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Hungary through the Balassi Institute, the Hungarian Scholarship Board Office offers scholarships for foreign students and lecturers in higher education institutions as well as research fellows who intend to gain further professional experience in Hungarian higher education institutions, research or art institutes. Scholarships can be applied for in two different ways:

1)    Work plans and bilateral agreements

The Office of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (hereinafter HSB) welcomes applications by citizens of countries (and territories) that have a valid/effective educational work plan with Hungary, or a bilateral agreement signed by the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities and the relevant ministry of the given country (or territory). Dissemination of all information regarding the application procedure and deadlines as well as assessment and shortlisting of applications is conducted by the scholarship authority or the Ministry of Education in the relevant home country (or territory). Applications forwarded by partner scholarship offices shall have a priority. However, applications submitted directly to the HSB Office shall also be accepted in the framework of the Pool system outlined below.

2)    Scholarship Pool

This system allows applications for all HSB scholarship types from the following countries:

Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korean Republic, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Republic of the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Available Scholarships

The following scholarships are available in the academic year 2015/2016:

A - semester/partial studies (3-10 months)

Available for: undergraduate (BA/BSc) and graduate (MA/MSc) students (enrolled at foreign higher education institutions), especially those majoring in Hungarian Language and Literature and students participating in a single degree track university programme (such as General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmaceutical Studies, Veterinary Studies, Architecture, Studies in Law, etc.). Before application, students are required to have completed minimum two semesters at their home institutions. For ‘Type A’ scholarship students may apply only on one occasion during their Bachelor’s studies, and once during their Master’s studies.

B - postgraduate studies, research (3-21 days or 1-10 months)

Available for: applicants holding a Master’s degree or an equivalent university degree, including PhD students who intend to do research for their dissertation and wish to stay in Hungary for less than 10 months. (However, PhD students cannot earn credits during the scholarship period at the host university.)

C/1 - full PhD programme (36 months)

The scholarship is conditional upon successful entrance exam/admission to the respective Hungarian doctoral school.

C/2 - partial PhD studies (10 months)

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme at an accredited higher education institution in their home country or in a foreign country (but not in Hungary).

D - postdoctoral studies, research (1-10 months)

Applicants must hold a PhD or an equivalent degree.

E - research stay (3-21 days or 1-10 months)

Available for applicants who hold minimum a PhD or an equivalent degree.

F - summer courses in the summer of 2015 (2-4 weeks)

Only courses published in the list of ‘Summer Courses 2015’ on the HSB website can be selected. You may select three different courses but your scholarship will allow you to participate only in one course.

CASES OF NON-ELIGIBILITY

  • Foreign citizens with an immigration/national settlement 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 as defined by the Hungarian Labour Law
  • Students in employment applying for part-time or correspondence study programmes

AGE LIMIT FOR APPLICANTS

  • Applicants for semester/partial studies (type A) must be under 30.
  • Applicants for postgraduate studies (type B) must be under 40.
  • Applicants for PhD scholarships (types C1 and C2) must be under 35.
  • Applicants for postdoctoral scholarships (type D) must be under 45.

There is no age limit for the following types of scholarships:

  • research stay (type E)
  •  summer university course (type F).

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Scholarships offered by the HSB allow for studies or research in any field of arts or sciences at an accredited Hungarian higher education institution or research institute to be determined in advance.

Those who wish to apply for semester/partial and postgraduate studies as well as doctoral programmes (full-time or part-time) can only pursue ministerial scholarship studies in Hungarian. (Scholarship awarded by the Minister responsible for education in Hungary) Tuition fee is covered by the Hosting Party.

For ’type A scholarship’ students may apply only on one occasion in the course of their Bachelor’s studies, and once during their Master’s studies. Type A (semester/partial studies) and type C1/C2 (full PhD and partial PhD studies) scholarships cannot be extended. Type B (postgraduate studies), D (postdoctoral studies, research), and E (research stay) scholarships may be extended exceptionally, only under special circumstances, on one occasion. The request for the extension of the research stay must be submitted to the HSB Office one or maximum two months ahead of the beginning of the planned extension.

HSB scholarships are valid only for studies and research purposes in Hungary. Scholarship-holders must stay in Hungary during the entire period of their studies or research.

Scholarships are awarded for the summer of 2015 or the academic year 2015/2016 and must be finished by 30 June 2016 at the latest.

A list of the national scholarship authorities (‘Foreign Partners’), the list of summer university courses as well as other useful information can be found on the HSB website (www.scholarship.hu). Scholarships are awarded by the Hungarian Minister responsible for education based on the decisions of the Hungarian Scholarship Board. The list of successful applicants for the different types of scholarships is expected to be published on the HSB website in the course of June and July 2015. Applicants will be informed on the result in an official letter posted or sent via e-mail. The HSB office shall not accept appeals against the decision.