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 fund tuition fees (for non EU/EEA citizens) and still others can be used for various educational costs. For details on the various types of scholarships and grants available, be sure to read and carefully follow the instructions 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
Karolinska Institutet offers a handful of tuition fee scholarships to excellent students who have been admitted to one of our Global Master’s Programmes starting each Autumn semester. The amount of scholarships varies from year to year, but there are maximum 10 scholarships per year, spread to all the Global Master’s Programmes. The competition is fierce with approximately 1500 international students applying for the scholarship annually.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for the KI Global Master’s Scholarship you must:
- have applied to one of Karolinska Institutet's Global Master's Programmes starting 2019
- be a tuition fee paying student (from outside the EU/EEA)
- have paid the application fee by 1 February 2019
- fulfil the entry and documentation requirements for the programme you have applied for
Only first year students are eligible to apply.
How do I apply?
All applicants to the Global Master's programmes at Karolinska Institutet who are obliged to pay tuition fees and have paid the application fee to University Admissions will receive information and an invite to apply for the KI Global Master's Programme scholarship after the last day to pay the application fee and submit supporting documents.
Invitations to apply for the scholarship are sent by email 8 February to the email address you have used to create your account at universityadmissions.se.
The selection process is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's CV and qualifications that are submitted via UniversityAdmissions and evaluated in connection with the application for a KI Global Master's programme. Scholarship awaredees will be notified via email.
What does the KI Global Master's scholarship cover?
The KI Global Master’s Scholarship only covers the tuition fee (or part of the tuition fee for programmes only partially given by Karolinska Institutet). Travel, living expenses and other costs must be met with other funding. Furthermore, please note the KI Global Master's Scholarship only covers tuition fee for students enrolled at a Global Master's Programme here at Karolinska Institutet and cannot be used for other studies.
Important dates - KI Global Master's Scholarships
Application for our Global Master's programmes opens: 16 October 2018
Application deadline: 15 January 2019
Last date to pay application fee and submit supporting documents: 1 February
Invitations to apply for the scholarship sent by email: 8 February (prel)
Notification of selection for the Global Master's Programmes: 4 April
Notification of selection for the scholarship: 29 April (prel)
Please read the Tuition fees and scholarships regulations at Karolinska Institutet before applying for the scholarship.
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 10,000 SEK per month for studies at master's level. A travel grant is also issued to the recipient. The scholarship application period is from February 4 to 14 2019. Please note that you must have submitted an application for a master's programme in Sweden at universityadmissions.se before applying for the SI-scholarship.
Important dates – Swedish Institute scholarships
Application: 4 -14 February 2019
Notification about decision: 26 April 2019
Read more on the Studyinsweden.se 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.
The application to the KI - CSC scholarship is open and will close 8 January 2019:
More information and application for Master's applicants
Note: This scholarship is only for students with Chinese nationality.
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.
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
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.
Kristina Jesinkey, International Relations Unit, Kristina.Jesinkey@ki.se
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.
Maria Olsson, International Relations Unit, Maria.Olsson@ki.se
Other scholarship opportunities
- EU Scholarship Portal
- EURAXESS - Researchers in Motion
- The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
- Information from The Swedish Institute (Svenska Institutet) about scholarships available to international students
- The Swedish Research Council
- 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 - scholarships.com
- Rotary scholarships
- Scholarship Portal - database for scholarships in Europe