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Fully Funded Türkiye Scholarships for Undegraduate and Postgraduate Programmes in Turkey Universities

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Fully Funded Türkiye Scholarships for Undegraduate and Postgraduate Programmes in Turkey Universities

Fully Funded Türkiye Scholarships for Undegraduate and Postgraduate Programmes in Turkey Universities are open for applications from January 15, 2019 to February 20, 2019. Turkey offers scholarships to international students from all over the world to study in the most prestigious universities in Turkey.

Türkiye Scholarships 2019 Applications

Apart from providing education opportunities at an international caliber as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience, Turkey offers scholarships to international students from all over the world to study in the most prestigious universities in Turkey.

Türkiye Scholarships is a government-funded, competitive scholarship program, awarded to outstanding students to pursue full-time or short-term program at the top universities in Turkey.
Türkiye Scholarships aims to build a network of future leaders committed to strengthening cooperation among countries and mutual understanding among societies.

Application Dates: 15 January – 20 February 2019
Türkiye Scholarships applications for 2019 will be received in one period, and applications will be open between 15th January- 20th February 2019 for international students from all countries.

What is unique about Türkiye Scholarships?
What makes Türkiye Scholarships unique is that it’s not only inclusive of financial support but also provides university placement to its awardees at all levels of higher education.

Programs and Levels of Study
Programs open for application are: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programs
Applications will be open to applicants who wish to study at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.
Other programs such as Research Scholarships, Success Scholarships, and KATİP have different application periods and are announced regularly on our website and social media channels.

Fuat Sezgin Science History Scholarship Program
Honoring the memory and extensive work of Prof. Fuat SEZGIN in the field of History of Science, the year 2019 has been declared “Fuat Sezgin Year” where numerous programs and activities will be held in this scope throughout the year. As Türkiye Scholarships, the “Fuat Sezgin Science History Research Scholarship Program” will be open for applicants who wish to study in the field of Science History with special focus on Islamic Science History.

PASSPORT NOTICE For 2019 Applications
As part of 2019 application and evaluation process, in order to facilitate and quicken the later stages of your admission, provided that it is not a requirement, all candidates planning to apply this year are strongly advised to make their application with a valid passport as their ID document, or at least hold and present a valid passport during the scholarship interviews.

Application Procedures

  • 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

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)

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. 

Important Details:

  • 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.

Application Criteria

Basic Criteria for Applying

  1. 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%
  1. 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

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Groups:

  • Citizens of all countries
  • Graduates or applicants who are able to graduate at the end of the current academic year (before September 2019)
  • 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.

Evaluation and Selection

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.

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

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.

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:

a. Welcome and introduction
b. Document check
c. Candidate’s motivation for applying
d. Academic knowledge and career goals
e. Ending and questions to the committee

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

Note: 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.

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.

Scholarship Programs

Türkiye Scholarships offers a range of programs designed for each level of study, providing different forms of support, ranging from full-time degrees to short-term specialized programs as well as tailored and partnered programs for specific target groups.

Candidates are provided a university and academic program guide through Türkiye Scholarships Information System (TBBS) during their application process. The universities and programs offered can also be accessed through the comprehensive search engine.

Full-time Programs

Full-time programs refer to full-time degree awards which include Bachelor’s, Master’s and Phd courses.

Undergraduate Scholarship Program is specifically designed for Bachelor’s degree applicants in designated courses from engineering to health sciences, humanities to social sciences.

  • Programs offered in undergraduate level are provided in a guide which you can access in our website as well as during application in the application system.
  • Almost all fields of education are offered except for two-year associate or vocational degrees.
  • Please check the validity and equivalency of the programs/universities/fields you have selected in your country before sending your application.
  • For available departments and universities please check our website’s search engine or the guide provided in the system.

 Postgraduate Scholarship Program offers a wide range of programs across social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering at Master’s and PhD levels.
  • Programs offered in postgraduate level are provided in a guide which you can access in our website as well as during application in the application system.
  • Almost all fields of education are offered except for specialization in health sciences.
  • Please check the validity and equivalency of the programs/universities/fields you have selected in your country before sending your application.
  • For available departments and universities please check our website’s search engine or the guide provided in the system.

Universities and departments which candidates can choose will be available according to the educational background of the candidate.

Candidates may only choose universities and departments available to them in the system. An additional choice of university or department that is not available in the system is not possible.

Short Term Programs

Short-term programs refer to short-term support provided for a specific niche areas and target groups.

Success Scholarship Program (1 year) is specifically designed for students who are currently studying in Turkish universities with their own finances and have shown exceptional academic performance.

  • The program covers monthly stipend only.
 Research Scholarship Program (3-12 months): The program is designed to encourage international researchers and academicians to carry out collaborative academic research in their own fields with Turkish academicians in the most prestigious Turkish universities.
  • The program is available for PhD holders or PhD candidates at dissertation stage.
  • The program covers monthly stipend only.
  • Research Scholarship Program applications are received and evaluated over the course of four Application periods spread out all year round.

Turkish Language and Culture Programs

Turkish Language Programme for Public Officials and Academicians [KATİP] (8-10 months): This Program is designed for foreign public officials, diplomats, academicians and researchers who wish to learn Turkish and get closely familiar with Turke

  • Applications of KATİP program are not open to public and are received through Turkish Embassies in the respective countries.
  • The program covers monthly stipend and dormitory.

Application Calendar


Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarship Programs

Scholarship ProgramTimelineDatesCategory
Undergraduate and Postgraduate ScholarshipsApplications Open15 January 2019Application
Applications Close20 February 2019Application
Evaluation ProcessFebruary – April 2019Evaluation
Interviews PeriodApril – May 2019Interviews
Announcement of ResultsJuly 2019Results
Scholarship Agreement and Visa ProceduresJuly – August 2019Admission Procedures
Travel of New Students to Turkey / Beginning of the Academic Year1 – 15 September 2019*Beginning of Academic Year

* Candidates who are selected must take into account that they will receive their results in the summer months and must make necessary arrangements in their home country so as to be able to obtain their graduation documents and diplomas before their travel to Turkey.

Research Scholarships

Scholarship ProgramTimelineDatesCategory

Research Scholarships

1st Period Applications Open1 January 2019Applications
1st Period Applications Close31 MarchApplications
1st Period Announcement of ResultsAprilResults
2nd Period Applications Open1 AprilApplications
2nd Period Applications Close30 JuneApplications
2nd Period Announcement of ResultsJulyResults
3rd Period Applications Open1 JulyApplications
3rd Period Applications Close30 SeptemberApplications
3rd Period Announcement of ResultsOctoberResults
4th Period Applications Open1 OctoberApplications
4th Period Applications Close31 DecemberApplications
4th Period Announcement of ResultsJanuary 2020Results

Success Scholarships*

Scholarship ProgramTimelineDatesCategory
Success ScholarshipsApplications OpenOctober 2019Applications
Applications CloseNovember 2019Applications
Evaluation ProcessNovember – December 2019Evaluation
Announcement of ResultsDecember 2019Results

* Detailed Dates of Applications will be announced throughout the year on our website and other communication channels.

Click Here to Apply

For further information, please visit the official website of Turkish Government Scholarship here.

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