Hungarian State Scholarships

 

Call for Applications for Foreigners for Hungarian State Scholarships

 

2013/2014

 

Hungarian Scholarship Board

 

Call for applications for foreigners for Hungarian state scholarships to conduct studies or research in Hungarian higher education institutions and research institutes in the academic year 2013/2014 and for summer university courses in the summer of 2013.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Scholarships and study trips might be a special opportunity in the life and professional development of young people. Therefore it is essential to choose a country that has outstanding results in the field of education and research and its culture is rather different from the applicant’s home culture. Hungary is one of the most attractive destinations for those who wish to study abroad. Lying in the heart of Europe, Hungary is famous for its hospitality and friendliness in harmony with its ancient eastern traditions. Hungary is renowned for a particular language with a unique rhythm, special music, folk art, architecture as well as its long traditions in science, education and arts. There is hardly anyone who is not familiar with Liszt, Bartók and Kodály’s music , János Irinyi’s matches, László Bíró’s ball pen, János Bólyai’s non-Euclidean geometry, Albert Szent-Györgyi’s vitamin C, László Moholy-Nagy’s revolutionary work activity in the field of visual arts, János Neumann’s computer, Dénes Gábor’s hologram, Endre Papp’s hybrid maize, Ernő Rubik’s magic cube or Ignáz Semmelweis’ mother-saving theory on the use of hand disinfection, only to mention a few famous Hungarian “inventions”.

 

Budapest is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world with special architecture, a great amount of protected area as part of the World Heritage, with the Blue Danube, mountains, Europe’s longest karst cave, with so many thermal spas, Turkish and Roman monuments and a city of ruins rivaling Pompei. The Hungarian equestrian culture originating from the ancient steppe, the Hungarian fishing industry, livestock, agriculture and the country’s tourist attractions are abundant in surprises for everybody.

 

Lake Balaton, the region’s largest sweet water lake, the first museum of golden artifacts, cafés competing with those in Paris and Vienna, retro pubs, flea markets, festivals and museums are inviting visitors.

 

Hungarian higher education institutions have been receiving foreign students for more than a hundred years. Degrees obtained in Hungary are accepted and appreciated worldwide. For many decades Hungarian universities and research institutes have been participating in international co-operations in all fields of science and arts.

 

Come and study or do research in Hungary and thus not only develop your professional skills but also gain unforgettable experience.

 

Location: Eastern hemisphere between longitudes 16° and 23° and Northern hemisphere between latitudes 45° and 49°, at the center of Europe, in the Carpathian Basin.

 

Area: 93,030 square kilometres

 

Capital: Budapest

 

Official language: Hungarian

 

Estimated population: 9,962,000

 

Climate: Continental

 

Average temperature: approx. +10 °C

 

Number of sunny hours per year: 1,700 – 2,100

 

Average rainfall per year: 500-1,000 mm

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

 

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 or research 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 Resources 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

 

In 2005 the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Hungary established the ‘Scholarship Pool’ allowing for applications for all HSB scholarship types from the following countries/territories:

 

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, 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.

 

Citizens of the following countries may only apply through their national scholarship offices, on the basis of bilateral agreements:

 

China, Columbia, Yemen, Mongolia, Palestine and Vietnam.

 

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS

 

The following scholarships are available in the academic year 2013/2014:

 

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 where no tuition fee is required.

 

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 associate professors or high-ranking academics as well as researchers holding minimum a PhD or an equivalent degree.

 

F - summer courses in the summer of 2013 (2-4 weeks)

 

Only courses published in the list of ‘Summer Courses 2013’ 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 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 as defined by the Hungarian Labour Law

 

Students in employment applying for part-time or correspondence study programmes

 

Students applying for programmes not financed by the Hungarian State

 

Students admitted to higher education host institutions where tuition fee is required.

 

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.

 

Semester/partial and postgraduate studies as well as doctoral programmes must be carried out in higher education institutions or research institutes where no tuition fee is required.

 

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.

