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The SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans

Scholarship / Financial aid: SEK 15,000 per month for PhD students and SEK 18,000 per month for postdoctoral researchers

Date: the academic year 2015/2016

Deadline: 15 January 2015

Open to: candidates from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia

Announcement follows

The scholarship application call for the academic year 2015/2016 is now open. Application deadline is 24:00 CET on Thursday 15 January 2015.


The programme is only open to candidates from Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia.

Target groups

The programme provides PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with an opportunity to conduct research at Swedish universities and research institutes. Priority will be given to applicants with a PhD degree from 2010 or later.

Duration of scholarship

The scholarships will be granted for long-term visits (6, 9 or 12 months) during the academic year 2015/2016 (1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016).

Fields of research

Only the following disciplines are eligible during this call for applications:
• Democracy/Human rights/Gender issues
• Law
• European studies
• Social issues
• Economics and management
• Environmental studies

Who is eligible?

The scholarships are intended for PhD students, postdoctoral researchers belonging to any of the above-mentioned target groups for full-time PhD studies/research in Sweden. A scholarship cannot be granted for an applicant who:

• has already lived in Sweden for two or more years when the scholarship period is due to begin;
• has already got a Swedish permanent residence permit;
• has a Swedish work permit and is not an EU citizen;
• is applying for a scholarship at PhD level but is not enrolled in ongoing PhD studies at your home university; or
• is applying for a scholarship at postdoctoral level, but does not hold any PhD degree.

Selection criteria and areas of priority

Applications are evaluated by the Swedish Institute (SI) and an academic board. The primary evaluation of the application takes into account the applicant’s academic background and personal motivation, research quality and expertise in the project field of the host department. Also the strength of the research proposal with regards to its scientific quality, originality, methodological approach, and relevance is evaluated. In the final selection of candidates SI will consider the distribution of scholarships with regards to academic fields, universities, purpose of study, nationality and gender.

The personal motivation of the applicant should include a statement of how the research proposal will contribute to closer relations between the Western Balkans and the European Union.

Scholarship benefits

The scholarship is free of tax and amounts to SEK 15,000 per month for PhD students and SEK 18,000 per month for postdoctoral researchers. The scholarship cannot be prolonged or extended.


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

SI Network for Future Global Leaders

All Swedish Institute scholarship holders are invited to become members of the SI Network for Future Global Leaders, a network that offers unique opportunities during and after the stay in Sweden. Together with other talented people from all around the world, the scholarship holder is able to take part in a variety of events, exchange ideas and create networks that benefit both to career and personal development.

Scholarship limitations

• The scholarship is designed to cover living costs for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members. No funding for bench fees is provided.
• The granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended; however it is possible to apply for subsequent funding through a new call for applications.
• In case of a postponed arrival date, the scholarship period can be decreased accordingly.
• There is no travel grant included in scholarship offer.

Application deadline

The scholarship application call for the academic year 2015/2016 is open Monday 3 November 2014 – Thursday 15 January 2015.

How to apply


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