Programme outline

The Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa (SISSA) is offering scholarships for South Africans to
undertake Master's degrees at Swedish universities from September 2020. The scholarship is aimed at
developing global leaders who will contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In order to apply for the scholarship, applicants must have applied to a Swedish university through the
central application system at:, where an application fee is charged.

Application for university admissions in Sweden is now open and will close on 15 January 2020. For more
information visit: and

The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) is offering support, including advice and
payment of the Swedish university application fee, to up to 15 potential scholarship applicants. Only those
who have applied for admittance to a Swedish university AND commit to applying for the Swedish Institute
Scholarship for South Africa are eligible. Selection will be done based on meeting the university entrance
requirements, academic excellence, the criteria of the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, individual need,
and alignment with South African government priorities.

Degree level


Who can apply for the Swedish scholarship?

• South African citizens in good health with a strong academic record;
• Must have Bachelor's with Honours or equivalent, and should have performed well in his/her previous
   studies with minimum 65% average mark achieved
• Available and eligible to study in Sweden from September 2020;
• Have applied for a Master's degree programme at a Swedish university on a full-time basis;
• Intend to return to South Africa at the end of your studies;
• Have demonstrated work and leadership experience.

Fields of Study

• Computer Science and IT
• Design (industrial Design, architecture, urban / regional planning)
• Engineering
• Environmental Technology / Sustainable development
• Gender Studies
• Nanotechnology
• Public Health

What the scholarship offers

The Swedish Institute scholarship offers:

• Tuition fees
• Living expenses of SEK 10,000/month
• Travel grant of SEK 15,000 *
• 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

*The travel grant is meant to cover flight costs and is a one-time payment for the entire scholarship period.
It is only is only paid upon arrival in Sweden, which means successful scholarship recipients will have to
cover the upfront cost of travel. The travel grant is not applicable to students already living in Sweden.

University application fee support

The Department of Higher Education and Training is offering support in the form of payment of the SEK900
for the Swedish university application fee to a maximum of 15 individuals. Applications for this must be
submitted to DHET on the requisite form. If approved, this fee will be paid directly to University Admissions Sweden.

No additional funding is available from the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Application process

Step ONE: Apply for university admission

        Submit an application to identified Swedish universities through the central application system
        online by 15 January 2020. 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.

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 3 February 2020.

        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;
        • An affidavit to confirm unaffordability to pay university application fee.

Email all the documents to by 15 January 2020

Step THREE: Apply for the scholarship

Submit a Swedish Institute Scholarship application between 10 and 20 February 2020

No applications after the above deadlines will be considered.


Last day for Swedish university applications to be submitted. 15 January 2020
Last day to submit a DHET application form for payment of Swedish university application fee. 15 January 2020
DHET to inform applicants of the outcome of their request for support. 22 January 2020

15 selected applicants to submit remaining documents and information to DHET including:

- a signed commitment to submit a scholarship application to the Swedish Institute,
- Swedish University Admissions login details, and
- authorisation for DHET to login on their behalf in order to pay the application fee.
25 January 2020

Last day to pay application fee/supporting documents

DHET will make the payment on behalf of 15 applicants only, who will be notified of this by 22 January 2020. Applicants not supported by DHET should pay for their university application and apply for the Swedish Institute scholarship on their own.
3 February 2020
Application for the Swedish Institute Scholarship 10-20 February 2020
University admission results 3 April 2020


The DHET is responsible for university application fee support only, for queries about this, send an email

For inquiries about the universities and/or course of study in Sweden, contact University Admissions in
Sweden or your preferred university(ies) directly at:

For any inquiries regarding studies in Sweden or the scholarship please contact or (from 1 April 2020) at the Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria.


Please note this scholarship is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in the details provided regarding the scholarship, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training other than stated above.