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Turkey is now accepting Turkish Government Scholarship applications from international students around the world. Turkey Scholarships for International Students are now underway and it is certainly a great time for students. The country has opened its doors to students from around the world and is encouraging them to study at their prestigious Turkish universities. This is certainly an amazing opportunity for students. With the help of such scholarships, you will be able to study at some of the best universities in Turkey and gain very useful insight, skills, and research. All of these things will prove to be extremely useful as you move on with your career and go into a more demanding phase.

International students who want to study in Turkey have the opportunity to benefit from a Turkish Scholarship program which includes university placement, tuition fee, accommodation, monthly allowance, and a once-off flight ticket for successful applicants. Students who meet the stringent requirements will enjoy these benefits. Turkey Scholarships is a government-funded program, it’s a very competitive scholarship program, granted to exceptional students to pursue full-time or short-term program at the top universities in Turkey. Applications will be open to prospective students who wish to study at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

Turkey welcomes international students from all around the world with “Turkey Scholarships”. The scholarship program provides its prospective students with an array of education opportunities in the most respected Turkish universities, helping students achieve new perspectives and have an exceptional educational experience during their study in Turkey.

Turkey Scholarships is a government-funded, highly competitive scholarship program, granted to outstanding students whom wish to pursue full-time or short-term programs at the top universities in Turkey.

A comprehensive and unique scholarship program

Apart from providing education opportunities at international standards as well as providing a wealth of knowledge and experience, Turkey offers scholarships to international students from all over the world to study in the most recognised universities in Turkey.

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Basic Criteria for Applying

Minimum Academic Criteria:

  • Minimum academic achievement for Bachelor’s degree applicants:70%
  • Minimum academic achievement for Master’s and Doctorate degree applicants:75%
  • Minimum academic achievement for Health Science (Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) applicants:90%

Age Criteria:

  • To be under the age of 21 for Undergraduate programs
  • To be under the age of 30 for Master’s programs
  • To be under the age of 35 for Doctorate programs
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Eligible Groups:

  • Citizens of all countries
  • Graduates or applicants who are able to graduate at the end of the current academic year (before September 2019)
  • Researchers and academicians

Non-Eligible Groups:

  • Turkish citizens and those who have lost Turkish citizenship
  • Students already registered in Turkish universities at the level of study they are applying for.
Required Documents
  • A valid National Identification Document OR a valid Passport
  • A recent Photo of the candidate (Please note that the photo you upload into the Application system must be a proper portrait of yourself, candidate photos which are not identifiable will undermine the evaluation of your application)
  • National exam scores (required for candidates who do not possess any international qualification or certification)
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  • Diploma or temporary certificate of Graduation
  • Academic transcripts (online screenshots and uncertified transcripts will undermine the evaluation of your application)
  • International exam scores (GRE, GMAT, DELF, YDS, YÖS …etc. if required by the chosen university & program)
  • Language test scores (if required by the chosen university & program)
  • A research proposal and an example of your written work (for PhD applicants only)
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Important Details
  • Most programs in Turkish universities are instructed in Turkish. However, some departments and universities offer programs in English or other languages. Candidates who wish to study in these programs need to have an internationally recognized language certificate to prove their language proficiency (TOEFL and other equivalent certificates). Most of these programs require international admission test scores such as GRE, GMAT, SAT etc. Candidates can check the language of instruction while selecting the programs in the application system.
  • Undergraduate candidates who possess International qualifications such as SAT or GCSE instead of national exam scores, will need to provide the minimum required qualifications needed for completing secondary school according to these international exams.
  • All Turkey Scholarships awardees who do not possess C1 Level Certificate for Turkish Proficiency (including those who are placed into English or other language taught programs) must attend a 1-year Turkish Preparatory Course and attain the C1 Level Certificate by the end of their academic year.
Evaluation and Selection Process

Turkey Scholarships applications are assessed on the basis of academic success, extra-curricular activities and other professional credentials of the candidate. In the evaluation process of the applications, candidates will be evaluated based on their eligibility to the application criteria of the program applied for as well as their academic and social achievements.

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a.Preliminary Assessment:

All applications are reviewed based on basic criteria such as minimum academic grades, age limit, required documents etc.


Applications of eligible candidates are carefully reviewed by Expert committees based on a broad set of criteria including academic standing, previous qualifications, academic interests, career goals, consistency of choices, clarity of letter of intent, participation in social activities ...etc. After which a list of qualified candidates is shortlisted for interviews.


The shortlisted candidates are interviewed in more than 100 countries by interview committees including academicians and experts. Interviews usually last 15-30 minutes and are conducted in the following format:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Document check
  • Candidate’s motivation for applying
  • Academic knowledge and career goals
  • Ending and questions to the committee

Please note that the interview is not indicative of whether the candidate will be selected or not.

Note:: Candidates who are selected for interviews must bring all transcripts, documents and certificates of each year they have studied if they have not graduated yet.


Interview results of candidates nominated by the interview committees are evaluated by a selection committee and a list of candidates to be awarded a scholarship are formed. This final evaluation stage will assess the overall eligibility and suitability of the candidate for Turkey Scholarships.

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  • University & Program Placement
  • Free Tuition
  • Free Accommodation
  • Free Health Insurance
  • Monthly Salary
  • Once off Flight Ticket
How to Apply

Applications can only be made individually through Official Scholarship Website by the candidates. There are no institutions or persons authorized to apply for Turkey Scholarships.

Candidates applying at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD (also, Research applicants) levels are welcome to apply between January – February every each year.

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