Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People

Call for Applications 2018-2019 - SOON TO BE PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 2018!

 

Previous Call for Applications 2017-2018

1. The Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People
2. Eligibility
3. The Application Process
4. Studying in Hungary
5. Contact Details
6. Annexes

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1. The Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People

1.1. Mission of the Programme

Hungary provides high quality education in the heart of Europe. Today, there is a growing demand of international students to study in Hungary. Besides the quality of education and degrees recognised throughout Europe and beyond, students are attracted by the affordable living costs with an extremely favourable cost-to-value ratio, a safe and friendly living environment with convenient public transportation, the central location of the country in Europe and the unspoiled natural beauties combined with a 2000 year-old, rich Hungarian history and several UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Hungary is also within the top countries with the highest number of scientific Nobel Prize Winners per capita, and a numerous scientific inventions from Vitamin C to Rubik’s cube and so on.

The core mission of the Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People is to provide the possibility of studying in Hungary for young Christian students living in the crisis regions of the world and/or being threatened in their country because of their faith. After completing their studies, the scholarship holders will return to help their home community with their gained knowledge, and thy will participate in the reconstruction of war-destroyed countries and contribute to improvement of social situation and preservation of culture of Christian communities.

The Programme is managed by the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and organized by the Tempus Public Foundation.

1.2. Available Scholarship Types 

1.2.1. Study Levels

Scholarships are available for bachelor, master and one-tier master programmes

Available Scholarship
Types

Duration

Qualifications at the end of programme

Available study modes

full time

partial

full time

partial

Degree programmes

Bachelor programmes

2-4 years

1 or 2 semesters

BA or BSc degree

certificate of completion

full time and partial

Master programmes

1.5-2 years

1 or 2 semesters

MA or MSc degree

certificate of completion

full time and partial

One-tier master programmes

5-6 years

1 or 2 semesters

MA or MSc degree

certificate of completion

full time and partial

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.

1.3. Provisions Covered by the Scholarship

  • Tuition-free education
    • exemption from the payment of tuition fee
  • Monthly stipend
    • bachelor, master and one-tier master level: monthly amount of HUF 119 000 (cca. EUR 380) contribution to the living expenses in Hungary, for 12 months a year, until the completion of studies
  • Accommodation
    • dormitory place or a contribution of HUF 40 000 to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period
  • Reimbursement of travel costs
    • HUF 200 000 /year (cca. EUR 645)
  • 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

 

2. Eligibility

2.1. Eligible Sending Partners

The Scholarship Programme is based on the cooperation between the Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary and churches, pursuing humanitarian activities in crisis regions. For the 2017/18 academic year the scholarship is announced for the citizens of following countries: Egypt, Lebanese Republic, Republic of Iraq, State of Israel, Palestine, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and Nigeria. The applicants may not have Hungarian citizenship.

Local Churches are to verify and prove that the applicant belongs to their religious community. List of Churches is to be found in Annex 1.

Only those applications can be awarded with scholarship, which also possess the recommendation from the local Church along with the approval of the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians.

Scholarship holders must possess the relevant language and education certificates, degrees requested by the host university of the selected degree programme. The scholarship holders commit themselves in the scholarship agreement that after the scholarship agreement ends they return to their home countries, if the local security and political conditions allow it so.

Scholarships are for young applicants who are older than 18 years of age by the time their education starts in Hungary. An individual may win the scholarship only one time at a study level.

2.3. Available Host Institutions and Study Programmes

The list of available study programmes and Host Institutions compiled by the Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians is accessible in this call as Annex 2. (see Annex 2 or to download).

Each applicant is entitled to apply for up to two different study programmes, in order of preference. Once the application has been submitted, the order of preference can no more be changed by the applicant.

2.4. Language of Study Programmes

Applicants are eligible to apply only if they meet the minimum language criteria set by the chosen host higher education institution (see Annex 2). In general: students shall have a level of English proficiency required by the Host Institution.

 

3. The Application Process

3.1. Application Timeline

3.2. Application Documents to be submitted to Tempus Public Foundation

No hard copies are required from any of these documents by Tempus Public Foundation at the time of application.

3.2.1. Basic Application Documents

All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online application surface by all applicants until 16thJune 2017 (23:59 Budapest time).

