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Eligible Master’s Programmes and UN SDGs 

 May 21, 2020

By  Mobolaji Folorunso

As you prepare to apply for the Swedish Institute Scholarship for Global Professionals, it is very important for me to let you know that not all Master’s programmes in Sweden are eligible for the Swedish Institute Scholarship.

As stated on their website for the last application round, the Swedish Institute stated that “priority will be given to master’s studies with an emphasis on the contribution to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

The objective of the Swedish Institute Scholarship is to provide opportunities for students from countries outside Europe to come to Sweden and get trained through Master’s studies on how to contribute to the sustainable development of the world.

That’s why they only focus on a carefully selected list of Master’s programmes every year.

They usually publish a list of eligible programmes for the scholarship each year, around November/December, for each application round.

This is the list of eligible Master’s programmes for the scholarship for the last application round.

What is the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

It is a plan of actions agreed to by member nations of the United Nations for the sustainable development of the world in different areas, including education, health, economy, energy, water resources, etc.

The United Nations developed 17 Goals to help achieve this plan by 2030.

These goals are popularly known as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or UN SDGs.

By now, I expect that you should already know each UN SDG by heart.

Knowing the UN SDGs will help you answer questions in the motivation letter template for your application for the Swedish Institute Scholarship.

In the motivation letter template the Swedish Institute released for the last application round, this was the second question…

“Please choose one Master’s programme you applied for and motivate how this programme can contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

In the 2018 application round, this was the first question in the motivation letter template:

“Choose one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) from the list below and describe how your professional position and/or engagement in a network/civil society organisation relates to that goal.”

So, you see that the Swedish Institute is interested in how much you understand about the connection between your work/leadership experiences, your studies and the UN SDGs.

They want to assess how deeply committed you are to the contribution of your own quota to the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

And a question about UN SDG will most likely be asked again in the next application round of the scholarship.

So, you need to be prepared.

During the last application round, I recorded a 1 hour video tutorial on how to answer this and other questions in the motivation letter.

I broke down each question into different parts and explained what the scholarship expects in your responses to those kind of questions.

See a sample of the video below:

To get the full 1 hour video tutorial, you need to get the Join Me In Sweden StudyPack.

The StudyPack also contains video tutorials on other required documents for the scholarship: CV, Reference Letter, Proof of Work/Leadership Experience.

The StudyPack is only available for a LIMITED TIME.

Click here to get the StudyPack

Mobolaji Folorunso


Mobolaji was a recipient of the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, now known as the Swedish Institute Scholarship for Global Professionals. He studied for a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management at Linköping University, Sweden. After winning the scholarship in 2017, Mobolaji has been coaching prospective applicants for the scholarship on how to present strong applications for the scholarship. He founded Scholars.Africa to help prospective African graduate studies applicants on how to successfully access funding for graduate studies in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

Mobolaji Folorunso

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