 

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 2013 or the academic year 2013/2014 and must be finished by 30 June 2014 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 2013. 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.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

 

Applications must be submitted in two ways:

 

1. ONLINE through the HSB website,

 

2. In printed version sent by post.

 

Note: Applications must be submitted in both ways. Our office will only accept applications sent by post as well as through the online system by the given deadline.

 

1. Online application: You have to register and upload your application material through the HSB website

 

Before starting the online procedure please read our Online Application Guidelines carefully.

 

Deadline of the online application: 8th April 2013 (Thursday midnight)

 

2. Printed version: must be sent by post to the following address:

 

Balassi Intézet, MÖB Iroda

 

1519 Budapest Pf. 385

 

Hungary

 

Deadline: Thursday, 8th April 2013 (as per postmark)

 

Note: For those applying under the system of bilateral agreements the application deadline might be earlier, as determined by the national scholarship office of the given country.

 

We suggest that applicants keep a copy of the application documents.

 

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

 

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED

 

Paper-based applications – from any country and for all scholarship types - must contain two (2) printed copies of the documents listed below in one of the following languages: Hungarian, English, French or German- in the order indicated below. Certificates (diploma, awarding of a title, proof of student status, language certificate, certificate of education, transcript of records etc.) and other documents must be translated to any of these languages if the language of issuance is different. All conditions apply to online and paper-based applications alike.

 

A - semester/partial studies

 

1. Application form of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (to be edited in the online application system)

 

2. Curriculum Vitae (there are no criteria for the printed version; in the online system you have to fill in the form under the menu point ‘Edit your CV’)

 

3. Letter of interest

 

4. Transcript of the last two completed semesters at the home institution (for those who have already completed a Bachelor’s programme: copy of the BA/BSc certificate)

 

5. Certificate of the applicant’s level of Hungarian necessary for the selected course – unless there is another working language for the proposed course/programme (in this case the host institution is to declare this fact in the letter of invitation)

 

6. Copy of the letter of enrolment issued by the applicant’s home institution

 

7. Letter of invitation by a state-financed host institution in Hungary (the programme at the host institution must be exempt from tuition-fees)

 

8. Medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (issued by the family doctor).

 

B - postgraduate studies, research

 

1. Application form of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (to be edited in the online application system)

 

2. Curriculum Vitae (there are no criteria for the printed version; in the online system you have to fill in the form under the menu point ‘Edit your CV’)

 

3. Precise and detailed work plan – maximum two pages

 

4. Copy of highest degree/diploma (i.e. MA or MSc degree)

 

5. Certificate of proficiency in the language required for conducting the research

 

6. List of publications

 

7. Letter of invitation by a state-financed host institution in Hungary (higher education institution, research institute or art institution)

 

8. Two letters of recommendation written by two recognized experts in the relevant discipline. They must be signed and stamped and/or written on letterhead paper. The letters of recommendation and the letter of invitation cannot be issued by the same person.

 

9. Medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (issued by the family doctor)

 

C/1 - full PhD programme

 

1. Application form of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (to be edited in the online application system)

 

2. Curriculum Vitae (there are no criteria for the printed version; in the online system you have to fill in the form under the menu point ‘Edit your CV’)

 

3. Precise and detailed work plan – maximum two pages

 

4. Copy of highest degree/diploma

 

5. Certificate of language proficiency required for conducting the research; if the working language is other than Hungarian, the host institution shall declare this fact in the letter of invitation

 

6. List of publications

 

7. Letter of invitation by the director of an accredited doctoral school in Hungary, declaring that the applicant may take part in a tuition-free programme on the condition of being accepted to the doctoral school and awarded a HSB scholarship. The positive decision of the respective Hungarian Doctoral Council shall be submitted at the latest by 1st of August in the year of the application.

 

8. Two letters of recommendation written by two recognized experts in the relevant discipline. They must be signed and stamped and/or written on letterhead paper. The letters of recommendation and the letter of invitation cannot be issued by the same person.

