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Türkiye Scholarships

What is Türkiye Scholarships?

Türkiye Scholarships is a government funded higher education scholarship program which is designed for international students. The program does not include the foreign students who are studying in Turkey through the EU projects, the reciprocal agreements and the university scholarships.

What types of scholarships are available to me?

Türkiye Scholarships is offered for undergraduate, graduate, Ph.D., proficiency in art, and research level.Associate level is outside the scope of Türkiye Scholarships.

Should I take an acceptance from a university after being granted the Scholarships?

No, you should not. You will be placed in a university and program of your choice when you are granted the scholarship (Except those who are granted in the scope of Arts and Sports Scholarship Programmes).

I do not have any information about Turkish universities. Where and how can I get information?

The candidates can acquire all the information that they need from the websites of the listed universities.

Is it possible to study in a language other than Turkish in Turkish universities?

In Turkish universities the medium of instruction is generally in Turkish. However, some departments and universities offer programs in foreign languages such as English, French and German. The candidates who want to study in a language other than Turkish need to have an internationally recognized certificate to prove their language proficiency. The certificate should be valid and must be uploaded to the system during the application.

But remember that all students, including those who are placed in a program, whose medium of instruction is other than Turkish, must get Turkish languate course.

What are the conditions of receiving scholarship from the universities accepting students with the special skills?

The international students who want to study at the universities accepting the special skilled students, such as fine arts, sports academy departments, and conservatoire can apply for Arts and Sports Scholarship Programmes.

Applications are received online. Applicants must fill in the application form electronically, scan the supporting documents, and upload them into the system. In the application form, candidates may select universities or departments provided. Applications are available through Türkiye Scholarships website within the period of general application cycle of Türkiye Scholarships. All the news about the scholarships programmes are announced from Türkiye Scholarships website.

For Sports Scholarships Programme, candidates must have nationally or internationally recognized license, certificate, or equivalent document that shows the competence of the candidate or his/her past achievements for Sports Scholarship Programme.

For Arts Scholarship Programme, candidates must have nationally or internationally recognized license, certificate, or equivalent document that shows the competence of the candidate or his/her past achievements. Additionally audio and/or visual copies (portfolio) of the works produced or performed by the candidate must be included in the application.

For both programmes, the candidates are expected to have a demonstrated interest past experience in the field applied, which has to be proven.

All winning candidates of Arts and Sports Scholarship Programmes who do not have proficiency in Turkish language will be granted Turkish language scholarship for one year. Within this one-year period, all candidates must get admission until the next academic year to at least one of the universities and departments that they have chosen in the application. It is the candidates' own responsibility to prepare for the admission exams and to get admission.

Notice that winning candidates are not placed directly in a university. Arts and Sports Scholarship Programmes are conditional on the winning candidates' passing admission exams of the universities and departments that they have chosen in the application.

Candidates who can successfully complete Turkish language education and get admission in one year will continue their studies at the university as Arts and Sports scholarship holders. Otherwise their scholarships will be canceled at the end of Turkish language course.

Scholarship duration is one-year for Turkish language course and the normal duration of the course.

Can students studying at on their own expenses apply to Türkiye Scholarships?

Yes, they can. Self-financing students currently studying in Turkish Universities can apply to Success or Support Scholarship Programs. In fact, these are the only programs that they can apply under Türkiye Scholarships.

I can't speak Turkish. Is this a disadvantage for me to study in Turkey?

This is not a disadvantage at all. The candidates are not required to know Turkish for the application. The Scholarships also include a Turkish language education for the candidates before they start their studies (including those who are placed in a program, whose of medium of instruction is other than Turkish).

Where will I get Turkish language education?

Turkish language education is offered either at the university or a Turkish education center in the city where your university is situated. But, Turkish language education can also be provided in another city if Turkish education center is not available in the city where your university is.

Will I still need to take Turkish language course for a year, even in case of placements in English programs?

