September 10, 2016

TÜBİTAK International Research Fellowships for PhD and PostDoctoral Study in Turkey

Research Fellowship Programme for International Researchers

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Graduate (PhD, Postdoc)
Provider: TÜBİTAK
Country to Study in: Turkey

Scholarship Description
The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) grants fellowships for international highly qualified PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers to pursue their research in Turkey in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities.

The program aims to promote Turkey’s scientific and technological collaboration with countries of the prospective researchers. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the potential to contribute significantly to Turkey’s goal of international cooperation in scientific and technological development.

  1. Applicants should be non-Turkish citizens. Applicants who hold dual citizenship with Turkey are not eligible to apply.
  2. Applicants should have an invitation from the universities or research institutes in Turkey.
  3. Applicants should certify that they have sufficient command of language to perform their research.
  4. Applicants must be 35 years old or younger.
  5. Applicants should be enrolled in a program in abroad for PhD students.
  6. Applicants who hold a PhD degree in Turkey should have a GPA minimum of 3.50/4.00 in PhD program.
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (EXCEPT Turkey)

Participating Institutions
Approved institutions of higher learning or research in Turkey

Fields of study
Travel and research grants in the fields of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities (*) will be awarded to highly qualified PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers to perform part of their research in Turkey

Number of awards
Not specified by provider - several grants will be awarded

Scholarship duration
Maximum duration of this fellowship is 12 months

For start of fellowships and their continuation: Fellowships must be started within 1 year after the allocation. Otherwise, the fellowship will be cancelled. The fellows are monitored through study reports signed by the fellow and the coordinating scientist.

Scholarship benefits
The content and amount of the award includes: A monthly stipend of 2,500 Turkish Liras; plus Travel costs (round trip up to 2,250 TL) and Health insurance premiums (up to 2,250 TL)*. In case of approval of TÜBİTAK Department of Science Fellowships and Grant Programs (BİDEB) Steering Committee, travel costs and health insurance for the fellow may be partially covered.

*All fellows should send the receipts of their travel and insurance expenses for the reimbursement via mail to TÜBİTAK.

Method of Application
All applications must be submitted electronically via TÜBİTAK scholarship application portal, which can be reached at All accompanying required documents must also be uploaded electronically. In order to complete application process, applicants must approve their applications until 17.30 p.m. (local time) on the application deadline. After closing of system it is not possible to submit any documents or change any information.

Applications not fulfilling any eligibility criteria, lacking any of the required documents will not be processed.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply for this fellowship programme

Applications will be accepted twice a year. Application deadlines for 2016 First Term is March 07, 2016 - April 07, 2016; WHILE for 2016 Second Term is August 31, 2016 - October 07, 2016.

Online applications must be made until 5.30 p.m. (17.30 p.m. local time) on the application deadline since the system will be automatically closed at 5.30 p.m.

Applicants will be informed about the status of application via e-mail or program websites.

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. It was established in 1963. The Council is an autonomous institution and governed by a Scientific Board whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research institutions. TÜBİTAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities.

Application Deadline: 7 October 2016
Open to International students: Yes

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