Alumni Stories – the podcast

We are proud to present our new podcast – Alumni Stories.

During the coming year eight SI alumni will share their journey with you and talk about how the time in Sweden has changed their, or maybe others, life. In the first episode we get to meet Maxim Vlasov, a rebellious Russian who became a passionate NGO activist for sustainable development in Sweden

These podcast interviews will replace the Alumni Profiles that were previously posted in this blog. If you know anyone that would be suitable for one of the episodes – please get in touch by sending an email to with a description of why you think that person should get to share their story.

Listen below or on Soundcloud. 


Youth to Youth Summit in Dubai

Are you currently living or working in the MENA region? Then you can apply to join the Youth to Youth Summit in Dubai on April 23-27.

The Youth to Youth Summit is a five day event on ICT’s and development and the Swedish Institute has the pleasure to offer a limited number of seats for SI alumni.

The mission of this event is to “bring together the brightest students, youth activists, leaders in the society, entrepreneurs, professors and businessmen/businesswomen to start a dialogue on global challenges of today and tomorrow and to create exact actions on the ways to solve them”.

More information about the event here

This opportunity is open for all SI alumni living in the MENA region.

Your relationship to the SI has to be one of the following:

  • Former Swedish Institute scholarship holders
  • Recipients of the Global Swede Award
  • Former participants of the Swedish Institute leadership programmes 
  • Participants in summer courses financed by the Swedish Institute
  • Students and teachers of the Swedish language

Apply for a seat and travel grant (includes flight & accommodation) via this online link

Note that the Swedish Institute cannot help with visa applications or support visa fees and transportation to and from airports.

Deadline to apply is 25 February

Call for applications: event funding!

Image: Viktor Gårdsäter/Imagebank Sweden

Do you have an idea for an alumni event? The Swedish Institute can provide funding for events organised by SI alumni. A maximum of 12,000 SEK can be applied for.

The purpose of the event grants is to stimulate SI alumni to stay engaged in your local community. We want to encourage alumni to create opportunities to meet, exchange knowledge and build competence. The aim is to help the local alumni networks to contribute to positive social change. Events that are open for a broader public are also welcome.

Send us your application before 20 February. All information on how to apply can be found here:

If you have any question, please contact alumni(a)


LGBT event in Stockholm

The Swedish Institute opens up for all SI alumni to apply to come join us for a two days workshop on LGBT perspectives with RFSL – Sweden’s leading organisation on the subject.

All SI alumni can apply to attend this event and get your travel and accommodation costs covered by the Swedish Institute. Both SI alumni and current scholarship holders (NFGL) will be participating in this event that will cover basic knowledge about LGBT perspectives and rights.

Date: 30 March -1 April
Place: RFSL Headquarters and Swedish Institute Office, Stockholm.

More information and application instructions 

Happy New Year!

2016 was a great year for the Swedish Institute Alumni Network. SI supported about 70 events around the world. The Swedish Institute wishes you all wonderful holidays and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We look forward to continue to work with you in 2017.

SI Alumni Network 2016 from Swedish Institute on Vimeo.