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    Visby Program Scholarship for Master's Studies

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    The Swedish Institute's Visby Program Scholarship for Master’s Studies provides a fully-funded scholarship to pursue a master's degree in Sweden. The scholarship awards students who are willing and keen on contributing to sustainable development in their respective home countries.

    • This program offers 60 such scholarships to students applying to the Autumn semester 2020.
    • Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden through Swedish Institute scholarship opportunities.
    • The scholarship grant will cover the full tuition fees, which will be directly paid to the various universities in Sweden by the organization.
    • An additional amount of SEK 10,000/month for their living expenses every month will also be awarded.
    • The scholarship also covers the insurance cost of the students.
    • Available to certain universities and their programs.
    • Awarded to outstanding students demonstrating leadership experience in their professional work, especially in civil society or the public sector.
    • This scholarship got closed on February 20 and the decisions of the awardees will be announced on April 24, 2020.

    The accepted students for the Visby Program Scholarship for Master's Studies will receive memberships to the SI Network for Future Global Leaders and the SI Alumni Network that will help the students to be well-connected to the resourceful people in the field and the country and develop strong professional connections.


    Scholarship TypeMerit-Based, Tuition-Fee-Waiver
    Offered byGovernment bodies
    OrganizationMinistry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden
    Application Deadline Feb 20 ,2021
    No. of Scholarships60
    International Students EligibleYes
    Scholarship Website Link

    Eligibility Criteria

    The eligibility criteria to apply for Visby Program Scholarship for Master's Studies is as follows:

    • Only students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine are eligible to apply to this scholarship.
    • The scholarship is provided to students applying to master's studies in Sweden only.
    • Certain Universities and faculty qualify for this program. Please check the list of programs that come under this scholarship.
    • The student should have work experience. Substantial work in civil society or the public sector will be an added advantage.
    • The student should have an admission offer from the university and should be liable to pay the tuition fees to the university.

    The students having dual citizenship or previous residence and studies in Sweden will have other certain conditions for their eligibility. Such applicants are required to visit the Swedish Institute's website for the details.

    Application Process

    The application process to apply for the Visby Program Scholarship for Master's Studies is as follows:

    • The student needs to apply for a master's degree through the link given on the scholarship website.
    • After applying to the degree, the student is asked to apply for the scholarship form.
    • The student needs the following documents that are required to complete the application.
      • Motivation letter in a PDF format. The website has a sample attached that gives an idea of what message or information is expected from the applicant’s letter.
      • Curriculum vitae (CV) not more than 3 pages. The additional pages will not be considered, hence the student needs to mindfully edit and mention the relevant and required work experience.
      • One letter of reference is mandatorily needed. The student can submit two letters also. One of them has to be from a supervisor from your work experience.
      • Experience letters from the various professional work experiences
      • Proof of valid passport should also be submitted.
    • The scholarship application can be submitted only between February 10- February 20 2020.

    Due to the high volume of applications, the online application portal is usually under heavy pressure at the end of the application period. Therefore, applicants are advised to not wait till the last days and apply for the scholarship as early as possible.

    Selection Process

    The admission committee screens all the applications and disqualifies all the ones which do not meet the eligibility criteria that are expected from an applicant. This also includes incomplete applications or any wrong forms. Hence, the student needs to make sure they have submitted all the required documents and read through the guidelines.

    Once the applications are gone through the screening process, the rest of the applicants are graded according to-

    • academic excellence
    • work experience
    • professional capabilities
    • vision to contribute to international developments.

    The committee gives the greatest priority to certain master programs at various universities in Sweden. Applicants can click here for the details.

    Once the results are announced about the admission to the program, further evaluation is done of the eligible candidates and the top 60 are selected for the same. A student who does not get accepted for a degree by April 3, 2020, will not qualify for the scholarship.

    Grant Details

    Visby Program Scholarship for Master's Studies is one of the scholarship options in Sweden for applicants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. The scholarship is available only for applicants enrolled in a Master’s program in Sweden. The scholarship is looking for students who are willing to contribute towards the sustainable development of their country.

    • The acceptance rate for this scholarship is 6-8%.
    • If the student applies for one particular master’s and decides to change the area of study to another, which also comes under the list of courses the scholarship is applicable, the student cannot transfer his scholarship.
    • The award cannot be deferred or extended either.
    • A student applying to several programs to study in Sweden can only apply to scholarship once and for one program.
    Study level Master’s
    Number of scholarships 60
    Award Amount Fully funded tuition
    Allowance Yes (SEK 10,000 monthly)
    Award Distribution Tuition fees paid to the universities directly. Allowance provided monthly.

    The applications for this academic year are closed.

    As the institute has to stick to the budget, the organization has full rights to make any additional adjustments if required for the distribution.

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