Hellenic Republic Ministry Of Education & Religious Affairs in collaboration with the State Scholarships Foundation, Australia,  offers up to twenty (20) scholarships to candidates of all nationality all for research in Greece, commencing in the academic year 2014-2015.

  • Doctoral studies (PhD) (one (1) year up to three (3) years) in combination with mandatory Modern Greek Language courses (in a school of Modern Greek Language, at a state Greek University), when the doctoral thesis will be written in the Greek language and required by the three member Supervisory Committee (assigned by the Greek University). These courses are optional, unless otherwise stipulated by the Regulations of the relevant Greek University Department. In an extreme case, an additional year may be granted for those PhD students who are on the writing phase of their thesis, with no costs provided by the I.K.Y., but with an extended by one year residence permit given for this purpose.
  • Postdoctoral research (six (6) months up to two (2) years) in combination with optional Modern Greek Language courses (held in a School of Modern Greek Language, at a state Greek University).

Worth of Award
The scholarship covers the following costs:

  • 600,00€ (net amount – taxes are excluded which are paid by this Foundation) as a fixed contribution for initial expenses.
  • Free cost emergency medical treatment under the Greek National Health Service (only in State hospitals). European citizens should have the European Insurance – Illness Card from their insurance agency of their country.
  • Living expenses: for doctoral studies: a monthly allowance of 600,00€ (net amount – taxes are excluded which are paid by this Foundation),
  • for postdoctoral research: a monthly allowance of 800,00€ (net amount – taxes are excluded which are paid by this Foundation)
  • The full cost of tuition fees (net amount – taxes are excluded which are paid by this Foundation) related to Modern Greek language courses attended in a state School of Modern Greek Language at a Greek University (where applicable).
  • The scholarships for doctoral studies include as well up to 300,00€ (net amount – taxes are excluded which are paid by this Foundation) to cover binding and printing costs of the PhD thesis at the end of the scholarship.
  • Grants are not available to fund travel expenses and attendance at conferences, seminars, symposia or research activities.
  • No additional assistance or funds are provided for the spouse or other dependants of the beneficiary (if you plan to bring your family with you, you will need to consider cost issues carefully).
  • The scholarship will be withheld for periods spent outside Greece without the prior permission of this Foundation.

To qualify for the scholarship applicants should:

  • Be foreign nationals (non-Greek Nationals or non-Greek Nationals of Greek origin).
  • Hold only non-Greek citizenship (not dual citizenship- foreign and Greek).
  • Not exceed the age limit of 35 years (year of birth after 1979 and onwards) by the application deadline, for those applying for the PhD degree.
  • No age limit for postdoctoral research.
  • Hold a graduate degree (Bachelor) from a foreign recognized higher education institution. Hold a postgraduate degree (Master’s or equivalent) from a foreign or a Greek University (for prospective PhD applicants). Hold a doctoral degree (PhD) completed at a foreign or a Greek University (for postdoctoral applicants). However, their graduate degree should be from a foreign University.
  • Have a very good command of English (at least C1, according to the Common European Framework for Languages of the Council of Europe). 7. Have never been on a scholarship from the I.K.Y. (those who have been granted a scholarship for the IKY Programme “Greek Language and Culture” are entitled to apply).
  • Have not undertaken studies in Greece on a scholarship provided by any Greek public (state) authority.
  • Applicants are required to: Have already established a contact with a Greek University / potential academic, prior to their application, have a basic knowledge of the Greek language.
  • For all the above-mentioned, applicants are required to provide supporting documentation.

How to Apply

  • Intending applicants meeting the above requirements by the application deadline should submit through the Greek Diplomatic Authorities in their country of residence (or in a neighbouring country in case of absence of a Greek Embassy or Consulate in their country) the following documents:
  • An application form (available from the Greek Diplomatic Mission, or the I.K.Y., or downloaded copy from the I.K.Y. website at: www.iky.gr) duly completed, signed and with one recent photograph attached.
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae in English or Greek language.
  • Certified copies of the university degrees obtained (please ensure that all qualifications gained at degree (i.e. university) level and above are included). Submission of Diploma Supplement is accepted as well (abroad).
  • A research proposal with the topic.
  • A formal letter, from a Faculty or Department of a state University or Research Institution based in Greece, certifying their undertaking of a doctoral / postdoctoral research, signed by the supervisor appointed.
  • A formal letter (or relevant certificate) indicating the very good command -both written and verbal- of English language (in case of non native speakers).
  • Two (2) letters of reference of two (2) academics (who are familiar with the area of research and explaining how the qualification aimed at would benefit the candidate’s research career). References must only be submitted in Greek, English or French.
  • A recent (issued 1 month approximately prior to the application submission) national hospital certificate or a certificate from the relevant recognized health service stating that the applicant does not suffer from any infectious diseases.
  • A copy of a valid passport/national identity card (where applicable). If documentation is not in English, French or Greek, a certified translation (by the Greek Diplomatic Authorities abroad) into Greek or English must be supplied.
  • In addition, documents numbered 3, 6, 8 and 9 should bear the Apostille or be certified by the Greek Diplomatic Authorities (Embassy or Consulate), in cases where the candidate’s state of origin is not a member of the Hague Convention (Apostille) of 5 October 1961 abolishing the requirement of legalisation for foreign public documents.
  • Applicants who are in Greece and wish to apply, may they address to the Diplomatic
  • Authorities of their country in Greece.
  • Applicants who are legally in Greece and hold a residence permit card may submit directly to the I.K.Y. all documentation, along with a photocopy of their residence permit card or a photocopy of registration as a European citizen.
  • Applicants must already hold their degrees at the time of submission of their application files. Expected degrees not awarded by the specified deadline will not be taken into consideration. Only complete documentation requested will be processed (incomplete, inadequate or illegible application files will not be taken into consideration). Applicants must only submit certified copies of original documents. Please note that only the letters of reference may be submitted directly to the I.K.Y at a later date.

Deadline: The application deadline is June 16, 2014. You will be notified about the outcome of your application by September 2014.
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