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New ÚNKP scholarships cover all stages of research careers
28 May 2020
Modified: 30 June 2020
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This year’s New National Excellence Programme (ÚNKP) calls for applications are now open: the HUF 4 billion budget is available to undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, postdoctors, and young teachers and researchers until 30 June 2020. As a novelty, a separate call is dedicated to talented doctoral candidates and postdoctors to ensure that all stages of research careers are supported. This year applications can only be submitted electronically. The calls and related documents are available on the ÚNKP website at

The call for applications announced for academic year 2020/2021 are under the professional coordination of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology (ITM) and the operative management of the National Research, Development and Innovation (NRDI) Office. “Announced for the fifth time this year, the programme primarily aims to strengthen the scientific and creative performance of universities and encourage the education of the next generation of RDI scientists by supporting individual excellence,” Dr. József Bódis, deputy state secretary for higher education, innovation and vocational training of the ITM in relation said to the announcement of the new calls.

Dr. István Szabó, vice president of the programme manager NRDI Office highlighted: “ÚNKP helps to keep the most outstanding teachers and researchers in science, and to motivate creative individuals in their most productive period of their careers, as well as their host institutions. With a new call dedicated to doctoral candidates and postdoctors, the programme now fully covers all stages of research careers,” he added.

Over 2,000 applicants are expected to receive scholarship grants this year from the HUF 4 billion budget of the ÚNKP programme in the following six schemes:

  • Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Undergraduate Students
  • Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Graduate Students (combined budget of the two calls: HUF 600 million)
  • Call for Research Scholarship Applications for PhD Students (budget: HUF 1000 million)
  • “Power Up Science!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Doctoral Candidates and Postdoctors (budget: HUF 832 million)
  • Bolyai+ Call for Research Scholarship Applications for Young Teachers and Researchers (budget: HUF 1,400 million)
  • “Power up your Talent!” Call for Research Scholarship Applications for New Higher Education Students (budget: HUF 168 million)

The calls are open to university students, doctoral candidates, postdoctors and young university teachers and researchers who engage in successful research or artistic activities in one of the 25 higher education institutions participating in the programme. Importantly, applications will have to be submitted at the host institutions.

Grant periods vary between 5 and 12 months, depending on the scheme. Grantees will receive a net monthly grant of HUF 100,000 to 200,000, depending on the scheme, while their host institutions will receive funding equal to 40% of the awarded amount for operating and research costs. So far, 6,600 scholarships have been awarded in the programme since its launch in 2016.

Budapest, 28 May 2020

Updated: 30 June 2020
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