Programme outline

The Hungarian Government is offering 100 scholarships to South African students to study at participating
public university in Hungary. All courses available for South Africans are taught in English, however all
Bachelor's and Master's students will be required to pass a course in Hungarian as a foreign language.

Degree level

Bachelor's
Master's
PhD

Who can apply for the scholarship?

• South African citizens in good health;
• Have a strong academic record:
         o        Bachelor's applicants require a minimum average of 70% in their NSC (excluding LO);
         o        Postgraduate applications should have performed well in their previous studies with a
                   minimum 65% average mark achieved in their previous studies;
• An interest in studying in Hungary and demonstrated commitment to the development of South
   Africa;
• Available and eligible to study in Hungary from September 2020;
• Meet the entry criteria for their selected programme in Hungary;
• Meet the minimum academic requirement for entry into a similar programme at a South African
   university.

Deadline

15 January 2020

Fields of Study

Kindly refer to the list with specific fields of study supported for South African applicants.

Bachelor's and Master's applicants must apply for a course on this list to be considered for the scholarship.

Doctoral applicants can apply for any field of study. The available study programmes and institutions are
available in the online application system (https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/). Doctoral applicants
must have a letter from their proposed Hungarian supervisor and submit this with their application.

What the scholarship offers

The Hungarian Government offers:

  • Tuition fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • University accommodation or a contribution towards private accommodation
  • Medical insurance
  • The South African Government, subject to availability of funding, may provide:

  • International travel
  • Contribution towards monthly stipend
  • Settlement allowance
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • SAQA verification of qualification
  • Application process

    Applicants are required to complete the online application on the Stipendium Hungaricum website by the
    deadline indicated and fulfil all requirements as stipulated https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/.

    In addition to requirements indicated on the Stipendium Hungaricum website, South African applicants
    must upload the following documents as part of their online application (applications that do not comply
    with the below will be ineligible):

                 

    Applications for Bachelor's programmes

    Applications for Master's programmes

    Applications for PhD's programmes

    1. Copy of South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a Bachelor's pass OR a certificate of equivalence (from the Matriculation Board) if a school leaving certificate other than the NSC was obtained. 
     A minimum of 70% average is required, excluding Life Orientation.
    Marks of pre-requisite subjects for chosen field of study (eg for Engineering applicants, NSC Maths and Physics marks OR for social sciences, NSC English marks) will be reviewed separately

    1. Copy of degree certificate(s), which must be a minimum of a Bachelor's degree with Honours, or a full qualification equivalent to South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 8. 
    SAQA verification for any degrees obtained outside South Africa is required.
    A minimum of 65% average is required.

    1. Copy of degree certificates, which must include a Master's degree, or full qualification equivalent to South African National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 9. 
    SAQA verification for any degrees obtained outside South Africa is required.                                            A minimum of 65% average is required for the Master's degree.

    2. Official transcripts of all previous university studies.

    2. Transcripts of all previous university studies. 

    3. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND choice of field of study.

    3. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND choice of field of study.

    4. Research proposal including the following headings:
    Title
    Objectives
    Rationale
    Methodology
    Relevance of study
    (plus any other scholarship requirements)
    References

    4. Research proposal including the following headings:
    Title
    Objectives
    Rationale
    Methodology
    Relevance of study
    (plus any other scholarship requirements)
    References

    2. A maximum 1 page letter of motivation for the scholarship AND their choice of field of study.

    3. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.
     At least one reference must be from a school teacher. The second letter can be from either a teacher or work supervisor.
    The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

    5. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.
     At least one reference must be from a lecturer or professor. The second letter can be from either a lecturer or work supervisor.
    The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

    5. Two reference letters, signed and on an official letterhead, with a contact number and email address.
     At least one reference must be from a lecturer or professor. The second letter can be from either a lecturer or work supervisor.
    The letters must attest to the following: reliability, integrity, academic excellence and suitability for an international scholarship.

    All documents uploaded must be clear and in PDF format (no photographs of documents will be accepted).

