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2020 Applications for Türkiye Scholarships will begin soon!

Applications Open 15 January 2020

Applications Close 20 February 2020


Türkiye Scholarships is a government-funded, competitive scholarship program, awarded to outstanding students to pursue a full-time or short-term program at the top universities in Turkey.


Türkiye Scholarships aims to build a network of future leaders committed to strengthening cooperation among countries and mutual understanding among societies.



Why Türkiye Scholarships?

A comprehensive and unique scholarship program


Apart from providing education opportunities at an international calibre as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience, Turkey offers scholarships to international students from all over the world to study in the most prestigious universities in Turkey.


Turkey opens the doors of its universities for international students from all around the world with “Türkiye Scholarships”. The scholarship program provides its recipients with vast opportunities and education in the most prestigious Turkish universities, helping students gain new perspectives and have a unique educational experience during their study in Turkey.



What Makes Türkiye Scholarships Unique?


What makes Türkiye Scholarships unique is that it’s not only inclusive of financial support but also provides university placement to its awardees at all levels of higher education.


The scholarship program offers programs at the 50 top and most prestigious universities in Turkey and provides a compulsory one-year Turkish Language Course which ensures that all students acclimatize and adapt to the social and cultural environment they live in.


Türkiye Scholarships also provides assistance in all the necessary services and procedures for an international student to feel at home in Turkey. These include providing a dormitory, health insurance, student bank account, and a student residence permit, as well as a one-year language course.



Apart from the basic services and assistance mentioned above, Türkiye Scholarships also offers social, cultural and academic guidance in the form of congresses, programs, seminars, international student academies, culture day gatherings, sports and arts-related programs as well as training, internship opportunities, and career orientation programs.


Scholarship Programs



Türkiye Scholarships offers a range of programs designed for each level of study, providing different forms of support, ranging from full-time degrees to short-term specialized programs as well as tailored and partnered programs for specific target groups.


Full-time programs refer to full-time degree awards which include Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD courses.

Undergraduate Scholarship Program is specifically designed for Bachelor’s degree applicants in designated courses from engineering to health sciences, humanities to social sciences.

  • Programs offered in undergraduate level are provided in a guide which you can access in the main website as well as during application in the application system.

  • Almost all fields of education are offered except for two-year associate or vocational degrees.

  • Please check the validity and equivalency of the programs/universities/fields you have selected in your country before sending your application.

  • For available departments and universities please check the website’s search engine or the guide provided in the system.


Postgraduate Scholarship Program offers a wide range of programs across social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering at Masters and PhD levels.

  • Programs offered in postgraduate level are provided in a guide which you can access in the main website as well as during application in the application system.

  • Almost all fields of education are offered except for specialization in health sciences.

  • Please check the validity and equivalency of the programs/universities/fields you have selected in your country before sending your application.

  • For available departments and universities please check the website’s search engine or the guide provided in the system.

Universities and departments which candidates can choose will be available according to the educational background of the candidate.

Candidates may only choose universities and departments available to them in the system. An additional choice of university or department that is not available in the system is not possible.


Short-term programs refer to short-term support provided for specific niche areas and target groups.

Success Scholarship Program (1 year) is specifically designed for students who are currently studying in Turkish universities with their own finances and have shown exceptional academic performance.

The program covers monthly stipend only.



Research Scholarship Program (3-12 months): The program is designed to encourage international researchers and academicians to carry out collaborative academic research in their own fields with Turkish academicians in the most prestigious Turkish universities.

The program is available for PhD holders or PhD candidates at the dissertation stage.

The program covers monthly stipend only.

Research Scholarship Program applications are received and evaluated over the course of four Application periods spread out all year round. Check out the application dates


Turkish Language Programme for Public Officials and Academicians [KATİP] (8-10 months): This program is designed for foreign public officials, diplomats, academicians and researchers who wish to learn Turkish and get closely familiar with Turke

Applications of KATİP program are not open to the public and are recieved through Turkish Embassies in the respective countries.

The program covers monthly stipend and dormitory.


What the Scholarship Covers


Full-Time Programs

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • University and program placement

  • Monthly Stipend: 700 TL per month

  • Tuition Fee

  • Once-off Return Flight Ticket

  • Health Insurance

  • Accommodation

  • One year Turkish Language Course

Length of award: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4-6 years (depending on the normal duration of the program)

Postgraduate Scholarship Program

  • University and program placement

  • Monthly Stipend:

  • Master’s: 950 TL per month

  • PhD: 1400 TL per month

  • Tuition Fee

  • Once-off Return Flight Ticket

  • Health Insurance

  • Accommodation

  • One year Turkish Language Course

Length of award:

Master’s: 1 year Turkish Language course + 2 years

PhD: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4 years




Short-Term Programs


Success Scholarship Program (1 year)

  • Monthly Stipend:

