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Turkish Government 2015-2016 Research Scholarship Programme for International Applicants

About Turkey:

International students will encounter with rich culture, deep-rooted history and unique nature in addition to a quality education in Turkey. Turkey is one of the best choices for education with its reasonable cost of living and its hospitable people as well as the natural and historical treasure.

Official Name : The Republic Of Turkey

Capital City : Ankara

Largest Cities : İstanbul, Ankara, İzmir, Adana, Antalya, Konya, Bursa, Kayseri, Samsun, Trabzon, Erzurum, Eskişehir, Kocaeli, Diyarbakır, Sakarya, Mersin, Gaziantep.

Area : 814.578 km

Coastal Length : 7.200 km

Coastal Borders : Mediterranean Sea at south; Aegean Sea at west; Black Sea at north

Language : Turkish

Neighboring Countries : Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Iraq, Armenia, Iran, Syria

Currency : 1 € = 2,37 TL (Turkish Lira), 1 $ = 1,78 TL

Population : 74.724.000 (31 December 2011)

The Number of Cities : 81

Population Growth Rate : % 1,2

Life Expectancy : 73,7 (Male: 76,1 – Female: 71,5)

Time Zone : GMT +2; CET +1

Office Hours : In Turkey, working days are from Monday to Friday. Most of the banks, government offices and the majority of private companies are open between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00.

Food-Beverage : Turkish food is known as healthy and delicious. (For more info you can look up Food & Beverages section)

National Holidays : There are two types of holidays in Turkey. The first one is national holidays which are held on the same day every year (Such as 1 January, 23 April, 1 May, 30 August, 19 May, 29 October) and the other one is religious holidays which are held on different days every year accordingly to lunar calendar.

Water : Tap water is perfectly safe to drink.

Electricity : 220V. Standard European type double plug is used.

Health Services : There are international private hospitals and high quality state hospitals in the cities and main touristic towns.

Visa : The foreigners visiting Turkey or travelling as a tourist can obtain a visa at the border gates or from the Turkish embassies in other countries. Some people may be eligible to be exempted from visa depending to the type of the passport they hold. However, if the purpose of the travel is education, research or work, it is an obligation to have an “annotated visa” that should be obtained at the Turkish Embassies or Consulates in the country of origin.

Communication Services: There are 3 GSM operators which have approximately 95% of coverage area and each has 3G services. Internet access is available across the country.

International phone code : +90

About the Scholarship/Brief Description:

You are invited to apply for the Turkish Government 2015-2016 Research Scholarship Programme. PhD holders or PhD candidates who are citizens of countries other than Turkey may apply to the Research Grant Programme.

Candidates must have completed their PhD studies or be at the dissertation stage. Also, it is essential that candidates have an official acceptance letter from a university in Turkey for research. Monthly grant for the year 2015 is 2.500 TL. Candidates can apply throughout the year.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • PhD holders or PhD candidates who are citizens of countries other than Turkey may apply to the Research Grant Programme. Candidates must have completed their PhD studies or be at the dissertation stage. Also, it is essential that candidates have an official acceptance letter from a university in Turkey for research. Other requirements are as follows:
  1. Being under 45 years old as of application date (preferably),
  2. If personal data will be collected with the methods such as experiment, survey, focus group discussion, practice, having the “Ethics Committee Approval Certificate” from the Ethics Committee of the university;
  3. if a study will be carried out on historical monuments and archeological sites with non-public information, documents from institutions and organizations, having “Legal Permit” taken from a related governmental institution,
  4. Certifying the language proficiency required for the research.
  5. Citizens of a countries other than Turkey are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

Fields of Study:

Research areas are limited to social sciences and humanities subjects. The suggested research areas for 2015-2016 are as follows: Anthropology, Archeology, Archive Studies, Citizenship in Europe, Peace and Conflict Studies, Area Studies, Conflict and Security, Democratic Institution Building, Democratization, Foreign Policy, Ethnicity, Philosophy, Philology, Migration and Refugees, I and II. Great War, Economics and sub-branches, Theology, Human Rights, Human Resource Management, Islamic Economics, Islamophobia, Public Finance, Public Policy, Public Administration, Comparative Politics, Cultural Studies, Media and Culture, Ottoman History, History of Art, Political Science, Social Movements, Sociology and sub-branches, History of Colonialism, Date and sub-branches, Turkish Literature, Turkic, International Relations, Public International Law, International Intervention and State Building, International Organizations, International Political Theory and New Media.

Eligible Countries/Target Groups:


Value of Scholarship/Inclusions:

Monthly grant for the year 2015 is 2.500 TL. Scholarship does not include costs such as accommodation, insurance and tuition fee. If deemed appropriate by Research Scholarship Evaluation Commission, researcher’s academic activities (conferences, panels, symposiums, survey, field research, etc.) may be supported.

Researchers scholarship period is for 3 – 12 months.

Application Procedure/Instructions:

Applications are received online. Candidates must scan required documents and upload them to the online form. Applications are open for 2015-2016 academic year.

Deadline for Application:

Candidates can apply throughout the year.

Selection Criteria:

Scientific competence of the candidate in the evaluation of the application, the proposal scientific research/academic value and feasibility criteria are taken into account. In addition, the candidate’s proposed research career development criteria such as country and host institution contributions are also considered.


Applications are evaluated within 3 months from the date application is submitted. Candidates are informed of the outcome of their applications by e-mail. The email consists of the follow-up information as well for successful applications.

Official Scholarship Website:

For more information, visit the Official Scholarship Website at –

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