Scholarships

Terms & Procedure

8th Scholarship Programme of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation

General requirements

The final submission date of the 8th Scholarship Programme for the academic year 2020-2021 is the 30th of April 2020. Applications submitted beyond the final submission date of 30 April 2020 will not be accepted.

The general requirements for the submission of applications to the Scholarship 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 after the completion of the minimum expected duration of their course of study. An applicant’s ranking at graduation (during a given academic year or oath-taking period) is a factor to be taken into account during the selection process. 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 with their service to be completed by 30 June 2020.

VI. Applicants may not apply for more than one field or country per 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 (www.sylviaioannoufoundation.org) or by any other appropriate means.

Required supporting documents

I. A filled, online application form in the Greek language. All required supporting documents should be scanned in electronic form (pdf) and uploaded to the relevant fields of the application.

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

III. A brief Curriculum Vitae (up to 4 pages), in the Greek language, including applicant's personal information, their 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 and conferences, and publications by 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 have failed to complete their studies by the application deadline (30 April 2020) should submit a transcript of their 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 submit a copy of their diploma or certificate of completion of studies with the final grade point average by 30 June 2020 to scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org
Failure to meet the above requirements will result in the withdrawal of the application.

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

VI. A copy of the chosen programme for postgraduate or doctoral degree studies from the University’s website. Applicants may apply for a single field of study.

NOTE: After the scholarships are announced, awarded candidates will not be able to modify their 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. A concise description and justification of the programme pursued. Applicants should analyse the reasons for which they have chosen to pursue a particular programme of postgraduate studies, how it is related to Cyprus, and what their future goals are. 

VIII. A certificate of military status (for male applicants).

IX. A registration certificate or letter of acceptance from the selected University, addressed to the applicant. If no formal acceptance decision is available at the time the application is submitted, a copy of the applicant's correspondence with the selected University is required, for the academic year of the particular Scholarship Programme, as well as a copy of the completed application form for the postgraduate programme for which the scholarship is requested.

Unless available on the date the application is submitted, applicants should electronically submit, at scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org and no later than 31 May 2020, a letter from the selected University, certifying that they have been admitted to the declared course of study.

Χ. A document from the selected University indicating the annual cost of tuition fees, or a signed declaration by the applicant, 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. The candidate's property statement (E-9 or property declaration form) and income tax statement of the previous year (if any), as well as those of their parents. 

NOTE:  Any supporting documents sent after the application submission deadline (30 April 2020) will not be accepted, unless in cases of the exceptions mentioned above.

Τerms and process for submitting your application and supporting documents

Ι. Applications and supporting documents can only be submitted electronically via the Foundation's website until 30 April 2020. The submission of an application does not automatically guarantee or imply its approval for an award.

ΙΙ. Applications submitted after the submission deadline (30 April 2020) will not be accepted. Failure to submit any documents within the specified deadline(s) will result in the rejection of the application.

ΙΙΙ. Applicants should separately scan and upload all required documents in pdf format only (up to 2MB). If selected, an applicant 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 into one of these languages should be provided.

V. By submitting the online application for a scholarship, the applicant clearly and irrevocably states that they unconditionally accept 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 your online application, you may contact us at scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org

To start the online application process, click here.

Special provisions regarding the awarding of scholarships

Ι. If the application is approved, the scholarship commences once all required documents are submitted.

ΙΙ. The signing of a contract between the awardee and the Foundation outlining their obligations to the Foundation is a prerequisite for the awarding of a scholarship.

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

  • evidence of academic achievement at a "B or better" level or an equivalent grade in case of a different grading system; and
  • a certificate of attendance

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

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

V. Upon completion of their studies at the selected University, scholars should submit to the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation Secretariat (at scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org) in due time, a copy of their diploma and dissertation/thesis. They are also expected to present their work during or after completion of their studies, at 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 selected University, showing clearly and in detail the awardee's performance in their 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 more limited 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 after 15 July 2020.

Contact information 

For more information, clarifications and questions, you may contact scholarships@sylviaioannoufoundation.org