Tips and hints about the application
How to start the application process?
How to prepare certain application documents?
- Motivation Letter
- Translation of certificates and transcripts
- Medical Certificates
How to make sure if you have uploaded all the required documents?
What happens if you cannot upload a documents now, i.e. before the deadline?
Can you apply for semester/part-time studies?
How can I apply for a Hungarian Language Programme
Doctoral level (PhD, DLA) Application
The application for the "Stipendium Hungaricum Programme 2018-19 is in process until 16 February 2018. Hereby we wish to provide you with some help so that you will be able to submit a successful application.
Step 1: Check if the country/territory from which you have your nationality is participating in the Programme: Sending Partners link
Step 2: Check which study fields and study levels are available for your country/territory: Sending Partners link
Step 3: Contact our partner organization repsonsible for the Stipendium Programme in your country/territory. They may also ask for certain application documents from you and they may have an application deadline different from ours. If this step is not necessary, it is indicated on the website (Sending Partners link)
Step 4: Please, keep in mind that you can only apply for the scholarship if you were born before 31 August 2000. The only case when it does not have any significance is if you wish to apply for Dance study programmes.
Step 5: Find study programmes that you are interested in, using the Study Finder. (Do not forget about Step 2!)
Read the course description carefully, with special attention to the university’s entrance requirements. (Click on "Entrance".) Consider if you have the required skills and qualifications.
Step 6: After reading the Call for Applications 2018/19, prepare your application documents (see the list on pages 11-15 of the Call) and save them on your computer.
Step 7: Prepare your online application on our website and when you have uploaded all the required documents, submit it before 16 February: http://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu
It is one of the most important documents during the application process. The universities are going to form the first opinion about you based on this, so it is highly recommended to pay attention to every detail while you are preparing it.
Your motivation letter is a written document where you describe clearly your goals and career objectives related to your future project. You explain why you are interested in that particular programme that you selected. Also emphasize how your personal qualities, qualifications and previous experience can contribute to pursuing your studies successfully. Always provide relevant professional and academic information and be as specific and accurate as possible.
It is not necessary to prepare different motivation letters for the different study programmes that you select in your application unless the study fields are completely unrelated.
TIPS AND HINTS:
Regarding applications for doctoral degree programmes, please also make sure that:
As it is a letter, you address it to the higher education institution to which you apply. Do not forget about the date and your signature.
Regarding applications for doctoral degree programmes, please also make sure that:
During the application process, you will have two tasks related to the motivation letter on the http://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu online application surface:
1. Fill in the blank part which says „Motivation” AND
2. Attach the electronic document in the „Documents” part.
For further tips and hints, visit https://www.mastersportal.eu/articles/406/write-a-successful-motivation-letter-for-your-masters.html
The translation is only necessary if the language of your official documents is different from the language of the study programme that you wish to apply for. We do not have any restrictions about how to notarize a translation. Translations notarized by an official organization (ministry of education, the university/college that issued the document, official translation agencies) are generally considered as official.
If you have uploaded the required certificates and their official translations – if the translation was necessary - please click on the option ’I have uploaded the original and the translation on the „Tasks” menu.
All the other required documents MUST BE UPLOADED NOW. PhD candidates have to submit their Letters of Recommendation and their Research Plans now as well. Check pages 11-15 of the Call for Applications to make sure you have submitted everything.
Please note that the qualification requirements, the application materials and the formal requirements of documents may vary depending on the selected doctoral programme. When you wish to apply for a PhD/DLA programme, you need to fulfill the requirements of your chosen doctoral school and the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship application requirements at the same time. You will find the necessary information related in two databases and you must work with both of them during your application:
The information below aims to give you general information as to how to apply for a doctoral programme.
1. Identify your research area/topic
Before selecting from the doctoral programmes, first you need to identify your own research interest. It is not an easy process. Try to narrow down the topics that you would like to investigate. Write down your ideas; make a list of your previous professional interests and academic achievements; try to match your notes with the available study fields.
