Competition to market Sweden as a study destination in the US

Challenge Your Perspectives is a Swedish scholarship competition open to US university graduates and young professionals. In cooperation with the Swedish Institute, three Swedish universities – Stockholm University, Lund University and Uppsala University – offer tuition waivers for three popular English-taught Master’s programmes. The aim of the scholarship competition is to market the three universities and Sweden as a study destination in the United States.

Stockholm University is offering a scholarship for its International Master’s Programme in Political Science, whilst Lund and Uppsala are respectively offering programmes in environmental management & policy and development studies.

46 percent chose Stockholm University

Registration closed on 4 November and 17,000 students visited the Challenge Your Perspectives website and over 2,500 people took part in the competition. More than 500 graduates completed all the steps of the competition, which consisted of a knowledge quiz, essay writing and a personal statement. Almost half of the candidates, 46 %, applied for the programme offered by Stockholm University. The academic level of the candidates is very high, with graduates from among others Columbia University in New York, Yale University and the University of California.

20 finalists

Twenty finalists have moved on to the second phase of the challenge, and still have the chance to win a scholarship for Stockholm University’s International Master’s Programme in Political Science.
Challenge Your Perspectives finalists

Prize ceremony in Washington DC

The Department of Political Science at Stockholm University will assess the finalists’ applications and three candidates will be invited to the prize ceremony at the House of Sweden in Washington DC at the end of November 2012.

Full tuition waiver

The winner will receive a full tuition waiver for Stockholm University’s International Master’s Programme in Political Science, taught in English and starting autumn 2013.

To support the work of the universities and to promote Sweden's international position as a study destination, the Swedish Institute has reallocated research grants for this activity. SI will contribute with a stipend to cover living costs in Sweden. The winner will also get a health insurance and a membership in the network NFGL (Network for Future Global Leaders).

“We see this as a promising way to attract highly qualified students to Sweden. It is strategically important for Sweden and the reputation of Swedish higher education,” says Niklas Tranæus, Swedish Institute.