Category: Scholarships

Scholarships for international applicants

In my previous post I briefly reminisced about my own scholarship experience for the benefit of new applicants. Considering the time is ripe for new admissions for international students, I will remain focused on scholarships that international applicants can benefit from in this post too.

When applying to Chalmers programs, there are more many scholarship avenues to tread upon. The national competitions in Brazil, India and US for this term have closed –  for instance – the path that led me to Chalmers. This apart, there are few other promising scholarship opportunities when applying to Chalmers, or to Sweden as a whole.

To just make this post extra informative I spoke to two scholarship holders in my class – MPCOM. Both of them have been awarded the Swedish Institute scholarship, and this scholarship basically comprises of a full tution fee waiver, and an all living expenses paid deal for the tenure of the program (two years). My scholarship is also the same, only the process was different.

Durga Priya from India and Issac Sackey from Ghana are doing the same program as I am enrolled in – Masters in Communication Engineering.

(I am not quoting them verbatim, but paraphrasing their comments with attribution to them)

SI scholarship holders Issac and Durga from MPCOM-1,Chalmers

SI scholarship holders Issac and Durga from MPCOM-1,Chalmers

SI scholarship for applicants from India

Durga Priya, was one of the twenty finalists of Challenge Yourself 2012. Although there was only one winner in that competition, she used her result from the competition to apply to the Swedish Institute scholarship. Challenge Yourself closes in mid-November, whereas SI scholarship opens only in February.

Durga Priya received the SI scholarship for the same academic year to begin her Masters in September 2013 at Chalmers. According to her there are about five other Indian SI scholarship holders in Chalmers alone, and hence a bigger number when considered across Sweden.

SI scholarship for applicants from Ghana

Issac Sackey is one of the two SI scholarship holders at Chalmers from Ghana. In the discussion with him he laid emphasis on his work experience and his CV that might have led him to Chalmers with a scholarship.

Issac says there was nothing special in terms of documents or procedure that he had to engage in to apply for the scholarship. He had applied for Chalmers on the centralised admission portal – and cited the application with his well made CV and motivation letter to the SI scholarship challenge. He is doing well now at Chalmers, and hopes more applicants from Ghana apply this year.

More on the upcoming Swedish Institute scholarships

Avancez Scholarship

The Avancez scholarship by the Chalmers foundation is another popular scholarship for students applying to Chalmers. This scholarship does not cover living expenses, but still comprises of 75% fee waiver. The application deadline is on 15th January, 2014.

Other scholarships

The most comprehensive list of all valid scholarships when applying to Chalmers are documented on the Chalmers website. Keep a watch on these and apply to the ones that suit you best.


While it might be pretty exorbitant to move away from your home country, pay tuition fee and settle in Sweden in pursuit of your higher studies, these various scholarships are the tickets to a bright future that come without being exorbitant 😉


New challengers to Sweden

Seems like a full circle already, or atleast one of the concentric circles is complete.

It was last year in November that I had taken up Challenge Yourself 2012 to apply for Chalmers. And by this time, last year I was notified as one of the twenty finalists in the competition for Chalmers. During those proceedings, I did not have the faintest idea that within one year, I would already be three months in, and into Sweden.

Now, when I have many applicants, challengers to the Indian stint of Challenge Yourself are trying to contact me, to know about the challenge, Chalmers and life in Sweden, I had an awakening realization of the time and events that have gone by. Having to address queries from enthusiastic students – a place I was in before a year – to see what direction my course of life has taken makes me feel philosophical about it.

What other place than in Sweden, and what other time than past midnight on a winter night to lay back and introspect on what choices I have made, and am going to make!

When the new aspirants to Chalmers, or Sweden in general ask me about life and education here, it is gratifying even to myself when I tell them wholeheartedly that “It’s awesome here!”. Nuanced questions about how is Chalmers, how is your course, how is the teaching, what are my future prospects – are the general repertoire of questions. In answering these it helps me compose myself and to look at what is next for me. Of course, these are the only questions one can come up with in preparing to apply for course. What I have experienced here, were things I could have never imagined. I won’t spoil it for them, and will hope they will experience it themselves.

