Call for Applications 2019/2020

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Application documents
Available Scholarship Types
Provisions Covered by the Scholarship
Eligible Sending Partners

Non-eligibility

Call for Applications 2019-2020

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Annexes of the Call for Application

Annex 1: List of eligible study programmes determined in the educational cooperation agreements in effect between Hungary and the specific Sending Partner – Click here

Annex 2: Operational Regulations of the Scholarship Programme – Click here 

Annex 3: Statement for Application – Click here 

Annex 4:  Privacy Policy – Click here

The eligible Host Institutions and details of their study programmes

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Application Dos and Don'ts

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Checklist of the application documents

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Online Application System apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu


Application documents

All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online application surface by all applicants until 15 January 2019.

Please note that only files with a maximum size of 4 MB can be uploaded in the system.

Application Documents

Detailed Requirements

Required to be uploaded by

Online application form

  • the applicants must fill out and save all requested information on the online application form in English language
  • a recent photo of the applicant (taken not earlier than 2 years before the submission of the application must also be uploaded)
  • those who apply for partial (exchange) studies must clearly state the length (1 or 2 semesters) and start date (September of February) of the studies they apply for!

all applicants

Motivation Letter

  • minimum 1 page, typed with Times New Roman 12 point font size letters
  • written in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

all applicants

Proof of language proficiency and their translations in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

  • scanned copy of the original proof of language proficiency, with a minimum level determined by the Host Institution AND their translations
  • see section 2.5. for further details
  • in case the student has completed his/her previous level of studies in the language of the selected study programme, a proof can be uploaded about the fact that the language of education was the same as the language of the study programme that the applicant is now applying for
  • translations only have to be attached if the copy of the original document is not in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

all applicants

School certificates and their translations in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

  • bachelor level full time programmes: scanned copy of the original secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent AND their translations
  • master level full time programmes: scanned copy of the original bachelor degree certificate or equivalent AND their translations
  • one-tier master level full time programmes: scanned copy of the original secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent AND their translations
  • doctoral level: scanned copy of the original master degree certificate or equivalent AND their translations
  • non-degree, Hungarian language preparatory programmes: scanned copy of the secondary school graduation certificate AND their translations
  • non-degree, specialisation programmes: scanned copy of degree certificate required by the host institution AND their translations
  • partial (exchange) study programmes on all study levels: scanned copy of the original certificate about student status issued by the current higher education institution where the applicants is registered in AND their translations
  • translations only have to be attached if the copy of the original document is not in the language of the selected study programme or in English

all applicants

Transcript of Records and its translations in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

  • copy of the original transcript of records regarding all academic semesters or school years completed during previous studies (in the highest level of education that the student have participated in) AND their translations
  • translations only have to be attached if the copy of the original document is not in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

all applicants

Medical Certificate

  • scanned copy of a medical certificate of satisfactory health condition issued not earlier than 15 November 2018
  • please note that there is no form provided by Tempus Public Foundation for this certificate, it can be any certificates that the particular hospital uses or the particular physician issues
  • certificates has to be issued and signed by a physician to prove that the applicant does not have the following illnesses: AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, C or any other epidemic conditions
  • please note that despite the applicants need to upload this document, the Host Institutions might require the student to take a medical test at the time of enrolment (free of charge for the Scholarship Holders)

all applicants

Copy of Identification Document

  • provided that the applicant already has a passport, the scan of the passport should be uploaded
  • in case the applicants do not yet have a passport, the applicant should upload the scanned copy of any document which may be used to prove the applicant’s identity (e.g. national ID card)
  • that page has to be uploaded which contains both the personal data and the photography of the applicant

all applicants

acceptance of Statement for Application in the online system

  • all applicants need to accept the “Statement for Application” (please see Annex 3 for a sample)
  • the statement can only be accepted in the online system, therefore scanned and signed copies should not be uploaded
  • the statement appears in the online application system after registration – all applicants need to click on accepting it in order to be able to submit their applications

all applicants

All documents that cannot be obtained or produced in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian have to be translated and the translations have to be submitted as well as the copy of the original document.