2. Find your doctoral school/programme
When applying for the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme, please study all the information about the different doctoral programmes provided in the Study Finder database. You will find the course descriptions there as well as the contact details of the doctoral schools. Information about the minimum and maximum number of students (i.e. Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship holders) is also available on the site.
It is also crucial to visit the official website of the doctoral schools that you are interested in to learn about their special admission criteria. Do not forget that you need to meet those criteria, too, together with the requirements of the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme. You will find the official sites of the doctoral schools either in the Study Finder database (under the section „Contact” after selecting a doctoral programme) or at www.doktori.hu. (On this site, select English at the top-right corner of the webpage).
3. Language skills:
Most of the doctoral programmes in Hungary are delivered in English.
The language requirements (level and/or type of certification) are determined by each doctoral programme independently, therefore it is highly recommended to contact the university which you would like to apply to. Please note that it is possible that different doctoral schools require different language qualifications within the same university.
To participate in the programme, the minimum language level required is a B2 complex (written and oral) language exam; however, the universities might ask for additional certificates of higher level language knowledge as an entry requirement for their doctoral programmes.
4. Finding a supervisor and contacting the doctoral schools before application
Please note that most of the doctoral programmes have specified requirements and criteria for application. Due to this fact, always contact the selected doctoral school before application and check their specific application requirements. (See also the Call for Applications 3.2.2)
The success of your application process also depends on whether your selected doctoral school can provide you a supervisor based on your research topic. Therefore, we highly recommend that you do some preliminary research about possible supervisors. As the next step, contact the professor who can possibly guide you during your research.
5. Special application documents for doctoral programmes
In addition to the „Basic Application Documents” required from all the applicants (see the Call for Applications 3.2.1), additional documents also have to be prepared in the case of applications on the doctoral level:
Please see the section about „Motivation letter” above.
The research proposal is the most important document when you are applying for a doctoral programme. The requirements concerning the research plan may vary depending on the selected doctoral programme. For this reason, make sure to contact the respective doctoral school for further details and specifications before submitting your research proposal.
In general, your research proposal should include the following:
Write about your professional interests and previous academic achievements.
Give clear ideas on the timelines, relevance and validity of your proposed research and how it is connected to previous and ongoing researches and/or other scientific fields.
Mention some of the relevant literature your ideas are based on.
Draft your research ideas and provide details on your proposed research method(s) and processes.
Mention the academic purpose and objective of your research and why it is important for the respective scientific field.
Two letters of recommendation or two references
The References part on the online application surface is the same as the Letters of Recommendation.
If you have them already, you can upload your two Letters of Recommendation to the ’Documents’ part on the online application surface,
if you do not have them yet, you can invite your former or current academic tutor to write it for you here
In this way, your professor/supervisor receives a link in an email where s/he can upload his/her recommendation/reference.
PLEASE NOTE THAT
We do not need 4 references. Either you upload 2 to the „Documents” part, or you invite your former or current professor to write it for you online.
Only PhD applicants need to have these documents. Bachelor and Master applicants do not need to provide Letters of Recommendations/References.
Priority is given to those applicants who submit a recommendation letter issued by the future supervisor.
6. Apply for the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship
To be able to find funding for your research project, submit your application for a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship before the deadline. Find the list of the required documents in the Call for Applications 3.2. Do not forget to consult the official partner organization in your country/territory (Sending Partners), as well.
Learn more about the doctoral programmes and the application on the following websites:
How to prepare an application for doctoral programmes – general information: https://www.phdportal.com/articles/571/the-guide-to-your-phd-application.html
How to find your research topic: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/find-phd-how-choose-right-doctorate
Detailed information about the doctoral programmes in Hungary: www.doktori.hu (Select English at the top-right corner of the webpage).
Find a doctoral programme where you can apply for a Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship funding: http://www.studyinhungary.hu/study-in-hungary/menu/find-a-study-programme/study-finder.html