The FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia offers the UN FAO-Hungarian Government Scholarship Programme for the 2021/2022 academic year.

The following Master of Science degree courses are being offered in English at the Szent István University:

  • Agricultural water management engineering
  • Plant protection
  • Crop production

In a similar vein, the following universities and faculties are participating in the programme:

  • Szent István University, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Gödöllő
  • Szent István University, Georgikon Campus, Keszthely

Worth of Award

The scholarship will cover

  • application and tuition fees throughout the study period with basic books and notes;
  • dormitory accommodation;
  • subsistence costs;
  • health insurance.

Note that the UN FAO-Hungarian Government Scholarship Programme covers student costs only; family members are not supported within the frame of this programme.


Residents (who must be nationals) of the following countries are eligible to apply for the Scholarship Programme:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo1, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, North Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Myanmar, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nigeria, North Korea, State of Palestine, the Philippines, Republic of Cabo Verde, Serbia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

It is important to note that having satisfied the above criteria, candidates will be selected on the basis of the following:

  • Citizenship and residency of one of the eligible countries
  • Excellent school achievements
  • English language proficiency (for courses taught in English)
  • Motivation
  • Good health
  • Age (candidates under 30 are preferred)

Student selection will take place in two phases:

Phase 1: FAO will pre-screen candidates and submit applications to the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary that will send them to the corresponding university as chosen by the applicants. Students must submit only COMPLETE dossiers. Incomplete dossiers will not be considered and files without names will not be processed.

Phase 2: Selected candidates may be asked to take a written or oral English examination as part of the admission procedure. The participating universities will run a further selection process and inform each of the successful candidates. Student selection will be made by the universities only, without any involvement on the part of FAO. Similarly, selected students will be notified by the Ministry.

How to Apply

  • All applications should be submitted via email.
  • Would you have additional questions, please contact

Deadline: The submission of applications should be made from January 15 to February 28, 2021.00

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