Graduate Programs Scholarship Opportunities

Postgraduate Programs Scholarship Opportunities

100 % or 50 % tuition fee scholarship opportunities are available for new students from Turkey and other international students in the PhD programs.

100 % and 50% tuition fee scholarship is available for new students from Turkey and 50% tuition fee scholarship is available for other international students in the Master’s programs.

Application for Scholarship

Students who will enroll in their respective programs for the first time may apply for scholarship opportunities. (Students who terminate (or dismissed)  their registration and re-apply can not get scholarship)

The applications are made during the online program application. Applications are accepted from prospective students twice a year for Fall and Spring semesters.  

Online application to graduate programs

International students can apply for 100% and 50% scholarships for PhD programs and 50 % scholarship in Master’s programs.

Turkish Republic citizens can apply for 100% and 50% scholarships for Master’s and PhD programs.

Students who have registered with special or visiting student status are not eligible to receive this scholarship.

Evaluation Criteria

International and TR national PhD program candidates

Minimum requirement: 

    1. To be graduated with a minimum 3.00 (out of 4.00) CGPA or equivalent from an undergraduate degree program
    2. To be graduated between 2.75 - 2.99 CGPA out of 4.00 from an undergraduate degree program or equivalent and have relevant ALES score of 65 or higher (for Turkish citizens) or have minimum CGPA of 3.50 out of 4.00 or equivalent from a Graduate (Master's) Program graduation.    

The departments will rank the applicants based on their departmental assessment criteria (not only CGPA). The department may grant 100% scholarship to one applicant or up to two 50% scholarships to two applicants.

The shortlisted candidates are announced as scheduled in the Scholarship Calendar The shortlisted candidates are required to complete their registration by the working hours of the given deadline date. Otherwise, new candidates may replace their names in the second list. 

Students, whose name appeared in the second scholarship list and could not complete their regsitration by the deadline due to compelling reasons (i.e. visa, transportation issues, etc.) may appeal to the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research before the deadline, to have extension upon receiving approval for their petition. 

Scholarship is not given to students who terminate their registration with the University and re-apply in order to get scholarship. The scholarship of the student is cancelled if such a behaviour is detected. 

TR national master’s program candidates

The evaluation criteria for TR national master’s program candidates will be as follows:

Minimum requirement to be considered for 100% and 50% scholarship is 3.00 (out of 4.00) or higher undergraduate graduation CGPA.

  1. To be graduated with a minimum 3.00 (out of 4.00) CGPA or equivalent from an undergraduate degree program
  2. To be graduated between 2.75 - 2.99 CGPA out of 4.00 from an undergraduate degree program or equivalent and have a relevant ALES score of 65 or higher for thesis programs or to have ALES minimum score of 65 from any type, for non-thesis programs. 


The departments will rank the applicants based on their departmental assessment criteria (not only CGPA). The department may grant 100% scholarship to one applicant and up to two 50% scholarships to two applicants.

The shortlisted candidates are announced as scheduled in the Scholarship Calendar The shortlisted candidates are required to complete their registration by the working hours of the given deadline date. Otherwise, new candidates may replace their names in the second list. 

Students, whose name appeared in the second scholarship list and could not complete their regsitration by the deadline due to compelling reasons (i.e. visa, transportation issues, etc.) may appeal to the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research before the deadline, to have extension upon receiving approval for their petition. 

Scholarship is not given to students who terminate their registration with the University and re-apply in order to get scholarship. The scholarship of the student is cancelled if such a behaviour is detected.

International master’s program candidates

The 50% scholarships for international students who will enroll in a master’s program will be announced after the acceptance decision is made to the program. This scholarship information will appear in the letter of acceptance for the program.

Category 'E' Research Assistant Position: In accordance with Article 4(5) of the ‘Research Assistant Appointment and Postgraduate Scholarship Regulations’, students who are granted with 100% scholarship are appointed as ‘Category E Research Assistant’. These students are expected to undertake duties for 5 hours per week at academic units or, if deemed necessary, administrative units.

In cases, where the student is appointed from other research assistant category position, he/she can keep 100% scholarship (Category E research assistant position) until he/she resigns, on the condition that he/she still satisfies the continuation of the %100 scholarship.

Students who are granted with 50% scholarship are not assigned as Category E Research assistant. In cases, where the student is also appointed as part-time research assistant, he/she has to choose one of the scholarships.

Conditions for the Continuation of the Scholarship

The period of scholarship is four semesters in master’s programs and ten semesters in PhD programs during the normal period of the program. A student’s part time or full time status does not affect the period of scholarship. Semesters of extensions and freezing of registration are excluded from the scope of the scholarship. Fees for freezing registration are covered by the student.

Semesters spent in the scientific preparation program and/or English support program are included in the normal period of scholarship, on the condition the maximum period of one year has not been exceeded.

Scholarship of students who have undergone program changes continue, on the condition that they do not have any failed courses including seminar, project, thesis and PhD exam and that their minimum CGPA is 3.00/4.00. Scholarship period is not extended for extra semesters of study emerging due to program changes.

Courses with NI status taken within the normal scholarship period are included in the scope of the scholarship.

A student giving up the scholarship may not return back to the scholarship status unless s/he re-registers to the university and re-applies for the scholarship.

Conditions for the Cancellation / Termination of Scholarship

(a) requirements of a scholarship/discount not being fulfilled,
(b) cancelling registration from the University or failing to renew one’s registration,
(c) engaging oneself in an action that is accepted as a disciplinary offense which results in the termination of the scholarship/discount.



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