Application Deadline: 20 February 2020

Are you a talented and ambitious citizen of South Africa and want to study for a master’s degree in Sweden on a fully-funded scholarship? Find out if you can apply to the Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa.

The Swedish Institute Scholarships for South Africa (SISSA) programme is part of the Swedish government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders who will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and administered by the Swedish Institute (SI).

The programme offers a unique opportunity for future leaders to develop professionally and academically, to experience Swedish society and culture, and to build a long-lasting relationship with Sweden and with each other. SISSA is a special initiative in connection with the Binational Commission agreement between Sweden and South Africa.

Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded to South African citizens attending master’s degree studies starting in the autumn semester 2020.



Country of citizenship

Only citizens of South Africa are eligible for SISSA.

Read more about country of citizenship

Master’s programmes

The master’s studies must be eligible for SI scholarships. We give greatest priority to certain subject areas.

Read more about the eligible master’s programmes

University admissions

You must be liable to pay
tuition fees to Swedish universities, followed the steps of university
admission, and be admitted to one of the eligible master’s programmes by
3 April 2020.

Read more about our criteria regarding University Admissions
Other eligibility criteria

There are also conditions regarding dual citizenships, previous residence and studies in Sweden, and more.

Read more about other eligibility criteria

Priority will be given to applicants who

  1. have completed bachelor’s with honours or equivalent from a South African university,
  2. have demonstrated work and leadership experience, and
  3. choosing study programmes with an emphasis on one of the following
    subject areas (listed in alphabetical order, no priority or ranking is
  • Computer science and IT
  • Design (industrial design, architecture, urban/regional planning)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental technology/Sustainable development
  • Gender studies
  • Nanotechnology
  • Public health


The scholarship covers

Scholarship period

The scholarship is intended for full-time one-year or two-year
master’s programmes, and is only awarded for programmes starting in the
autumn semester. The tuition fee will be paid directly to the Swedish
universities in the beginning of each semester. The stipend for living
expenses is paid monthly during the scholarship period.

The scholarship period cannot be changed or extended beyond the
awarded scholarship period, nor can the scholarship be transferred to a
study programme other than the awarded master’s programme.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (SISS) 2020/2021

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