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Turkey axes EU scholarships

A scholarship programme that funds Turkish students to study EU affairs in a member state has been halted for 2016-17, following the attempted coup in Turkey.

The Jean Monnet scholarship, which was awarded to 226 people in 2015-16, was scrapped by Turkish authorities earlier this month, according to an announcement on the Turkish website of the Jean Monnet programme. The scholarship has been running since 1990, and pays for students studying European integration and related topics to undertake their degree in an EU member state.

The scholarship programme’s goal was to train Turkish citizens in EU affairs, in case the country’s application to become an EU member state was successful. But as part of a crackdown on academics following the failure of an attempted coup on prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government, Turkey cancelled its support of the project.

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