2020 Türkiye Scholarship Application For Graduates And Undergraduates Program.

A Little History About Turkey

Türkiye (Turkey) is a transcontinental country that is mainly located on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia but has a smaller portion that is located on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. It is a country that has cultural connections to ancient Greek, Roman, Ottoman empires, Byzantine and Persian.

Istanbul, which is cosmopolitan and on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its Christian mosaics and soaring dome, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans.

The modern capital of Turkey is Ankara. Turkey’s major resorts are Antalya, a gateway to the southern Mediterranean area known as both the Turquoise Coast and the Turkish Riviera, and the Bodrum and Çesme peninsulas, both on the Aegean.

The remnants of Troy and Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus and Roman ruins at Hierapolis are some of Turkey’s archeological sites. The central region of Cappadocia is popularly known for the “fairy chimneys”, Bronze Age cave dwellings which became early Christian churches, the Derinkuyu and Kaymakli underground cities, while Pamukkale is popular for its travertine hot springs.

From the 2015-2016 academic year, the number of international students choosing to study in Turkey has significantly grown. There are around 650,000 foreign students currently in Turkey. This is one of the signals of the growing importance of the country as a higher education destination.

This opportunity offers quality education, with the possibility of scholarships which provide a monthly allowance, covering health insurance, accommodation, tuition fees, and travel expenses are valid motivations for international students to study in Turkey.

According to Invest in Turkey, the country had nearly 40 million tourists visiting from all over the world in 2017. With this, Turkey is already a firmly established tourist destination making it the 10th most popular holiday destination.

The Turkish government, with a target of 350,000 international students, is keen to extend this popularity into the international student market.

There are over 200 universities in Turkey, and majority of them are run by the state. There were only eight state institutions as recently as 1970, and the first private university (Bilkent University), was not established until 1984, so, most of the universities in Turkey are relatively young.

Among the youngest universities in Turkey is Antalya International University (AIU), the institution welcomed its first students for the 2012/2013 academic session, and aims at recruiting over half of its students internationally.

Both private and public universities in Turkey conform to the Bologna Agreement, that standardizes degree programs across Europe. Most Turkish universities participate in the Erasmus+ program, which supports international student exchanges.

Turkey’s higher education system was ranked 43rd in the world in the latest edition of the QS Higher Education System Strength Rankings. There were 10 Turkish universities featured in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, and 45 Turkish universities featured in the 2019 edition of the EECA, a ranking of the leading universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia.

Turkey’s two largest cities, Ankara and Istanbul are the locations of majority of these top universities in Turkey. In Ankara, you’ll find Middle East Technical University, Hacettepe University, and Bilkent University (all ranked in the top 50), while Istanbul is home to Boğaziçi Üniversitesi,Sabancı University, Istanbul Technical University, Koç University,  and Istanbul University (all are ranked within the top 30).

About The Scholarship

Türkiye Scholarship

Türkiye Scholarships for graduate and undergraduate program is a government-funded, competitive scholarship program that is awarded to outstanding students to study short-term or full-time program at the top universities in Turkey. Applications are open to applicants who wish to study these programs at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Turkey provides educational opportunities at an international caliber as well as a wealth of experience and knowledge. Other than this, Turkey also offers scholarships to international students from all over the world to study in Turkey’s most prestigious universities.

Türkiye Scholarships for graduates and undergraduates program aims to build a network of future leaders committed to strengthening mutual understanding among societies as well as cooperation among countries.

The uniqueness of Türkiye Scholarships for graduates and undergraduates programs lies in the fact that it’s not only inclusive of financial support but also provides university placement, at all levels of higher education, to its awardees.

Eligible Countries:

International students from all countries.

Type of scholarship:

Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate degree.

Host institution/country:

All participating universities in Turkey.

Türkiye Scholarship worth:

The worth of the Türkiye scholarship for graduates and undergraduates programs includes the following;

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  • University and program placement
  • Monthly stipend (Bachelor; 700 TL per month, Masters; 950 TL per month, Ph.D.; 1,400 TL per month)
  • Tuition fee
  • One-off return flight ticket
  • Health insurance
  • Accommodation
  • One year Turkish Language Course

The normal duration of the award is:

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  • Undergraduate: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4-6 years (depending on the normal duration of the program)
  • Master’s: 1 year Turkish Language course + 2 years
  • Ph.D.: 1 year Turkish Language course + 4 years

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Eligibility Criteria:

In other to qualify to apply for the Türkiye scholarship for graduates and undergraduates programs, the following criteria must be met;

Minimum Academic Criteria:

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  • 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 (Dentistry, Medicine and Pharmacy) applicants; 90%

Age Criteria:

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  • Applicants should be under the age of 21 for Undergraduate programs
  • Applicants should be under the age of 30 for Master’s programs
  • Applicants should be under the age of 35 for Doctorate program

Eligible Groups:

  • Citizens of all countries
  • Applicants who are graduates or will graduate at the end of the current academic year (before September 2019)
  • Researchers and academician

How to apply:

Applications can only be made by the candidates individually through the scholarship official website. There are no persons or institutions authorized to apply for Türkiye Scholarships. Candidates applying at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels are welcome to apply between 15 January – 20 February 2020. Research applicants can apply throughout the year.

Application deadline:

All applications close on the 20th of February, 2020.

Official Scholarship Website: [su_button url=”https://turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/en/announcement/turkiye-scholarships-2020-applications” target=”blank” background=”#ef3c2d”]Apply Here[/su_button]

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