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Study in Sweden for free: SI scholarship application tips

As I already told you, I am studying at KTH with a Swedish Institute for Global Professionals scholarship, and here you can check out an overview of this fully-funded opportunity if you haven’t yet. 

As the deadline for applying is slowly approaching, this time, I’ll share with you some tips for making a solid application for this scholarship, so if you’re interested in studying in Sweden (including KTH, of course) for free, I got you covered.

Mind the deadlines 

As trivial as it may sound, planning your time when applying for the scholarship is crucial to success. Consider it as a work project you’re doing with certain goals to achieve. For instance, I had a workspace in a task management system when I applied for my studies. I applied for several programmes and scholarships, and in fact, won both SISGP and Chevening scholarship, so my approach proved to be successful. I used Trello, as it’s free for personal use and simple to use even if you are not familiar with task management systems at all. 

My admissions workspace in Trello

Moreover, you don’t want to postpone the application submission until the very last moment, as there are always too many people trying to apply during the last hours, and the application website might not be stable under such load. I applied for the scholarship in 2019 and 2020, and both times there were problems with the website, and SI even had to prolong the deadline. So my strong advice is to apply in good time, as it’s always better to be safe than sorry. 

Keep your story logical and consistent 

Ideally, every step in your life and career should be interconnected, with another fact from your biography being a logical step from the previous one. Everything in your papers should work for the big idea you have and the reason why you want to get your master’s in Sweden. It doesn’t mean you need to lie (never do that!); it means putting the focus on the most relevant experiences you’ve had. Just like in the resume: when you are applying for your third job in finance, for example, your old student job as a bartender might not be the most relevant. Of course, it can be different in some cases, you might have gained transferable skills from that, or it was an essential part of your story, but you got the idea, right? 

Let your papers complement each other 

Many applicants make a common mistake in repeating the same facts from their biography and the information they already wrote in one of the application documents. For example, they state their working experience in the motivation letter, when they already told the committee everything about it in the CV and the proof of working experience. Don’t do that! The motivation letter is way too short to restate something you already told about yourself. Every application document should give new information about you, revealing your personality from different angles so that the committee can have a complete picture. 

I hope you’ll find these tips helpful! Let me know if you want some more advice on the SI scholarship application or have other questions regarding it, and I’ll be happy to share some more info in the upcoming posts! 

// Valerie