Jul 11, 2018

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research – Kurdistan Regional Government is offering new scholarships for international to pursue an undergraduate programme. Individuals of Kurdish descent and Iraqi and Kurdistan Region citizens are not eligible to apply.

The Kurdistan Regional Government is the official ruling body of the predominantly Kurdish region of Northern Iraq referred to as Iraqi Kurdistan or Southern Kurdistan.

In order to be eligible for non-native speakers, a 4.5 IELTS or its equivalent in an English proficiency exam is required.

Scholarship Description: 

  • Applications Deadline: August 1, 2018
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available to pursue undergraduate programme.
  • Study Subject: Scholarships are available for the 2018-2019 undergraduate programs in the Kurdish language, literature, and culture at selected universities.
  • Scholarship Award: The Kurd Scholarship includes the following:
  1. Airport transfer to the host university upon initial arrival.
  2. 600 USD monthly stipends toward living costs for the duration of the study period including the foundation year.  Free dormitory room in the host university.
  3. 1500 USD toward annual flight expenses for citizens of the USA and Australia, 1000 USD for all other citizens.  Payment of visa and residential fees.
  4. Annual medical insurance of 500 USD for medical treatment in the Kurdistan Region only.
  5. Medical insurance does not cover treatment outside the Kurdistan Region. Scholarship recipients may select the insurance company.

Please note: the required study period for the Kurd Scholarship is four academic years. If an applicant does not succeed within the specific period of time, or any period beyond the four years, the applicant will be responsible for his/her study expenses (tuition fees, living cost, annual flight expenses and medical insurance).

  • Nationality: International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • Number of Scholarships: 20 places are offered for the academic year 2018-2019.
  • Scholarship can be taken in The applicant will be hosted in one of the following public universities: Salahaddin University – Erbil, Sulaimani University, University of Duhok, Soran University, Koya University.

Eligibility for the Scholarship:

Eligible Countries: International students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Entrance Requirements: Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • The applicant has to have a minimum high school (preparatory) diploma or its equivalent, such as a national baccalaureate. A-level or SAT1/SAT2
  • For non-native speakers, a 4.5 IELTS or its equivalent in an English proficiency exam is required.
  • The applicant has to submit two recommendation letters written by authorized officials from his/her academic institution or place of work.
  • The applicant has to submit a certified copy of his/her degree and transcript.

English Language Requirements: For non-native speakers, a 4.5 IELTS or its equivalent in an English proficiency exam is required.

Application Procedure: 

How to Apply: International students can apply by sending their documents to the following email address no later than August 1st 2018:

Scholarship Link

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