The Swedish Institute Master Scholarships for the Western Balkans

Deadline: 15 January 2016 for Master programme/13 February 2016 for scholarship
Open to: candidates from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia
Scholarship: SEK 9,000 (EUR 970/month), tuition fee, travel grant, insurance


The Swedish Institute Scholarships for the Western Balkans aim at supporting advanced level studies and research within the selected fields in order to contribute to closer relations between the Western Balkans and the European Union.

The scholarships are intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees. The scholarship is only awarded for programmes starting in the autumn semester (August/September) and is granted for one academic year. It will be extended for programmes longer than two semesters provided that the student’s study results are satisfactory. Only programmes within the areas of social science and environmental science are eligible.


The programme is open to candidates from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. A scholarship cannot be granted for a student who:

  • Has already lived in Sweden for two years or more previous to the scholarship period;
  • Has a Swedish or EU/EES-citizenship, permanent residence permit or work permit in Sweden;
  • Has previously been awarded a Swedish Institute scholarship for master’s level studies or research at a Swedish university/university college;
  • Already holds a degree from a Swedish university/university college;
  • Is currently enrolled in a study programme at a Swedish university/university college.


  • The tuition fee paid directly to the Swedish university/university college by the Swedish Institute;
  • Living expenses to the amount of SEK 9,000 (EUR 970) per month;
  • A travel grant – a one-time payment of SEK 5,000 (EUR 540);
  • Insurance by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.


Please note that the scholarship application is separate from the application to the master’s programmes at Swedish universities. 

  1. Apply to Master’s programme HERE. Application deadline is 15 January 2016;
  2. Pay your application fee (SEK 900) to University Admissions. Fee deadline is 1 February 2016;
  3. Apply for scholarship: Once you have submitted your application to the master’s programme/s it will be assigned a personal. Application number consisting of six digits. You must use this Application number when applying for a Swedish Institute scholarship. Submit a Motivation letter and Europass CV with your scholarship application. Scholarship application period is 1-13 February 2016. 

For more information please visit the official website.

2 thoughts on “The Swedish Institute Master Scholarships for the Western Balkans

  1. Hi
    I come from Western Ballkan,I have graduted bachelor degree in Architecture field in Kosovo,now I am interested to attend master courses in Sweden about Architecture field .So I checked some information but I could not find something about Architecture.Could you help me to give more information abut this program

    Best Regards


  2. Hello. I am a student from Albania and I am interested for the master’s program offered by the Swedish Institute for the Western Balkans. I want to be informed about the way of how the scholarship is provided from the Swedish Institute because I applied to three universities in Sweden and now I am at the payment stage that is 900 kronor. I want to be informed more about the payment part and how that works because all the universities that I have checked had a fee to pay and I don’t have enough information about this part. Thank you for your time.

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