Call for Applications for doctoral programmes 2020/2021


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What can you find on this page?

Application documents
Available Scholarship Types
Provisions Covered by the Scholarship
Eligible Sending Partners

Non-eligibility

Call for Applications for doctoral programmes 2020-2021

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Annexes of the Call for Application

Annex 1: Lists of eligible study programmes determined in the educational cooperation agreements in effect between Hungary and the specific Sending Partner 

Full degree programmes– Click here
Partial studies– Click here
 

Annex 2: Operational Regulations of the Scholarship Programme – Click here 

Annex 3: Statement for Application – Click here 

Annex 4:  Privacy Policy – Click here

The eligible Host Institutions and details of their study programmes

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Application Dos and Don'ts

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Example of a medical certificate Click here

Checklist of the application documents

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Online Application System apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu


Application documents

All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online application surface by all applicants until 15 January 2020.

Please note that only files with a maximum size of 4 MB can be uploaded in the system.

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 2 years before the submission of the application)
  • those who apply for partial (exchange) 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 in Times New Roman 12 point font size letters
  • written in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

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 2.5. 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
  • 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 translations in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian

  • scanned copy of the original master degree certificate or equivalent AND its translation
  • partial (exchange) study programmes: scanned copy of the original certificate about student status issued by the current higher education institution where the applicants is registered in AND its translation
  • 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

Research plan
  • minimum 2 pages, typed in Times New Roman 12 point font size letters, written in the language of the selected study programme

Letters of Recommendation and Statement of the Supervisor  

  • two signed Letters of Recommendation from the applicant’s former or current academic tutor(s) or supervisor(s), written in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian - the two letters cannot be issued by the same person
  • a statement by the supervisor at the proposed Host Institution declaring that the supervisor undertakes to supervise the student's work within the doctoral programme

Transcript of Records and its translations in 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 have participated in) AND its translations
  • 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 15 November 2019
  • please note that there is no form provided by Tempus Public Foundation for this certificate, it can be any certificate that a particular hospital uses or a 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
  • please note that, despite the applicants need to upload this document, the Host Institutions might require the student to take a medical test at the time of enrolment (free of charge for Scholarship Holders)

all applicants

Copy of Identification Document

  • provided that the applicant already has a passport, a scanned copy of the passport’s data page should be uploaded
  • in case the applicant does not yet have a passport, they should upload the scanned copy of their national ID card
  • that page has to be uploaded which contains both the personal data and the photography of the applicant

all applicants

acceptance of Statement for Application in the online system

  • all applicants need to accept the “Statement for Application” (please see Annex 3 for a sample)
  • the statement can only be accepted in the online system, therefore scanned and signed copies should not be uploaded
  • the statement appears in the online application system after registration – all applicants need to click on accepting it in order to be able to submit their applications

all applicants

All documents that cannot be obtained or produced in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian have to be translated and the translations have to be submitted together with a the copy of the original document.

Please note that in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in European Union law, you need to give your consents regarding data protection and accept our Privacy Policy in order to be able to submit your application. These consents appear in the system after registration as well as the Privacy Policy – that is also Annex 4


All applicants of doctoral programmes are required to visit http://www.doktori.hu before they submit their application. The website provides information about the Hungarian doctoral schools, available research fields and research topics as well as the possible supervisors of doctoral students in English and Hungarian language. Proposed research topics for aspiring doctoral students are available at http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=115&lang=EN.

Doctoral applicants are also required to contact their chosen Host Institutions and doctoral schools in advance in order to discuss the available research topics in the institution as well as the possible supervisors for those topics. All students applying for a doctoral programme must have a supervisor at their selected Host University. The list of Stipendium Hungaricum coordinators at the Host Institutions is available at http://www.tka.hu/international-programmes/5218/institutional-coordinators. These pieces of information need to be considered when preparing the application materials (e.g. research plan) and whilst choosing a doctoral programme and research area.

Additional Documents for Art Applicants (3.2.2.)
 

Besides the documents listed in Section 3.2.1, applicants applying for studies in the field of Arts need to upload the following documents as well. All of the following documents are required and need to be submitted via the online application system by Art applicants until 15 January2020.

Application Documents

Detailed requirements

Required to be uploaded by

Portfolio photographs of three works of art / sketches (indicating the date of creation) applicants of study programmes in the field of Arts

Please note that only files with a maximum size of 4 MB can be uploaded in the system. If the size of the portfolio is larger than 4 MB, please upload a document that contains the link(s) where the portfolio file(s) can be downloaded from.

Additional Document for self-financed applicants who wish to continue their studies with the scholarship (3.2.3.)
 

