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Communications Research and Innovation Laboratory (CoreLab) is always looking for successful and committed MS and PhD students as well as Post-Doctoral Researchers.

Founded under the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Koç University, CoreLab is conducting highly-active theoretical as well as experimental research towards the physical layer design of next-generation wireless communication systems and has collaboration ties with many international and national institutions.

Prospective students are always welcome to visit us at SNA A08 to learn more about our research.

If you are interested in doing cutting-edge research, working hard, and achieving remarkable results, please send an email to after carefully examining the below scholarship options.


Scholarship Options:

Koç University Graduate Fellowship

KU Graduate Fellowship is a unique and highly competitive MS and PhD scholarship opportunity for outstanding applicants. Candidates having an outstanding academic record and/or having high impact scientific publications are considered for KU Graduate Fellowship. KU Graduate Fellowship includes the following stipend & benefits: tuition waiver, monthly stipend, housing, private health insurance, a laptop, meal card, free Fast Transit Pass, and travel support.

For other scholarship options (for Chinese students, students from Arab countries and Pakistan), please visit:


Turkiye Scholarships Doctoral Scholarships

Candidates who have graduated or are likely to graduate from an educational institution equivalent to that of Türkiye’s in the present academic (i.e. bachelor’s degree for master’s level) can apply to Türkiye Scholarships.  It is expected to have a certain academic score from candidates for each program and scholarship level. The selection of candidates is carried out according to academic achievement and interview performance. Türkiye Scholarships Students are subject to a Turkish language course for one year if they do not have proof of Turkish Language proficiency

To receive the scholarship, students need to do the following in parallel within the relevant application periods: i) apply to Koç University using Gradapp and be admitted, and ii) apply to the Turkiye Scholarships Doctoral Scholarship program using their online application system and be selected.


Turkiye Scholarships Research Fellowship

This Research Fellowship Programme aims to encourage international researchers and academics to work with Turkish academics on collaborative researches in Turkey and contribute to the development of the international scientific interaction between researchers. Applications for Research Fellowship Programme are open all year round. Applications are received online in four periods.

PhD holders or PhD candidates who are citizens of countries other than Turkey may apply to the Research Fellowship Programme. Candidates must have completed their PhD studies or be at the dissertation stage abroad.

Monthly stipend is 3.000 TL. Fellowship does not include costs such as accommodation, insurance, and tuition fee. However, KU provides additional benefits for externally-funded post-doctoral researchers, including housing aid, meal card, health insurance and more.


TUBITAK 2216 – Research Fellowship Programme for International Researchers

The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) grants fellowships for international highly qualified PhD students and young post-doctoral researchers to pursue their research in Turkey. The purpose of the program is to advance international cooperation of Turkey in science and
technology by providing financial support to international young researchers who have received their
PhD or are still registered to a doctoral program abroad.

The scope of the program includes monthly stipend, travel expenses, and private health insurance cost. Maximum duration of the support is 12 months. As from the deadline of the application, the applicant must be registered to a doctoral program abroad and be successful in the PhD qualifying exam or must be completed his PhD.,


TUBITAK Horizon2020 Marie S. Curie COFUND Project

CoCirculation2 Project Proposal submitted in 2017 by TÜBİTAK EU Framework Programmes National Coordination Office has been funded by European Commission. This is a 5-year project aiming to invite experienced researchers to both academic and non-academic research performing organizations located in Turkey. Within this context, 100 experienced researchers of any nationality who wish to engage in incoming mobility and to spend a period of 24 months in Turkey will be able to apply for a fellowship. 4 calls for proposals will be published.

Experienced researchers who will be funded under this funding mechanism will receive €5050 monthly salary and €800 monthly research, training and networking allowance. Allowances of the researchers will be very similar to those provided under H2020 Marie S. Curie Individual Fellowships. For further details about all those features of CoCircualtion2 (BİDEB 2236) Programme please follow the link.


TUBITAK Research Projects

From time to time, we have open positions for MS and PhD students in our TUBITAK research projects for a maximum period of 3 years. The stipend varies depending on the project. KU provides the same side benefits as those of KU Graduate Fellowship for all Project-based Graduate Scholarships.

The open positions in CoreLab will be announced in this page.



About Koç University:

Koç University is a private non-profit comprehensive research university that offers a world-class educational experience in Istanbul, Turkey. Today, it is the highest ranking university in Turkey based on Times Higher Education rankings 2018.

In the twenty five years since its establishment, Koç University contributes to the elevation of knowledge and service both in Turkey and around the world through 22 undergraduate, 29 Master, and 30 PhD programs.

Koç University distinguishes itself with its strong academic structure, research opportunities, international achievements, vivid social environment and the wide range of career opportunities available to its graduates.

Koç University’s commitment to excellence and its well-resourced programs attract world-class academics. The University’s faculty consists of Turkey’s most established senior researchers and PhD’s from elite research institutions worldwide.

Koç University’s research mission is centered on the need to contribute to the universal body of knowledge and influence intellectual, technological, economic and social developments on a global scale. Over the last 25 years, Koç University has established an impressive track record in research and is currently the recipient of Turkey’s highest number of research grants from the European Union.

Koç University 2019-2020 Summary Prospectus [PDF]



About Istanbul:

Istanbul, a fascinating city built on two Continents, divided by the Bosphorus Strait. This is one of the greatest cities in the world where you can see a modern western city combined with a traditional eastern city, it’s a melting pot of many civilizations and different people. Istanbul was also announced by the European Union as the 2010 European Capital of Culture.

From the foundation of Byzantium in the 7th century BC until today, Istanbul held always an important role in the history of humanity in this part of the world. Everybody wanted to gain control of this area because of its strategic location; Empires were born here on the ashes of previous ones.

Since the Republic in 1923, Istanbul continued to grow and today it boosted its population over 14 million people living in this spread out city. This makes Istanbul the largest city of Turkey and one of the biggest cities in the world.