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3 scholarships in Sweden for Malaysians

Scholarship options for Malaysians to study in Sweden


Sweden is a beautiful country but the cost of living is amongst the world’s highest. Malaysian students might think that studying in Sweden is out of the question due to financial constraints. However, there are plenty of scholarships you can choose from to help ease your financial burden. Read our guide on the types of scholarships and funding options available.


Scholarship Bodies

The Swedish Institute (SI) is the Swedish government body that awards scholarships to international students. The SI offers a range of scholarships across a number of study areas, mainly at Postgraduate level. The scholarships are usually country-specific, while others favour students who are pursuing a specific course or area of study. Find out more here.


Students will have a chance to participate in a scholarship competition, in which they must complete an academic challenge that demonstrates their skills in a particular study area. The winner is awarded a scholarship to complete their studies in Sweden.


Host University

Most Swedish universities allocate a certain number of scholarships to students enrolled in their study programmes. The university website will have a list of the scholarships on offer. Check with your university of the available funding options.


External Funding Bodies

These types of scholarships are very subject-specific and are always retrievable via a company or funding body’s website. Many of these are international and you will need to provide different types of documents and requirements. Search for these scholarships on Scholarship-Links or Find a PhD.



Swedish Institute Study Scholarship

Available to fee-paying prospective Masters students of any age, this funding is awarded to those who are pursuing complete study programmes. Students will be covered for their full tuition fees and given SEK9,000 for living expenses per month. Students will also receive a one-time travel grant of SEK15,000. Selection is based on intellectual merit and leadership potential, and seeks to allow a diverse range of students to complete their studies in Sweden.


This scholarship is awarded every year, and application instructions are posted on the Study in Sweden website closer to the February application dates.


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