The European Union Scholarship Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community


The documents below is to provide important information and documentation that is relevant in making an application for the 2018/2019 EU Scholarship Programme.  You will find the following:

  • A link to the complete GUIDELINES.  Please read carefully before making an application
  • Information about the PRIORITY SUBJECT AREAS
  • The full list of ANNEXES mentioned in the GUIDELINES
  • WRITTEN TESTS:  Information about the Language Proficiency Test and General Ability Tests as well as guides and sample questions.
Please scroll down the page to access these documents:

GUIDELINES - Please read these Guidelines carefully BEFORE completing and submitting your application so that you fully understand the nature of the scholarship programme; the eligibility criteria and documentation required; the application, evaluation and selection process; and how and when results will be issued. 


There are no limits on the choice of subject area under this programme. Applicants are welcome to apply in any subject area; however, a list of priority areas has been identified in consultation with relevant stakeholders. Potential applicants to the EU Scholarship Programme are encouraged to consider these priority areas. The professions and skills encouraged aim at contributing to the economic development of the Turkish Cypriot community and bringing the community closer to the EU. The EU Scholarship Programme will continue to include priority areas in the coming years. The following subject areas have been identified as priority under 2018/19 Call;

Table below covers the full list of specific priority areas:

Agriculture Geographical Informations Systems (GIS)
Agribusiness Horticulture
Animal Sciences Hydrology & Water Management
Aquaculture & Fisheries Informatics & Information Sciences
Computing IT Security
Computer Engineering Mathematical Engineering in Data Science
Computer Sciences Natural Resource Management
Data Science & Big Data   Natural Sciences
Ecology Plant & Crop Sciences
Environmental Engineering   Software Engineering
Environmental Economics & Policy   Sustainable Engineering
Environmental Management Sustainable Development
Environmental Sciences Translation & Interpreting
Energy & Power Engineering Web Technologies & Cloud Computing
European Law Web Development
Food Sciences  
  • Applicants who choose one of these subjects for their studies will receive extra scores See 5.2 Methodologies Applied section of the Guidelines for the score promotion methodology which will be used for priority subjects
  • Applicants in all categories are permitted to submit only one application for one type of scholarship. Applicants submitting more than one application will be rejected.
  • Applicants in each of the two types (in their sub-categories – see below) will compete on separate lists, i.e. applicants in one category / sub-category will compete with the other applicants in the same category / sub-category.




Annexes mentioned in the Guidlines can be found in the links below.  Please click on the individual links to access the Annexes:

ANNEX 1  Summary of Categories/Sub-Categories and Eligibility
ANNEX 2 Steps On How to Fill In the Online Application
ANNEX 3 Eligibility Document Checklist
ANNEX 4 Evaluation Criteria for Stages 1-2 
ANNEX 5:  British Council Policies 
ANNEX 6: Written Tests – Language Proficiency and General Ability Test
ANNEX 7:  Important Scholarship Documents throughout the Process 
ANNEX 8  Sample Contract 
ANNEX 9  Glossary


WRITTEN TESTS:  All applicants submitting an online application will be invited for the Written Tests. All candidates will sit for the Written Tests under test conditions on the same day, at a designated venue in Nicosia. The venue of the test is Turkish Maarif College, Nicosia (Türk Maarif Koleji, Lefkoşa). The time will be announced in the letter of confirmation that the applicants will receive on Wednesday, 21 March 2018. The indicative date for the tests is Saturday, 31 March 2018This information will also be announced on the website in due course. When candidates apply, they should ensure they are available in person to take the tests in Cyprus on the specified date shown above as no exceptions can be made. Applicants should bring the ID they have used for application as a proof of identification on the exam day.

Applicants will be required to take the following three tests:

  1. A General Ability Test

  2. A Language Proficiency Test

  3. A ‘Motivation Letter’

GENERAL ABILITY TEST:  General Ability Test (GAT) is used to measure candidate’s broad capacity in numerical, verbal and visual-spatial dimensions. GAT test can be taken in Turkish or English. Applicants must indicate their choice on their application form. Once the application form is submitted, no change can be made in the choice of GAT language.

Please click on the links below for the General Ability Test (GAT) Manual and Sample questions in English and Turkish:


Information on the Language Proficiency Test - APTIS is provided on the documents below.  Please click on the links to access the documents: