What is the Türkiye Scholarship Doctoral Program at Koç University?

The Türkiye Scholarship Doctoral Program at Koç University was launched in early 2018 and provides full scholarships for high-achieving underserved students from across the world to pursue their PhD degrees at Koç University.

Türkiye Scholarships is a government funded higher education scholarship program which is designed for international students.

The Türkiye Scholarship Doctoral Program at Koç University offers

  • 100% tuition scholarships in any of Koç University 30 PhD programs
  • Dormitory accommodation
  • Monthly stipend
  • Flights
  • Other benefits (Turkish Language Course tuition during PhD studies)

How to apply?

To apply students need to:

  • apply to Koç University for admission to their PhD program of interest using Koç University’s graduate online application with all required documents (TOEFL and GRE/GMAT test scores, grades, etc) before the relevant university deadline AND
  • apply to the Türkiye Scholarships program through their online application system www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr by their deadline

Please check the Türkiye Scholarships website for detailed information including Frequently Asked Questions https://www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr/en/s-s-s/

What are the scholarship requirements?

  • Candidates must not be older than 35 years of age for doctoral degree.
  • Applicants who apply to Türkiye Scholarships must be a graduate or able to graduate at the end of the current academic year.
  • Candidates have to meet the criteria of the Koç University PhD program which they choose. This will include necessary documents such as TOEFL and GRE/GMAT scores. Applications of candidates who do not submit the required documents will not be evaluated.


Students from the following countries are eligible to apply during Round 2 (postgraduate programs):

Algeria, Andora, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, China, Comoros, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Egypt, Equatorial Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Grenada, Guyana, Georgia, Haiti, Hungary, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan,  Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Lebanon, Madagascar, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mexico, Montenegro, Mongolia, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Somalia, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Yemen.

Koç University has a specific focus to provide this scholarship opportunity to candidates from the following countries:
United States
United Kingdom
South Africa
Program brochure in English
Program brochure in Russian
Email study@ku.edu.tr for details of the program at Koç University or to info@turkiyeburslari.org for details of how to apply.
Program brochure in Arabic
Program brochure in Spanish
Check the Turkish Scholarships website for details of each Round of Application Deadlines according to your country