The European Union Scholarship Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community

All applicants submitting an online application will be invited to sit for the written tests which will be administered on Saturday 4 April 2020 in Nicosia. The venue and time of the tests will be announced in the letter of confirmation that the applicants will receive via e-mail. This information will also be announced on the website in due course.

Candidates should ensure that they are available in person to take the tests in Cyprus on the designated date as no exceptions will be made. Applicants should bring the ID they have used for application as a proof of identification on the exam day. More information will be posted on



Declaration Forms

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we require all applicants to complete the declaration forms below: Declaration Form Declaration form for applicants below 18 years of age > > > >

Written Tests

There will be two tests in the selection process; Test 1 – Verbal Numerical and Visual-Spatial (VNVS) Test (50%) Test 2 – Motivation Letter (50%) These tests can be taken either in English or Turkish. The scores for the above tests will be weighted as 50% each. Candidates will be ranked from highest to lowest according to their total scores from VNVS test and Motivation Letter. Candidates with higher scores on the ranking list in each category / sub-category will be nominated for a scholarship grant, based on the allocated quota. The number of scholarships is based on the funding allocation for each category / sub-category and the overall scholarship fund. TEST 1: Verbal Numerical and Visual-Spatial (VNVS) Test is used to measure candidates’ broad capacity in numerical, verbal and visual-spatial dimensions. It is designed to asses candidates’ ability in two broad dimensions; quantitative… > > > >

Score Calculations

Methodologies Applied for Score Calculations Under 2020/21 Call, the following methodologies will be used to calculate scores: Standardized scoring Score reduction for re-applicants Score promotion for priority area Standardized scoring Standardized scoring will be used instead of raw scores and standard T scores (see Annex 3) will be used in determining the success of the candidate. The following methodology will be used: STEP 1: Subtract the average of the test from the score of the candidate and divide the result by standard deviation of the test;   (SCORE OF THE CANDIDATE – AVERAGE OF THE TEST) / STANDARD DEVIATION STEP 2: Multiply the result obtained in STEP 1 by 10 and add 50. Score reduction for applicants who benefited from the EU Scholarship before Score Reduction methodology will apply for applicants who benefited from the EU Scholarship Programme before and are re-applying… > > > >

Score Promotion

Score promotion for priority areas Applicants will receive additional scores if they apply for one of the priority subject areas stated in section 1.3. The list of priority subjects is available on the application portal. The following methodology will apply for applicants choosing to study in one of the specified subject areas: Score Promotion Procedure   Transform raw scores into standardized scores before doing any calculations and giving decisions Standardized scores gained from VNVS Test and MOTIVATION LETTER are summed up togenerate a total SCORE. 5% of this SCORE is added to the SCORE of candidates who applied for the priority areas. The candidates will compete with the applicants within their sub-category and category > > > >

Eligibility Checks

Eligibility Document Checks and Award Confirmation The eligibility checks will be carried out at the end of the selection process and only for those who fall into award and reserve list. The success throughout the selection process does not give an applicant any right to a Scholarship award unless (s)he is found eligible for the EU Scholarship Programme. All applicants will be asked to upload the required documents listed below on their portal during the application process to prove their eligibility. The documents can be in English or Turkish. No translation is required. Documents provided will not be returned to applicants at any stage. Birth certificate:  A copy of the birth certificate (ID or passport NOT accepted) showing that the applicant was born in Cyprus and that s/he belongs to the Turkish Cypriot community. If the applicant was not born in Cyprus, a copy of the birth certificate… > > > >

Issuing of Results

Results will be issued in May 2020. All applicants will be informed of their results individually by receiving an email from [email protected] sent to the e-mail address indicated on their application form. The e-mail will include a letter (letter of nomination, reserve, or regret) stating the outcome of the selection process as well as a statement of test results. In the case of reserves, the e-mail will have information on their position in terms of ranking on the reserve list within their category/ subcategory. A copy of the letter will also be available on the applicants’ portal for reference. No information will be given to third parties (parents or guarantors) unless the applicant is under 18 at time of application. Information about results will not be discussed over the phone. Candidates whoare not nominated for the scholarship will be placed on a reserve or regret list. … > > > >

Methodology for UK Quota

Methodology Applied for the UK Quota A quota system will be enforced to ensure that not more than 20% of the total grant is spent on scholars choosing to study in the UK under 2020/21 Call. This means that only a limited number of awards will be given for studies in the UK in each category/sub-category. The exact number of awards given for UK studies for categories PD/UG and PG will depend on scholar’s choice of host country (see table 2, on page 6) and the tuition fee of the host university / institution and in the case of short term scholars, duration of the programme as well (see table 1, on page 5). The implementation of this quota system starts at the application stage where applicants will have to choose ONE country from a list of 28 EU countries as their preferred country for their studies. After the written tests, candidates will be ranked within their category/sub-category from… > > > >

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