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The Stipendium Peregrinum Scholarship Programme (Hungarian acronym: STIPI) was launched in 2020 at the initiative of Katalin Novák. It is open to talented young individuals whose abilities and knowledge would allow them to find success at the world’s most prestigious universities. Scholarship holders are preparing for their entrance exams or already study at these universities. As the nurturing of young Hungarian talents is one of the five priorities that the President of Hungary wishes to focus on, from 2023 STIPI will continue to operate as a presidential programme. Thanks to the scholarship programme, 68 STIPI scholarship holders study at a prestigious foreign university currently.


Talented young people may apply for Component B if they have already been admitted – with or without the help of Component A – to the institution of their choice . For successful applicants, the scholarship covers one year’s tuition fees, housing and living expenses, among other things. Phase I of the selection process includes the evaluation of the application submitted, while phase II – in a distilled group – takes place in the framework of a professional selection camp. The final decision – as the joint outcome of the application and the professional selection camp – is adopted by the three-member Selection Board. In 2023, of 150 applicants, 49 had the opportunity to participate in the STIPI talent camp, of whom 24 ultimately received the scholarship. At the camp, young people work for three days in groups, supported by two voluntary instructors for each group. In previous years, the following people acted as instructors, among others: piano artist János Balázs, Mayor of Szekesfehervar András Cser-Palkovics, basketball player Kornél Dávid, nature photographer Bence Máté, opera singer Erika Miklósa, sword fencer Áron Szilágyi, singer Katalin Wolf as well as the Chief Patron of the programme Katalin Novák.


Provided that they have successfully completed the previous year, Component C is open to former recipients of Component B to apply for one more year’s support. This means that students of outstanding talent can focus solely on their studies until the end of the programme.