Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I apply for an ITI Scholarship?

2. What is the Scholarship application portal?

3. When does the ITI Scholarship online application portal open and close?

4. Is it necessary to be an ITI Member to apply for an ITI Scholarship?

5. Do I have to fill in and submit the online application form in one session?

6. I am 33 years old. Can I apply for an ITI Scholarship?

7. Can I apply for an ITI Scholarship while I am still a Postgraduate?

8. Is a language certificate necessary for non-native speakers when applying for a specific ITI Scholarship Center?

9. Do I need to provide a CV?

10. What should I write in my letter of intent and how long should it be?

11. What is a letter of recommendation?

12. In which format should I provide my attachments?

13. To whom should my letters of intent and recommendation be addressed?

14. Should I send my documentation to ITI Headquarters?

15. Must all my attachments be in English?

16. I am only interested in one Scholarship Center, do I have to put down two?

17. Will I definitely be allocated to one of the two ITI Scholarship Centers that I enter in my Scholarship application?

18. What is the selection process?

19. When and how will I find out whether I have been awarded an ITI Scholarship?

20. Can I find out why I was not accepted for an ITI Scholarship?

21. When does the ITI Scholarship year start?

22. What kind of financial support does an ITI Scholar receive?

23. What costs should the stipend cover?

24. Do all ITI Scholars receive the same amount of money?

25. In which currencies are stipends paid?

26. Which bank account will the stipend be transferred to?

27. Do I have to pay taxes on the ITI Scholarship stipend?

28. Who covers travel costs to and from the ITI Scholarship Center country?

29. Can my partner accompany me on my Scholarship year?

30. Do I need health insurance during the Scholarship year?

31. What is required of the ITI Scholars after the Scholarship year?

1. How can I apply for an ITI Scholarship?

Please follow the link to the application portal (available from May 31, midnight CET until June 30, midnight CET), log in and fill in the required information. ITI Members are requested to enter their login information (email address and password), while non-ITI Members must create a profile by entering their personal details as well as a valid email address and a password. The applicant’s email address and password are the login information, which must be used each time the applicant returns to the online application form.

2. What is the Scholarship application portal?

The application portal is the equivalent of an online application form. Once applicants have logged in, they will be guided through the application process.

3. When does the ITI Scholarship online application portal open and close?

The portal for ITI Scholarship applications opens on May 31 at midnight CET each year until June 30, midnight CET.

4. Is it necessary to be an ITI Member to apply for an ITI Scholarship?

No, ITI Membership is not a prerequisite. Any young dentist who fulfills the ITI Scholarship application requirements  can apply for an ITI Scholarship.

5. Do I have to fill in and submit the online application form in one session?

No. As long as the portal is open, the application form can be accessed, edited and saved as many times as required. Applicants may return to their online application profile and make any corrections or additions until the official deadline. It is possible to print out the application before submitting it. The application should only be submitted once all the necessary information has been included. After submission it is no longer possible to make any changes or print out your application.

6. I am 33 years old. Can I apply for an ITI Scholarship?

If you turned or will turn 33 within the calendar year of application you can apply. Applicants who turn 34 within the calendar year of application cannot apply.

7. Can I apply for an ITI Scholarship while I am still a Postgraduate?

Postgraduate training must be finished by the time the Scholarship year starts, but applications may be submitted while the applicant is still in training.

8. Is a language certificate necessary for non-native speakers when applying for a specific ITI Scholarship Center?

No language certificate is required at the time of application. However, some ITI Scholarship Centers may request a certificate before the start of the Scholarship year. Details of requirements can be found in the description of each ITI Scholarship Center.

9. Do I need to provide a CV?

No. You cannot and do not need to attach a CV. All the necessary information is requested during the application process.

10. What should I write in my letter of intent and how long should it be?

The letter of intent is a letter from you to the ITI Scholarship Committee that summarizes the reasons why you believe you should receive an ITI Scholarship and how you would benefit from the experience in the long term. This includes your professional intentions for the future and whether they include teaching in any form. The letter of intent should be no longer than 2 pages. Please upload the letter of intent on the application portal as a single PDF. Fore more details please click here.

11. What is a letter of recommendation?

A letter of recommendation is a letter that is written and signed by an academic in a supervisory position who is familiar with your work and progress. This letter should state why the sender believes that the applicant should be awarded an ITI Scholarship and should demonstrate familiarity with your work, personality and current goals. The recommendation letter should ideally be written by a professor, ITI Fellow or similar. The ITI Scholarship Committee will only accept letters that were printed and signed by the supporter before being scanned as PDFs - electronic signatures may not be inserted separately. Recommendation letters must be current, i.e. dated from the year of application.

12. In which format should I provide my attachments?

Please save all your written attachments (BDS, DDS or equivalent diploma, letter of intent, two recommendation letters, language certificate if available) as PDFs and a picture of you as a JPG, so that you have them ready for upload during the online application process. Please make sure that the documents are each less than 5 MB in size.

13. To whom should my letters of intent and recommendation be addressed?

All the letters should be addressed to the ITI Scholarship Committee at ITI Headquarters in Basel and must be uploaded as a PDF during the online application process when requested. Do not send any separate attachments via email or conventional mail as these will not be accepted.