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 6 months  prior to the submission of the application must also be uploaded)
  • those who apply for partial 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 describing, among other, why the applicant has chosen the specific studies and how his/her studies will contribute to the greater benefit of his/her local community in his/her homeland.

all applicants

Approved recommendation

  • Recommendation of the local Christian Church approved by the Hungarian Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians. Approvals must be carried out by the highest level in the Church or at least at an episcopal level. See Annex 1.

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  its translation
  • see section 2.4. 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
  • N.B.: 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 translationsin 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 its translation
  • master level full time programmes: scanned copy of the original bachelor degree certificate or equivalent AND its translation
  • one-tier master level full time programmes: scanned copy of the original secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent AND its translation
  • N.B.: 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 translationin 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 has participated in) AND its translation
  • N.B.: 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 1st Dec 2016
  • please note that there is no form provided by Tempus Public Foundation for this certificate, it can be any certificate that the particular hospital uses or the particular physician issues
  • certificates have 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

all applicants

Copy of passport

  • scanned copy of that page of the passport which contains the personal data of the applicant

all applicants

Statement for Application

  • all applicants need to upload the signed and scanned “Statement for Application” document (please see Annex 3 to download the statement form or click here)

all applicants

All documents that cannot be obtained 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 a copy of the original document.

3.2.2. Additional Documents for Music Applicants

Besides the documents listed in section 3.2.1, applicants applying for studies in the field of Music need to upload the below 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 16th June 2017 (23:59 Budapest time).

Application Documents

Detailed requirements

Required to be uploaded by

Audio Portfolio

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

applicants of study programmes in the field of Music

3.3. Missing Documents

All documents listed in point 3.2. are compulsory application documents. However, certain documents are accepted to be uploaded even after the application deadline, provided that the applicant could not possibly obtain the document by the deadline of application.

In this case, the applicants need to upload a signed statement that they will obtain and upload the missing document(s) until 1st August the latest. No missing document will be accepted if the statement is not uploaded until 11th June and/or if the missing documents are uploaded  after  1st August, thus such applications will automatically be rejected.

The following missing documents can be submitted after the application deadline, but no later than 1st August 2017 (23:59 Budapest time).:

Which documents can be uploaded as missing documents?

Who can upload these documents as missing documents?

What has to be uploaded until the deadline

What has to be uploaded until 1st August?

School certificates and their translations

high school certificate

only applicants registered for the last semester of their secondary school studies

statement signed by the applicant

high school certificate

bachelor degree certificate

only applicants registered for the last semester of their bachelor programme

statement signed by the applicant
AND
high school certificate and translation

bachelor degree certificate

Certificate of language proficiency

only applicants awaiting their language test results at the time of application

statement signed by the applicant

certificate of language proficiency

Copy of passport

only applicants awaiting their passport to be issued

statement signed by the applicant

copy of passport

Medical certificate

only applicants awaiting their medical certificate

statement signed by the applicant

medical certificate

3.4. Submitting the Application

3.4.1. Application to Tempus Public Foundation

All applications shall be submitted through the online application system of the Programme. Upon registration, the applicants  will be able to access the application surface and upload the required documents. Applications can only be submitted by clicking on the “submit” button in the application system. Please note that no applications will be accepted without the online submission and after the deadline. No hard copies are required.

The deadline for submitting the complete application package: 16th June 2017 (until 23:59 Central European Time).

By submitting the application, the applicant declares that all information provided on the online application surface of the programme – including the content of all uploaded documents – are true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

3.4.4. Application “Dos and Don'ts”

Please make sure that

  • you read and understand all parts of the Call for Application,
  • you visit the website of the programme (www.scholarship.hu) and your chosen Host Institutions for details about the entrance requirements of study programmes, curriculum and so on,
  • you provide precise contact details and make sure your e-mail address (or any other information) is not mistyped on your application form because all information – including the selection results – will be sent there,
  • you do not accidentally apply for the wrong study levels (e.g. master studies while you are a bachelor student) and do not apply to different study levels in one application
  • the documents with the correct file formats are uploaded and the files can be opened,
  • you submit your application until the deadline to the online application system,
  • you click on the “submit” button to submit your application because the “save” button will only save your surface but the application will not be submitted,
  • you write down and remember your login name, password and your e-mail address used when you submitted your application because you will need these information later (e.g. for accepting the scholarship offer), and
  • you write down and remember your application registration number because this is how we will be able to identify your application later and this is the number that Scholarship Holders will need to use. 

