The Breast Cancer Action Fund’s Educational Grants Scheme
- Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students, graduate students and research fellows in the medical field, according to the BCA Fund official announcement at the time.
- The scholarships will be awarded only for individuals studying on a full-time. Applications regarding distance learning studies or part-time studies will not be accepted.
How to Apply?
Candidates who wish to apply for an educational grant should fill in the electronic form and submit it with the required supporting documents. New and repeating applications for each academic year may be submitted from the 1st of May until the 31st of July yearly.
Renewal applications for the next academic year may be submitted from the 1st of May until the 30th June.
The application must be completed in Greek or English.
- Choose the correct type of application.
- Fill in the application in electronic form .
- Upload the supporting documents and/or send by post.
The following documents must be uploaded with your application (in PDF):
- A detailed curriculum vitae / list of publications.
- One passport size photograph on the application form.
- University acceptance letter (conditional/unconditional) and/or latestregistration document (required if available).
- Secondary School Diploma or A’ Levels Certificate or equivalent.
- First Degree & Transcripts (Transcripts=official document issued by the University with final detailed marks) or official confirmation of completion of degree & transcripts.
- Postgraduate degree (if applicable).
- Copy of ID or Passport.
- One reference letter (please check References section).
- Summary of research proposal (2-5 pages) (if applicable).
- A letter of the University that supports the research protocol.
- Progress report (if you are already a Breast Cancer Action Fund Scholar
applying for a renewal of your grant).
- A language certificate or other indication of sufficient language skills
(e.g.TOEFL/IELTS/GCE), excluding applicants with a University degree studied in that particular foreign language.
- Certificate of military service (male candidates) or deferment / exemption
- Solemn Declaration regarding the cost of studies and the financial
- competence of the candidate in order to cover tuition and other expenses, excluding the scholarship, through their studies. The financial competence is certified by the financial data of the parents or the candidate himself/herself.
Application Evaluation Criteria
Competitiveness is high and selection is made amongst a large number of candidates and competition is often keen. The candidate evaluation criteria, which are determined by the BCA Fund, is mainly academic. In particular, special consideration is given to the following:
- Academic transcripts and degree GPA, as well as the candidates’ professional experience.
- The quality of the University to which the candidate is applying.
- The quality of the graduate/postgraduate degree or research program.
- For PhD candidates, the dissertation topic, the specific scientific interest
and the social return to our country.
- The reference letter and its signatory.
- The financial competency of the candidate.
- The candidates’ foreign language skills
Priority will be given to candidates who are attending European Universities. Candidates at Universities outside Europe must justify their selection criteria. In any case, the candidates will be asked to indicate how they plan on covering the cost of tuition beyond the funds provided by the scholarship.
By submitting the following scholarship application, the candidate explicitly and irrevocably states that he/she accepts the terms of the present Information Document and the related Application / Solemn Declaration accompanying the official announcement of the scholarships.
The BCA Fund Board of Directors decides of its own discretion and justification the granting or not of scholarships, taking into account the evaluation criteria of all applications. The Board reserves the right to reject any application, even if it fulfills the requirements. It also reserves the right to modify or supplement, at its discretion and at any time the Scholarship regulations. The Breast Cancer Action Fund is not obliged to give explanations regarding the decisions of the Selection Committee and does not provide feedback to the hundreds of applications received each year.
Only one letter is required in order for the application to be complete. The reference letter should be written in English or Greek (otherwise translation will be necessary).
Applicants who have completed their last University degree more than five (5) years ago may provide a non-academic reference instead. Applicants who have completed their last University degree within the last five (5) years, should provide an academic reference. Reference letters for New/Repeating applications must be written within the last twelve (12) months. Reference letters for Renewal applications must be written within the last six (6) months.
There are two ways to submit a reference letter, it can either be requested from the referee or posted by the applicant in a signed envelop. The responsibility lies with the applicant who should check regularly the status of the application in order to confirm receipt of the reference letter and then submit the application within the deadline.
Renewal of Grants
- Scholars interested in applying for the renewal of their grant (continuing for the same degree) should choose a Renewal application and follow relevant instructions.
- A new reference letter will be necessary.
- A personal progress report must be submitted with the application.
- All applications for renewal of grants should be submitted between 1st of May and 30th of June.
- Results for applications will be announced by the 15th of August.
Payment of Grants
- Grants are offered by the Breast Cancer Action Fund on an annual basis to cover the next academic year.
- The grants are usually paid in two remittances to the beneficiary’s bank account.
- It is the Board’s absolute jurisdiction to revoke or terminate the scholarship granted, if it is judged that serious reasons require it (misconduct, unsatisfactory progress in studies, etc.).
Scholarship Recipient’s Responsibilities
- Selected scholarship recipients will undergo interviews before the final selection of candidates.
- The scholarship recipient is required to be enrolled at the University for the entire duration of the scholarship, present satisfactory progress and comply with his/her obligations maintaining a satisfactory academic standard.
- The scholar is required to inform the BCA Fund if he/she is receiving scholarship funds or financial aid from other institutions during his/her studies. In this case, the BCA Fund reserves the right to withdraw all or part of the scholarship granted.
- The scholarship recipient must submit a personal progress report regarding his/her studies every six months, otherwise this could lead to a suspension and/or termination of the scholarship.
- In the event of the completion of studies before the end of the scholarship, the scholarship recipient is required to inform the BCA Fund immediately and request the scholarship’s termination, otherwise, the recipient must return the granted funds. In the event that the completion of their studies occurs after the expiration date of the scholarship program, the recipient must continue to submit progress reports every six months until the completion of his/her studies.
- Full-time employment is not allowed during the scholarship period.
- The scholarship recipient must inform the BCA Fund immediately of change in address, email, telephone and bank accounts.
- It is the responsibility of the scholar to reference the funding body (Breast Cancer Action Fund) in every publication or post graduate thesis (MSc, Ph.D.), that is relevant to his/her work taking place while participating in the scholarship program.
- At the completion of his/her studies, the scholarship recipient is required to submit a copy of his/her degree to the BCA Fund, as well as, a copy of his/her dissertation or post graduate thesis.
- Beneficiaries are required to regularly inform the BCA Fund about his/her academic or professional career five (5) years after the termination of the scholarship.