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General requirements

The final submission date of the 7th Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2019-2020 is the 30th of April 2019.

Applications submitted beyond the final submission date of 30 April 2019, will not be accepted.


The general requirements for the submission of applications for the Scholarships Programme are the following:

Ι. Applications may be submitted only by candidates who have not reached the age of 33 years until the final submission date.

ΙΙ. Applications that do not include subjects focused on Cyprus for postgraduate thesis or doctoral dissertation, will be automatically excluded from the selection process.

IΙI. Candidates should be graduates of Greek or Cypriot universities. The application process is open to graduates who hold a University degree with a GPA of at least 'eight' (8.00) and who have completed their studies within a period not exceeding two (2) years from completion of the minimum expected duration of studies. The applicant’s ranking at graduation (during a given academic year or oath-taking period) is a factor to be taken into account for the selection process of scholars. If deemed necessary, applicants may be required to submit, together with their degree, a University-issued certificate that indicates their graduation ranking.

IV. Applicants should be proficient in the language of the country in which they wish to study, or in the official language of the programme of study which they wish to pursue. Such language proficiency may be evidenced by a formal certificate, diploma or degree (valid and in accordance with the requirements of the University of the applicant' s choice).

V. Male applicants must have fulfilled their military obligations; or be legally exempt; or have received military deferment which is sufficient for the completion of their studies; or be currently serving in the military and their service will be completed by June 30, 2019.

VI. Applicants may not apply for more than one field or country, or in more than one scholarship programme of the Foundation each year.

VII. Scholarships for part-time or distance learning are not granted.

VIII. The Foundation reserves the right to unilaterally change the terms of this Announcement, by notice at the Foundation website or by any other appropriate means.

Required supporting documents

I. Filled online application form. All required supporting documents should be scanned in electronic form (pdf), and uploaded to the specific fields of the application.

II. Two-sided copy of the applicant's identity card or passport.

III. Brief Curriculum Vitae (up to 4 pages), in the Greek language, including applicant's personal information, his/her undergraduate studies, level of foreign language proficiency, and any additional qualifications. The CV should also include any work experience, honors and/or awards, participation in seminars, conferences and publications on part of the applicant.

IV. Copy of diploma and transcript for all years of study, with the grade point average (GPA) indicated numerically, up to two decimal places. Applicants who fail to complete their studies by the application deadline (April 30, 2019), should submit the transcript of grades, including their current grade point average. If a copy of their diploma or certificate of completion of studies with the final grade point average is not available on the date of the application submission, candidates are required to electronically send a copy of their diploma or certificate of completion of studies with the final grade point average by June 30, 2019 to scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org. Failure to meet the above, the application is withdrawn.

V. A valid foreign language certificate according to the requirements of the selected University.

VI. Copy of the chosen programme for postgraduate or doctoral degree studies from the University’s website. Applicants may apply for a single field of studies.
NOTE: After the announcement of awards, awardees will not be able to modify the declared field of study which has been approved by the Foundation, except for reasons related to force majeure, which the Foundation may review at its discretion.

VII. Concise description and justification of programme pursued. Applicants should analyse the reasons for which they have chosen to pursue this particular programme of postgraduate studies, how it is related to Cyprus, as well as their future goals.

VIII. Certificate of military status (for male applicants).

IX. Registration certificate, or letter of acceptance from the University chosen, addressed to the applicant. If no formal acceptance decision is available as yet, a copy of correspondence with the University chosen is required, for the academic year of this Scholarships Programme and a copy of the completed application form for the above-mentioned postgraduate programme for which the scholarship is requested.
Unless available on the date the application is submitted, applicants should submit electronically, at scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org and no later than June 30, 2019, a letter from the University chosen, certifying that they have been admitted to the course of studies pursued.

Χ. Document of the University chosen, that will indicate the annual cost of studies (tuition fees). Otherwise, a signed declaration of the applicant should be submitted, specifying the annual tuition fees.