We highly suggest you to

  • increase your chances of getting admitted by applying for 2 different study programmes (in order of preference)
  • not to use a hotmail or yahoo e-mail address when submitting your application in order to avoid any technical problems.

3.5. Selection Procedure 

3.5.1. First round of selection: approval of recommendation

The recommendations need to be approved by the Hungarian Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians. Approved applications are sent to the Host Institutions for institutional evaluation.

3.5.2. Second round of selection: the institutional evaluation

The formal check of the applications is done by the Host Institutions in parallel with the entrance examinations.

Applications are considered formally eligible if all criteria are met:

  • the applicant is eligible for participation in the  Scholarship Programme;
  • the applicant has applied for a scholarship type and study programme available within the framework of the Scholarship Programme;
  • the applicant has submitted the application and all documents as required no later than the application deadline (except for cases listed in section 3.3.);
  • the applicant has proved his/her language proficiency and the language skills meet the requirements of the Host Institution.

Applicants with an eligible, formally correct application can proceed to the institutional entrance examinations. Each applicant can participate in up to two institutional entrance examinations – based on the submitted application form.

The exact date and method of the entrance examination varies by institutions. The methods of examination are available on our website (see Annex 2). Each applicant will be informed about further details (e.g. date of examination) directly by the Host Institutions.

The final decision about the application is made based on the application preferences, the entrance exam results as well as the capacities of the Host Institutions involved in the programme.

Applicants can be expected to be informed about the final result of application around 14th July 2017.

 

4. Studying in Hungary

4.1. Arrival and Enrolment

In order to gain a Scholarship Holder status, successful applicants must accept their scholarship offer and the Rules and Regulations of the programme through the online application system not later than 1st August 2017. Those who do not accept their scholarship offer until the deadline are automatically considered withdrawn from the scholarship.

Successful applicants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to Hungary. The programme covers HUF 200 000/year as travel allowance. Providing travel allowance is organised by the Host Institution. Scholarship Holders are expected to obtain their visa and arrive to Hungary no later than 1st September 2017 (for study programmes starting in the Autumn Semester) – or the date set by the Host Institutions. No visa, administrative services or additional contribution is given to family members or accompanying persons.

The applicant who is granted the scholarship must enrol to the Host Institution in the semester in which he was granted admission. If s/he does not enrol within one month after the beginning of the academic year/semester or the deadline provided by the Host Institution, s/he will be automatically excluded from the scholarship programme. In justified cases, the applicant can ask for the postponement of his/her studies for up to 1 year. Postponement request has to be sent to the Host Institution and the Tempus Public Foundation until 30th September 2017 the latest – or until the registration deadline set by the Host Institution.

Please visit the Rules and Regulations of the programme for details about the acceptance of the scholarship, enrolment and postponement procedures.

4.2. Rights and Obligations

All Scholarship Holders are bound by the Rules and Regulations of the Scholarship Programme. Please make sure to read it carefully: http://www.tpf.hu/docs/palyazatok/scy-operational-regulations-en.pdf 

Scholarship Holders are required to sign a scholarship contract with the Host Institution including study-related details and the rights and obligations of the Scholarship Holders.

The scholarship is a contribution to the living costs of the Scholarship Holder only, therefore – within the framework of the programme – visa-related assistance, additional allowance and administrative services are not provided for any accompanying people or family members. The legal entity of the scholarship contract are exclusively the Scholarship Holder and the Host Institution.

The Scholarship Holders are expected to follow the regulations of the Host Institution and continue their studies in good faith, to the best of their abilities, in order to meet the academic requirements of the study programme and thus finish the programme successfully. By accepting the scholarship offer, the Scholarship Holders agree to participate in the alumni system of the programme that supports the maintenance of relationships with the Scholarship Holders and facilitates the flow of information – such as the alumni website, alumni events and surveys about the satisfaction of students, career monitoring and the evaluation of research activities.