Yes, the students, who are accepted to any program but not have C1 Level Certificate for Turkish Proficiency Test, are given language course for a year.


Türkiye Scholarship Opportunities

What are the opportunities provided by Türkiye Scholarships?

Türkiye Scholarships consist of these opportunities:
  • Allowance
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Health Expenses
  • Turkish Language Course
  • Transportation (only for the first arrival and after graduation)
(Opportunities provided by Türkiye Scholarships can change depending on scholarship programmes except undergraduate and graduate scholarship programmes).

Are the same opportunities provided within Success and Support Scholarship Programmes?

No. Students within Success and Support Scholarship Programmes are only provided with allowance for only months in one academic year. Allowances within Success and Support Scholarship Programmes are nearly one-third of the usual allowances for Türkiye Scholarships undergraduate and graduate programmes.

What are the amounts of montly allowences?

Montly allowences provided for students in 2016 are set out below:
  • Undergraduate: 600 TL
  • Graduate: 850 TL
  • Ph.D.: 1.200 TL
  • Research: 3.000 TL
For Success and Support Scholarship Programmes:
  • Undergraduate: 400 TL
  • Graduate: 550 TL
  • PhD: 800 TL (almost 1.000$)

Can Türkiye Scholarships students live at any student dorm they want?

Türkiye Scholarships students can only live in dorms provided specifically for them for free. Those students who do not want to benefit from these dorms can try to find other accomodation options on the condition that they meet their own expenses.

Do I have to pay money for one-year Turkish language education

No. Türkiye Scholarships cover the expenses of one-year Turkish language education.

How long will Turkish language education last? Does Türkiye Scholarships cover the expenses of accommodation and health during the Turkish language education?

Those students who do not have Turkish proficiency are granted Turkish language education for one year. During this period, their expenses of accommodation and health are covered by Türkiye Scholarships.

Transportation expenses are covered for every year by Türkiye Scholarships?

No. Transportation expenses are covered by Turkiye Scholarships only for the first arrivals of students in Turkey and for the one after graduation.


Türkiye Scholarships Application

I got Türkiye scholarship but I couldn’t complete my school on time. Can I use scholarship after my graduation of next year?

No. Successful candidates are usually expected to complete their school in July and start their visa process. It is not possible use scholarship other than that certain time.

I continue my education on my own expense in Türkiye. When can I apply for Success and Support Scholarship Programmes?

Applications for Success and Support Scholarship Programmes begin at the beginning of every academic year. Application time, requirements, type of application will be announced via our website and social media tools to candidates.

The university and department I want to apply ask for special requirements such as GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS. Do I need these exam scores during the application?

No. You can provide these scores and requirements at the time of interview. For example, you applied a department which requires English sufficiency document. You can obtain that document or exam until the time of interview if you don't have at the time of application. You need to present those documents at interview. Otherwise you will not be placed in that department.

Is there any scholarship program for candidates who continue their education in Türkiye at speciality in medicine or dentistry?

No. There is no presently scholarship program for candidates who continue their education in Türkiye at specialty in medicine or dentistry

I continue Turkish Language education in Türkiye on my own expense. Can I apply Türkiye Scholarships?

If you are in a language course without being registered in any university in Türkiye, you can apply Türkiye Scholarships. If you are registered in a university you can apply only Support and Success Scholarship Programs.

I continue my education with a scholarship from a private company / public institute / university in Türkiye. Can I apply Türkiye Scholarships?

No. Candidates who receive scholarship from any institute in Türkiye can not apply Türkiye Scholarships.

How and when to apply to Türkiye Scholarships ?

Türkiye Scholarships applications usually begin and continue in February – March - April. Application dates announce at the web site. Different application dates for other scholarships programmes, like Success and Support Scholarship Programmes, are announced through Türkiye Scholarships website.

Is online application the only way to apply?

Yes. Only online applications will be accepted.

Who can apply for Türkiye Scholarships?

Only foreign country citizens can apply to scholarships.