XI. Recommendation letters from members of the Academic community. If this is not feasible, applicants should explain the reasons and submit recommendation letters from scholars working outside academia. No minimum number of letters is specified. If the authors of the recommendation letters wish to send the letter of recommendation directly to the Foundation, please use the address scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org.

XII. Statement of real estate (E-9 or real estate declaration form) and last year income tax statement of the candidate (if any) and his/her parents.

NOTE: Any supporting documents sent after the applications submission deadline (April 30, 2019) will not be accepted, unless in cases of the aforementioned exceptions.

Τerms and process for submitting application and supporting documents

Applications and supporting documents can only be submitted electronically via the Foundation's website until April 30, 2019. The submission of an application does not automatically guarantee or imply its approval for an award.

ΙΙ. Applications submitted beyond the final submission date (April 30, 2019) will not be accepted. Failure to submit any documents within the provided deadline(s), will result in the rejection of the relevant application.

ΙΙΙ. Applicants should scan separately and upload all required documents in pdf format only (up to 2MB) and, If selected, may be asked to provide validated photocopies of original documents. Submitted documents will not be returned.

IV. Candidates should complete the application in the Greek language. The supporting documents must be in Greek or in English. Otherwise, an official translation to one of these languages should be provided.

V. By submitting the online application for a scholarship, the applicant clearly and irrevocably states that he/she unconditionally accepts all Terms and Conditions included in this Announcement, as well as the judgments and decisions of the competent personnel of the Foundation. The applicant further states that the information contained in the application form, supporting documents and/or other materials, is true and accurate.

If you encounter any difficulty during the completion of online application, you can contact the Foundation by sending a message to scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org.

To start the online application process, click here.

Specific provisions to apply for a scholarship

Ι. If the application is approved, the scholarship commences after all required documents have been submitted.

ΙΙ. The signing of a contract between the awardee and the Foundation outlining his/her obligations to the Foundation, is a prerequisite for the award of a scholarship.

ΙΙΙ. The amount of the scholarship will be paid by check in the name of the awardee. To amount will be paid in installments per academic period (semester, quarter, or other, depending on the course of studies at the University chosen), and presupposes the awardee’ s obligation to provide:

  1. (a) evidence of academic achievement at a «B or better» level, or equivalent grade in case of a different scoring system; and
  2. (b) a certificate of attendance.

In cases requiring advance payment of tuition at the beginning of the academic year, a relevant certificate from the University chosen is required. The decision on the once-off payment of the tuition fees will be considered on case by case.

IV. Any fees, deductions, or any other charge for accepting the scholarship will be borne by each individual beneficiary.

V. The scholar, upon completion of his/her studies in the University chosen, should submit to the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation Secretariat, in due time, a copy of his/her diploma and dissertation/thesis. It is also expected to present his/her work during or after completion of his/her studies, upon the invitation of the Foundation.

VI. The scholarship may be extended for more than one year, provided that the scholar has submitted at least twenty (20) days before the end of the current Academic year, a request for renewal, and a progress report by the University chosen, featuring clearly and in detail the awardee' s performance in his/her studies.  

Evaluation process and results

Ι. The Review Committee of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation recommends, at its own discretion, to the Board of Directors of the Foundation the applicant(s) selected to be granted a scholarship.

II. In case of equal academic qualifications, priority is given to candidates with less financial means.

III. The Review Committee reserves the right to request a personal interview with the applicant(s), if deemed necessary.

IV. The Board of Directors of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation is responsible for the final decision and selection of awardees. The Board of Directors of the Foundation shall decide, at its own discretion, whether or not to award a scholarship and is not obliged to explain or justify the outcome of the applications' evaluation process.

V. The results of the evaluation process will be communicated to all applicants individually and in writing, by letter to be sent by e-mail. No information will be given by phone.

The announcement of the results will take place in July 2019.

Contact information

For more information or any clarification and questions, please contact scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org.

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