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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Lithuanian (Baltic) studies scholarships

Overview

Education Exchanges Support Foundation takes pleasure in offering Lithuanian state scholarships for Lithuanian (Baltic) studies to foreign students, lecturers and researchers of higher education and research institutions.

Description

The Lithuanian language belongs to the Indo-European family of languages. It is one of the remaining two live Baltic languages boasting of numerous archaisms, the best-retained ancient system of sounds and a number of morphological peculiarities. The Lithuanian language courses organized by higher education and research institutions of Lithuania are intended for all students, lecturers and researchers interested in Lithuanian or Baltic philology, Indo-European linguistics, Lithuanian literature, Lithuanian history, culture, ethnography and folklore.

Duration of the scholarship

Scholarships for Lithuanian (Baltic) studies can be granted for spring semester (up to 5 months) of the academic year 2011-2012. The scholarships are not intended for a full course of study. Normally, an academic degree or diploma cannot be obtained during the period covered by the scholarship.



Eligibility requirements

  1. The candidate has to be a student (not in the final year), lecturer or researcher of higher education and research institution in his home country.
  2. The candidate must have an official letter of acceptance from the host higher education and research institution in Lithuania.
  3. Lithuanian state scholarships cannot be coupled with other grants.

Financial conditions

  1. Undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students approved for Lithuanian (Baltic) studies will receive a monthly stipend of 1.950 Lt/month (approx. 565 EUR).
  2. Lecturers and researchers approved for Lithuanian (Baltic) studies will receive a monthly stipend of 3.250 Lt/month (approx. 941 EUR).
    NB. Stipend is intended to cover scholarship holder’s expenses only. Additional amounts for accompanying partners or family are not provided.
  3. Tuition fee, accommodation and other expenses have to be covered by the scholarship holder.
  4. Any other fees such as student union fee, library membership fee, etc. shall be paid by scholarship holder.

Programme reqiurements for Lithuania (baltic) studies

Applicants for Lithuanian (Baltic) studies scholarship are required to design their study programme which must include subjects from the two groups of study fields below:

  1. First group – philology. Eligible study fields from this group are as follows: Baltic philology, Lithuanian philology, linguistics, literature.
  2. Second group – history, philosophy, theology and culture. Eligible study fields from this group are as follows: Lithuanian history, ethnology and folklore, culturology.

Applicants for Lithuanian (Baltic) studies are required to aggregate the grand total of 30 ECTS (or 20 Lithuanian national credits) per one semester. The total credit value from study fields of both first and second groups should be not less than 22,5 ECTS (or 15 Lithuanian national credits) in one semester. Remaining 7,5 ECTS credits (or 5 Lithuanian national credits) of the programme shall be chosen from other study fields at the discretion of the applicant.

List of higher education institutions where Lithuanian (Baltic) studies can be arranged

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Institutions
Home page
1.
Vilnius University
2.

Vilnius Pedagogical University

http://www.vpu.lt/en/Page.aspx?pageID=3084

3.
Vytautas Magnus University

http://www.trt.vdu.lt/EN/VDU/studies/studies-at-vmu.htm

4.
Klaipeda University
5.
Siauliai University

Required documents

List of documents to be submitted (in the order given). Please do not put each individual document into plastic sheets or binders.

  1. Printed and signed online application form.
  2. Official letter from the candidate’s higher education and research institution approving the status of a student, lecturer or researcher.
  3. Transcript of academic records from the candidate’s present higher education and research institution.
  4. Certified copy of recent higher education diploma and transcript of academic records (if applicable).
  5. Two recommendation letters from home higher education and research institution (written within past six months).
  6. Official letter of acceptance from the host higher education and research institution in Lithuania. This letter must contain information on the chosen subjects and the number of credits for each subject.
  7. Detailed programme of intended studies.
  8. Certificate of proficiency in English or Lithuanian.
  9. Certified copy of the valid identity document.

Documents must be:

  1. Completed in English or Lithuanian (or with certified translations into one of these languages).
  2. Submitted in two (2) identical sets (one original set and one copy of the original set). Every set must be put into plastic sheet or envelope.
  3. Typed and printed (handwritten documents will not be accepted).

All copies must be clearly authorized as true copies of original documents by the issuing institution or a Notary Public (NP).

Printed and signed online application form with additional documents mentioned in part 6.1. has to be sent by post.

Documents submitted only online, sent by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. Incomplete applications or postmarked after the deadline will not be considered.

Important dates

1st of October, 2011 – deadline for online application submission for the spring semester of the academic year 2011-2012. Online Application System will be closed at 12.00 Central European time (GMT+1).

Printed and signed online application form together with all supporting documents must be sent by ordinary or registered post by 1st of October, 2011 (date as per postmark).

NB. Applications postmarked after the deadline will not be considered.

Applications must be sent to:

Higher Education Programmes Unit
Education Exchanges Support Foundation
Geležinio Vilko str. 12
01112 Vilnius, Lithuania

The final decision on the award, based on recommendations of the Committee for International Studies, rests with the Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania. Awarded candidates will be informed personally by email by 1st of December, 2011.

Additional information

  • Lithuanian (Baltic) studies must take place from January 2012 to June/July 2012. The spring semester in higher education and research institutions of Lithuania normally lasts from February until June.
  • In order to arrange Lithuanian (Baltic) studies and receive an official letter of acceptance, a candidate is advised to contact directly the International Office of the chosen Lithuanian Higher Education Institution.


http://www.smpf.lt/en/state_scholarships/for_free_movers_lithuanian_baltic_studies


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