The EPO currently subsidises, on request, the fees payable by certain EQE candidates. The candidates in question are those residing in the EPO member states which currently receive the highest level of financial support under the Organisation's co-operation policy. This subsidy is funded from the EPO's co-operation budget.
EQE candidates who are residents of the following 19 member states qualify for a subsidy: Albania (AL), Bulgaria (BG), Croatia (HR), Cyprus (CY), Czech Republic (CZ), Estonia (EE), the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (MK), Greece (GR), Hungary (HU), Latvia (LV), Lithuania (LT), Malta (MT), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Romania (RO), Serbia (RS), Slovak Republic (SK), Slovenia (SI) and Turkey (TR).
This subsidy applies to the annual enrolment fee of EUR 200 and to the individual examination fees of EUR 200 to EUR 400 per paper. It covers 75% of these fees. So, if you qualify for a subsidy, you will only be required to pay 25% of the total prescribed fees when enrolling. You may request a fee subsidy up to and including your third resit (fourth sitting), per examination paper.
NB If you are applying to sit the EQE for the first time, you need to register your interest by 31 March 2017 via the EQE web portal before registering to sit the exam.
You may also request a fee subsidy up to and including the third
resit of an examination paper (see Rule 8 of the IPREE).
Any EQE fees paid to the EPO for which you have been granted a subsidy will not be refunded.
The amount retained by the EPO will be used to cover the administration costs of your request.
Assuming that you meet the eligibility criteria, you should complete a Request Form for EQE fee subsidy:Pre-examination 2018 and send it to the EPO. Your request will only be considered if you use this form.
You must do this prior to enrolling for the EQE examination.
Please check that you have dated and signed the completed request form. Then submit it, along with scanned copies of all the supporting documents, in a single PDF file to:
Do not send your request to any other EPO e-mail address, or submit it by post or fax. This may result in your request being refused.
You will be informed by e-mail.
Please wait and see whether your request has been approved before applying to sit the EQE 2018.
You will receive a validation code which you must use when enrolling for the examination via the EQE web portal (www.eqe.org).
Requesting a fee subsidy and registering for the examination are two separate procedures. You have to enrol for the examination via the EQE web portal.
Please note that the closing dates for EQE enrolment are applied strictly.
Requests for a fee subsidy must reach the EPO by Monday, 29 May 2017.
This is to give the EPO time to inform you whether your request for a fee subsidy has been approved, and to give you sufficient time to enrol and pay for the EQE pre-examination via the EQE web portal.
This fee subsidy is completely unrelated to the EQE Candidate Support Project.
Candidates for the EQE main exams may submit a fee subsidy application from 1 July 2017.