Do Turkish citizens can apply for Türkiye Scholarships?

No. Anyone holding or ever held Turkish citizenship cannot apply for scholarship program.

I have Blue Card, Can I apply for Türkiye Scholarship?

No. Anyone who holds Turkish Citizenship before cannot apply.

I have dual citizenship and I am not Turkish Citizen. Can I apply for Türkiye Scholarships?

Yes. If any of your citizenships is not Turkish you are allowed to apply.

I am foreign citizen and studied high school in Türkiye. Am I eligible for Türkiye Scholarships?

Yes. Candidates who completed their high school in Türkiye can only apply to scholarship program which includes the country that you are citizen.

Should I already be graduated to apply Türkiye Scholarships?

No. Candidates who are likely to graduate at the end of the academic year at the time of application can apply as well. It is expected to graduate until end of July for those candidates.

What are the academic success criteria?

Türkiye Scholarships is a program based on academic success of the candidates.
Academic criteria of the applicants will be measured according to these documents:
• Diploma Grade
• General Average Grades Received Until The Last Term (cumulative GPA)
• University Entrance Exam Grade (if any)
• High School Graduation Exam / Baccalaureate Grade (if any)
• İnternatıonal Test Score (if any)
• Other academic assessment score

What are the academic criteria for undergraduate level?

Candidates must have at least 70 % weighted grade point average for undergraduate applications (except medical sciences) over their maximum graduation grade.

Are there different academic criteria for Medical Sciences, Dentistry and Pharmacy?

Yes. Candidates who are going to apply medical sciences, dentistry and pharmacy at undergraduate level must have at least 90 % weighted grade point average over their maximum graduation grade.

My high school grade is 69 over 100. Can I apply Türkiye Scholarships?

It is expected to have at least 70 % weighted grade point average over their maximum graduation grade from the candidates applying for undergraduate programs. If high school diploma is the only academic grade you have, you can not apply. However if you have another academic grade such as university entrance exam and have at least 70% success, you can apply with that grade.

What are the academic criteria for master and Ph.D. applications?

It is expected to have at least 75 % weighted grade point average over their maximum graduation grade from the candidates applying for postgraduate programs.

What are the age criteria for applicant?

Applicants must
  • be under the age of 21 for undergraduate programmes,
  • be under the age of 30 for master's programmes
  • be under the age of 35 for PhD programmes
  • be (preferably) under the age of 45 for research programme

Who can apply for Research Fellowship Programme?

Candidates who have Ph.D. degree or at the phase of writing dissertation can apply for Research Fellowship Programme. Additionally, candidates should have acceptance from a university in Türkiye and must have sufficient language proof of the university is asking for. Research Fellowship Programme is confined to social sciences and humanities.

Can I apply more than one scholarship program?

No. You can apply only one scholarship program.

How many universities and departments can be selected ?

Applicants can select maximum 12 universities and departments.

Can I be placed in a university and department I have not selected?

No. You will be placed in a university and department you chose. Selecting more departments and universities can increase your chance to get scholarship.

How many universities and departments can postgraduate applicants can select ?

Postgraduate applicant can select 12 university and department at most. Candidates must select at least 1 universities and departments.

I want to study medicine at undergraduate level in Türkiye. What are my chances?

There are limited numbers of scholarships at medical sciences. It has been suggested that only very successful candidates at chemistry, biology and mathematics should apply for medical sciences scholarship.

I want to study engineering at undergraduate level in Türkiye. What are my chances?

There are limited number of scholarships at engineering especially computer, civil and mechanical engineering. It has been suggested that only very successful candidates at chemistry, pyhsics and mathematics should apply for these engineering departments.

I want to study social sciences (political sciences, international relations, economics, sociology, business administration, history, media and communication). What are my chances?

The number of scholarship at social sciences is far more than medical sciences and engineering. For that reason candidates who apply for social sciences have more chance than the candidates who apply for medical sciences and engineering.

