By mid-January each year, until February 20, students of the world will be on a date with one of the most fully funded international scholarships.

The “Turkish Scholarship” funded by the Government of Turkey gives an opportunity to thousands of students to explore the enjoyment of Turkish education and the historical and cultural richness of this country.

The “Turkish Scholarship” - managed by the Presidency of Diaspora Turks and Kinship Communities (YTB) - is well-known for its high acceptance ratios, as in 2019 it provided about five thousand foreign students, to complete their studies in Turkish universities, as it excludes from the scholarship Turks already enrolled in universities Within a Turkish domain, it can be submitted through (

Turkey started this educational program in 1992 under the name "The Great Student Project", and in 2012 it changed its name to the "Turkish Scholarship", with the aim of Turkey becoming "a base for education worldwide."

According to Abdullah Arn, director of the Presidency of the Diaspora Turks and Kinship Communities, the aforementioned presidency is increasing the number of scholarship recipients to 25,000 students until 2023.

According to the latest statistics, 17,000 students from different countries of the world are currently benefiting from the scholarship program, and are continuing their education in Turkish universities.

The scholarship program in 2019 saw 145 thousand and seven hundred students from 167 countries from all over the world.

Grant privileges

The “Turkish Scholarship” program provides a golden opportunity for international students and researchers, to continue their education in the most prominent Turkish colleges, without incurring any financial burden.

The Turkish scholarship covers tuition fees, the cost of an annual airline ticket for the student to return to his homeland, health insurance, housing, and a one-year Turkish language learning program, in addition to granting the student a monthly stipend, according to his academic stage.

The scholarship for the undergraduate program includes a monthly salary of 700 pounds, while the monthly salary for graduate students ranges between 950 pounds for a master’s student and 1400 for a doctoral student.

Once a person has been awarded a grant, its administration will formally enroll it in the department and university appropriate to its qualifications.


All students around the world are entitled to apply for the Turkish scholarship, which according to the academic undergraduate standards is that the average of high school applicants should not be less than 70% for all specializations and 90% for medical group specializations (human medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy).

He must have graduated or is about to graduate from the high school (baccalaureate), where a document from the school in which he studies the high school can prove his rate, and that he is enrolled in the last stage of high school, and the applicant's age should not exceed 21 years.

As for the postgraduate studies stage, the applicant for the master's program must not be more than thirty years old, and his cumulative average in the bachelor's degree must not be less than 75%, while the doctoral scholarship program requires that the applicant's age must not be more than 35 years, and the average master's degree must not be less than 75%.

Programs and majors

The Turkish Scholarship Program includes almost all majors, and these majors are divided according to a number of programs that differ according to the nature of the subjects, whether literary or scientific, and the targeted students.

The grant gives all those who have obtained a preparatory year for the Turkish language in the event that they do not submit a certificate of proficiency in a recognized Turkish language. Turkish is a mandatory requirement in all disciplines, even those or some of its subjects are taught in English.

The requirement to learn Turkish also applies to graduate students, but the duration of the study ranges from two to four years, with the possibility of extension in agreement with the supervisor responsible for the student's message and the administration of the scholarship.

With regard to the programs offered for undergraduate students, there are seven separate scholarships that fall under the umbrella of the “Turkish Scholarship”, and they differ according to the targeted students.

1- Turkey Africa Grant

It is provided to students of the African continent, and some of its specializations support the English language, and it includes law, mathematics, physics, agriculture, commerce, business administration, economics, engineering, environmental sciences, software and computer science, international affairs, history, media, and other human social sciences.

2- The Bosphorus Grant

Introduction to the citizens of 58 countries, including Qatar, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman and Saudi Arabia, and some of its specializations are taught in the English language, and includes engineering and technology programs, social sciences, humanities and administrative sciences.

3- Harran Grant

Introduction to students of 11 countries, including Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen, and some of its majors are taught in English.

This program covers all disciplines except medical science, human medicine, Turkish language literature and Islamic studies.

Postgraduate programs

1- Ali Kushchu Science and Technology Scholarship, which is offered to all international students enrolled in their country in the master's and doctoral degrees in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

2- Ibn Khaldun Scholarship for Social Sciences, provided to master's and doctoral students in the fields of humanities, history, public law, political science, international relations, planning, development studies, and other social sciences, to the fields of economics, business administration, and human resources management, and some specializations are taught in English .


3- Ibn Sina Scholarship for Medical Sciences, submitted to master's and doctoral students from all over the world, human medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy students, and some of its specializations are taught in English.

4- Yunus Emre Scholarship for the Turkish Language, submitted to masters and doctoral students who specialize in the Turkish language, literature and cultural studies, and taught in Turkish.

5- The "Divinities" Scholarship for Islamic Studies, submitted to masters and doctoral students who specialize in religious sciences Theology and theology, taught in Turkish.

Source: Al-Jazeera