Research Stay

Research Stay

Research stay is a meta-category encompassing a wide range of mobility programs, the most famous kind of which is PhD students Sabbatical Leave. However, there are exchange programs in which the student spends the whole period of his/her program conducting research supervised by a faculty member of the host institution (for more information click here). Moreover, internship programs are sometimes done in the labs and the students can gain precious research experience (for more information click here).

The Iranian Ministry of Science, Research, and Technology has defined an annual fund for Ph.D. students’s sabbatical leave. There is also a fund internal to Sharif University of Technology to support the sabbatical leave of its Ph.D. students. International organizations, like DAAD (Germany) may also support the sabbatical leave of the Ph.D. students. The host university or supervisor can also be able to support the Ph.D. students during their sabbatical leave.

There are also tailor-made research stay programs. For example, following the agreement of SUT and Max Planck Society (Germany) in 2017, this prestigious institute agreed to host up to 3 SUT’s PhD candidates for a one-month research stay per year for four consecutive years. The application deadline for 2019 is now over. 

In the past years, SUT has also established sabbatical leave programs with Waseda University (Japan) and Alberta University (Canada), fully funded by these institutions.

Research stay programs are non-degree programs, i.e., no degree will be conferred on the students at the end of the program.


Turkey’s Research Scholarship 2020 Program (3-12 months)

The program is designed to encourage international researchers and academicians to carry out collaborative academic research in their own fields with Turkish academicians in the most prestigious Turkish universities.

Eligible Candidates: The program is available for Ph.D. holders or Ph.D. candidates at the dissertation stage.

Financial Support: Monthly Stipend: 3.000 TL (~500 USD) per month
Research scholarship does not cover accommodation and other amenities

Important Dates: Research Scholarship Program applications are received and evaluated over the course of four Application periods spread out all year round  as follows:

Scholarship Program Timeline Dates Category
Research Scholarships 1st Period Applications Open 1 January 2020 Applications
1st Period Applications Close 31 March Applications
1st Period Announcement of Results April Results
2nd Period Applications Open 1 April Applications
2nd Period Applications Close 30 June Applications
2nd Period Announcement of Results July Results
3rd Period Applications Open 1 July Applications
3rd Period Applications Close 30 September Applications
3rd Period Announcement of Results October Results
4th Period Applications Open 1 October Applications
4th Period Applications Close 31 December Applications
4th Period Announcement of Results January 2021 Results

How to apply: applicants should refer to and fill out the application forms, in accordance with the dates stated above. Please note that applying is free of charge.

Required Documents:

All candidates must submit the following documents during online application:

  1. A valid National Identification Document OR a valid Passport
  2. A recent Photo of the candidate (Please note that the photo you upload into the Application system must be a proper portrait of yourself, candidate photos which are not identifiable will undermine the evaluation of your application)
  3. National exam scores (required for candidates who do not possess any international qualification or certification)
  4. Diploma or temporary certificate of Graduation
  5. Academic transcripts (online screenshots and uncertified transcripts will undermine the evaluation of your application)
  6. International exam scores (GRE, GMAT, DELF, YDS, YÖS …etc. if required by the chosen university & program)
  7. Language test scores (if required by the chosen university & program)
  8. A research proposal and an example of your written work (for PhD applicants only)

For more information please refer to here.

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