The government has launched the Stipendium Peregrinum grant for talented young Hungarians eyeing applications to the world’s best universities, Katalin Novák, the state secretary for family and youth affairs, said. The scheme supports applications to 66 of the best universities worldwide. The deadline for applications is Dec. 22, Krisztina Lantos, head of the organising Hungarian Talent Centre, said. The programme disburses a total of 18 million forints (EUR 54,000) to cover travel costs to foreign universities and certain fees. The maximum amount granted to an applicant of a university within the European Union is 200,000 forints (EUR 600), she added. Novák noted that the National Talent Programme was set up in 2009 to foster talented children. The scheme works with some 350,000 children each year, she said, with a budget of some 3.3 billion forints in 2019.