One hundred free scholarships for SA students

DANICA CHARLES

The Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme is offering 100 free scholarships to South African students. This programme was signed on 8 December 2016 and is based on a bilateral educational co-operation agreement signed between the Hungarian and South African Governments. The applicant is to be nominated by a Sending Partner. In the academic year 2017/2018 almost 4 000 students can begin studying, with an option of a total of 410 study programmes available in English or in Hungarian, in the framework of the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme.

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship types that are available, are for full and partial time bachelor, master, one-tier master and doctoral levels as well as preparatory and specialisation courses. The scholarship covers four main provisions namely, tuition-free education, contribution to living expenses all year until completion of studies, accommodation, and medical expenses.

The application documents needed by all applicants include the online application form, a motivation letter, a proof of language proficiency and their translations in the language of selected study programme, school certificates and their translations in the language of selected study, transcript of records and its translation in the language of selected study programme, medical certificate, copy of passport and a statement for application. There are additional documents for doctoral level which includes a research plan and two letters of recommendation and the additional documents for art and music applicants include a portfolio of art/sketches and an audio portfolio, respectively.

Submission must be submitted through the online application system of the Tempus Public Foundation, who the managers of the programme, no hard copies are required. A guide for the online system is available to download from the www.stipendiumhungaricum.hu website. The deadline for submitting the complete application package is 5 March 2017.

Ambassador of the Hungarian Embassy, András László Király, said that this Scholarship Programme is to “provide higher quality tertiary study opportunity for those who would not be able to finance it”. The Ambassador made it clear that other opportunities exist for the ‘A student’ but that this scholarship was to target the candidate who cannot contribute towards their own studies. He also noted that applicants must give effort, “not financial effort, but intellectual effort”. Director General of the Department of Higher Education and Training Gwebinkundla Qonde raised that although it is important to have good marks for university education, there will be a preference towards the poor who “cannot access [tertiary education] from [their] parents’ initiative”.

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