 

9. Medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (issued by the family doctor)

 

C/2 - partial PhD studies

 

1. Application form of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (to be edited in the online application system)

 

2. Curriculum Vitae (there are no criteria for the printed version; in the online system you have to fill in the form under the menu point ‘Edit your CV’)

 

3. Precise and detailed work plan – maximum two pages

 

4. Copy of highest degree/diploma

 

5. Certificate of proficiency in the language required for conducting the research. If the working language is other than Hungarian, the host institution shall declare this fact in the letter of invitation

 

6. Copy of the letter of enrolment issued by the applicant’s doctoral school in the home country

 

7. List of publications

 

8. Letter of invitation by the director of an accredited doctoral school in Hungary (the PhD programme must be exempt from tuition-fees)

 

9. Two letters of recommendation, one by the applicant’s home institution, one by the supervisor in Hungary. They must be signed and stamped and/or written on letterhead paper. The letters of recommendation and the letter of invitation cannot be issued by the same person.

 

10. Medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (issued by the family doctor)

 

D - postdoctoral studies, research

 

1. Application form of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (to be edited in the online application system)

 

2. Curriculum Vitae (there are no criteria for the printed version; in the online system you have to fill in the form under the menu point ‘Edit your CV’)

 

3. Precise and detailed work plan – maximum two pages

 

4. Copy of highest degree/diploma

 

5. Certificate of proficiency in the language required for conducting the research

 

6. List of publications

 

7. Letter of invitation by a state-financed host institution in Hungary (higher education institution, research institute or art institution)

 

8. Two letters of recommendation from two recognized experts in the relevant discipline. They must be signed and stamped and/or written on letterhead paper. The letters of recommendation and the letter of invitation cannot be issued by the same person.

 

9. Medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (issued by the family doctor)

 

E - research stay for high-ranking academics

 

1. Application form of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (to be edited in the online application system)

 

2. Curriculum Vitae (there are no criteria for the printed version; in the online system you have to fill in the form under the menu point ‘Edit your CV’)

 

3. Precise and detailed work plan – maximum two pages

 

4. Copy of highest degree/diploma (PhD degree) and document certifying the high–ranking position (at least associate professor)

 

5. Certificate of proficiency in the language required for conducting the research

 

6. List of publications

 

7. Letter of invitation by a state-financed host institution in Hungary (higher education institution, research institute or art institution)

 

8. Two letters of recommendation written by two recognized experts in the relevant discipline. They must be signed and stamped and/or written on letterhead paper. The letters of recommendation and the letter of invitation cannot be issued by the same person.

 

9. Medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (issued by the family doctor)

 

F - summer courses in the summer of 2013

 

1. Application form of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (to be edited in the online application system)

 

2. Curriculum Vitae (there are no criteria for the printed version; in the online system you have to fill in the form under the menu point ‘Edit your CV’)

 

3. Letter of interest

 

4. Copy of highest degree/diploma (Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma). University students should submit a copy of the academic transcript of the last completed semester

 

5. a short explanation to the grading system with regard to the academic transcript (e.g. ’30 points’=excellent, etc.)

 

6. Certificate of proficiency in the language required for the course

 

7. One letter of recommendation issued by a professor at the applicant’s higher education institution or by the applicant’s employer

 

8. Medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (issued by the family doctor)

 

ARTS/MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Applicants for music/arts scholarships must attach the following documents in addition to the above:

 

For painters, graphic artists and sculptors: photographs of three (3) works of art / sketches (indicating the date of the creation)

 

For musicians (conductors, composers): high quality recordings of three (3) different styles of music, (conductors may submit a DVD), composers must submit three (3) original scores as well.

 

Applicants for graphic and fine arts as well as music may be required to take additional exams in the relevant Hungarian host institution before being granted a scholarship.

 

Applicants who wish to study at the Liszt Academy of Music should contact the International Department of the Academy (e-mail: Ez az e-mail cím a spamrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát. or Ez az e-mail cím a spamrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát. , phone: +36 1 462 4615, +36 1 462 4617) for detailed information concerning the application process and they should ask for a letter of acceptance from the International Department of the Academy before preparing their applications for an HSB scholarship.

