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Greek government awards for International Students in Greece, 2015-2016

Applications are invited for Greek Government scholarships available for foreign citizens. Up to 135 Greek Government financial aid positions will be awarded (scholarship granted per country will vary). The studentships are available for undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Universities or a research in Universities or Research Centres for the academic year 2015-2016, as well as summer seminar in Greek Language and Civilization for the summer of 2015. Candidates who have already received a scholarship from the Greek Government within the framework of Bilateral Educational Programs are not entitled to apply for a new scholarship. Application should be submitted till April 30th, 2015.

Study Subject(s): The studentships are awarded to study any course available at Superior Educational Institutes or Research Centers of Greece. The studentships are also available to attend summer seminar in Greek Language and Culture for the summer of the year 2015.
Course Level: The studentships are available for undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Universities or a research in Universities or Research Centres as well as summer seminar in Greek Language and Civilization.
Scholarship Provider: Greek Government
Award can be taken at: 
Greece

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Eligibility:
-Candidates who have already received a scholarship from the Greek Government within the framework of Bilateral Educational Programs are not entitled to apply for a new scholarship.
Age Limit-As regards undergraduate studies, all candidates should be born after 1.1.1989.
-As regards postgraduate studies or research or summer seminar, candidates should be born after 1.1.1974.
Candidates for postgraduate studies in Greece should:
-know in any case the Greek language (unless the postgraduate program is taught in English) and have been accepted to a postgraduate studies program
Candidates for research should know Greek or English or French language to a sufficient level.

Open for International Students: Students from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Israel, Jordan, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Latvia, Mexico, South Korea, Norway, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Czech Republic can apply for these Greek Government scholarships.

Description:  Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs to foreign nationals who wish to attend undergraduate or postgraduate studies in our country’s Universities or a research in our country’s Universities or Research Centres for the academic year 2015-2016, as well as summer seminar in Greek Language and Civilization for the summer of 2015.

Number of award(s): Up to 135 Greek Government financial aid positions will be awarded (scholarship granted per country will vary).

Duration of award(s):
-Postgraduate studies: Scholarship holders can use the program only for the period of the specific academic year for which The grant is granted. The grants cannot be renewed for a period longer than one (1) year for the same scholar, for postgraduate studies, and for a period longer than two (2) years for the award of a PhD diploma.
-Undergraduate studies: For scholarship holders who intend to follow a full course of undergraduate studies in Greece, a scholarship is initially granted for one (1) academic year in order for them to attend Greek language courses (if they do not have a language certificate). In case they fail in the language exams, scholarship is interrupted. In case they succeed, a scholarship is granted for a full course of undergraduate studies and shall be renewed every year.
-summer seminar in Greek Language and Culture: The place and the time of the seminar will be notified by April 30th, 2015.

What does it cover? Financial Allowances for the undergraduate and postgraduate scholars
a) Monthly allowance: €400, for scholarship holders following undergraduate studies and €450, for scholarship holders following postgraduate studies or research.
-One-off allowance for settlement expenses: €500, for those who shall settle in Athens and €550, for those who shall settle in the province.
-Scholarship holders whose scholarship is being renewed are not entitled to this amount.
-c) One-off amount of €150 annually for covering transportation expenses within the country for postgraduate students or researchers who are obliged to move from their place of residence in order to follow the research program approved by our Service and as long as there is a justified proposal by the Supervising Professor.
-d) Exemption from tuition fees only for undergraduate studies.
-e) It is clarified that holders of funding for postgraduate studies or research who wish to follow Greek language courses as well shall not be exempted from tuition fees. Further they should select postgraduate programs offered without tuition fees. In case their selection is not included in the free of charge programs they should cover tuition fees on their own.
-f) Free medical treatment in case of an emergency, only in Public Hospitals. For nationals of member-states of the European Union the European Health Insurance Card.
-It is pointed out that financial allowances may change in conjunction with the economic-social circumstances of our country as well as that scholars have to submit to our Service a Tax Identification Number that they will obtain from the Greek Tax Offices no longer than one (1) month from their arrival.
Board fees shall be granted in cheques paid by the Bank of Greece and scholarship holders have to know that their cheque for the first 2 months may delay for up to 2 months after their arrival.

Selection Criteria: Not Known

Notification: They will notify the competent authorities, of the decision of The grants’ approval of the nominated persons, the latest by May 31st, 2015, for the summer seminars and by June 30th, 2015 for undergraduate and postgraduate studies (on the condition the candidates’ files are complete).

How to Apply: Applicants should apply by post. Interested persons should address the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Education of their country of origin which are competent for collecting the applications of candidates for Bilateral Cultural Agreements, selecting the proposed candidates and forwarding the files to Service.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is April 30th, 2015. However, it is noted that each country shall determine by itself the closing dates for application submission which do not coincide to the final closing date of file consignment to Greece and interested persons should address the services of their own country.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application