The Swedish Institute scholarship applications have opened today, on the 3rd February and will remain open till the 11th of February! I have already written about multiple scholarship opportunities, and this post is a heads up for those of you who still have not made up your mind about the SI application.
About 550 scholarships are being awarded this year! A whooping number! SI scholarship (that which I am a recipient via Challenge Yourself 2012) will include full tution fee and living expenses paid grant for two years. That is enormous funding, and those of you have already applied for a seat in University Admissions, must look at the application and give it a shot. There are two categories under which these scholarships are awarded based on the geographical location. Find the category relevant to you and get started with the application.
More than just the funds
Although the funding is the most attractive and quintessential part when you are an applicant, the SI scholarships open up a whole gamut of opportunities. Every scholarship recipient gets to be part of the SI: Network of Global Leaders. On this platform umpteen number of workshops through the two years, multiple get togethers, talks, conferences and a host of other insightful events are conducted. I have already participated in a workshop of human rights and democracy), and the kick off party. Many more events have been consistenlty organised, including many interactive events during the Nobel Week, where many SI scholarship holders had the chance of meeting Nobel laureates. Next, I have applied for a conference on investigative journalism happening in March, up in northern Sweden Umeå. Although the selection of this event is not out yet, many such events are open to us, and not only these widen our learning horizon, but also present us with unmissable opportunities.
Tips on your application
While I am never a giver of advice in terms of your application, of late many applicants have been writing to me asking for suggestions. My only blanket rule for your application would be ”Be honest, and depict your passion”. There aren’t any secret formulas!