Should I upload original documents while I apply online ?

Yes, you have to upload the original documents in application process.

I had technical problem while I apply. What should I do ?

Please read application guide before you start your application. Also It will be helpful to watch application videos. Using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome is suggested for application as internet browser.

You may contact to Türkiye Bursları Call Center : 0850 455 0 982


Duration of Scholarships

How long is the scholarship given to undergraduate degree students ?

Duration of the scholarship for undergraduate degree students is : 1 year Turkish language course + educational duration.

How long is the scholarship given to graduate degree ( master and PhD ) students?

Duration of the scholarship for graduate degree students is : 1 year Turkish language course + educational duration.

How long is the scholarship given to research degree students ?

Duration of the scholarship is limited by research duration and it is maximum of 1 year.

How long is the scholarship given to students who are in scope of Success and Support Scholarships ?

The duration of Success and Support Scholarship is a year and montly stipend is paid just for the months when they continue their education.


Scholarship Programs

What is Research Fellowship Programme?

Under Türkiye Scholarships, Research Fellowship Programme aims to encourage international researchers and academics to work with Turkish academics on collaborative researches in Turkey and contribute to the development of the international scientific interaction between researchers.

Research proposals that has been conducted previously by the applicant or the advisor will not be accepted. Research areas are limited to social sciences and humanities subjects announced by Türkiye Scholarships and applicants are required to state the specific research topic in the application.

Scientific competence of the applicant, scientific/academic value of the research proposal and its feasibility are taken into consideration in the evaluation process. Also, the proposed research's contribution to applicant's career development, his/her country and host institution are evaluated.

Applications are received online. Applicants may submit their applications throughout the year. Candidates must fill in the application form in the link below, scan required documents and upload them to the online form.

Applications are evaluated within 3 months from the date application is submitted. Candidates are informed of the outcome of their applications by e-mail. The e-mail consists of the follow-up information as well for successful applications.

Phd holders or PhD candidates who are citizens of countries other than Turkey may apply to the Research Fellowship Programme.
Candidates must have completed their PhD studies or be at the dissertation stage.

Also, it is essential that candidates have an official Acceptance / Invitation Letter from a university in Turkey for research.
(To have an Acceptance / Invitation Letter, researchers should contact the universities individually

Other requirements are as follows:
  • Being under 45 years old as of application date (preferably),
  • For PhD students, being enrolled at a university doctoral program abroad and being at the dissertation stage,
  • Having a PhD diploma for PhD holders,
  • Certifying the language proficiency required for the research.
  • IF personal data will be collected with the methods such as experiment, survey, focus group discussion, practice, having the "Ethics Committee Approval Certificate" from the Ethics Committee of the university;
  • IF a study will be carried out on historical monuments and archeological sites with non-public information, documents from institutions and organizations, having "Legal Permit" taken from a related governmental institution,
Monthly grant for the year 2016 is 3.000 TL (almost 1.000$). Fellowship does not include costs such as accommodation, insurance and tuition fee. If deemed appropriate by Research Fellowship Evaluation Committee, researcher's academic activities (conferences, panels, symposiums, survey, field research, etc.) may be supported.

  • Applications will be evaluated by Research Fellowship Evaluation Committee.
  • Research Fellowship Programme is for a maximum of 12 months.
  • Researchers conduct their researches under the guidance of an academic advisor from the Turkish university which candidates receive Acceptance / Invitation Letter.
  • Grants will only be paid for the months the researchers stay in Turkey during the research period.
  • Researches are tracked with reports that researchers prepare periodically and are evaluated by Research Fellowship Evaluation Committee.
  • Researchers have to submit Final Report to Türkiye Scholarships Office at the end of their studies.
For further information: http://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/index.php/en/haberler/735-arastirma-burs-programi-basvurulari-basladi

What are the Scholarships Programs?

These are the sub-scholarship prorams which make Türkiye Scholarships.

Which criterias make the scholarship programs differ from each others ?