Please note that in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in European Union law, you need to give your consents regarding data protection and accept our Privacy Policy in order to be able to submit your application. These consents appear in the system after registration as well as the Privacy Policy – that is also Annex 4

3.2.2. Additional Documents for Doctoral Level
 

Besides the documents listed in Section 3.2.1, applicants applying for studies on a doctoral level need to upload the following documents as well. All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online application surface by doctoral applicants until 15 January 2019.

Application Documents

Detailed requirements

Required to be uploaded by

Research Plan

  • minimum 2 pages, typed with Times New Roman 12 point font size letters, written in the language of the selected study programme

applicants of doctoral programmes

Letters of Recommendation

  • two signed Letters of Recommendation from the applicant’s former or current academic tutors or supervisors
  • the two letters cannot be issued by the same person
  • written in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

applicants of doctoral programmes


All applicants of doctoral programmes are required to visit http://www.doktori.hu before they submit their application. The website provides information in English and Hungarian language about the Hungarian doctoral schools, available research field and research topics as well as the supervisors of doctoral students. Thesis topic proposals on the website are available on http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=115&lang=EN.

Doctoral applicant are also required to contact their chosen host institutions and doctoral schools in advance in order to discuss the available research topics in the institution as well as the possible supervisors for those topics. The list of Stipendium Hungaricum coordinators at the Host Institutions is available on http://www.tka.hu/international-programmes/5218/institutional-coordinators. These pieces of information need to be considered when preparing the application materials (e.g. Research Plan) and choosing a matching doctoral school and research area!

Please note that during the evaluation and allocation process, those doctoral applicants will have a priority who are already assigned a future supervisor who is a professor and researcher of a Doctoral School accredited in Hungary and upload a Letter(s) of Recommendation written and signed by this future supervisor.

3.2.3. Additional Documents for Art and Music Applicants
 

Besides the documents listed in Section 3.2.1, applicants applying for studies in field of Arts and/or Music need to upload the following documents as well. All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online application surface by Art and Music applicants until 15 January 2019.

Application Documents

Detailed requirements

Required to be uploaded by

Portfolio

photographs of three works of art / sketches (indicating the date of creation)

applicants of study programmes in the field of Arts

Audio Portfolio

audio track of three works (indicating the date of the creation)

applicants of study programmes in the field of Music

Please note that only files with a maximum size of 4 MB can be uploaded in the system. If the size of the portfolio or audit portfolio is larger than 4 MB, please upload a word a document that contains the link(s) where the portfolio file(s) can be downloaded from.

3.2.4. Optional Document for self-financed applicants who wish to continue their studies with the scholarship
 

Those applicants who are registered self-financed / fee-paying students of a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline AND who are now re-applying for the same study level are only eligible to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme in cases listed in Section 2.2. about non-eligibility.

Apart from the requirements about the average performance of the applicant, they need to be recommended by their Hungarian host universities where they are studying at the time of application. Therefore, we recommend all of these applicants to contact their universities and discuss whether the university wishes to recommend them for the scholarship.

In case you are recommended, please ask for a recommendation letter issued by the Hungarian university and upload it in the online application system until the application deadline.

Available Scholarship Types

1.2.1. Study Levels
 

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor, master, one-tier master, doctoral and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses).

Available Scholarship
Types

Duration

Qualifications at the end of programme

Available study modes

full time

partial (exchange)

full time

partial (exchange)

Degree programmes

Bachelor programmes

2-4 years

1 or 2 semesters

BA or BSc degree

certificate of completion

full degree and partial (exchange)

Master programmes

1.5-2 years

1 or 2 semesters

MA or MSc degree

certificate of completion

full degree and partial (exchange)

One-tier master programmes

5-6 years

1 or 2 semesters

MA or MSc degree

certificate of completion

full degree and partial (exchange)

Doctoral programmes

2+2 years

1 or 2 semesters

doctoral degree

certificate of completion

full degree and partial (exchange)

Non-degree programmes[1]

Preparatory course in Hungarian language

1 year

-

certificate

-

full degree

Specialisation courses

up to
1 year

-

certificate

-

full degree

Note about one-tier master programmes:

In the Hungarian education system, one-tier master programmes cover both the bachelor and the master level of studies; therefore it is an undivided master programme that results in a master degree. These one-tier programmes are offered in specific study fields such as general medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, architecture, law, veterinary surgery, forestry engineering, etc.

