In the 2016/2017 academic year, the Croatian government has appropriated 3.5 million kuna for scholarships for university students who are Croats living abroad, according to a public competition which was recently announced by the government’s Central State Office for Croats Abroad, reports Večernji List on January 11, 2017.
The Office intends to award a total of 500 scholarships: 400 for studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina and 100 for studies in Croatia. Scholarships are awarded for a period of 10 months, with the monthly amount of 700 kuna, which gives the total amount of 3.5 million kuna.
Applications for the public competition can be submitted no later than 23 January, and they have to submitted by regular post to the Office’s official address at Trg hrvatskih velikana 6 in Zagreb.
In Croatia, the right to participate in the competition is limited to full time students of public institutions of higher education – Croatian expatriates residing abroad, members of Croatian minorities in 12 European countries with officially recognized Croatian minorities, and students who are Croats from Bosnia and Herzegovina and who reside in that country and who are starting or continuing their full time studies.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the competition is open to Croats who are residents in the country and who are starting or continuing their regular studies in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The criteria which will be used to determine the list of potential recipients of the scholarships includes general success in the final year of secondary school or of university studies, as well as social and economic status of individual students.
All details about the public competition can be found at the website of the Central State Office for Croats Abroad: www.hrvatiizvanrh.hr.
The ranking list of students who have earned the right to a scholarship will be published at the website, and along with the name and surname of the students their total number of points will also be announced.