 

The HSB Office cannot accept letters of acceptance issued by a professor of the Academy. Applicants should send their applications to the Liszt Academy of Music before 15 February 2013 as they – except for certain researchers - will have to take an entrance examination. In the application form to be sent to the Academy applicants should indicate that they are simultaneously applying for an HSB scholarship. Since the entrance examinations at the Liszt Academy of Music are usually organised at the end of June or beginning of July, the positive decision of the Hungarian Scholarship Board should be considered conditional.

 

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

 

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

 

HUF 40 460 stipend per month, paid by the host institution*; student hostel accommodation in a university residence hall paid by the scholarship-holder**

 

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

 

HUF 79 200 stipend per month and HUF 70 000 accommodation allowance per month.

 

For scholarships lasting 21 days or less: accommodation allowance and a stipend of HUF 3 000/day.

 

These amounts are paid by the Balassi Institute HSB Office.

 

C/1 - full PhD programme (36 months)

 

HUF 100 000 stipend per month paid by the host institution*; student hostel accommodation in a university residence hall paid by the scholarship-holder**

 

C/2 - partial PhD studies (10 months)

 

HUF 100 000 stipend per month paid by the host institution*; student hostel accommodation in a university residence hall paid by the scholarship-holder**

 

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

 

HUF 118 800 stipend and HUF 80 000 accommodation allowance per month, paid by the Balassi Institute HSB Office.

 

E - research stay for high-ranking academics (3-21 days or 1-10 months)

 

HUF 118 800 stipend and HUF 80 000 accommodation allowance per month.

 

For scholarships lasting 21 days or less an accommodation allowance and a stipend of HUF 3 000/day will be granted. These amounts are paid by the Balassi Institute HSB Office.

 

F - summer course in 2012 (2-4 weeks)

 

Tuition-free course, free accommodation and meals.

 

*Scholarship-holders from Russia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia who were granted a scholarship based on a bilateral agreement receive their stipend from the sending Party, the amount thereof is set by the respective scholarship offices of those countries. The host institution provides them with accommodation in a university residence hall.

 

**Vacancy at university residence halls is limited, hence applicants are well-advised to inquire about the accommodation possibilities in advance.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION ON FINANCIAL PROVISIONS

 

HSB Scholarships cannot be awarded concurrently with any other scholarship awarded by the Hungarian state. If a scholarship-holder has been awarded another scholarship or gets other financial support (wages), he/she must waive the HSB scholarship.

 

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. In case of long-term research stays or trainings payment of 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. Scholarship

 

holders arriving for one month or shorter must bear in mind that their stipend may well be transferred only a few days before leaving Hungary.

 

Apart from the financial provisions outlined above, the HSB shall not compensate for any other costs related to the scholarship holder’s stay.

 

Travel Expenses

 

Travel expenses to Hungary, within Hungary and back to the country of origin shall not be covered by the Hungarian Scholarship Board.

 

Health insurance

 

According to the rules and amendments of the European Union Council Regulations 1408/71 (EC) and 574/72 (EC), European Union citizens or citizens of EFTA member countries (with the exception of Switzerland) are covered by health insurance in Hungary provided by the European Health Insurance Card. The card must be collected in the home country prior to the arrival in Hungary. Non-EU citizens and non-EFTA citizens who wish to stay in Hungary for more than 1 month are covered for medical treatment in case of sudden illness. Except for emergency cases the costs of dental care are not covered. Scholarship-holders staying in Hungary for less than 1 month are required to make their own arrangements for insurance coverage. REPORT

 

Applicants awarded with a scholarship will be asked via email to write a report after finishing their scholarship period. The report must be prepared and submitted in the online application system. The scholarship holder has 30 days after the end of the scholarship period to submit the report. If the scholarship holder fails to submit the report within this time frame, he/she may be excluded from further scholarship applications.