The European Union Scholarship Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community


    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.
    Sub-categories D1 and D2 
    Within Category D, applicants will compete in 2 different sub-categories; D1 and D2.D1 
    • Applicants wishing to apply for an internship programme and who have never studied/lived in an EU member state.D2
    • Applicants wishing to apply for an internship programme but have studied/lived in an EU member state more than one academic year (minimum of 10 months).

    Who Can Apply For Internship Programme (Scholarship for Category D)?
    Eligibility CriteriaIn addition to the general criteria listed in section 2.1, applicants under this category:     
    • Must hold at least a high school diploma.
    • Must be currently employed or self-employed in the northern part of Cyprus and have cumulatively at least 3 full years of work experience in their current profession in the northern part of Cyprus between 1 January 2013 and 15 March 2018 (applicable only for professionals). 
    • Must have studied at least 7 years full time in a primary, secondary, high school in Cyprus or 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 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 only for final year high school / university / higher education students and graduates within the past 3 years as specified above). 
    Applicants who do not meet all the eligibility criteria will be rejected.

    Important Notes to Category D 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.
    The type of organisation selected for the internship may be a private or public sector institution (e.g., art gallery, library, museum, school, university, hospital), a government (e.g. ministry) or non-governmental organisation (e.g. charity or foundation), or a private commercial company (e.g. bank, insurance, telecommunications, media). Any organisation selected must be officially registered in the EU member state where the internship will take place, or otherwise internationally registered, at the discretion of the Contracting Authority. 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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.

    Yes. It is not a required document for an application for the scholarship.  No official conditional or unconditional offers are necessary to make an application.

    Applicants who made applications for the academic year 2017-2018 but were not offered the scholarship are eligible to apply for the academic year 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.

    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.

    No. As per Section 2 Terms and Conditions of the Guidelines, applicants in all categories:

    •  must belong to the Turkish Cypriot community.
    • must be born in Cyprus or one of the parents must be born in Cyprus
    • must be a resident in Cyprus

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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).’


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