on the SI Scholarship for Global Professionals is available at https://si.se/en/apply/scholarships/swedish-institute-scholarships-for-global-professionals/

In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must have applied to a Swedish university through the central application system at: https://www.universityadmissions.se/intl/start.

Step ONE: Apply for master's programme           

Submit an application to an identified Swedish universities through the central application system online by 17 January 2022. You do not need to make a payment at this time if you are going to apply for application fee support from DHET. It is recommended that you apply for more than one programme and university to increase your chances of gaining admission. Apply for up to four eligible master's programmes at  universityadmissions.se by 17 January 2022.

Step TWO: Pay university application fee

If you are able to pay the Swedish university application fee, or are not selected for support from the DHET, you will need to pay the university application fee yourself by 01 February 2022.

Should you wish to apply for support to pay the university application fee, complete the DHET application for support form and attach the following documents:

  • Transcripts of four-year Bachelor’s or Bachelor’s and Honour’s degrees;
  • Copy of ID;
  • Proof of Swedish university application;
  • A CV not exceeding three (3) pages.

Email all the documents to Internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za by 17 January 2022

 Step THREE: Apply for the scholarship  

Submit a Swedish Institute Scholarship application between 10 and 28 February 2022

 No applications after the above deadlines will be considered.

DHET supported applicants who do not apply for the scholarship, will be required to reimburse the DHET.