The Romanian Government Scholarship Program stands as a testament to Romania’s commitment to fostering international cooperation in education and supporting the academic aspirations of students worldwide. Initiated and managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Romania, this scholarship program provides opportunities for foreign citizens to pursue higher education in Romanian universities.
One of the key objectives of the Romanian Government Scholarship Program is to contribute to the global exchange of knowledge and cultural understanding. The program offers scholarships for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral studies, covering a wide range of academic disciplines. This inclusivity allows students from various fields to benefit from the educational and cultural experiences offered by Romanian institutions.
The scholarship program prioritizes candidates from countries that have a diplomatic relationship with Romania, emphasizing the importance of strengthening international ties through education. The selection process considers both academic merit and the applicant’s commitment to contributing to their home country’s development upon completion of their studies in Romania.
Recipients of the Romanian Government Scholarship not only gain access to quality education but also experience Romania’s rich cultural heritage. The program often includes opportunities for language courses and cultural activities, fostering a holistic educational experience for international students.
Annually, the Romanian Government, under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, extends a range of scholarships to individuals hailing from non-European Union (EU) countries. Eligibility for these scholarships is contingent upon candidates demonstrating commendable academic achievements. Specifically, applicants must exhibit a noteworthy academic record, with an average rating equivalent to at least 7 (seven) based on Romania’s scoring system or a comparable high score, depending on the context.
Prospective scholarship recipients are afforded the flexibility to select from any of the three study cycles available at accredited higher education institutions in Romania. This includes the option to pursue studies at the undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral levels. The scholarship program underscores the Romanian Government’s commitment to promoting international education, encouraging academic excellence, and facilitating the exchange of knowledge across borders. By welcoming students from non-EU countries, Romania aims to foster cultural diversity and strengthen educational cooperation on a global scale;
- Bachelor’s degree: Bachelor’s degree programmes are addressed to graduates of high school studies or pre-university studies at the end of which they obtained a baccalaureate degree or equivalent, as well as candidates applying for further university studies in Romania. The complete programme runs for a period of 3-6 years, depending on the specialization followed and ends with a bachelor’s exam;
- Master’s degree: Master’s degree programmes are addressed to undergraduates, run for a period of 1 year, 1.5 years or 2 years and end with the dissertation exam;
- PhD: Doctoral programmes are addressed to graduate students or equivalent and run for a period of 3-5 years, depending on the profile of the chosen faculty and end with the presentation of a PhD thesis. In order to be admitted to doctoral studies and to obtain the scholarship, it is compulsory that, prior to submitting the application, the candidate should get the written agreement of the Doctoral Tutor, which must be a member of the doctoral school, and also that he/she passes the admission interview.
The scholarship obtained, including the preparatory year where applicable, consists of:
- Financing tuition fees;
- Financing the accommodation expenses in the dormitories, through the budget of the Ministry of Education, within the limit of the subsidy allocated for this purpose (accommodation will be provided to the extent of available places, scholarship holders having the obligation to contact the host university to find out the accommodation conditions);
- Granting a monthly financial aid, as follows: the equivalent in ”lei” (the Romanian currency) of the amount of 65 EURO, for undergraduate and the preparatory year students; the equivalent in ”lei” (the Romanian currency) of the amount of 75 EURO, for master students, the equivalent in ”lei” (the Romanian currency) of the amount of 85 EURO, for PhD students.
In order to be granted the monthly financial aid, students in the Romanian preparatory year, as well as those in the undergraduate and master’s university programs, must obtain at the end of each academic year a number of 60 transferable credits.
Requirements For The Romanian Government Scholarship Program
To be eligible, the scholarship applicant must:
- Submit a complete file;
- Present study documents issued by accredited/recognized education institutions in the country where they were issued;
- Comply with the enrolment deadline;
- Have good results in education, respectively an average of the study years, for the last graduated school of at least 7 (seven) corresponding to the scoring system in Romania or the “Good” score, as the case;
- Comply with the application submission methodology.
Each candidate will create an account on the Study in Romania platform, will fill in the requested data and upload the following documents:
- Copies of the diplomas obtained (baccalaureate diploma or its equivalent, plus bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate degree, if applicable) and their authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
- Copies of transcripts of the completed studies and their authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
- Copy of the birth certificate (or equivalent document) and the authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
- Copy of the first three pages of the passport or of the national document of identity and the authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
- Curriculum Vitae in English or French.
- For the doctoral cycle, the candidate needs to submit a letter of intent containing the list of scientific works, specialized publications, the detailed description of the proposed research project, as well as the agreement of a tutor, which must be a member of the chosen doctoral school. Both documents must be written in English, French or Romanian.
The application will also include the following documents (only for candidates who belong to the specific category mentioned for each document):
- Copy of the proof of name change (if applicable) and the authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
- Copy of the certificate proving the passing of the baccalaureate, bachelor’s or master’s exam, as the case may be, for graduates who do not hold yet the diploma and the authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
- Copy of the certificate proving that the person in the final year of studies is to take the graduation exam at the end of the school/university year and the authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
- Copy of the transcript attesting the academic record of the person in the final year of studies, until the moment of submitting the application file, and the authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
- Copy of the certificate of completion of the Romanian language preparatory year or the certificate of linguistic competence, if applicable.
- Copy of the notarized declaration of parental consent in the case of candidates who have not reached the age of 18 by the date of commencement of the courses and the authorized translation into English, French, Spanish or Romanian, if applicable.
Method of Application
Candidates can access the platform at https://studyinromania.gov.ro, via the Apply for MFA scholarships button, or directly at https://scholarships.studyinromania.gov.ro. The platform can be accessed both in English and French.
Note: Applications can be submitted only via the online platform, between 16 January 2024 and 16 March 2024, with the selection results being announced around 15 July 2024. Upon selection, additional formalities, such as obtaining a visa, will be required.
Application Deadline: March 16, 2024.
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