Turkey grants scholarship to 20 Gambians


The release explained: “The Turkish government annually provides undergraduate, graduate/postgraduate and Phd scholarships to foreign students from various countries on the basis of Turkish Scholarships Programme (TSP).  TSP has been conducted by the Board affiliated with the prime minister’s office and under the supervision of deputy prime minister, Emrullah Isler. Some of the scholarships are provided to some countries as a goodwill gesture. In this framework, a three-man delegation from the Turkish scholarship board visited Banjul in order to conduct the first phase, on May 12, of the yearly selection of candidates who were shortlisted for master’s and or Phd programmes. These scholarships include round-trip airticket, full accommodation, tuition fee, free one-year Turkish language course, health insurance, monthly stipend, cost of books etc. The fields of study include economics, business administration, political science, international relations, law, medical science, computer science and engineering. The second phase of the Turkish government scholarships will be the interview of undergraduate candidates which will be conducted in mid June, again at this embassy. The embassy would like to remind individuals who intend to apply for scholarship for under graduate programmes should do so online (www.turkiyeburslari.gov.tr) before May 19 – which is the deadline for applications. Twenty Gambian students are expected to be selected for this year’s undergraduate degree scholarships. As the quota for 2014 is 40 students, all categories, the number of Gambian students to benefit from TSP is expected to double by 2015.”

The Turkish embassy in Banjul said it was proved that that the success rate of Gambian candidates is  50% percent –  much higher than any other African country’s.