Türkiye Scholarships 2021

Turkey offers scholarships to international students worldwide to study in Turkey’s most prestigious universities to provide educational opportunities at an international caliber and a wealth of knowledge and experience. Türkiye Scholarships is a competitive scholarship program from Turkey’s government awarded to outstanding students and researchers to get a full-time or short-term program at the top universities in Turkey. Türkiye Scholarships hopes to established network of future leaders committed to strengthening cooperation among countries and mutual understanding among societies.

Important Dates

Türkiye Scholarships applications for 2021 will be held in one period. Applications will be open between January 10th, 2021 – February 20th, 2021 for international students from all countries.

Evaluation process for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships will be started on February 2021. Interview period for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships will be started on March 2021. Evaluation process for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships will be ended on May 2021. Interview period for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships will be ended on March 2021. 

Announcement of results for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships will be done on July 2021. Scholarship agreement and Visa procedures for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarships will be started on July 2021, and will be ended on August 2021. Travel of new students to Turkey and beginning of the Academic Year will be started on September 2021.

What do you get?

What makes Türkiye Scholarships unique is that it’s not only inclusive of financial support, tuition fee, accommodation and health insurance but also provides university placement and academic, social and cultural facilities to its awardees at all levels of higher education.

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  1. University and program placement
  2. Monthly Stipend: 800 TL per month
  3. Tuition Fee
  4. Once-off Return Flight Ticket
  5. Health Insurance
  6. Accomodation
  7. One year Turkish Language Course
  8. Length of award: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4-6 years (depending on the normal duration of the program)

Postgraduate Scholarship Program

  1. University and program placement
  2. Monthly Stipend:Master’s: 1,100 TL per month, PhD: 1,600 TL per month
  3. Tuition Fee
  4. Once-off Return Flight Ticket
  5. Health Insurance
  6. Accomodation
  7. One year Turkish Language Course
  8. Length of award: Master’s: 1 year Turkish Language course + 2 years, PhD: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4 years.

Success Scholarship Program (1 year)

  • Monthly Stipend: Bachelor’s: 450 TL per month, Master’s: 600 TL per month, Phd: 900 TL per month
  • Success scholarship program does not cover accomodation and other amenities.

Research Scholarship Program (3-10 months)

  • Monthly Stipend: 3,000 TL per month
  • Research scholarship does not cover accomodation and other amenities

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

  • Monthly Stipend: 2,000 TL per month
  • Once-off Return Flight Ticket
  • Accomodation
  • Turkish Language Course
  • KATİP program does not cover health insruance

How to Apply

  • Applications can only be made individually through www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr by the candidates. There are no institutions or persons authorized to apply for Türkiye Scholarships.
  • 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.
  • There are many types of scholarships available, use the scholarship finder to find the scholarship program that works best for you.
  • For study areas covered by the scholarships, check on the list provided by the comittee.

Important Notes

  • 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.

Criteria and Eligibility 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.

Eligible Groups:

  • Citizens of all countries
  • Graduates or applicants who are able to graduate at the end of the current academic year
  • 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.

Required Documents

All candidates must submit the following documents during online application:

  1. A valid National Identification Document OR a valid Passport
  2. 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)
  3. National exam scores (required for candidates who do not possess any international qualification or certification)
  4. Diploma or temporary certificate of Graduation
  5. Academic transcripts (online screenshots and uncertified transcripts will undermine the evaluation of your application)
  6. International exam scores (GRE, GMAT, DELF, YDS, YÖS …etc. if required by the chosen university & program)
  7. Language test scores (if required by the chosen university & program)
  8. A research proposal and an example of your written work (for PhD applicants only).

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.

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

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.

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:

  1. Welcome and introduction
  2. Document check
  3. Candidate’s motivation for applying
  4. Academic knowledge and career goals
  5. Ending and questions to the committee.

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

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.

Sumber: turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/en/announcement/turkiye-scholarships-2021-applications

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