Those applicants who are registered self-financed / fee-paying students of a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline AND who are now re-applying for the same study level are only eligible to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme in cases listed in Section 2.2. about non-eligibility.

Apart from the requirements about the average performance of the applicant, they need to be recommended by their Hungarian host universities where they are studying at the time of application. Therefore, we recommend all of these applicants to contact their universities and discuss whether the university wishes to recommend them for the scholarship.

In case you are recommended, please ask for a recommendation letter issued by the Hungarian Host Institution. This letter will be uploaded in the online application system by the university.

Available Scholarship Types

Study Levels (1.2.1.)
 

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s, doctoral, and non-degree programmes (preparatory and specialisation courses). Please note that this Call for Application is for doctoral  programmes only. Please find here the Call for Applications for bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s and non-degree programmes here.

Important note: applications are only accepted for bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s and non-degree programmes OR for doctoral programmes; therefore please consider carefully your selected programme(s).

Available Scholarship
Types

Duration

Qualifications at the end of programme

Available study modes

full time

partial (exchange)

full time

partial (exchange)

Degree programmes

Doctoral programmes

2+2 years

1 or 2 semesters

doctoral degree

certificate of completion

full degree and partial (exchange)

Note about doctoral master programmes:

In Hungary, the duration of doctoral programmes is 8 semesters. Doctoral programmes are divided into two different phases: the first phase (4 semesters)  is for professional training and research, while the second phase (4 semesters) is for research and dissertation. At the end of the first 4 semesters, doctoral students are obliged to take a complex exam, where the educational and research progress of the student is evaluated. Doctoral students can only continue with the second phase of their studies upon the successful completion of the complex exam. The amount of the monthly stipend is different is the two phases of doctoral programmes. Please see section 1.3 about financial details and section 3.1. about the details of application for doctoral programmes.

Study Modes (1.2.2.)
 

Both full degree and partial (exchange) study modes are available, in accordance with the relevant bilateral educational cooperation agreement. Full degree programmes are programmes that lead to a doctoral degree.

Partial (exchange) studies are one- or two-semester long exchange studies that are part of the student’s degree studies in their sending higher education institutions. Therefore, those who apply for partial (exchange) studies must be registered in and must have a student status at a higher education institution that operates outside of Hungary. In case of partial (exchange) studies, applicants can only apply to those study levels that they are attending in their sending, home institutions (i.e.: doctoral level). Partial (exchange) studies are available for up to one academic year and cannot be extended.

Please be extra cautious when selecting your preferred study programmes in the online application system as most of the study programmes are offered both as full degree and partial study programmes; therefore, those programmes appear twice. Please make sure that you select the programme marked with the study mode of your desire, because it is not possible to change the study mode after submitting your application!

[1] Please see section 2.6. for details about preparatory and specialisation courses!

Provisions Covered by the Scholarship (1.3.)

Tuition-free education

  • exemption from the payment of tuition fee

Monthly stipend

  • doctoral level: according to the current Hungarian legislation, the monthly amount of scholarship is HUF  140,000 (cca EUR 415) for the first phase of education (4 semesters) and HUF  180,000 (cca EUR 530) for the second phase (4 semesters) - for 12 months a year, until completion of studies. Please see details in section 1.2.1. 

Accommodation contribution

  • ​free dormitory place or a contribution of HUF 40,000/month to accommodation costs for the whole duration of the scholarship period (Please note that if the student does not live in the dormitory, then the HUF 40,000/month is a contribution to that rental costs, and in bigger cities – especially in the capital city – this contribution would not cover the full amount of rental costs.)

Medical insurance

  • health care services according to the relevant Hungarian legislation (Act LXXX of 1997, national health insurance card) and supplementary medical insurance for up to HUF 65,000 (cca EUR 195) a year/person

Please bear in mind that these provisions are only a contribution to the living expenses of the Scholarship Holders. It means that it does not fully cover all the costs of living and the students need to add their own financial resources in order to cover all living expenses in Hungary. All applicants are highly advised to check the expected living expenses both in Hungary and in the city that they wish to live in before applying; please do check our Cost of Living Calculator by clicking here: http://www.studyinhungary.hu/living-in-hungary/menu/your-costs-of-living.html

Eligibility

Eligible Sending Partners (2.1.)

The Stipendium Hungaricum Programme is based on effective bilateral educational cooperation agreements between the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade or its legal predecessor as regards the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme, the Ministry of Human Capacities, and the partner’s Ministry responsible for higher education. Applications will be considered eligible only if the applicant is nominated by the responsible authorities of the Sending Partner.

