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 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 on pages 5 & 6)
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 27 EU countries excluding the UK as early as possible in the scholarship application process to increase their chances of being awarded the grant.