Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Program 2023-24 (BS, MS, PhD) for Pakistani students in Hungary

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) invites applications from Pakistani/AJ&K nationals for the Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme (2023-24), launched by the Hungarian Government for Bachelor’s, Master’s, One-Tier Master’s and PhD studies.​

Scholarships Types

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarships are available for Pakistani students fulfilling basic eligibility criteria in specified disciplines and other requirements of Hungarian universities under following programs:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree (after 12 years education)
  2. One-Tier Master’s Degree (after 12 years education)
  3. Master’s Degree (after 16 years education)
  4. PhD Degree (after 17/18 years education) 
Eligibility Criteria
  • ​​Applicant must be a citizen of Pakistan/AJ&K.
  • Applicants enrolled in last year of their existing study programs/degrees and result awaiting candidates are allowed to apply. 
  • The minimum age criteria for the scholarship is 18 years and the eligible applicants are those born before 01 September 2005​ 
  • For Bachelor’s (Undergraduate Programs) and One-Tier Master’s degree programs i.e. DVM, DPharm, Medicine/Dentistry etc., applicant must have completed HSSC/Intermediate or equivalent before August 01, 2023. In case of failure of submission of final degree and transcript on https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/ portal before August 01, 2023, candidature will be cancelled.
  • For Master’s (Postgraduate Programs), applicant must have completed 16 years Bachelors/or equivalent degree before August 01, 2023. In case of failure of submission of final degree and transcript on https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/ before August 01, 2023, candidature will be cancelled.
  • For PhD Programs, applicant must have completed 17/18 years Masters/MS/MPhil degree/or equivalent before August 01, 2023. In case of failure of submission of final degree and transcript on https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/ before August 01, 2023, candidature will be cancelled.
  • The applicant must fill all the fields of the Hungary application form and HEC application form and no column or field should be left unfilled.
  • Certificates/Transcripts/Degrees to be attached must be attested by the attesting authorities such as IBCC and HEC. Equivalence of O & A level from IBCC is mandatory for Bachelor’s (Undergraduate Programs) and One-Tier Master’s degree (OTM).
  • IELTS/TOEFL scores as required, where applicable by Hungarian side.
  • All applicants must submit medical certificate of satisfactory health condition (issued not earlier than 15 November 2022, a written certificate from a physician to prove that the applicant does not have the following illnesses: AIDS, Hepatitis A, B, C or any other epidemic conditions)
  • In case of final selection, applicants will have to submit a bond on legal paper to HEC that he/she will not change discipline after final award of scholarship, and immediately after completion of his/her degree, he/she will return back to Pakistan to serve the country for a period as prescribed by the HEC. In case of failure to do so, HEC reserves the right to recover from candidate or his/her guarantor, a penalty amount as prescribed/decided by the HEC.
  • Applicants must fulfill all other requirements set by host Hungarian university/Tempus Public Foundation/Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
  • All applicants are required to provide USAT (Undergraduate) or HAT (Masters/M.Phill/PhD) test scores. Applicant must have obtained a minimum score of 50 out of 100 in USAT or HAT test. Those applicants who have taken USAT or HAT test on or after January 01, 2022 may upload the test result on HEC portal for consideration. Applicants are informed that previous score of HAT Undergraduate categories i.e. HAT-UG-M, HAT-UG-E, HAT-UG-G, are not applicable for the scholarship. Without providing minimum USAT or HAT test score (50 out of 100), applications will not be considered for further process. Those interested applicants who are yet to take USAT or HAT test, may register for the same by visiting https://etc.hec.gov.pk/ .​

Note: It is the sole responsibility of student(s) applying for any professional degree (Medical, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture, Law, Veterinary Medicine etc.) to first get confirmed its accreditation from the respective Councils i.e. Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC), Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners (PCATP), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC), Pakistan Technology Council etc.

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Ineligible candidates:

​Applications will not be considered in the following cases:    

a.    Pakistanis having dual citizenship.

b. Applications misrepresent any information, even if the misrepresentation is pointed out after the scholarship is awarded.

Financial Coverage

Accommodation and health funding provisions are only a contribution to the living expenses of the scholarship holders. It means that it does not fully cover all the costs of living and the students need to add their own financial resources in order to cover all living expenses in Hungary.

Visit link for further details:  http://www.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/about/

All applicants are advised to check the expected living expenses both in Hungary and in the city that they wish to live in before applying. Please do check cost of living calculator below: http://www.studyinhungary.hu/living-in-hungary/menu/your-costs-of-living.html

Available Programs:

Applicants are eligible to apply for scholarship types and specified study fields as defined by HEC and that are also determined in the educational cooperation programmes in effect between Hungary and the sending partner i.e. Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. 

