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Malta Government Scholarship

Malta is witnessing a significant overall expansion in the higher education sector. In a knowledge-based economy, it is imperative to have a strong base of Masters and Doctorate programmes researching innovative and creative hypothesis that ultimately bring intellectual and economic growth to society.

High quality postgraduate education is of central importance to a number of objectives among others:

•The increase of research and development activity in Malta;
•The development of new academics and fields of study and research;
•An ever more highly skilled workforce;
•The precious impact and social benefit of groundbreaking discoveries.

Postgraduate education forms an increasingly important part of any country’s economic and social agenda. It is a key element in lifelong learning. For this purpose, the Malta Government Scholarships Post-Graduate Scheme for 2011 (MGSS-PG 2011) aims at providing more opportunities to promote further specialisation at higher levels of education particularly at a Masters and Doctoral level.

The Ministry of Education, Employment and the Family is cognisant of study trends; the role of the Applicant within his/her family; and the exigencies of our economy within a globalised perspective. The MGGS scheme is proactive and therefore it continues to respond to such exigencies.

Eligibility
(a)Be a Maltese citizen who has been residing in Malta for the past five (5) years. Provided that for the purposes of calculating this 5 year requirement, consideration shall not be given to such period of time during which such Maltese citizen has been residing outside Malta for study, health or work purposes or any other purpose which the Board may consider, or
(b) Be a Maltese Citizen who is a worker or self-employed person in Malta, or
(c) Be a national of an EU/EEA state or a family member of such EU/EEA national (as defined in LN 191 of 2007 and in LN 205 of 2004 respectively for EU and EEA nationals), provided that such person has obtained permanent residence in Malta in accordance with LN 191 of 2007 and in LN 205 of 2004 respectively for EU and EEA nationals, or
(d) Be a national of an EU/EEA state who is in Malta exercising his/her Treaty rights as a worker, self-employed person or person retaining such status in accordance with LN 191 of 2007; or
(e) Be a third country national who has been granted long-term residence status under LN 278 of 2006.
Be applying throughout 2011 for either Masters Degree studies equivalent to MQF Level 7 (where the programme of studies exceeds two [2] years) or Doctoral Degree studies equivalent to MQF Level 8.

Scholars who started their programme of studies on full-time basis (whether Masters or Doctoral) from 1st January 2010 onwards, may apply as well provided that during 2011, the applicant is in the second year of studies of either a Masters or Doctoral programme which is at least three (3) academic years long. The course has to be on full-time basis throughout. For the sake of clarity, the Masters or Doctoral programme cannot end before October 2012. In the case of Masters, if the programme of studies includes a Foundation Year or an academic year which helps the applicant to qualify for the Masters programme, such an academic year shall not be considered as part of the Masters programme. In the case of Doctoral programmes, the part of M.Phil studies is recognised to be part of the Doctoral programme.

Applicant must not be in possession of a degree at the same level of that they are applying for (Applicants with doctoral degrees from the Faculty of Laws and Faculty of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Malta, are eligible to apply under this scheme, and shall apply for a Masters or a Doctoral level Scholarship).

Hold by application deadline the following qualifications from a recognised Higher Education Institution:

Applicants for Masters degree scholarships:
•an Honours degree at EQF Level 6 of at least a second class standard, or
•a post graduate qualification (excluding Masters) with a first general degree of at least a second class standard.

Provided that Applicants with a General Degree of Grade 1 classification, for which no Honours Degree was available in Malta, can also apply.

Applicants for Doctorate degree scholarships:
•an Honours degree at EQF Level 6 of at least a second class standard, or
•post graduate qualification (excluding Masters) with a first general degree of at least a second class standard, or
• a Masters degree.

 Types of Scholarships
The Malta Government Scholarships Post-Graduate Scheme shall support:

(a) Full-time Masters (exceeding twenty four [24] calendar months and up to thirty six [36] calendar months) or full-time Doctoral postgraduate courses (of up to forty eight [48] calendar months). Joint degrees or split-site programmes may be considered as long as documentation is provided indicating the lead degree awarding institution. See Clauses 4.1.2 and 4.1.3 for other conditions.

(b) Masters and Doctoral programmes offered on a part-time or distance learning basis shall be considered, provided that the duration of the course for Masters exceeds twenty four (24) calendar months but does not exceed sixty (60) calendar months and for Doctoral programme which does not exceed eighty four (84) calendar months. See Clauses 4.1.2 and 4.1.3 for other conditions.
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