The warm embrace of sorts with which I have been assimilated into the city of Gothenburg, into the life of Sweden and exposure to the multicultural Europe have not mellowed down yet. These in fact, coupled with my increasing admiration, and growing critique of the many many things I have the opportunity to observe as part of my stay in in Sweden have, to the disappointment of many back at home not made me homesick.

If some of the new applicants are reading this post, an encapsulation of what you can expect coming to Sweden : you will be positively overwhelmed with everything here, and yet it will all seem very subtle – that’s the Swedish way – lagom is their principle. If curious read up online as to what it is.

And if you have already applied for Challenge Yourself India, or are looking at applying with scholarships check out the Swedish Institute scholarships. Follow up here:

And as I said, full three months here in Sweden (I arrived on 22nd August, 2013) and it still hasn’t got unbearably cold or anything. In fact I am waiting for those deeper sub-zero temperatures. Forecast says mild snow early morning – I may not be up by then, will wait, for it shall cometh in abundance.


PS: On a related note, from archives of 2012.

Entire team from Sweden, including the Swedish Ambassador to India during the prize ceremony in Bangalore last year. We visited Volvo, Bangalore as part of the event

Team from Sweden, including the Swedish Ambassador to India with participants during the prize ceremony in Bangalore last year. We visited Volvo, Bangalore as part of the event

This is Ben – our new student blogger

Chalmeristbloggen is proud to announce a new student ambassador blogger!
Ben Owilli will team up with Raghavendra Selvan and will start blogging this upcoming weekend.
Ben is studying Structural Engineering and Building Technology and we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions to introduce him to our faithful readers.

Welcome to the blog, Ben! How do you do?
– Am enjoying the University. Its quite interesting and I can say that coming to Chalmers and Sweden as a whole has changed me a lot. The way I view the world, reason and think has completely changed, Ben says.

Please introduce yourself! Age, country, interests, program at Chalmers.
– I am 28 years Old from Uganda. I like adventure, sports, writing and reading, meeting new people and of course not forgetting my course. I am studying Masters in Structural Engineering and Building Technology.

Why did you chose to study at Chalmers?
– It wasn’t easy to get the future I wanted from my home country, I believe it needed some effort beyond home or an upgrade of what I learnt from Uganda. I chose Sweden and particularly Chalmers because of a number of reasons with a few highlighted below; First of all Chalmers and Sweden as a whole has various numerous quality educational schemes and courses. It wasn’t an easy tasks given that Chalmers and Sweden had a lot of my dream causes that appeared beneficial for both my current and future life but thank God I finally made it to this.
– Chalmers also has a lot of continues research projects; a tending development for innovations derived from the whole Swedish Culture  and this makes it among the top countries in the world that invests in research and innovation.
– Chalmers also works in collaborations with many international Companies with some of the research projects done together. Eg. ABB, Volvo, COWI, SKANSKA among others. They also have well and experienced lecturers making a student to gain both theoretical and practical experience concurrently. A student who therefore completes his or her studies from Chalmers and Sweden in general should fully be well assured of his or her bright future.

What do you think so far?
– I feel happy and I believe I made the right independent choice for myself to come here.

What are your future plans?
– After acquiring my University Skills, I would like to get a challenging position in an organization that is ready to foster practical developmental projects to the society.

What can the blog readers expect from you?
– The readers should expect explicit inspiring and developmental issues on Social life, Cultures, future and general academic developments.

Ben Owilli’s studies at Chalmers has been made possible by a Swedish Institute study Scholarship ticket.

Chalmeristbloggen is looking forward to reading Ben’s blog posts!

Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Private

The SI kick off: The networking of Future Global Leaders

Around fifty countries, 300 participants and one amazing venue in Stockholm – experiencing Swedish multiculturalism cannot get any better than this.

This network of the Swedish Institute, at the outset bears a heavy title I would say – Network for Future Global Leaders (NFGL). After the first entire day of events conducted by SI in the kick off party, and after interacting with the rich and diverse members of this network, from across the world now pursuing their higher studies all across Sweden, I endorse the idea that this group in fact could be a platform to nurture truly global leaders.

