One very important thing for you to note is the fact that academic achievement does not play a significant role in the selection of scholarship winners, even though you have to be admitted before you can be awarded the scholarship. The most important things are work experience and leadership experience.
The Swedish Institute usually requires at least 3000 hours of work experience. How do you calculate the number of hours you’ve worked for totally? Follow this step. How many hours do you work in a week? How many weeks do you work for in a year? And how many years have you worked for? Now multiply the three numbers; the number of hours, the number of weeks and the number of years. This work experience doesn’t have to be from a paid work, it could be internship, volunteering, part-time employment, either during your university studies or after university studies.
As for the leadership experience, it could be through previous work experience, through position as chairman or board member at student unions or student organisations, through involvement in civil society organisations, or volunteer assignments after high school studies, or maybe you’ve had the responsibility of organizing events, raising funds; all these experiences can count as leadership experience. Leadership experience can also be the experience of leading other colleagues/organisations, mandate to influence the development strategy for the organisation you work at, allocate tasks to colleagues and familiarity with decision-making processes.
So, if you don’t have any of these at the moment, you have the whole year to gain the experience, and if you already have this, getting more leadership experience wouldn’t hurt. It doesn’t have to be from a job, you can volunteer for causes focused on societal development in your community. The leadership experience has no requirement in regards to the minimum number of hours.
In the course of the year, I’ll be sharing with you who an ideal candidate for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship is. What ideal profile is the Swedish Institute looking for in a scholarship candidate? By now, you should be “stalking” any website that mistakenly mentions Sweden, :). For example, the admissons website and the scholarship website.
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