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We are closing the Alumni Blog!

That’s right friends: it’s time to move on to other platforms. From now on you’ll find the latest from the SI Alumni Network only on our Facebook page and in our LinkedIn group.

As of 2017 we’re also sending newsletters to everyone with an updated email address in our database. If you’re interested in receiving information from SI about exclusive opportunities and events, make sure to update your contact information.It only takes a minute!

Update my contact details!

The Swedish Institute’s Alumni Blog was started in late 2012 (read the first post here) and shared the platform with other blogs such as the expat blog, student blog, food blog, fashion blog, sustainability blog etc. Needless to say, the internet landscape has changed a lot since then and social media has changed the way we acquire information, be it news, entertainment or updates from alumni networks. Since two years back we’re the only blog left on this platform as others have either closed entirely or moved on to other platforms (such as the excellent student blog – still alive and kicking!).
Apart from being one of our main communication channels to the network, the alumni blog has also come to serve as an archive of all the great alumni events and activities that have been held over the years. All information will be saved and we will look into new ways of showcasing a selection of all the great events that have been organised during this time.
We certainly hope you’ll continue to stay in touch, with Sweden, SI and with each other!

You are always welcome to contact us via email. 

All the best!
SI Alumni Team

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