Please visit the following website for more information about all degree programs and fields of study.

https://stipendiumhungaricum.hu/study-finder/, however, applicants are instructed to apply only against specific degree programmes and in specified study fields/major subjects defined by HEC.

HEC approved study fields can be found here​. Medicine & Dentistry degree programs as per list A countries by Pakistan Medical Commission are given below.

1.     University of Szeged, Faculty of Medicine, Hungary

Website: http://www.med.u-szeged.hu/fs

2.       Semmelweis University, Faculty of Medicine, Hungary

Website: https://semmelweis.hu/english/

3.     University of Debrecen, Faculty of Medicine, Hungary

Website: https://www.edu.unideb.hu/index.php

4.     University of Pécs, Medical School, Hungary

Website: https://international.pte.hu/
Note: Applicants’ merit will be determined on basis of their first-choice program. After reaching Hungary, change of study field to higher merit discipline is not allowed.​

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How to apply?
  • ​Applicants are MANDATORILY required to submit online applications at the Hungarian website and HEC website. Failure to submit online application forms on BOTH websites mentioned at Step (1) and Step (2) will not be considered for further processing.
  • Hard copies of applications and other documents are not required at the initial stage. However, applicants are required to keep record of all the submitted documents along with printed copies of BOTH application forms (submitted online at HEC website & Hungarian website).
  • At a later stage of the selection process, applicants will be required to submit hard copies (including online application forms submitted at HEC website & Hungarian website) along with attested photocopies of all the original documents. Original medical certificate and police clearance certificate also need to be submitted at later stages of the application process.

Step (1) Tempus Public Foundation (Hungarian side) Online Application:

Step (2) HEC Online Application:

  • Apply online at: http://scholarship.hec.gov.pk/. After registering and filling your profile, please select “Hungarian Scholarship Program”. After submission of the application, get its printed copy to be signed by applicant. HEC online application portal shall close on January 16, 2023 (1600 Hours Pakistan Time).
  • Before applying, kindly update your HEC profile with latest email/cell number & updated information. You are advised to complete and submit your application as soon as possible, as the online application system will be very busy in the days leading up to the application deadline. After successful submission of the application at HEC portal, retain printed copy application form signed by yourself.
  • Submission of online applications at https://stipendiumhungaricum.hu/apply/ & scholarship.hec.gov.pk portal are mandatory. In case of non-submission of forms on any of the above two portals, candidature will not be considered.
  • All applicants are required to provide HAT or USAT test scores. Test categories are attached for information of applicants. All applicants are required to provide USAT (Undergraduate) or HAT (Masters/M.Phill/PhD) test scores. Applicant must have obtained a minimum score of 50 out of 100 in USAT or HAT test. Those applicants who have taken USAT or HAT test on or after January 01, 2022 may upload the test result on HEC portal for consideration. Applicants are informed that previous score of HAT undergraduate categories i.e. HAT-UG-M, HAT-UG-E, HAT-UG-G, are not applicable for the scholarship Without providing minimum USAT or HAT test score (50 out of 100), applications will not be considered for further process. Those interested applicants who are yet to take USAT or HAT test, may register for the same by visiting https://etc.hec.gov.pk/​.
  • All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted to the online Stipendium Hungaricum application system by all applicants until 16 January 2023 1600 hours, except for the Statement of the Supervisor (if required by the proposed Doctoral School, which must be submitted until 15 March 2023 and the medical certificate which must be submitted by the nominated applicants only until 15 April 2023 on Hungarian portal. Please note that only files with a maximum size of 4 MB can be uploaded in the system). Potential applicants enrolled in their existing study programs and waiting result candidates are allowed to apply subject submission of final degrees and transcripts on https://stipendiumhungaricum.hu/apply/ before August 01, 2023. In case of failure of submission of required documents as per prescribed requirement, candidature of applicant may be cancelled. 
Application DocumentsDetailed Requirements
Online Application FormApplicants must fill out both HEC and Hungarian application forms available on the websitesThe applicants must fill out and save all requested information on the online application form in English languageA recent photo of the applicant (taken not earlier than 2 years before the submission of the application)
Motivation LetterMinimum 1 page, typed with Times New Roman 12 point font size lettersWritten in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian
Proof of language proficiency andtheir translations in the languageof the selected studyprogramme or inHungarianScanned copy of the original proof of language proficiency, with a minimum level determined by the Host Institution AND their translationsIn case the student has completed his/her previous level of studies in the language of the selected study programme, a proof can be uploaded about the fact that the language of education was the same as the language of the study programme that the applicants is now applying forTranslations only have to be attached if the copy of the original document is not in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian
School certificates and their translations in the language of the selected study programme or inHungarianBachelor level full time programmes: scanned copy of the original secondary school graduation certificate or equivalent AND their translationsMaster level full time programmes: scanned copy of the original bachelor degree certificate or equivalent AND their translationsDoctoral level: scanned copy of the original master degree certificate or equivalent AND their translationsTranslations only have to be attached if the copy of the original document is not in the language of the selected study programme or in English
Transcript ofRecords and its translation in the language of the selected studyprogramme or inHungarianCopy of the original transcript of records regarding all academic semesters or school years completed during previous studies (in the highest level of education that the student have participated in) AND their translationsTranslations only have to be attached if the copy of the original document is not in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian
Medical certificateScanned copy of a medical certificate of satisfactory health condition issued not earlier than 15 November 2022Medical certificate is mandatory for the applicants and must be submitted until 15 April on Tempus Public Foundation’s portal.please use the following form (compulsory): tka.hu/docs/palyazatok/mandatory_medical_certificate_template.pdfcertificates have to be issued and signed by a physician to declare the medical condition of the applicant (according to the diseases listed on the form)Scholarship holders will take part in medical examinations organized by universities upon their arrival.
Copy of passportScanned copy of that page of the passport which contains the personal data of the applicant
Acceptance of Statement for Application in Tempus Public Foundation Hungary online systemAll applicants need to accept the “Statement for Application”The statement can only be accepted in the online system, therefore, scanned and signed copies should not be uploadedThe statement appears in the online application system after registration – all applicants need to click on accepting it in order to be able to submit their applications​

