There are many Swedish, European and international foundations that award scholarships and grants. The rules for different scholarships and grants can vary - some are intended to help meet living costs, others help with tuition fees (for non EU/EEA citizens) and still others can be used toward educational costs as a whole. For details on the various types of scholarships and grants available, be sure to read and carefully follow the information provided.

Remember that other sources exist and that investing some time, effort and creativity in researching and applying for scholarships and grants can have a significant impact on the actual financial cost to you of your education.

The Karolinska Institutet Global Master's Scholarships

The Karolinska Institutet Global Master's Scholarships cover the tuition fee cost, not living expenses, and only for studies at Master's level.

Important dates - Karolinska Institutet Global Master's Scholarships

Application opens: 16 October 2016
Application deadline for tuition fee scholarships: 16 January 2017
Notification of selection*: second week of April 2017


Apply with this application form

Selection process

The selection process is based on applicant's CV and qualifications that will be evaluated in connection with the application for a KI study programme. Scholarship awaredees will be notified via email.

The Swedish Institute's scholarships

The Swedish Institute (SI), a government agency, has a number of scholarship schemes open for students from countries outside the EU/EEA area. Depending on your nationality and field of study, the scholarships may apply to you. The SI scholarships cover both tuition fee and living expenses to the amount of 9,000 SEK per month for studies at master's level. A travel grant is also issued to the recipient. The scholarship application period opens with a first application round 1 December 2016 , followed by a detailed second application round for successful candidates from the first round in February 2017.

Important dates - Swedish Institute scholarships

Application first round: 1 December 2016 
Application second round:   February 2017
Notification about decision:  April  2017

Read more on the scholarships page

Chinese Scholarship Council

The China Scholarship Council (CSC) and Karolinska Institutet signed an agreement in August, 2015. The agreement entitles KI to receive up to 30 PhD students, 20 post-doc fellows, 5 visiting researchers, and 5 master degree students supported by CSC scholarships per year during 2016-2020. For the master degree students, the scholarship recipients will also receive a CSC-KI joint support to cover tuition fees.

If you as a prospective master student have applied for the CSC scholarship please fill out this form

Domestic scholarship funds eligible for master studies at Karolinska Institutet

There are several domestic scholarships funds that are eligible for Karolinska Institutets global masters programmes.  If you are of one of the below nationalities you can apply for these scholarships.

Colombia: Colfuturo
Ecuador: El Programa de Becas “UNIVERSIDADES DE EXCELENCIA”
Indonesia: LPDP(Lembaga Pengelolaan Dana Pendidikan)
Kazakhstan: Bolashak International Scholarship
Korea: Governmental Scholarships for masters and Phd Students, 국비유학
Mexico: Conacyt
Pakistan: Higher Education Commission
Russia: Global Education Program


Deferment of student loans in the United States

Karolinska Institutet has been granted 'Deferment Only' status by the US Department of Education. This means that US students may defer making payments on existing federal student loan accounts while enrolled in an eligible program at a deferment only foreign university or college. Students who wish to defer making payments must contact their lending institution in the US. Please note: The 'Deferment Only' status does not allow students to take out federal student loans for enrolment at the university.

Contact person:
Kristina Jesinkey, International Relations Unit,

Student loans in British Columbia, Canada

Karolinska Institutet is a designated institution for British Columbia student loans. Please contact the international office to obtain the school code. Please note - if you are a Canadian student and applying for loan funding, you must apply for each semester as there is a break after fall term which exceeds the BC Ministry of Advanced Education policy.

Contact person:
Maria Olsson, International Relations Unit,

Other scholarship opportunities

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