Eligible Sending Partners

The Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People is based on the cooperation between the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and for the Hungary Helps Programme and Churches that pursue humanitarian activities in crisis regions.

For the 2020/21 academic year, the scholarship is announced for the citizens of the following countries: Egypt, Lebanese Republic, Republic of Iraq, State of Israel, Palestine, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Republic of Kenya, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Armenia and Nigeria. The applicants may not have Hungarian citizenship.

Local Churches are to verify and prove that the applicant belongs to their religious community.

List of Churches

Only those applicants can be awarded with the scholarship who have the recommendation from the Local Church, and their recommendation is approved by the State Secretariat for the Aid of Persecuted Christians and for the Hungary Helps Programme. As part of the selection procedure Local Chruches of eligible sending countries have the right to rank applicants.

Applications will not be considered in the following cases:

a) Hungarian citizens (including those with dual citizenships), persons granted a refugee status (“menekült”), persons enjoying temporary protection (“menekültes”), persons admitted for subsidiary protection (“oltalmazott”) and persons granted humanitarian protection (“befogadott”), Please note: this requirement is not only for applicants but for Scholarship Holders as well; it means that, e.g., if you obtain a Hungarian citizenship or a refugee status during your studies in Hungary, your scholarship holder status will be terminated automatically.

b) Applicants born after 31 August 2003 (= applicants under 18 years old as of 31 August 2021).

c) Those applicants who are registered self-financed / fee-paying students of a Hungarian higher education institution at the time of the application deadline.

d) Those former SCY Scholarship Holders who were awarded scholarships for full degree studies and
- who
are now re-applying for full degree in the same cycle of education (non-degree studies, bachelor’s, master’s, one-tier master’s), therefore, SCY Scholarship Holders can apply for the programme to continue their studies at a different cycle of education, e.g. bachelor scholarship holders can apply for master studies; or
- who have postponed the starting date of their scholarship studies and did not withdraw their scholarship before the current application deadline.

e) Former Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Holders can only apply for the programme for the next cycle of education while they still have a scholarship status at the time of application if they receive their degree until 31 August 2021 (eg. a bachelor student may apply for master studies if they get the bachelor degree by 31 August, 2021).

f) Doctoral scholarships are available only for those who have completed their master’s studies in the frame of the Scholarship Programme for Christian Young People in Hungary or are registered for the last semester of their studies in the 2020/2021 academic year as Scholarship for Christian Young People scholarship holders