Since I wrote my last article here on how I won a full scholarship for Masters in Sweden, I’ve received a lot of messages from prospective candidates who are interested in getting to know how I did it and how I can help them win it. Unfortunately, if you have not yet applied for the Master’s in Sweden for Autumn 2018 admission, I think it’ll be too late to start now because the deadline for applying for Masters was January 15, a few weeks ago.
The timeline for the current application round is as follows:
October 17, 2018 – Masters application opened at University Admissions
January 15, 2019 – Deadline for selecting Master’s programmes
February 1, 2019 – Deadline for paying the application fee and submitting required documents
February 2, 2019 – Applications open for Swedish Institute Study Scholarship
February 9, 2019 – Applications for SI Scholarship closes
April 6, 2019 – Admission results published
April 26, 2019 – List of scholarship recipients published.
Fortunately, you don’t need to worry because you already know about it, and can begin preparing yourself for when the next call for applications will be made, most likely later in the year.
For the past few months, I’ve been mentoring some candidates who are applying in the current round for the scholarship, and it’s been a fulfilling experience for me, and I’m motivated to mentor more candidates for the next round of the scholarship. So, you have a whole year of mentoring from me on how to win a full Master’s scholarship in Sweden, if you intend to sign up. I also prepared for about a year before I applied for the scholarship, and this involved “stalking” any website that had to do with Sweden and education in Sweden. This included websites like studyinsweden.se, thelocal.se, si.se/en/apply/scholarships/swedish-institute-study-scholarships-siss/, etc. I will advise you to also start “stalking” these websites and any other one you discover that talks about studying in Sweden, including Allscholarships.info. I also prepared myself by contacting about 9 recipients of the scholarship at that time, and I really learned a lot from their experience. I’m a current holder of the scholarship that is willing to help you and you can sign up your email address here (http://bit.ly/2A4DgWO) to receive tips and updates from me by email.
One very important thing I mentioned in my last article was the fact that academic achievement does not play a significant role in the selection of scholarship winners. The most important things are work experience and leadership experience. The Swedish Institute usually requires at least 3000 hours of work experience. How do you calculate the number of hours you’ve worked for totally? Follow this step. How many hours do you work in a week? How many weeks do you work for in a year? And how many years have you worked for? Now multiply the three numbers; the number of hours, the number of weeks and the number of years. This work experience doesn’t have to be from paid work, it could be an internship, volunteering, part-time employment, either during your university studies or after university studies. As for the leadership experience, it could be through previous work experience, through position as chairman or board member at student unions or student organisations, through involvement in civil society organisations, or volunteer assignments after high school studies, or maybe you’ve had the responsibility of organizing events, raising funds; all these experiences can count as leadership experience. Leadership experience can also be the experience of leading other colleagues/ organizations, a mandate to influence the development strategy for the organization you work at, allocate tasks to colleagues and familiarity with decision-making processes. If you don’t have any of these, you have the whole year to gain the experience. It doesn’t have to be from a job, you can volunteer for causes focused on societal development in your community. The leadership experience has no requirement in regards to the minimum number of hours.
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