About the Scholarship

1. ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP

The aim of the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme is to let students coming from countries of the ‘Eastern Opening’ finish their full-time bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree in Hungary and after graduation, facilitate economic and cultural development in their countries. The “Stipendium Hungaricum” Scholarship Programme was founded by the Hungarian Government in 2013.

 

2. ELIGIBILITY – APPLICATION CRITERIA

You can find the eligible countries here.

MA programme

Students applying for these programmes shall have:

  • an appropriate knowledge of English on a certain level that is defined by the host institution
  • hold a BA/BSc degree/certificate and successful entrance exam for the chosen programme

Ph.D programme

Students applying for these programmes shall have:

  • an appropriate knowledge of English on a certain level that is defined by the host institution
  • hold a MA/MSc degree/certificate and successful entrance exam for the chosen programme.

 

3. CASES OF NON-ELIGIBILITY

  • Foreign citizens with a residence/immigration permit or in the course of applying for such a permit in Hungary
  • Foreign citizens with permanent residence in Hungary
  • Foreign citizens employed on a permanent basis in Hungary as defined by the Hungarian Labour Law
  • Applicants in employment applying for part-time or correspondence study programmes

 

4. HOW TO APPLY

You can find more about the MA programmes of NUPS here and about the Ph.D programmes of NUPS here.

The applications for full-time studies must contain the following documents:
  1. Application form of the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme (completely filled and signed by the applicant)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Motivation letter
  4. Certificate of the applicant’s level of the language necessary for the selected program AND its translation.
  5. School certificates AND their translations:
    a) Copy of the secondary school graduation certificate (with its notarized English/Hungarian translation)
    b) Official transcripts, degrees, diplomas of any higher education already completed (with its notarized English/Hungarian translation)
    c) Copy of the BA/BSc certificate (for applicants for MA or MSc programs) – with its notarized English/Hungarian translation
  6. Copy of the passport
  7. Medical certificate of satisfactory health condition
 
Ph.D program applicants must attach the following documents in addition to the above:
  1. Detailed research plan (min. 2 pages)
  2. Copy of the MA/MSc certificate (with its notarized English/Hungarian translation)
  3. Two letters of recommendation


Application deadline: 5th March, 2017

Please note that the application for 2017/18 is finished. For more information please visit the following websitehttp://www.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/

 

5. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

Relevant for every full-time scholarship holder:

  • tuition-free course
  • the higher education institutions may offer dormitory places - according to the dormitory capacity of the given institution – or and amount of HUF 40 000 will be provided to the student for accommodation costs
  • English language medical insurance up to 65 000 HUF/year is provided 
  • monthly stipend - The stipend – for 12 months – will be granted by the host institution. The amount of the scholarship - according to the actual law in force - is HUF 40 460 per month in the case of BA/BSc, MA/MSc programmes, and it is HUF 140.000 per month for PhD students.
  • Travel expenses to Hungary, within Hungary and back to the country of origin shall not be covered by the Hungarian Party.

 

6. GENERAL PROVISIONS

The scholarships are valid for studies in Hungarian state universities or state colleges, for studies in scientific fields defined in the effective bilateral educational work plans with Hungary.

The scholarships awarded for BA/BSc, MA/MSc programmes may be extended in accordance with the actual law in force. The duration of the PhD programmes cannot be extended in accordance with the actual law in force. The Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are valid only for studies in Hungary. Scholarship-holders must stay in Hungary during the entire period of their studies or research. If necessary, scholarship holders may leave for one, maximum for two months at a stretch. In case of longer absence, the scholarship holder may lose his/her ministerial scholarship status.

 

7. FURTHER INFORMATION ON FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

The scholarship is meant to cover the living expenses of one person only so there is no available financing or visa exemption for accompanying members of the family or any other persons. The stipend will not be effectuated immediately upon arrival in Hungary. Therefore scholarship holders are advised to have a sufficient amount of money to cover their living costs for at least one month in Hungary. Apart from the financial provisions outlined above, the Hungarian Scholarship Board shall not compensate for any other costs related to the scholarship holder’s stay.

The scholarships are awarded by the Minister responsible for education in Hungary based upon the nomination of the Hungarian Scholarship Board – with the provision that the scholarship holder has to conform to the application and entrance exam criteria of the Hungarian higher education institution and has to officially enroll at the Hungarian higher education institution.

The list of successful applicants for the different types of scholarships will be sent to the Sending Partner by Hungarian Scholarship Board Office. Applicants will be informed on the result by the ministry of education of the applicant’s country, or by the national scholarship office/agency.

The Hungarian higher education institution will inform the applicants about the entrance exam criteria. The decisions about the successful entrance exams must be sent by the National University of Public Service to the Hungarian Scholarship Board Office. The HSB Office forwards the list of the successful ministerial scholarship candidates through diplomatic channels to the Sending Partner. Scholarship holders may start their visa application procedure afterwards.