14. Should I send my documentation to ITI Headquarters?

No. Do not send anything to do with an ITI Scholarship application to ITI Headquarters. The online application form includes all the sections that you must fill in to ensure we have the necessary information. Please upload documents and images as requested.

15. Must all my attachments be in English?

No. Only the letter of intent and the two letters of recommendation must be in English.

16. I am only interested in one Scholarship Center, do I have to put down two?

Yes. Since allocation to your first choice ITI Scholarship Center cannot be guaranteed, only applications that specify two different ITI Scholarship Centers will be evaluated by the ITI Scholarship Committee.

 

17. Will I definitely be allocated to one of the two ITI Scholarship Centers that I enter in my Scholarship application?

The ITI Scholarship Committee tries to allocate the applicant to one of the two ITI Scholarship Centers listed by the applicant, but it is not always possible. The applicant may be allocated to another ITI Scholarship Center if someone else has already been allocated to the preferred Centers. With several hundred applicants for only 25 places, the competition for each ITI Scholarship Center place is high.

18. What is the selection process?

Once the application portal has closed, all submitted applications are forwarded to the ITI Scholarship Committee  for evaluation. The Committee Members evaluate the applications and then meet to discuss them and select the ITI Scholars for the coming year.

As the number of applications received is usually very high, the evaluation process takes a number of months. The Committee's decision is sent out via email to all applicants around 8 months after the application portal closes, around the end of March of the year following the application at the latest. As a matter of policy, the ITI Scholarship Committee does not go into the reasons for its decisions.

19. When and how will I find out whether I have been awarded an ITI Scholarship?

All submitted applications go to the ITI Scholarship Committee for evaluation. This process has several stages and takes a number of months. Applicants will be informed via email whether they have been awarded an ITI Scholarship or not at the very latest by the end of March of the year following the application.

20. Can I find out why I was not accepted for an ITI Scholarship?

As the number of applications received is usually very high and a large number of applications are of a very high standard, competition for the limited number of places is fierce. As a matter of policy the ITI Scholarship Committee does not go into the reasons for its decision.

 

21. When does the ITI Scholarship year start?

The ITI Scholarship year starts each year on September 1 of the year following application and ends on August 31 of the subsequent year.

22. What kind of financial support does an ITI Scholar receive?

The ITI awards each ITI Scholar a stipend equivalent to 30,000 Swiss Francs for the entire year paid in two installments: at the beginning of the Scholarship year – as soon as the ITI Scholarship Center Chair has confirmed the ITI Scholar's start – and after 6 months, once the Scholar's intermediate report has been sent to ITI Headquarters and approved by the Scholarship Committee Chair. The stipend is paid in a predefined currency  and is calculated in line with purchasing-power parity. This means that the stipend has the same buying power in the Scholarship Center country as 30,000 Swiss Francs in Switzerland.

23. What costs should the stipend cover?

The stipend is intended to contribute towards the living costs of the ITI Scholar during the Scholarship year.

24. Do all ITI Scholars receive the same amount of money?

Each stipend is equivalent to 30,000 Swiss Francs and is paid in a predefined currency. The amount received is calculated in line with purchasing-power parity and thus has the same buying power in the Scholarship Center country as 30,000 Swiss Francs in Switzerland. This approach eliminates the inequities associated with fluctuating currency rates and takes into consideration the cost of living in each country.

25. In which currencies are stipends paid?

Payments are made in six currencies:
Canada: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Switzerland: Swiss Francs (CHF)
Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, South Africa: Euros (EUR)
UK: Pounds Sterling (GBP)
Hong Kong, Mexico, USA: US Dollars (USD)

26. Which bank account will the stipend be transferred to?

We recommend you open a bank account in the country in which you will be spending the Scholarship year in order to avoid any financial loss that may occur due to fluctuating currency exchange rates and fees. Opening a bank account is normally subject to local regulations that require documentation, such as residence permit or social security number.

27. Do I have to pay taxes on the ITI Scholarship stipend?

As this may vary depending on the Scholar’s host country, it is the responsibility of the ITI Scholar to check with the authorities in the country in which the funds are deposited and find out if any taxes or other charges are due.

28. Who covers travel costs to and from the ITI Scholarship Center country?

The ITI Scholar is responsible for organizing and paying their travel costs. The ITI Scholarship stipend is transferred only once the ITI Scholar has officially started the ITI Scholarship year.

29. Can my partner accompany me on my Scholarship year?

This decision is up to the Scholar, but the stipend is intended to contribute towards the living costs of the Scholar only. The ITI makes no additional contributions beyond the stipend itself. The ITI Scholar is also responsible for organizing any additional requirements such as visa, health insurance, and work/practice permits.

30. Do I need health insurance during the Scholarship year?

The ITI does not organize or provide advice on health insurance. Each ITI Scholar is responsible for organizing his or her own health insurance for the ITI Scholarship year. If no reciprocal arrangement is available between the home country and ITI Scholarship Center country, the ITI Scholar should take out additional health cover.

31. What is required of the ITI Scholars after the Scholarship year?

The ITI anticipates that ITI Scholars will remain involved in the ITI after their Scholarship year ended.

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