The European Union Scholarship Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community

CATEGORY C - SHORT TERM


Applicants applying under Category C-STP can be:

  • Professionals (employed, self-employed and currently unemployed) living in the northern part of Cyprus.
  • Academics/researchers working in the northern part of Cyprus. 
  • Postgraduate (Master’s and PhD/doctorate) students currently enrolled in a university / higher education institution located in the northern part of Cyprus. (New)
  • Final year high/vocational school students studying in a Turkish medium high/vocational school located in the northern part of Cyprus and expected to graduate by July 2018. (New)

Recent graduates (i.e. graduates of 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years) of Turkish medium high schools located in the northern part of Cyprus. (New)

Sub-Categories C1, C2, C3

Within Category C, applicants will compete in 3 different sub-categories; C1, C2, C3.

C1 (academic research, vocational/professional course/training)

Applicants must be: 

  • Professionals who are employed, self-employed or unemployed living in the northern part of Cyprus

OR

  • Academics/researchers working in the northern part of Cyprus

OR

  • Postgraduate (Master’s and PhD/doctorate) students enrolled in a university / higher education institution located in the northern part of Cyprus and who have never studied outside northern part of Cyprus

C2 (language courses for professionals)

Applicants must be:

  • Professionals who are employed, self-employed or unemployed living in the northern part of Cyprus

OR

  • Academics/researchers working in the northern part of Cyprus.

C3- new sub-category (language courses for graduates of and final year students enrolled in a Turkish medium high/vocational school) - Applicants must be: 

  • Final year students studying in a Turkish medium high/vocational school located in the northern part of Cyprus expected to graduate by July 2018 and who have never studied in an educational institution outside Cyprus.

OR

  • Turkish medium high/vocational school graduates who graduated within the last 3 years (i.e. in academic years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17) in the northern part of Cyprus and who have never studied in an educational institutions outside Cyprus and who are not currently enrolled to any university/higher institution

 


 Who Can Apply For Short Term Programme (Scholarship for Category C)?

 Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the general criteria listed in section 2.1, applicants under this category:

Must hold at least a high school diploma to follow short-term course/training/programme or at least a university degree to conduct research.

  • Must have cumulatively at least three full years of work experience in their profession in the northern part of Cyprus between 1 January 2013 and 15 March 2018(applicable for professionals and academics/researchers).
  • Must have studied at least 7 years full time in a primary, secondary or high school in Cyprus or in a higher education institution in the northern part of Cyprus. The minimum period of 7 years does not have to be continuous and will be considered cumulatively from any of these types of institutions. If the applicant is enrolled for the current academic year (i.e. 2017/18) in a high school in Cyprus or in a higher education institution in the northern part of Cyprus, the current academic year will count towards attaining the 7 years herewith mentioned as one of the minimum requirement for the eligibility of applicants (applicable for MA/PhD students, final year high school students and recent high school graduates).
  • Must have sufficient knowledge of the language of the programme chosen at the host university or equivalent institution or training/research centre or professional undertaking. For those doing a language course, basic entry-level language coursesare not eligible

Important Note to Category C Applicants

British Council cannot sign a contract with any candidate who is under 18 at the time of contract signing. In such cases, a parent of the grantee will sign the contract with British Council as well as a parental consent form.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. It is not a required document for an application for the scholarship. 

Applicants who made applications for the academic year 2017-2018 but were not offered the scholarship are eligible to apply for the academic year 2018-2019.as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.

The Scholarship programme is only for Turkish Cypriot Community. Individuals from the Turkish Cypriot community who meet the eligibility criteria under each category are eligible to apply for the scholarship programme

The eligibility criteria for all scholarships state that Must belong to the Turkish Cypriot community and/or Must be born in Cyprus or one of the parents must be born in Cyprus.

The objective of the scholarship programme is to offer Turkish Cypriots additional educational opportunities by raising their knowledge and/or increasing their skills in a specific field as well as a broaden their experience of studying and working in the European Union, thus bringing them closer to the EU.  Therefore Distance Learning, is not eligible as it does not meet the full objectives of the programme which are also to travel, and to study in an EU country.

The grant is a lump sum (for EU countries other than ROC) contribution towards fees, accommodation and living expenses.   Type C & D grant is based on the number of months they choose to study.  The rate is 1420 Euro per month plus 800 Euro for travel for EU countries other than ROC. Scholar have to make their own arrangements for accommodation either through the institution/university chosen or independently.

No, you will not be tested for English language proficiency if your study programme is in Italian. You will take the Italian language proficiency test.

The Guidelines state “Language proficiency tests in EU languages other than English will be provided for those applicants who wish to study a programme in an EU language other than English.

If the school you graduated from does not have a CGPA, please enter N/A in the box otherwise, you will not be able to move forward to the next section of the application form.

The host institution you select to go to should provide a document showing the total number of classroom hours per week and whether the course is considered full-time. The Evaluation Committee reserves the right to make the decision based on the supporting evidence provided when requested.

 

No.  As per Section 4 of the Guidelines, no hard copy application form and documents are required at this stage. Only a passport size photo and a copy of personal identification document with photo (ID or passport) will be uploaded on the portal while submitting the application form.

Under Section 5 of the Guidelines the same language will be used for the motivation letter and the interview except for A2, C2, C3 and D1 applicants who will write the motivation letter and have the interview in Turkish.

The Motivation Letter will be written on 31 March 2018 as per Section 5 – SELECTION PROCESS (page 14) of the Guidelines, all applicants submitting an online application will be invited for the Written Tests on Saturday 31 March 2018 at TMK Nicosia.  The written tests consist of:

  1. Language Test
  2. General Ability Test (GAT)
  3. Motivation Letter.

Application for the EU Scholarships is ONLINE ONLY. No hard copy application form and documents are required at this stage. 

The application form can be found under each tab (Type A, B, C, D) on the website at the bottom of the page.

Yes.  As per Section 2.1 of the Guidelines: ‘Those who benefited from the EU Scholarship Programme in academic years 2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16 are eligible to re-apply provided that they apply for another category* in another country, i.e. if previously applied for category A in UK, they cannot apply again for category A, and they cannot apply for a course/programme/training, etc. in the UK. However, priority will be given to those who have never benefited from the EU Scholarship Programme before (see section 5.2 for the methodology applied).’

Since you are particularly interested in Short Term scholarships. Please read section 3.3 Short Term Programme (page 11) of the Guidelines and further information for both Type C and D programmes.  Please also see Section 3 where it clearly states:

“Applicants applying under Category D can be:

  • · High/vocational school or university graduates (undergraduate/postgraduate) who graduated within the last 3 years (i.e. in academic years 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17).
  • · Final year university/higher education students enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate programme expected to graduate by July 2018.
  • · Final year high/vocational school students studying in Cyprus expected to graduate by July 2018.
  • · Professionals who are employed or self-employed and currently working in the northern part of Cyprus.”

If candidates are currently studying in Turkey or any other non-EU country, they can still make an application for the scholarship.

The first set of questions on the application will help establish your category and sub-category.  For example, if you are interested in a short term programme, then you will indicate that you are interested in courses that are 2-6 months in duration.  The targeted questions will prompt you and show the category and registration number.  You will then be lead to a screen to make the application and further provide your education and other personal details.

Please note that unless an application form is completed we do not provide information if a candidate is eligible or not, as the candidates input is required as well as documents as evidence of your education and personal history.

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