Note about doctoral programmes:

According to the current Hungarian legislation, the duration of doctoral programmes is 8 semesters. The doctoral studies consist of two different phases: the first one is a two-year long period for professional training and research, while the second two-year long section is for research and dissertation. At the end of the first 4 semesters, doctoral students are obliged to take a complex exam in order to assess the educational and research progress of the student. Doctoral students can only continue with the second two-year phase if they pass this exam. The amount of the monthly scholarship is different is these two phases of doctoral programmes. Please see section 1.3 about financial details and section 3.2.2. about the details of application for doctoral programmes.

1.2.2. Study Modes
 

Both full degree and partial (exchange) study modes are available, depending on/defined in the specific bilateral educational cooperation agreement. Full degree programmes are programmes that lead to a bachelor, master or doctoral degree. One-year programmes do not lead to a degree but provide a preparatory course before a degree programme or a specialisation course after a degree programme.

Partial (exchange) studies are one- or two-semester long exchange studies that are part of the student’s degree studies in their sending higher education institutions. Therefore, those who apply for partial (exchange) studies must be registered in and must have a student status at a higher education institution that operates outside of Hungary. In case of partial (exchange) studies, applicants can only apply to those study levels (bachelor, master, doctoral) that they are attending in their sending, home institutions. Partial (exchange) studies are not available for preparatory and specialisation courses. Partial (exchange) studies are available for up to one academic year and no further extension is possible.

Please be extra cautious when selecting your preferred study programmes in the online application system as most of the study programmes are offered both as full degree and partial study programmes, therefore these programmes appear twice. Please make sure that you select the programme marked with the study mode of your desire because it is not possible to change the study mode after submitting your application!

 

[1] Please see section 2.6. for details about preparatory and specialisation courses!

Provisions Covered by the Scholarship

  • Tuition-free education

    • exemption from the payment of tuition fee

  • Monthly stipend

    • non-degree, bachelor, master and one-tier master level: monthly amount of HUF 40 460 (cca EUR 130) contribution to the living expenses in Hungary, for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies

    • doctoral level: according to the current Hungarian legislation, the monthly amount of scholarship is HUF 140 000 (cca EUR 450) for the first phase of education (4 semesters) and HUF 180 000 (cca EUR 580) for the second phase (4 semesters) - for 12 months a year, until completion of studies. Please see details in section 1.2.1.

  • Accommodation contribution

    • free dormitory place or a contribution of HUF 40 000/month to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period

    • Please note that if the student does not live in the dormitory, then the HUF 40 000/month is a contribution to that rental costs, and in bigger cities – especially in the capital city – this contribution would not cover the full amount of rental costs.

  • Medical insurance

    • health care services according to the relevant Hungarian legislation (Act No. 80 of 1997, national health insurance card) and supplementary medical insurance for up to HUF 65 000 (cca EUR 205) a year/person

      Please bear in mind that these provisions are only a contribution to the living expenses of the Scholarship Holders. It means that it does not fully cover all the costs of living and the students need to add their own financial resources in order to cover all living expenses in Hungary. All applicants are highly advised to check the expected living expenses both in Hungary and in the city that they wish to live in before applying; please do check our Cost of Living Calculator by clicking here: http://www.studyinhungary.hu/living-in-hungary/menu/your-costs-of-living.html

Eligible Sending Partners

The Stipendium Hungaricum Programme is based on effective bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and the partner’s Ministry responsible for higher education. Applications will be considered eligible if the applicant is nominated by the responsible authorities of the Sending Partner.

For full time programmes, students can apply from the following Sending Partners: Arab Republic of Egypt, Argentine Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Federative Republic of Brazil, Georgia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Japan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Kingdom of Morocco, Kingdom of Thailand, Kurdistan Regional Government/Iraq, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanese Republic, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Oriental Republic of the Uruguay, Pacific Alliance (member states: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru), Palestine, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, People's Republic of Bangladesh, People's Republic of China (including the Hudec scholarships), Republic of Albania, Republic of Angola, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Cabo Verde, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Ghana, Republic of India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Korea, Republic of Kosovo, Rebublic of Namibia, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Singapore, Republic of South Africa, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Uzbekistan, Republic of Yemen, Russian Federation, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, State of Eritrea, State of Israel, State of Kuwait, Syrian Arab Republic, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Tunisian Republic, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Mexican States, United Republic of Tanzania.