NOTE: – All documents that cannot be obtained in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian have to be translated and the translations have to be submitted as well as the copy of the original document. ​

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Additional Instructions:
  • Applicants applying for Doctoral level (PhD) need to upload the following documents. All of the following documents are compulsory and need to be submitted online until January 16, 2023 at 1600 hrs (Pakistan Standard Time) except Statement of Supervisor.​
Application DocumentsDetailed requirements
Research PlanMinimum 2 pages, typed with Times New Roman 12 point font size letters, written in the language of the selected study programmeThe work plan must indicate the resources used, the document is checked by the universities for plagiarism.
Letter ofRecommendationA signed Letter of Recommendation from the applicant’s former or current academic tutor or supervisor, who has a scientific degree and has an insight into the professional work of the applicant, the letter of recommendation must be written in the language of the selected study programme or in Hungarian
Statement of the Supervisor (if required by the proposed Doctoral School)A statement by the supervisor at the proposed Host Institution declaring that the supervisor undertakes to supervise the student’s work within the doctoral programme (if required by the doctoral school)​
  • HEC may conduct test/interviews of initially shortlisted candidates. 
  • Incomplete applications or applications received after due date will NOT be accepted. The recommendation of nominating agency i.e. HEC will be final and binding.
  • Only SUBMITTED mode applications will be entertained.
  • Result-awaiting candidates and previous HEC nominees of this scholarship may apply afresh subject to eligibility criteria, but final degree and transcript must be submitted at https://stipendiumhungaricum.hu/apply/ before August 01, 2023.
  • Candidates must note that once he/she is nominated by HEC or finally selected by Tempus Public Foundation Hungary, any request for change of subject/discipline/study programme made by him/her shall not be entertained in any case (HEC will not issue any NOC for change of discipline). If a candidate withdraws himself/herself from the scholarship after the final award, he/she shall be liable to disciplinary action including ban of a certain period from applying to any foreign funded/HEC/Government of Pakistan scholarship programmes.
  • All applicants should note that all nominations from Pakistan will be routed through HEC.
Deadline:

January 16, 2023 at 1600 hrs (Pakistan Standard Time)​

Important note before applying:

  • It is the sole responsibility of student(s) applying for any professional degree (Medical, Engineering, Nursing, Architecture, Law, Veterinary Medicine etc.) to first get confirmed its accreditation from the respective Councils i.e. Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC), Pakistan Council for Architects and Town Planners (PCATP), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council (PVMC) etc.
  • Failure to submit online application forms on both websites (HEC and Hungary) will not be considered for further processing.
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