Before Application 2018/2019

Dear Applicant! 
Application of "Stipendium Hungaricum Call for Applications 2018/2019" started, application website can be reached at:

Below you will find tips and hints about selecting undergraduate or postgraduate study programmes.

Tips and hints about the application

Selecting Study Programme
Motivation Letter

Doctoral level (PhD, DLA) Application

Update 1. 25 October

Selecting Study Programme

Available programmes for 2018/2019 are updated. Final list is going to be published at the beginning of December 2017.

Until the final call we advise you to select your desired study programme that is available in your country.
rowse the Study Finder and start to select 3 study programmes that you would like to study. Take into consideration your skills and qualifications. 

Check the Sending Partners and Available Study Fields to see if the desired programme is available in your country.

Motivation letter

One of the most important documents during the application process is the motivation letter.
The universities are going to form the first opinion about you based on this document, 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 state a clear career objective of your future project. You explain why you wish to choose that particular programme. Always provide relevant professional and academic information, and emphasize your previous experience with examples.

Be as specific and accurate as possible.


  • Pay attention to the writing style and grammar. Keep in mind that this is an important document because the universities are going to have an idea about you based on this when you apply for a bachelor or master degree programme.
  • Write relevant information which can be important for the university, and indicate clearly the major you are interested in.
  • Try to prepare a unique and creative motivation letter. You should try to leave a positive impression in those who read it and make the selection.
  • It should not be longer than two pages.
  • Do not forget about the format either. It should be written in a letter format and the three main parts should be separable: 1. Introduction 2. Content 3. Closing salutation.

Regarding applications for doctoral degree programmes, please make sure that:

  • Your motivation letter contains all the relevant information about your professional research plan, and you state clearly why you would like to pursue doctoral studies in Hungary.
  • All your previous experience that you refer to is connected to your research plan.
  • You give clear reasons why your research is important, and your arguments are valid and academically proven.

During the application process, you will have two tasks related to the motivation letter on the online application surface:

1. Firstly, fill out the blank part which says „Motivation” AND 
2. Secondly, attach the electronic document in the „Documents” part.

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Good luck and keep your motivation! :)

Update 2. 30. November

Doctoral level (PhD, DLA) Application

Please note that the qualification requirements, application material (attachments as well) and formal requirements of documents may vary depending on the chosen doctoral programme. You need to fulfill the requirements of your chosen doctoral programme and the Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship requirements at the same time. Requirements are listed in two databases, and you must work with both of them during your application. The information below aims to give you a general introduction to your doctoral programme selection.

  1. Qualification

You have to know if you have the qualification to apply.


One of the most important documents of the doctoral application are the proof of your previously acquired qualifications. Those are the documents about your previous qualifications, professional achievements, transcript of record, degrees, certificates etc. Please note that all of them should be translated according to requirements of the programme.

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 where you would like to apply. 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.

  1. Identify your area/topic, research interests

If you know which study fields you are the most interested in, please move to part 3.

Otherwise, before selecting from research topics and doctoral programmes, first you need to identify your own research interest. It is not an easy process. Do browse the web, try to narrow your interest. What is your research passion? Write down the details; create a list of your previous professional interests, academic achievements; draft your research ideas and  try to match it with the available study fields.

  1. Find your Doctoral Programme/School

When applying for Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme, please check the criteria of the doctoral programmes in the Study Finder database. You will find all information on the programmes and further contact information of the doctoral schools; the minimum and maximum capacities allocated for Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme are also available on the site.

You must also check the official site of the doctoral programmes and research proposals at website (select English, at the top-right corner of the site).

  1. Complete your offer, contact doctoral programmes before application

Please note that most of the doctoral programmes have specified requirements and criteria for application. Texts and guidance below will provide you with general information. However, before applying, please always contact the relevant doctoral programme and check their specific application requirements. (See also Call for Application 3.2.2)

Usually you would need:

  • A motivation letter

Your motivation letter is a written document where you state a clear career objective of your future project. It contains all the information about your motivation for choosing that particular doctoral programme.

Always provide relevant professional and academic information, and emphasize your previous experience with examples. Be as concrete and accurate as possible. Make sure that all your previous experience you mention is connected to your research plan. Give clear reasoning as to why your research is important, and make sure that your arguments are valid and academically proven.

Whilst preparing your motivation letter, try to focus on:

  • Why you would like to improve your career prospects
  • What is your passion for research and/or teaching
  • What is the main objective of your doctoral research plan and why is it scientifically important

Pay attention to the style and format of the motivation letter! It should be written in a letter format and in general, have three main parts: 1. Introduction 2. Content 3. Closing salutation.

Keep in mind that your motivation letter is for academic purposes; therefore the style and grammar should be professional.

  • Research Proposal

The Research Proposal is the most important document when you are applying for a doctoral study program. The requirements of the research plan may vary depending on your chosen doctoral programme. Make sure to contact the respective doctoral programme for further details and specifications before submitting your research proposal.

In general, your research proposal should include the following:

  • Give a picture about your professional interests and previous academic achievements
  • Give clear ideas on the timeliness, 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

  • Finding your supervisor

The success of your application process depends on whether your chosen doctoral programme can provide supervision in your specific topic. This is very important, and we highly recommend that you do your preliminary research on your possible supervisors. Contact to the universities or as soon as possible and try to find the right supervisor who will guide you during your research.

First contact

After completing your research proposal and motivation letter you should contact the relevant doctoral programmes at the contacts in Study Finder given and platforms. During your Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme application process, you will be requested to present two recommendation letters doctoral programmes in Hungary. Please note that priority is given to a Recommendation Letter from the future host doctoral programme of the applicant.

  1. Apply for doctoral SH funding

Don’t forget to submit your Stipendium Hungaricum application on time fulfilling all requirements. Please consult the official Call for Application to submit your application properly; if needed, please consult your Sending Partner.

All doctoral applicants must submit their detailed research proposal and two recommendation letters. Please keep in mind that recommendation letters issued by the programme you are applying to will be an advantage during the selection process.

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