For partial (exchange) study programmes, students can apply from the following Sending Partners: Federative Republic of Brazil, Japan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Lebanese Republic, Mongolia, People's Republic of China (only Hudec applicants), Republic of Albania, Republic of Belarus, Republic of India, Republic of Korea, Republic of Turkey, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Russian Federation, Syrian Arab Republic, United Mexican States.

Please note that this list can be subject to change because new sending partners/countries might join the programme. In this case, Tempus Public Foundation is only able to open the application surface for a new programme country if

  • there are still at least 30 days left to the deadline of student applications at the time when Tempus Public Foundation is officially informed about the new bilateral educational cooperation agreement, AND

  • in case the partner relation has already appointed the authority that should be responsible for managing the scholarship programme from the sending country’ side.

    Please note that these requirements also apply in case a bilateral educational cooperation agreement is replaced with a new agreement or in case there are changes in the new agreement.

    Please note that the programme is implemented by direct cooperation with the responsible authorities of the Sending Partner. The application does not have any additional costs, therefore we highly suggest you not to apply through any agencies. However, for your information you can find the list of agencies that the Hungarian universities work with, please click here to check, the list is updated regularly.

Non-eligibility

Applications will not be considered in the following cases:

  • Hungarian citizens (including those with dual citizenships), persons granted a refugee status (“menekült), persons enjoying temporary protection (“menekültes”), persons admitted for subsidiary protection (“oltalmazott”) and persons granted temporary protection (“befogadott”),

    • Please note that this requirement is not only for applicants but for Scholarship Holders as well; it means that e.g. if you obtain a Hungarian citizenship or a refugee status during your studies in Hungary, you automatically lose your scholarship status.

  • Applicants with a citizenship different from the sending country/territory. For example, only Brazilian citizens can apply through the Brazilian Sending Partner.

  • Applicants born after 31 August 2001 (= applicants under 18 years old as of 31 August 2019) except applicants applying for Dance study programmes,

  • Those applicants who are registered self-financed / fee-paying students of a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline AND who are applying for a study level below their self-finances studies. It means that:

    • self-financed master students of a Hungarian higher education institution cannot apply for bachelor studies, and

    • self-financed doctoral students of a Hungarian higher education institution cannot apply for master studies.

  • Those former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders who were awarded for full degree studies and who

    • are now re-applying for full degree or partial (exchange) studies in the same cycle of education (non-degree studies, bachelor, master, one-tire master, doctoral level) – (therefore, those Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders can apply for the programme who apply to continue their studies at a different cycle of education, e.g. bachelor scholarship holders can apply for master studies!)

    • or who are now re-applying for the programme for any cycles of education while they still have a scholarship status at the time of application (unless they withdraw their former scholarship before the application deadline) and will not receive their degree until 31 August 2019,

    • or who have postponed the start date of their scholarship studies and did not withdraw their scholarship before the current application deadline.

  • Those former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders who were awarded for partial (exchange) studies and who

    • are now re-applying for partial (exchange) studies in the same cycle of education (non-degree studies, bachelor, master, one-tire master, doctoral level) – (therefore, those Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders can apply for a different cycle of education, e.g. former bachelor scholarship holders can apply for master partial (exchange) studies if they are now master students in their home countries!)

      Therefore, please note that it is only possible to re-apply for full degree scholarship studies in the same cycle of education if the former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holder was previously awarded for partial (exchange) studies! Even in this case, the lengths of the full degree scholarship shall be reduced by the lengths of the previous partial (exchange) studies.

      Important note for self-financed students already studying in Hungary:

      Those applicants who are registered self-financed / fee-paying students of a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline AND who are now applying for the same study level are only eligible to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme if

  • they are recommended by their Hungarian host universities where they are studying at the time of application, AND

  • if their cumulative, corrected sum average (“összesített korrigált kreditindex”) is higher than the students’ average performance at the particular study programme(“szakátlag”).

    For example, self-financed master students enrolled in Hungary can apply to continue their studies with the scholarship on the same master level only if they are recommended by their university and their cumulative, corrected sum average is above average. Please see further details about the optional application documents in Section 3.2.3. of the call.

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