Hailing from India, when I contemplate problems of the world, it is based on my experiences in India. It must not surprise you if I prioritise welfare of people in terms of basic security of food, education and health care, over the notion of sustainability and nature conserving practises. On the other hand, within the one month or so I have been here in Sweden, the consciousness in me has risen as to why for instance, global warming is also an equally pressing issue that has to be simultaneously dealt with.

When I was back in Bangalore, a Pirate Party friend from Germany was hosted by my regional Free Software group. Through the interaction with him, he seemed to have quite the opposite realisation that there is still so much more for the people to worry about before they get to contemplating the consequences of something like using non-recyclable plastic. Paraphrasing his experiences in India – “When people are engrossed through the day fighting for the next piece meal, little can they contemplate and contribute to sustainable development” was his transformed view.

I believe that when we contemplate about the future, if we have disconnected views about socio-economic welfare for all the citizens of world and truly sustainable development, it will end up being a half-hearted attempt at trying to solve these pressing and inescapable problems.

I see NFGL as that learning opportunity for students who might be, for now, at one of these poles to see that solutions to each of these issues when disconnected will never heal the world. If Sweden or Germany, or a handful of countries from Europe and North America are engaged in sustainable practices to conserve nature, but when the economic class structure in countries like India with 1.2 billion is not overcome, the overall impact of these sustainable practises in securing nature for future generations might end up being a futile exercise.

This realisation is the most important idea that seemed to coalesce in me through the discussions, interactions and sharing that has happened yesterday and will continue today, on this wonderful platform provided by the Swedish Institute.

I will not report about the nuances of events, or as to how awesome all of it has been from the first day in this post. Will follow up this one with a crispy encapsulation of both the days here at the SI Kick Off Party organised by the Swedish Institute in Stockholm.

To a better future, for all.

The Swedish Institute's Network for Future Global Leaders

The Swedish Institute’s Network for Future Global Leaders

Scholars met their sponsors at The House of William Chalmers

International scholars from five countries met the companies and people sponsoring their studies at The House of William Chalmers.
An informal afternoon tea was held in the venerable halls where William Chalmers once walked.
”I wouldn’t be standing here today if it weren’t for this scholarship. Thank you for the appreciation you have shown me. I am truly honoured,” said Xuebo Wang, a Chalmers student on scholarship from Mölnlycke Health Care.

The occasion for the late afternoon event on September 18 was to celebrate the scholarship students and thank their sponsors and donors. In attendance were twenty-two scholars and representatives from Ericsson, FlexLink, Mölnlycke Health Care, Volvo Car Corporation, Volvo Group, Volvo Global Trucks Technology and Volvo IT. Also taking part were representatives of U.S. Friends of Chalmers and Chalmers MasterCard.
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Sievert Larsson was also a special guest. The donation made to the school in his name is aimed at young Thai students wishing to pursue Master’s studies at Chalmers.
It was, in the words of fundraiser Peter Lindwall, who gave everyone a warm welcome, a joyful day.

Students from 60 countries
Today, with students from 60 countries, Chalmers can with good reason call itself an international university. This aspect was emphasized by Karin Markides, President and CEO, in her opening speech:
”Chalmers has come a long way, and held various roles in society, but always with a strong connection to the world around us. Our strengths — i.e. our history, strong links in the world, strong alumni network and our openness — are major benefits. Our international character keeps us on our toes a little more than everyone else, and I think it makes a difference,” said Karin Markides.
Addressing the present scholarship holders, she said:
”Our educational programs offer more than skills alone. They also provide students with an opportunity to develop into agents of change for the world. These are big words, but there are many ways of achieving this end – through meetings across borders and disciplines, among other things.”
In order to do this, Chalmers must be an international educational institution.
”Without connections to all parts of the world, this would not be possible. When tuition fees were instituted for overseas students, this became more difficult. Luckily, both individuals and businesses have demonstrated a great understanding, and the support we have received has enabled us to offer scholarships to finance all or part of the tuition fee.
Karin Markides also directly addressed the donors and sponsors in attendance:
”I want to thank all of you for the efforts you are making. It means more than you can imagine,” she said.

