The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic (hereafter referred to as the “Ministry”) annually offers scholarships to foreign nationals, pursuant to bilateral intergovernmental or departmental agreements concluded with a number of countries. Scholarships are awarded to applicants nominated by the competent authorities of eligible countries:
- Scholarships of this type are designed for university/college students or graduates and Ph.D. candidates (exceptionally also for university researchers/teachers) who wish to accomplish a study or research stay at one of the Czech public institutions of higher education.
- Its length usually ranges from 2 to 10 months depending upon the agreement made by the Czech government and the foreign government concerned that specifies also the categories of eligible recipients.
- Scholarship-holders may be admitted for research visits (i.e. either attending non-degree courses of their choice, or pursuing an independent research activity, depending on their qualifications and preferences), or for study visits, when they enroll in a standard study programme for the period of scholarship specified in the appropriate intergovernmental/departmental agreement.
- Since the courses they follow in the Czech Republic do not lead to the award of a degree, the universities concerned usually do not require them to sit entrance examination
The scholarship award is notified by a Decision issued by the Ministry. There is no legal claim to the scholarship award. The scholarship is not transferable to another person.
For the academic year 2015/2016, the scholarship amounts to CZK 9,000 per month for those who do not hold a Master’s degree or equivalent and CZK 9,500 per month for holders of a Master’s degree or equivalent.
Scholarship-holders are exempted from tuition fees. The scholarship has to be collected in person at the appropriate department of the respective Czech university.
Inexpensive accommodation at student dormitories is offered as well as the possibility to take meals at student catering facilities. The applicants are requested to indicate in their application form whether they wish to obtain lodging at a student dormitory.
On principle, nominations and application dossiers must be submitted to the Ministry by the competent authorities (usually government agencies) of eligible countries (note: in the case of Austria the Österreichische Austauschdienst – GmbH www.oead.at) or, if so agreed with the competent foreign authorities, by the Czech Embassies in those countries.
Applications sent directly to the Ministry by individual applicants will not be processed. Foreign authorities present the nominations before the deadline set in the relevant agreements, in most cases by 31 March. The closing dates for applications fixed by the competent foreign authorities are necessarily earlier (normally by several months). Prospective applicants are therefore advised to contact the respective national authorities (usually the Ministries of Education) in time.
Each application dossier must comprise 2 copies of a completely and legibly filled out application form:
A. for a study/research stay up to 30 days
- curriculum vitae;
- list of publications (if applicable).
B. for a study/research stay exceeding 30 days
- curriculum vitae;
- list of publications (if applicable);
- medical certificate (only for non-EU/EEA nationals);
- two letters of recommendation from academic supervisors or employer;
- photocopy of diploma (if applicable);
- certified transcript(s) of records.
All these documents must be written in or translated into Czech, English, French or German.
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