In Sweden 2011/2012

Sweden has a long history of academic excellence, with universities dating back to the 15th century. Currently, there are 48 accredited institutions of higher education in Sweden.

The Swedish Institute, in co-operation with the General Consulate of Sweden in Istanbul, announces a number of scholarships for master degree programs taught in English and research grants at universities, university college´s and research institutions in Sweden for the academic year 2011/2012. There are at this point about 600 master’s degree programs taught entirely in English at Swedish universities. Most of them cover two years (120 ECTS).

For information about higher education and research in Sweden see the Swedish Institute website: www.studyinsweden.se with links to the websites of all Swedish universities and university colleges.

Master’s degree programs

Since 2002, around 20 Turkish students are awarded scholarships annually for master’s degree studies in Sweden within the Swedish-Turkish scholarship program. Scholarships are given within the field of social sciences with priority to the following areas:

  • Economics/Management
  • Democracy/Human rights/Gender issues
  • Law
  • European studies (EU)
  • Environmental studies
  • Social issues

A prerequisite for applying to a master’s degree program is that you have completed a threeyear bachelor degree (180 higher education credits).

Application to Swedish universities should be made on-line, 1 December-17 January through the website www.studera.nu/english. Instructions and further information is available on the

The application for scholarship should be made separately to the Swedish Institute during the same period (1 December – 17 January. Application instructions and further information will be available on www.studyinsweden.se from late November 2010.

Swedish-Turkish Scholarships for Human Rights Law in memory of Anna Lindh

Turkish students who have been accepted to a master’s degree program or to do research in Human Rights Law at a Swedish university are eligible for the Swedish-Turkish Scholarships for Human Rights Law in memory of Anna Lindh.

Master’s degree program in Human Rights Law is currently provided by the Faculty of Law at Lund University in co-operation with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights.

The application procedure is the same as for master’s degree programs and research respectively.

Postgraduate studies, part of PhD studies and research 

Scholarships are provided for postgraduate studies, part of PhD studies or research. In order to be considered for a scholarship you have to be registered at a Turkish university or research institution, and have an invitation from a Swedish university department or research institution.

The letter of invitation should be enclosed with your application. Applications should be made directly online at www.studyinsweden.se. Deadline for applications for the academic year 2011/2012 is 1 February, 2011.

Scholarship benefits and period

At the present scholarships are SEK 8000 (approx. EUR 800) per month for master’s degree studies, SEK 12000 (EUR 1200) per month for part of PhD and SEK 15000 (EUR 1500) per month for holders of a PhD-degree. Scholarships for master’s degree studies will also cover the cost of tuition, which is introduced in January 2011.

Scholarship holders in this program will also receive one travel grant of SEK 5000, paid upon arrival in Sweden. Students attending two-year master programs will receive one extra travel support according to the sum mentioned above at the end of their first academic year in Sweden.


Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.

Who is eligible?

The scholarships are intended for guest students/researchers for full time temporary studies in Sweden starting in fall semester 2011. There is no age limit for scholarship holders.

You are not eligible for this scholarship if any of the following is true:

  • You have already lived in Sweden for two years or more when the scholarship period is due to begin. 
  • You have a Swedish permanent residence permit or a work permit.                                                          
  • You have previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for studies at the master’s level or research at a Swedish university.

Important websites

www.sweden.se General information about Sweden
www.studyinsweden.se For information about Swedish Institute Scholarship Programs
www.studera.nu/English For information about Master’s degree programs and on-line application system
The Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Program is part of the Swedish Institute Scholarship Programs.