Scholarship Holders are obliged to live and study in Hungary, therefore they are not allowed to live habitually in any other countries during the study period – otherwise their scholarship holder status will be terminated. The Scholarship Holders are obliged to inform their host institution if they leave Hungary during the study period for more than 10 days in a row. The   Scholarship entitles Scholarship Holders to carry out studies in Hungary, therefore the Scholarship Holders are not entitled to use financial support for getting enrolled in full time or partial study programmes outside Hungary (e.g. Erasmus + and CEEPUS). Applicants are also not eligible to receive the Scholarship in case they have another concurrent scholarship from the Hungarian central budget. If the Scholarship Holder was awarded more than one scholarship, s/he has to choose one of the scholarships and renounce from the other ones.

At the end of their study period or academic year as Scholarship Holders, students are obliged to submit a Student Report to Tempus Public Foundation until the given deadline.

 

5. Contact Details

General information about applications:

Tempus Public Foundation
Name: Mrs. Bíbor Bánfi-Klekner
Address: H-1077 Budapest, Kéthly Anna tér 1.
Phone: 00 36 1 /237-1300/337
E-mail: Christians_Scholarship@tpf.hu 

Ministry of Human Capacities of Hungary
Deputy State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians
Secretariat Office
Address: H-1054 Budapest, Akadémia u. 3.
Phone: 00 36 (1) 8963692
E-mail:ukerhattitkarsag@emmi.gov.hu

 

6. Annexes

Annex 1: List of Churches

Annex 2: List of eligible Host Institutions, study programmes, institutional language criteria and institutional methods of examinations

Annex 3: Statement for Application

6.1 List of Churches

  • Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East
  • Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine
  • Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All The East
  • Chaldean Catholic Church
  • Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem
  • Catholic Church of Nigeria
  • Coptic Catholic Church
  • Coptic Orthodox Church
  • Syriac Maronite Church
  • Melkite (Greek) Catholic Church
  • Armenian Catholic Church
  • Armenian Apostolic Church
  • Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan
  • Syriac Catholic Church
  • Syriac Orthodox Church

6.2 List of eligible Host Institutions 

Please note that the list of eligible host institutions and study programmes are subject to change.

Institution

Study programme

Faculty

Study level

Language of instruction

Qualification

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Computer Engineer

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics

BSc

English

BSc in Computer Engineering

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Electrical Engineering

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics

BSc

English

BSc in Electrical Engineering

Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Mechanical Engineering (BSc)

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

BSc

English

BSc in Mechanical Engineering

Eötvös Lorand University

Assyriology

Faculty of Humanities

MA

English

Assyriologist

Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

Musical Creative Arts and Musicology

Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music

BA

English

Specialisation 1: Composer, Specialisation 2: Composer of Applied Music

Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Computer Science Engineering

Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics

MSc

English

MSc in Computer Science Engineering

Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Info-Bionics Engineering

Faculty of Information Technology and Bionics

MSc

English

MSc in Info-Bionics Engineering

Pázmány Péter Catholic University

Archaeology

Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA

English

archaeologist

University of Debrecen

Pharmacy

Faculty of Pharmacy

OTM

English

Pharmacist (Pharm. D - doctor pharmaciae)

University of Debrecen

Social Work in Health Care

Faculty of Health

MSc

English

Social Worker in Health Care (MSc in Social Work in Health Care)

University of Debrecen

Hydrobiology - Water Quality Management

Faculty of Science and Technology

MSc

English

Hydrobiologist (MSc in Hydrobiology)

University of Miskolc

Petroleum Engineering

Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering

MSc

English

MSc in Petroleum Engineering

University of Miskolc

Petroleum Geoengineering

Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering

MSc

English

MSc in Petroleum Geoengineering

University of Pécs

Business Administration and Management

Faculty of Business and Economics

BA

English

Economist in Business Administration and Management

University of Pécs

Nursing and Patient Care (Midwife)

Faculty of Health Sciences

BSc

English

Midwife

University of Pécs

Nursing and Patient Care (Nurse)

Faculty of Health Sciences

BSc

English

Nurse

University of Pécs

Nursing and Patient Care (Physiotherapy)

Faculty of Health Sciences

BSc

English

Physiotherapist

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Last modified: 23-11-2017