Sweden & Serbia


Are you interested in studying in Sweden? Scholarships are available for students who wish to study in Sweden. Funding is awarded on a competitive basis by The Swedish Institute and individual universities.

If you are planning to study in Sweden, the website www.studyinsweden.se is the right spot for you. Studyinsweden.se is a comprehensive, official resource on studying in Sweden for prospective and current international students. Here you’ll find everything you need to know on the Swedish higher education system, finding and applying for a programme, searching for scholarships, living as an international student in Sweden and learning Swedish. You can also explore Sweden’s many universities and hear from accomplished alumni on how choosing Sweden changed their lives.

The best scholarship program for studies in Sweden is offered by the Swedish Institute that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world. We also encourage you to check out more scholarship possibilities, especially those offered by universities. For more information, click here.


Applicants must be from an eligible country and have at least a total of two years of experience from voluntary work, paid or unpaid internship, position of trust and/or full/part time employment. Applicants must display outstanding academic qualifications and leadership experience. In addition, applicants should show an ambition to make a difference by working with issues which contribute to a just and sustainable development in their country, in a long term perspective.

The scholarship covers both tuition fees (paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute) and living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 per month. There are no additional grants for family members. The scholarship period cannot be altered or extended beyond the study programme period, nor can the scholarship be transferred to a study programme other than the awarded one.

Scholarship holders from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients receive a travel grant in connection with their scholarship. The travel grant is a one-time payment of SEK 15,000.

Contact: sischolarships@si.se

  • One application round per year
  • The process contains 2 steps: 
    • Step 1: The application process starts most often in December and it is quite common that students have to apply for both an academic programme and a scholarship at the same time.
    • Step 2: Most often happens in February and its online. The applicants who get the chance for another round need to send additional documents such as CV, ML, RL, work certificates etc.
    • Decision in April


Regardless of country, you are not eligible for the SI Study Scholarships if you:

  • have already lived in Sweden for cumulatively two years or more prior to the scholarship period (August 2016).
  • have a Swedish or EU/EEA citizenship, permanent residence permit or work permit in Sweden.
  • have previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies at a Swedish university/university college.
  • already hold a degree from a Swedish university/university college.
  • are currently enrolled in a study programme at a Swedish university/university college.

* For more details click here.


The SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans Programme is open to candidates from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro and Serbia.

The programme aims to contribute to closer relations between the Western Balkans and the EU through the promotion of democratic, economic and social development in the region. Ideal candidates are ambitious young professionals with outstanding academic qualifications and a clear idea of how a research period in Sweden would benefit their country.

Areas: Democracy/Human rights/Gender issues

Candidates belonging to any of the following categories may apply:

-         PhD student, applying for a part of his/her ongoing PhD studies to be carried out in Sweden (12 months maximum). 

-         Postdoctoral researcher, with priority given to holders of a PhD degree from 2011 or later (12 months maximum).

 The scholarship is free of tax and amounts to SEK 15,000 per month for PhD students and SEK 18,000 per month for postdoctoral researchers and senior scientists. The scholarship cannot be prolonged or extended.

* For more details click here.