     

    Only applications submitted on the Stipendium Hungaricum website by 15 January 2020 will be assessed
    by the South African Department of Higher Education and Training for nominations.

    PHD applicants are required to visit the Hungarian Doctoral Council website before submitting their
    application. The website provides information about the Hungarian doctoral schools, available research
    field and research topics as well as the supervisors of the doctoral students. Thesis topic proposals are
    also available http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=115&lang=EN

    Review process

    Stage one:     Your documents will be screened by both the Hungarian Government and the DHET,
                            only applicants who meet all the minimum requirements and have uploaded ALL
                            documents required by both the DHET and the Hungarian Government will be
                            considered for the scholarship.

    Stage two:      Applications will be ranked according to past academic performance and a limited
                            number of applications will move forward to Stage Three.

    Stage three:   Applicants who pass the second stage will be invited to attend an interview in person,
                            or via Skype in special circumstances. Candidates will also be required to complete a
                            written questionnaire at the time of the interview. No interviews will be done
                            telephonically. Any candidate who does not arrive on time for their confirmed
                            interview without informing us in advance, will be immediately disqualified, regardless
                            of the reason. Candidates who cannot be contacted on the phone number provided in the
                            application or who do not respond to emails will be disqualified.

    Stage four:     A limited number of Master's and PhD applicants will be reviewed by two academics.
    Stage five:      Bachelor's applicants will be nominated based on their academic results, the outcome of
                            the interview, and reference check.
                            Master's and PhD applicants will be nominated based on the combined outcome of the
                            interview, reference check and the academic review.

    Stage six:       Nominated candidates will be informed that they have been nominated for the
                            scholarship by 3 March 2020. Their documents will then be reviewed by their first choice
                            of institution that they have identified in their application. They will be contacted directly
                            by the institution for assessments and/or telephone interviews.

    Please note that nominations are based on a competitive process due to the limited number of available
    scholarships. Applicants who are not nominated for the scholarship will be notified by email.

    Successful candidates will required to sign a contract with the Department of Higher Education and
    Training and to attend the orientation which is scheduled to take place in August 2020 in Pretoria.

    Queries

    Queries about the nomination can be submitted to internationalscholarships@dhet.gov.za (South
    African applicants only)

    Queries about specific study programmes should be addressed to the relevant institutions.

    Documents and link

    Printable guidelines for South African applicants
    Letter confirming English as a medium of instruction in South Africa
    • Guide for the Hungarian online application http://www.studyinhungary.hu/
    • List of available courses and institutions http://studyinhungary.hu/study-in-hungary/menu/find
    -a-study-programme/study-finder.html

    • Website to apply for language preparatory course http://studyinhungary.hu/study-in
    -hungary/menu/find-a-study-programme/study-finder.html

    • Information for PhD candidates http://www.doktori.hu/
    • PhD these topic proposals http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=115&lang=EN
    • Information about studying and living in Hungary http://studyinhungary.hu/living-in-
    hungary/menu/your-costs-of-living.html

    Study in Hungary brochure

    Contact

    Queries about the nomination process can be submitted to hungaryscholarships@dhet.gov.za (South
    African applicants only)

    For more information about what the scholarship covers, Hungarian institutions and studying in Hungary
    please visit the website: http://studyinhungary.hu/

    Documents and link

    Guide for the Hungarian online application http://www.studyinhungary.hu/
    List of available courses and institutions http://studyinhungary.hu/study-inhungary/menu/find-a-study-
    programme/study-finder.html

    Website to apply for language preparatory course http://studyinhungary.hu/study-inhungary/menu/find-
    a-study-programme/study-finder.html

    The online application system: https://apply.stipendiumhungaricum.hu/
    Information for PhD candidates http://www.doktori.hu/
    PhD proposed research topic http://www.doktori.hu/index.php?menuid=115&lang=EN
    Information about studying and living in Hungary http://studyinhungary.hu/living-inhungary/menu/your-
    costs-of-living.html

    Note

    Please note this scholarship is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants
    are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for
    ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa. If there are any discrepancies in
    the details provided regarding the scholarship, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details
    provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education
    and Training other than stated above.