Announcement of Scholarships for studies in Greece for the modern Greek language and culture

(16th Programme, 2007- 2008)
The State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.) announces that it will offer up to sixty five (65) scholarships to foreigners (or foreign nationals of Greek descent) from Asia, Africa, North and South America, Oceania and Europe in order to attend courses and seminars of the Modern Greek Language and Culture.

Applicants must:

Be nationals of Asia, Africa, North and South America, Oceania and Europe.
Hold a graduate degree from a foreign University in Humanities (Archaeology, Educational Studies, Ethnology, Folklore,- History, Linguistics, Literature, Philology, Philosophy, Psychology, Theatrology, Theology, Sociology, Translation).
Not exceed fifty (50) years of age (date of birth not before 1957).
Have basic knowledge of the Greek language.
Applicants meeting the above requirements until the submission deadline should submit through the Greek Diplomatic Authorities the following documents:

An application form with one recent photograph.
A curriculum vitae.
A birth certificate.
A health certificate by a state hospital.
University Diplomas - Degrees.
Official certificates indicating the knowledge of Greek or English.
A certificate of previous employment, if there is any.
Two letters of recommendation.
A copy of the passport.
All the above - mentioned documents must be written or translated into Greek or English or French. In addition documents numbered 3, 4, 5, 6 and 9 must be officially validated by the Greek Diplomatic Authorities (The Greek Embassy or Consulate).

Applicants must submit only validated photocopies of the required documents and not originals because the submitted documents will not be returned. Incomplete, inaccurate or illegible application dossiers lead to disqualification from consideration.

Applicants who are or have been scholarship holders of I.K.Y. will be excluded from the programme.

Applications by undergraduates who have not yet obtained their University degree will not be considered.

The holder of the scholarship will be deprived of the scholarship in any of the following cases:

A false statement has been made on his application dossier.
He suffers from a dangerous disease for the public health.
He does not comply with the terms and conditions of the scholarship.
He has been involved to any illegal action.
He holds a scholarship from another source at the same time.
He leaves Greece -regardless of the reason- without having previously informed in writing the University.
The submission deadline is May 25, 2007.

Applicants will be informed of the results through the Greek Diplomatic Authorities after August 2007.

The duration of the scholarship is eight months (8 months) and the scholarship is offered only for the attendance of courses and seminars of the Modern Greek Language and Culture in a Greek University.

The courses start on the 1st of October 2007 and finish on the 31st of May 2008. At the completion of the programme of studies the Greek University offers a special certificate of attendance.

The scholarship provides:

Free feeding and accommodation.
Tuition fees and other running costs.
Free medical care in case of emergency.
A monthly allowance of 150,00 euros (net amount of money) for personal expenses.
200,00 euros for initial expenses.
Scholarship holders must attend regularly the courses and must participate in all the activities of the programme of studies.

They must also submit to I.K.Y. a declaration (validated by the Greek Diplomatic Authorities) that they commit themselves to return to their native countries and work there for at least five years; otherwise, they must pay back the total amount of the scholarship. The Greek Diplomatic Authorities are responsible for ensuring that the scholarship holders do, in fact return and stay in their native countries.