”International students are an extremely vital part of our DNA”
Maria Knutson Wedel, Vice President in charge of undergraduate education, gave a brief speech piggybacking on what the President had said:
”Karin expressed what it is that makes up Chalmers’s soul. In higher education, we often talk about ’the DNA of a university’. Having international students at Chalmers is an extremely vital part of our DNA. Another part is the quality of education. My opinion is that education is so much better when we get perspectives from different parts of the world,” she said.

Short, but touching stories
Six of the scholarship holders in attendance held their own mini-speeches about themselves and their motivations. The stories were short, but moving. Ismael Ayala received Chalmers MasterCard’s newly established scholarship earlier this year to come to Sweden from Mexico:
”I am the second person in my family to pursue a Master’s degree, and the first in the family to get the chance to study abroad. I consider myself very lucky. Without the scholarship, this never would have been possible,” he explained.

Thanks to Sievert Larsson
In his speech, Sievert Larsson fellow Thitipong Sansanayuth thanked Sievert Larsson for the opportunity to come to Chalmers and study biomechanical engineering:
”Chalmers gives me the greatest possible opportunity to get the skills I need to develop new innovations and follow my dream. Kap kun khap,” he said.

Student recruiters from Chalmers
Volvo Group fellow Poornima Joshi from Bangalore in India explained how she met Chalmers international student recruiter Kerstin Jönsson – or Miss Kristin as Joshi calls her – at an education fair in her hometown:
”During a long conversation she convinced me to come and study Software Engineering at Chalmers. We talked about following your destiny and your heart, and I think that’s when I realized that Chalmers was for me. Later, when I received a call from Volvo that I had received a scholarship, I was even more sure,” said Poornima.
She immediately felt welcome the moment she set foot at Landvetter:
”They have these fun doors that open automatically, and it was like a sign. I got the feeling that the city was welcoming me.”

Friends recommended Chalmers
Que Wang is a fellow with Volvo Car Corporation. Originally from China, Wang began Masters Studies this fall in Electric Power Engineering.
”I have friends who went to Chalmers earlier and told me that Chalmers is very good in this area. I found out more when I got the chance to attend an event in Shanghai, where I met alumni coordinator Peter Hellqvist and student recruiter Cecilia Hillman. They gave me a lot more information and showed me more kindness than I had anticipated, so I decided to apply here.”
”Chalmers and the Volvo scholarship give me a great opportunity to get to know both the college and Volvo. I look forward to gaining new skills that can be used in real life. I will cherish my time here,” said Wang Que.
Xuebo Wang is also from China. He is at Chalmers on scholarship from Mölnlycke Health Care, and studies Management and Economics of Innovation. Xuebo Wang had heard of William Chalmers long ago while still in China.

Proud chalmerist
Lei Ni has been awarded a scholarship from FlexLink – whom he thanked warmly – and this fall, he started his Master studies in Systems, Control and Mechatronics:
”I’m a chalmerist and proud of it!” he exclaimed, immediately eliciting spontaneous applause.
Lei Ni said he had two main reasons for choosing Chalmers:
”I understood that you take good care of your international students. I sensed this throughout the application period and now that I’ve arrived. All along there have been plenty of official representatives from the college ready to help me,” he said, mentioning in particular Peter Hellqvist, fundraiser Peter Lindwall and Jens Hansson from Admissions.

Got to borrow William Chalmers’ hat
Guests were then entertained by William Chalmers — or, rather chalmerist Philip Wramsby, who often plays the University’s founder in various festive contexts. The afternoon’s most heart-warming moment was probably when beaming Sievert Larsson fellow Chantat Rungruengsaowapak borrowed William Chalmers’ Napoleon-style hat, coat and white wig.
With a wide smile and a sparkle of pride in his eyes, he posed for photographer Jan-Olof Yxell:
”I’ve dreamed of wearing a hat like this my whole life,” said Chantat.
And, lo and behold, after just two weeks in Sweden at Chalmers his boyhood dream has come true. When William Chalmers said goodbye after regaining his belongings, he gave these parting words:
”Remember that nothing is impossible!”

Watch the video and more interviews
The video above includes several company representatives explaining why they chose to support Chalmers with scholarships for international students:
”Mainly, we want to contribute to society wherever we are, and since we have our head office in Gothenburg, collaboration with Chalmers is quite natural. We also want to contribute to human well-being worldwide and to a global understanding of different cultures,” says Klas Ålander, CIO at FlexLink.
The video also includes students talking about scholarships, Chalmers and education.