For full time programmes, students can apply from the following Sending Partners: Arab Republic of Egypt, Argentine Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Federative Republic of Brazil, Georgia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Japan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Kingdom of Morocco, Kingdom of Thailand, Kurdistan Regional Government/Iraq, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanese Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, Montenegro, Oriental Republic of the Uruguay, Pacific Alliance (member states: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru), Palestine, People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, People's Republic of Bangladesh, People's Republic of China (including the Hudec scholarships), Republic of Albania, Republic of Angola, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Cabo Verde, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Ghana, Republic of India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Iraq, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Korea, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Namibia, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Singapore, Republic of South Africa, Republic of the Sudan, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, Republic of Uzbekistan, Republic of Yemen, Russian Federation, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, State of Eritrea, State of Israel, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Tunisian Republic, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, United Mexican States, United Republic of Tanzania.

For partial (exchange) study programmes, students can apply from the following Sending Partners: Federative Republic of Brazil, Japan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Lebanese Republic, Mongolia, People's Republic of China (only Hudec applicants), Republic of Albania, Republic of Belarus, Republic of India, Republic of Korea, Republic of Turkey, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Russian Federation, Syrian Arab Republic, United Mexican States.

For partial (exchange) study programmes, students can apply from the following Sending Partners: Lebanese Republic, People's Republic of China (only Hudec applicants), Republic of Albania, Republic of Korea, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Russian Federation, Syrian Arab Republic, United Mexican States.

Please note that the programme is implemented through direct cooperation with the responsible authorities of the Sending Partner. The application does not have any additional costs, therefore we highly suggest you not to apply through any agencies. However, to find the list of agencies that the Hungarian universities work with, please click here to check, the list is updated regularly.

Non-eligibility (2.2.)

Applications will not be considered in the following cases:

Hungarian citizens (including those with dual citizenships), persons granted a refugee status (“menekült), persons enjoying temporary protection (“menedékes”), persons admitted for subsidiary protection (“oltalmazott”) and persons granted humanitarian protection (“befogadott”),

Please note that this requirement is not only for applicants but for Scholarship Holders as well; it means that e.g. if you obtain a Hungarian citizenship or a refugee status during your studies in Hungary, you automatically lose your scholarship status.

Applicants with a citizenship different from the sending country/territory. For example, only Brazilian citizens can apply through the Brazilian Sending Partner.

Applicants born after 31 August 2002 (= applicants under 18 years old as of 31 August 2020) except applicants applying for Dance study programmes,

Applicants applying for bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s and non-degree programmes

Those former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders who were awarded scholarships for full degree studies and who

  • are now re-applying for full degree or partial (exchange) studies in the same cycle of education (doctoral level) – (therefore, those Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders can apply for the programme who apply to continue their studies at a different cycle of education, e.g. master’s student Scholarship Holders can apply for doctoral studies!)
  • or who are now re-applying for the programme for any cycles of education while they still have a scholarship status at the time of application (unless they withdraw their former scholarship before the application deadline) and will not receive their degree until 31 August 2020
  • or who have postponed the start date of their scholarship studies and did not withdraw their scholarship before the current application deadline.

Those former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders who were awarded scholarships for partial (exchange) studies and who

  • are now re-applying for partial (exchange) studies in the same cycle of education (doctoral level) – (therefore, those Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders can apply for a different cycle of education, e.g. former master’s student Scholarship Holders can apply for doctoral partial (exchange) studies if they are now doctoral students in their home countries).

​Therefore, please note that it is only possible to re-apply for full degree scholarship studies in the same cycle of education if the former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holder was previously awarded scholarship for partial (exchange) studies. Even in this case, the length of the full degree scholarship shall be reduced by the length of the previous partial (exchange) studies.

Important note for self-financed students already studying in Hungary:

Those applicants who are registered self-financed / fee-paying students of a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline AND who are now applying for the same study level are only eligible to apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum programme if

  • they are recommended by their Hungarian host universities where they are studying at the time of application, AND
  • if their cumulative, corrected sum average (“összesített korrigált kreditindex”) is higher than the students’ average performance in the particular study programme  (“szakátlag”).

Based on the above, self-financed PhD students enrolled in Hungary can apply to continue their studies with the scholarship only if they are recommended by their university and their cumulative, corrected sum average is above average. Please see further details about the optional application documents in Section 3.2.3. of the Call for Application.

Supervisor(2.3.)

All students applying for a doctoral programme must have a supervisor at the Host Institution, who, in the case of the successful application process, will undertake the supervising of the student’s doctoral education and research activities within the frameworks of the doctoral programme chosen by the applicant. A statement of acceptance issued by the supervisor must be attached to the application.
  

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