The European Union Scholarship Programme for the Turkish Cypriot Community

Methodology Applied for the UK Quota

A quota system will be enforced to ensure that not more than 40% of the total grant is spent on scholars choosing to study in the UK under 2019/20 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 5) 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 4).

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 highest to lowest according to their total scores from VNVS test and Motivation Letter. A ranking list will be produced for each category/sub-category for selection purposes.

The budget for the UK quota will be used for those who chose UK on their application form. The ranking order of such candidates in each category/sub-category will determine whether or not candidates will benefit from the UK quota allocated to their category/sub-category. 

However, if there are more candidates choosing UK than the allocated budget for the UK within a category/sub-category, these candidates may not receive the grant unless;  

  • a scholar within the UK quota list withdraws from the process or
  • there is unused budget left due to nominated candidates’ choice of host country  and university tuition fee, etc. (see tables 1 and 2 pages 5 & 6 of the Guidelines.

In this case the candidate at the top of UK reserve list will be contacted first.

It is important for candidates to understand that they may be out of the process and not nominated for the scholarship even with a quite high score simply because their country choice is UK. Therefore, applicants must be aware that they are taking a big risk if they choose UK on their application form as the host country for their studies. It is highly recommended that all candidates in all categories should start looking into study opportunities in other EU countries excluding the UK as early as possible in the scholarship application process to increase their chances of being awarded the grant.

All scholars will be required to specify a host university/institution on their portal and upload an unconditional or conditional offer/invitation letter from the host institution latest by 31 August 2019 andreserves by 30 September 2019. Those who do not have unconditional/conditional offer/invitation letter by the deadline given should upload a proof of official application to an educational institution and the response from the institution that their application is under review. 

Reserve candidates in all categories/sub-categories will be notified as of September 2019 if there is a change in their status. Reserve candidates should be aware that it may take a considerable amount of time until they know whether or not they will be awarded a grant. 



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