Text: Michael Nystås
Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell
Video: Torgil Störner

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New student writer in the blog

Chalmeristbloggen is proud to announce a brand new student ambassador blogger!
Raghavendra Selvan, an international student from the master’s program Communication Engineering, will start writing about his life at Chalmers and in Gothenburg this very weekend.
We took the opportunity to ask Raghav a few questions to get our faithful readers to know him a bit better. Raghav presents himself as ”a lucky chunk of hydrogen cloud.” He is also a talented poet, he tells us:
– Yes, I get into that mode on and off. Of course, Chalmers and Sweden as a whole will for sure inspire me to write some poems, Raghav says.

To start with you can read some of his beautiful poems in his personal blog

Well, welcome to the blog, Raghav! How do you do?
– Surpassing all my skepticism of moving to a new country in the far north from my tropical homeland India, I could not have felt more homely than I am currently feeling in Gothenburg. I am bubbling with experiences, and of course excited to be here, and more so to be blogging for Chalmers.

Please introduce yourself!
– The passport states my name is Raghavendra Selvan, and do feel free to call me ”Raghav” or ”Raghu” (heard raghu-sounding word is also a name for a European dish!). I’m 26 years old, but the motto will be the line from Bryan Adams – ”18 till I die”.
– I love to travel, read and write. Occasionally I do click few decent pictures. I am a Free and Open Source enthusiast, and with credible work in the FOSS world from India. I’m a columnist for the Indian newspaper daily – The Hindu. Have worked as a Networking engineer and have two years teaching experience in an engineering college in Bangalore. Academically, I am pursuing my Masters in Communication Engineering to cater to my interest for Math and Physics.

Why did you chose to study at Chalmers?
– The reputation of the Signals and Systems department at Chalmers, the interaction with them in India over few events and the eventual scholarship from the Swedish Institute made it ideal of a case for me to come to Chalmers.

What do you think so far?
– I am swelling with lot of positive experiences and nuanced observations. I shall hold it up all for the posts I shall be writing!

What are your future plans?
– Long term I want to be a researcher cum academician. I am looking at research prospects. For now, I want to focus on all the rich opportunities I have at hand and make the best of them.

What can the blog readers expect from you?
– I tend to be verbose, at times. That said, it will not interfere in you reading my spectrum of experiences ranging from food to campus,from travel to technology. Maybe I will repeat some common observations from others, but the perception will be different. Also, be surprised with the subtleties I might end up writing about.

Photo: Private

More non-european students to Chalmers

The number of non-european international students at Chalmers University of Technology is growing.
150 students from countries outside the EU and EEA have paid tuition fees for the start of the 2013 autumn semester, which is 21 more students than last year.
A bit over 2,000 students have been admitted to the university’s master’s programmes. Among them, around half were already Chalmers students, and the other half are new to the university.

The group of new master’s student can be divided into three groups: 486 students exempted from tuition fee, mainly from Europe and Sweden, 150 paying students from outside the EU and EEA, and foreign exchange students. Among the 150 tuition fee paying students, 64 have financed their education on their own. The rest have received scholarships that cover parts or the entire tuition fee. Most paying students come from India or China.

How many that eventually will begin their two-year master studies becomes clear when registration closes in a few weeks time. Among Chalmers 41 master’s programs Automotive Engineering and Computer Systems and Networks are the ones with most applications.
In addition, 414 foreign exchange students have been enrolled at Chalmers via exchange agreements such as Erasmus. The students will study at Chalmers for one or two semesters. The majority of the exchange students come from France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

“I am incredibly pleased about the interest to study here at Chalmers, not the least among international students. They may not understand themselves how important they are for the quality of the education as a whole at Chalmers. They bring their own perspectives and contribute to every discussion with their thoughts,” said Maria Knutson Wedel, vice president at Chalmers.

This week is the so called ”Welcome Week” for international students at Chalmers.

Read more about the different activities here:

Text: Carolina Eek-Jaworski and Christian Borg, , translation to English: Linda Genborg,, and Christian Borg
Photo: Cecilia Hillman