Levels, fields of studies, included countries and durations of scholarship make the scholarship programs within Türkiye Scholarships differ from each others.

In which categories, how many scholarship programs in Türkiye Scholarships ?

Türkiye Bursları includes 14 different scholarship programs under 4 main scholarship programs :
1- Undergraduate Scholarships
2- Graduate Scholarships
3- Branch Programs
4- Short Term Scholarships.

Can I apply for any scholarship program within undergraduate scholarships ?

No, You can not. You can only apply to scholarship program which includes the country that you are citizen.

How can ı learn the scholarship programs that ı can apply ?

You can learn the scholarship programs that you can apply by using the "Search Scholarship " module in main menu.


Assessment and Selection

How does the scholarship process work?

Firstly, candidates' academic success and genuineness of the information and documents will be checked. Successful candidates will be invited for face to face or online interviews as a second step..

How does an interview take place ? Should I be in Türkiye for the interview ?

Interviews will be held after academic success assessment of the candidates. Information for the interviews will be send to candidates' e-mail addresses that they used for application. Interviews will be done via communication tools such as internet or telephone and face to face.

I am currently studying in Türkiye. Where is my interview going to be?

Candidates who are currently studying in Türkiye can take the interview in Türkiye. Interview information in Türkiye will be send to candidates.


Academic Issues

Can a Türkiye Scholarship student change his/her department?

No. Türkiye Scholarship students can only study in the department and university they are placed.

I have been placed in a university and department with Türkiye Scholarship. I am also studying in another university and department currently in Türkiye on my own expenses. Can I transfer my scholarship to the university and department I am studying?

No. Türkiye Scholarship students can only study in the department and university they are placed.

Can International students make lateral transfer during their education?

Yes. Students with undergraduate scholarships can change their universities by lateral transfer according to legal regulations. However, please note that Türkiye scholarships prefer you to complete your education in the university and department you are placed at first.

What is the Accommodation Certificate? How is it taken?

It means the legal residence in Turkey. All foreign students who will get education in Turkey should take this certificate. Residence certificate can be taken from Province Police Offices. With the education visa taken from the Representative Offices of Turkey, it is applied to Police Offices of the provinces that education is got. If the residence certificate is not taken, the punishment can be implemented.


Visa and Residence Permit for Foreigners

Is it possible to get residence permit for relatives of students who come to Türkiye with Türkiye Scholarships?

Spouse or children of students who come to Türkiye with Türkiye Scholarships can get residence permit parallel to student's residence permit. Other relatives can get at most 6 months of residence permit if they come to Türkiye with short term visa or visa exemption/ up to 1 year if they come to Türkiye with long term visiting visa they obtain from consulates and embassy of Türkiye.

What is the foreign ID number? Where do you get it from?

ID number is given to the students residing in Turkey more than six months. The application for residence certificate at the Province Police Offices is taken into consideration.

What is the education visa?

Education visa is given to foreign students coming to Turkey for education by Representative Offices of Turkey. The students should apply and take this visa from the embassies and consulates of Republic of Turkey.

What is the general health insurance?

The general health insurance is the insurance that enables foreign students to benefit from general health services like Turkish citizens. The students should apply and take this visa from the embassies and consulates of Republic of Turkey. International students, who will study in Turkey, are taken under the coverage of 'general health insurance' in order to give them equal, qualified and extent health services, which are supplied by the government. Within the framework of 'Scholarship of Turkey', health expenses of current students are covered by their universities in certain circumstances. Students with 'general health insurance' can benefit from state hospitals without a fee and also private hospitals paying a moderate (Contribution) fee.

What are the accomodation options for international students?

Turkiye Scholarship covers the residential expenses in state-run dormitories functioning under the General Directorate of Credit and Dorimitory Agency.For those who do not prefer to stay in state-run dormitories, there many other choices as private dormitories, foundation's dorms, residence halls and apartments that varies to the financial stuations of students.

 

 
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