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A program for young clinicians to gain international experience in implant dentistry.

The ITI awards up to 25 Scholarships each year. The program allows  Scholars to acquire insight into case planning, implant surgery and prosthetic restorations and, in most ITI Scholarship Centers, also into research and teaching.

About the program

Since 1998, the ITI has supported over 350 young clinicians from more than 50 different countries with a Scholarship.

The goals of the ITI Scholarship program are to help clinicians further their training in implant dentistry and related treatment. The program fosters international exchange along with professional networking as an enriching educational experience and helps to develop future leaders in implant education and the ITI.

ITI Scholars spend one year (September 1 to August 31) at one of the ITI Scholarship Centers around the world. These are university departments or clinics under the supervision of highly experienced, longstanding ITI Fellows. The Scholarship Centers have been chosen for their ability to provide insight into every aspect of implant treatment in line with the ITI philosophy, which encompasses scientific credibility and a sense of responsibility towards the patient.

Each Scholarship Center organizes its Scholarship program independently. Candidates can determine where their needs will best be served by reading the description of each of the Scholarship Centers below.

 

Free ITI membership

The ITI anticipates that ITI Scholars will remain involved in the organization after their Scholarship year as active ITI Members. To enable an ITI Scholar to become more familiar with the ITI and its activities already during the Scholarship year, each Scholar is given free ITI membership for the duration of the Scholarship year.

Stipend

The ITI supports each ITI Scholar with a stipend equivalent to 30,000 Swiss Francs towards living expenses. The stipend is paid in a predefined currency as shown below and is calculated in line with purchasing-power parity.

Scholarship stipend per country

Country of ITI Scholarship Center ITI Scholarship Stipend*
Austria 25,000 EUR
Brazil 21,800 USD
Canada 39,000 CAD
China 21,800 USD
Germany 25,000 EUR
Italy 25,000 EUR
Japan 2,400,000 JPY
Mexico 32,600 USD
Serbia 25,000 EUR
Spain 25,000 EUR
Sweden 25,000 EUR
Switzerland 30,000 CHF
UK 20,400 GBP
USA 32,600 USD

* The figures listed are valid for ITI Scholars who start their ITI Scholarship in 2020

Scholar insights

Since 1998, the ITI has supported over 350 Scholars from more than 50 different countries.

Frequently asked questions

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

All submitted applications go to the ITI Leadership Development 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.

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 Leadership Development Committee does not go into the reasons for its decision.

Do I need to be an ITI Member to apply for an ITI Scholarship?

No, ITI Scholarships are also open to non-members.

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 Leadership Development Committee.

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

The ITI Leadership Development 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 and only limited places, the competition for each ITI Scholarship Center place is high.

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.

What is the selection process for ITI Scholarships?

Once the application portal has closed, all submitted applications are forwarded to the ITI Leadership Development 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 Leadership Development Committee does not go into the reasons for its decisions.

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 ITI Leadership Development 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.

What costs should the stipend cover?

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

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.

In which currencies are stipends paid?

Payments are made in six currencies:

  • Austria, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain, Sweden: Euros (EUR)
  • Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, USA: US Dollars (USD)
  • Canada: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
  • Japan: Japanese Yen (JPY)
  • Switzerland: Swiss Francs (CHF)
  • UK: Pounds Sterling (GBP)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

When does the ITI Scholarship year start?

The ITI Scholarship year starts on September 1 of the year following application and ends on August 31 of the subsequent year. There are a couple of exceptions to this schedule and these are highlighted in the Scholarship Center description.

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  • Anna Häuptli

    Manager Education

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