Application Conditions

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The Project application must be submitted by researchers who have/will come to Turkey from abroad to conduct their research.

 

The project coordinator must not have resided in Turkey for more than 12 months in the last 3 years prior to the call deadline

 

One of the following work experience requirements must be met immediately prior to the call deadline:

Early Stage Researchers:

  • Researchers at the beginning of their careers who have obtained a doctoral degree within the last 4 years, and carried out his/her research postdoctoral research or,
  • For private sector applicants, at least 4 years of full-time research experience abroad after obtaining bachelor’s degree (a maximum of 2 years of master degree, a maximum 3 years of doctoral degree with thesis completed abroad will be taken under consideration in this context).

Experienced Researchers:

  • Researchers who have worked abroad 4 years or more at least as an Assistant Professor or researchers who have worked abroad minimum four years as a team leader or researchers who have carried out an independent academic research minimum four years.
  • For private sector applicants, at least 6 years full-time research experience as a team leader abroad obtaining bachelor’s degree (a maximum of 2 years of master degree, a maximum 3 years of doctoral degree with thesis completed abroad will be taken under consideration in this context).

Early-stage and experienced researchers are expected to provide any one of the following qualifications:

 

For Early Stage Researchers:

  • The University where researcher hold a position of at least Assistant Professor and/or carried out his/her postdoctoral research before coming to Turkey must be placed among the top 100 universities in the field-based rankings according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Ranking or THE (Times Higher Education) Rankings by subject in any year within the duration of 3 years prior to the call deadline.
  • The project Coordinator is required to be placed in the “Highly Cited Researchers” published by Thomson Reuters in any year within the duration of 3 years prior to the call deadline.
  • The company he/she worked at before coming to Turkey must be placed in the “Top 2500 Companies” according to the “Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard” published by the European Commission Joint Research Center in any year within the duration of 3 years prior to the call deadline.
  • The institution he/she worked at before coming to Turkey must be placed among the “Top 250 Institutions” according to the “Scimago Institutions Ranking-Government” in any year within the duration of 3 years prior to the call deadline.

For Experienced Researchers:

  • Experienced researcher is required to be placed in the “Highly Cited Researchers” published by Thomson Reuters in any year within the duration of 3 years prior to the call deadline.

  • The University where researcher hold a position of at least Assistant Professor and/or carried out his/her postdoctoral research before coming to Turkey must be placed among the top 100 universities in the field-based rankings according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Ranking or THE (Times Higher Education) Rankings by subject in any year within the duration of 3 years prior to the call deadline.

  • The company he/she worked at before coming to Turkey must be placed in the “Top 2500 Companies” according to the “Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard” published by the European Commission Joint Research Center in any year within the duration of 3 years prior to the call deadline.

  • The institution he/she worked at before coming to Turkey must be placed among the “Top 250 Institutions” according to the “Scimago Institutions Ranking-Government” in any year within the duration of 3 years prior to the call deadline.

Researchers who were previously awarded scholarships or grants to go abroad for education or research purposes and who are required to complete their compulsory service after returning to Turkey may not apply to this program as coordinators.

 

The application is submitted based on the most recent degree. In case that the recent degree was not used, the application will be returned without evaluation or provisions concerning the revocation of the fellowship will apply during the grant period.