Scholarships and funding for the Global Master's and Bachelor's Programmes

There are different ways of funding your studies, either through your own national student loans, bank loans or through institutions awarding scholarships. This page outlines just some of them, but it will pay to have a closer look, starting with the links at the bottom of this page, to see what your options might be.

The Swedish Institute scholarships covers the tuition fee cost of the study programme as well as living expenses. Karolinska Institutet offer a limited number of tuition fee scholarships. The scholarships can only be applied for once per year in connection with the application for a programme, not during ongoing studies. Please note that both these scholarships schemes are only for the Master's level. Our collated scholarships page might give you some further ideas.

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 2015
Application deadline for tuition fee scholarships: 16 January 2016
Notification of selection*: first week of April 2016


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 for studies at master's level.The scholarship application period opens with a first application round 1–15 December 2015, followed by a detailed second application round for successful candidates from the first round, on 1–13 February 2016.

Important dates - Swedish Institute scholarships

Application first round: 1 -15 December 2015
Application second round:  1-13 February 2016
Notification about decision: 12 April  2016

Read more on the scholarships page.

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. Student 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

Scholarship Portal - database for scholarships in Europe

The World Bank - scholarship and fellowship programmes

Open Europe Scholarship Scheme (OESS) - for students from Belarus


Graduate Scholarships -

Rotary scholarships

Global Study Awards


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