The Hungarian Minister of National Resources – Scholarship for Foreigner

Call for applications for foreigners for Hungarian state scholarships
Through the Hungarian Scholarship Board Office, the Hungarian Minister of National Resources offers scholarships for foreign students and professors of higher education institutions as well as research fellows who intend to gain further professional experience in Hungarian institutions of higher education or research. Scholarships can be applied for under two systems:

Bilateral Agreements
The Office of the Hungarian Scholarship Board (hereinafter HSB) welcomes applications by citizens of countries (and territories) that have a valid/effective educational co-operation programme with Hungary, or a bilateral agreement signed by the Ministry of Education and Culture[1] of Hungary and the relevant ministry of the given country (or territory). Assessment and shortlisting of applications is conducted by the relevant home country (or territory) scholarship authority or Ministry of Education, as well as dissemination of all information regarding the application procedure and deadlines. The list of countries (or territories) and contact information on the partner scholarship offices can be found on our webpage ( Although the Hungarian Scholarship Board accepts applications from these countries (or territories) submitted directly to its Office, please note that the applications evaluated and forwarded by the home country (or territory) authorities always take precedence.

Afghanistan, Mongolia, Palestine, Yemen and Vietnam

Scholarship Pool
In 2005 the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Hungary established a „scholarship pool”, a scholarship system of various types of scholarships, allowing for applications from the following countries/territories:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korean Republic, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom.

Citizens of Austria can also apply for Hungarian scholarships through the Stiftung Aktion Österreich-Ungarn (

General information on application (valid for both types)
Scholarship Types

The following scholarships are available in the academic year 2011/2012:

Semester/partial studies (3-10 months) Can be applied for by: undergraduate (BA/BSc) and graduate (MA/MSc) students, especially those majoring in Hungarian Language and Literature, as well as graduating students working on their theses, and students enrolled in „single track” university programmes (such as General Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacology, Veterinary Studies, Architecture and Jurisprudence). Before application, students are required to have completed minimum two semesters at their home institutions. For Type A scholarship, an applicant may submit an application only on one occasion during his/her BA studies, and on another occasion during his/her MA studies.Postgraduate studies, research (3-21 days or 1-10 months) Can be applied for by: applicants holding a Master’s degree or an equivalent university degree, including PhD students who intend to do research for their dissertation, yet wish to stay in Hungary for less than 12 months. (However, PhD students cannot acquire credits at their host universities.)Full PhD programme (36 months) Only students proficient in Hungarian can apply, the scholarship is conditional upon successful entrance exam / admission to the respective doctoral school.Partial PhD studies (1-12 months) Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD programme at an accredited institution of higher education in his/her home country or in a foreign country (but not in Hungary).Postdoctoral studies, research (1-10 months) Applicants must have a PhD or an equivalent degree.Research stay (3-21 days or 1-10 months) For associate or higher ranking professors or for researchers holding minimum a PhD or an equivalent degree.Summer courses in the summer of 2011 (1-4 weeks) Courses must be chosen only from the list of Summer Courses 2011 published on the HSB website. You can select three different courses but your scholarship will allow you to participate only in one course.


These scholarships allow for study or research in any field of arts and sciences during the granted period at an accredited Hungarian higher education or research institution to be determined in advance.

Semester, partial, postgraduate studies and doctoral programmes must be carried out in state-financed institutions where no tuition fee is required. For Type 1 scholarship, an applicant may submit an application only on one occasion during his/her BA studies, and on another occasion during his/her MA studies.

Type 1 (semester /partial studies) and type 3 and 4 (full PhD and partial PhD studies) scholarships may not be extended. Type 2 (postgraduate studies), 5 (postdoctoral studies, research), and 6 (research stay) scholarships may be extended exceptionally, only under special circumstances, on one occasion. The scholarships are valid only for studies and research purposes in Hungary. HSB scholarships can only be used for conducting studies or research in Hungary, which means that scholarship-holders must stay in Hungary during the whole period of their studies or research.

The scholarships are awarded for the summer of 2011, or the academic year of 2011-2012, and these latter ones must be finished by 30 June 2012 at the latest.

The list of partner scholarship offices, the list of summer university courses as well as other information can be found on the HSB website ( Scholarships are awarded by the Minister of National Resources of the Republic of Hungary based on the decision of the Hungarian Scholarship Board. The list of the successful applicants will be published on the HSB website at the end of June 2011. The list of accepted candidates for the summer university courses will be published at the beginning of June 2011. Each applicant will be informed on the result in an official letter or via email.


Foreign citizens with a residence permit or in the course of applying for a residence permit in Hungary cannot apply.Men and women, who have an employment contract or employment relationship as defined by the law in Hungary cannot applyStudents applying for part-time or correspondence study programmes cannot apply.Students applying for non state-financed universities cannot apply.Students admitted to tuition fee-paying institutions of higher education cannot apply.


30 years for scholarships for semester studies (1)40 years for scholarships for postgraduate studies (2)35 years for scholarship for PhD scholarships (3/4)45 years for postdoctoral scholarships (5)

There are no age limits for the following types of scholarships:

research stay (6)summer courses (7)


Applications must be submitted in two ways:

ONLINE on the HSB websiteTwo printed/hard copies posted to the HSB Office

Attention! Only those applications will be considered that the Hungarian Scholarship Board Office receives electronically as well as in printed format by 15th April 2011.

1.    ONLINE: uploading the application materials on the HSB website

Before starting your online procedure please read the full text of our „Call for Applications” carefully, and after you have decided which scholarship type you would like to apply for, check the list of documents to be submitted. All the documents must have an electronic format, and the certificates, recommendation letters, etc. must be scanned. After you have written/received/scanned all the necessary documents, we recommend you to save them in a folder on your computer so that you can attach them easily when it is required in the process of online application. The online application system will be open from the beginning of February. Applicants are requested to follow the website of HSB – – from the beginning of 2011. Will you save the USER name and PASSWORD by the end of your study visit, because those applicants who were awarded a scholarship will be asked via email to write a report after finishing their scholarship studies/research. This report has to be written in the online application system.

Deadline of ONLINE application: 15th April 2011 (midnight)

2. Printed/HARD COPIES: must be sent to the following address in two (2) copies:

Balassi Intézet, MÖB Iroda
1519 Budapest Pf. 385

Deadline: 15 April 2011 (as per postmark)
For those applying under the system of bilateral agreements the application deadline will be determined by the national scholarship offices/Ministries of Education.

Attention! Please, keep one hard copy of your application documents because you will need to attach them in the online system.
Incomplete applications or ones submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
Application documents shall not be returned!


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