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Scholarships for young Hungarian researchers

  • 54 Hungarian PhD students have received scholarships from a fund that aims to keep them in the country.

    Like many countries in Europe, Hungary is faced with a situation where young researchers leave the country for better prospects elsewhere. A €1.2 million scholarship fund, supported with a €1 million grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, has been set up to keep Hungary’s scientists in the country – or encourage them to come back.

    Researchers under the age of 40 with international experience were eligible for an up to 2-year scholarships. Scientists receiving grants need to carry out their research at a Hungarian higher education institute. The financial support amounts to a maximum of €18,000 a year, comprised of a monthly grant of HUF 302,500 and an annual research grant of HUF 948,750.

    The scholarships from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway are being channeled through an already existing Hungarian fund, the Fellowship, which has been regranting to young Hungarian researchers over the last twelve years.

     

     

  • Country:

    Hungary


    Project title:

    Preserve the Zoltán Magyary outstanding research and postdoctoral fellowship

    Case number:

    HU0041

    Priority sector:

    Human resource development

    Status:

    Concluded

    Type & project assistance:

    Block Grant - Scholarship Fund

    Project duration:

    31 months

    Project cost:

    € 1,176,500

    Grant rate:

    85%

    Grant agreement date:

    03 February 2009

    The purpose of the Fund is to provide support to encourage young researchers to stay in or return to a scientific career in Hungary, in Hungarian higher education institutions; with the overall objective of supporting the sustainability of Hungarian research and education. Reference is made to the application dated 29 September 2006 and any subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point.



    The completed Fund shall include the following activities and results:



    - re-granting for financing of fellowships for young Hungarian researchers (under 40 years) from all scientific fields, who wish to pursue research in a higher educational institution in Hungary for the duration of the fellowship.



    - management of the Fund (including publicity).



    The Intermediary is the Zoltán Magyary Higher Education Public Foundation.



    The Focal Point shall ensure that at least 15 percent of the total eligible Fund costs is provided by the Hungarian Ministry of Education and Culture.