  • Bachelor's: 440 TL per month

  • Master’s: 590 TL per month

  • PhD: 880 TL per month

Success scholarship program does not cover accommodation and other amenities



  • Research Scholarship Program (3-10 months)

  • Monthly Stipend: 3.000 TL per month

Research scholarship does not cover accommodation and other amenities




Turkish Language & Culture Programs

Turkish Language Programme for Public Officials and Academicians [KATİP] (8-10 months)

  • Monthly Stipend: 2.000 TL per month

  • Once-off Return Flight Ticket

  • Accommodation

  • Turkish Language Course

KATİP program does not cover health insurance




Application Criteria


Basic Criteria for Applying

Minimum Academic Criteria:

  • Minimum academic achievement for Bachelor’s degree applicants: 70%

  • Minimum academic achievement for Master’s and Doctorate degree applicants: 75%

  • Minimum academic achievement for Health Science (Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) applicants: 90%

Age Criteria:

  • To be under the age of 21 for Undergraduate programs

  • To be under the age of 30 for Master’s programs

  • To be under the age of 35 for Doctorate programs

Eligibility


Eligible Groups:

  • Citizens of all countries

  • Graduates or applicants who are able to graduate at the end of the current academic year (before September 2019)

  • Researchers and academicians



Non-Eligible Groups:

  • Turkish citizens and those who have lost Turkish citizenship

  • Students already registered in Turkish universities at the level of study they are applying for.


CHECK OUT THE APPLICATION CALENDAR


How To Apply


  • Candidates are strongly advised to carefully read the instructions and warnings in the application system.

  • Applicants are required to submit and upload the necessary documents to the application system.

  • Applications delivered by post, courier, or by hand will not be accepted.

  • ​Applications are free of charge. Please do not entertain any third party institutions or persons who offer to make an application on behalf of you in exchange for a fee.

  • Türkiye Scholarships include both scholarship and university placement at the same time. Applicants will be placed in a university and program among their 12 preferences which they choose in the application system


Required Documents

All candidates must submit the following documents during online application:

  • A valid National Identification Document OR a valid Passport

  • A recent Photo of the candidate (Please note that the photo you upload into the Application system must be a proper portrait of yourself, candidate photos which are not identifiable will undermine the evaluation of your application)

  • National exam scores (required for candidates who do not possess any international qualification or certification)

  • Diploma or temporary certificate of Graduation

  • Academic transcripts (online screenshots and uncertified transcripts will undermine the evaluation of your application)

  • International exam scores (GRE, GMAT, DELF, YDS, YÖS …etc. if required by the chosen university & program)

  • Language test scores (if required by the chosen university & program)

  • A research proposal and an example of your written work (for PhD applicants only)


Important Details:

  • Most programs in Turkish universities are instructed in Turkish. However, some departments and universities offer programs in English or other languages. Candidates who wish to study in these programs need to have an internationally recognized language certificate to prove their language proficiency (TOEFL and other equivalent certificates). Most of these programs require international admission test scores such as GRE, GMAT, SAT etc. Candidates can check the language of instruction while selecting the programs in the application system.

  • Undergraduate candidates who possess International qualifications such as SAT or GCSE instead of national exam scores will need to provide the minimum required qualifications needed for completing secondary school according to these international exams.

  • ​All Türkiye Scholarships awardees who do not possess C1 Level Certificate for Turkish Proficiency (including those who are placed into English or other language taught programs) must attend a 1-year Turkish Preparatory Course and attain the C1 Level Certificate by the end of their academic year.

Evaluation and Selection Process


Türkiye Scholarships applications are assessed on the basis of academic success, extra-curricular activities and other professional credentials of the candidate. In the evaluation process of the applications, candidates will be evaluated based on their eligibility to the application criteria of the program applied for as well as their academic and social achievements.

1. PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT:

All applications are reviewed based on basic criteria such as minimum academic grades, age limit, required documents etc.


2. SHORTLISTING:

Applications of eligible candidates are carefully reviewed by Expert committees based on a broad set of criteria including academic standing, previous qualifications, academic interests, career goals, consistency of choices, clarity of letter of intent, participation in social activities ...etc. After which a list of qualified candidates is shortlisted for interviews.

3. INTERVIEW:


The shortlisted candidates are interviewed in more than 100 countries by interview committees including academicians and experts.


Interviews usually last 15-30 minutes and are conducted in the following format:

a. Welcome and introduction

b. Document check

c. Candidate’s motivation for applying

d. Academic knowledge and career goals

e. Ending and questions to the committee


Please note that the interview is not indicative of whether the candidate will be selected or not.


Note: Candidates who are selected for interviews must bring all transcripts, documents and certificates of each year they have studied if they have not graduated yet.


4. SELECTION:

Interview results of candidates nominated by the interview committees are evaluated by a selection committee and a list of candidates to be awarded a scholarship are formed. This final evaluation stage will assess the overall eligibility and suitability of the candidate for Türkiye Scholarships.

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