KTH Master’s
Challenge 2018

Win scholarships for a Master’s degree from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.

The KTH Master's Challenge deadline has now passed. The applications are being screened and the top three finalists from each programme will be announced on December 19.

KTH Master's Challenge

The KTH Master’s Challenge seeks the brightest minds of India for the opportunity to pursue their master’s degree tuition-free at KTH, one of the world’s premier technical universities located in Stockholm, Sweden. KTH is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world* and has a tradition of research and innovation spanning centuries. Students at KTH are given the resources to not only grow academically, but to develop real world solutions in science and technology.

Eligibility Criteria

Participants in the KTH Master’s Challenge must be residents of India and eligible to study at the master’s level at KTH. You can view the admissions requirements for each master’s programme at universityadmissions.se. Check Terms and Conditions for the competition's detailed eligibility criteria.

*KTH was ranked as the 29th best university in engineering and technology globally by the QS World University Rankings 2017.


Participants in the KTH Master’s Challenge have the chance to win a full tuition fee scholarship for a Master’s programme within Electric Power Engineering, Engineering Design, Information and Network Engineering, or Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training THRUST* worth approximately 2,300,000 INR. Therefore, you can win an opportunity of a lifetime by studying at one of the world’s finest universities for free.

The winner of the Engineering Design scholarship will also receive the Scania India Scholarship, which includes a living stipend worth approximately 1,500,000 INR for the two year study period and an internship at Scania. The winners of the Electric Power Engineering, Information and Network Engineering, and Turbomachinery Aeromechanical University Training THRUST scholarships will receive remunerated internship offers with FormulateIP, including reimbursement for travel expenses within India.

*The THRUST scholarship is for one year of studies.

Competition Steps

You can participate in the KTH Master’s Challenge in five simple steps.

  • Register or log in and fill out your profile information.

  • Test your logical reasoning, knowledge of Sweden and KTH, and your academic background.

  • Complete a programme-related case study presented on the competition site.

  • Submit your motivational statement and make sure your profile information is complete.

  • Apply to the KTH programme you have chosen through www.universityadmissions.se

First, register for the competition by confirming your email address. Then tell us about yourself by complete your profile. Second, show off your skills in logical reasoning, knowledge about Sweden and KTH, and your academic background by taking three mini challenges. Third, complete a case study that challenges your knowledge in the specific programme you have chosen. Fourth, highlight your motivation and unique character by writing a motivational statement. Finally, apply for the programme you would like to attend on University Admissions. You must rank the programme as your first choice when applying. Without signing up for the programme on University Admissions, you will not be eligible to win the Master's Challenge.*

*Remember that you can alway return to the competition site to complete all these steps by logging into this website except for University Admissions. University Admissions is independent from the competition, but is a requirement so that you are registered in the Swedish school system.

Screening Criteria

Contestants will be judged based on their quiz results, the case study, and their motivational statement, as well as educational background and prior academic performance. Winners will be selected from among those who are accepted to KTH.

Finals Stage

On December 9, 2017, five finalists per each of the four programmes will be announced (20 total). All finalists will be invited for a Skype interview with a Programme Director from their chosen master’s programme at KTH. Based on the evaluations by the Programme Directors, three winner nominees per programme will be selected.


November 21st, 2017

  • Deadline to complete and submit KTH Master’s Challenge quizzes, case study, and motivational statement.
  • Deadline to apply to the KTH master’s programme through University Admissions - you must upload all required documents for both KTH and your specific programme through universityadmissions.se by the Master's Challenge deadline, even though the University Admissions general deadline is later. Please note, that this early deadline applies only to you as a competition participant, and does not reflect the general Swedish University Admissions deadlines. The specific engineering programme which you choose to pursue through KTH Master’s Challenge must be the same as the programme to which you apply through universityadmissions.se. Also, you do NOT need to pay your application fee by November 21st:
    • If you are selected as one of the top three winner nominees per programme, competition organizers will arrange the payment of your application fee.
    • If you are not selected as a winner nominee, but wish to pursue your application to KTH, you will need to pay the application fee yourself by February 1, 2018.

December 9, 2017

Top five finalists per programme are announced.

December 19, 2017

Top three winner nominees per programme are announced.

January 2018

Winners are announced during the official Award Ceremony.