Czech Government Scholarships for Developing Countries
Last updated: 22 Oct 2011
Czech Republic Government
Deadline: 15 January (annual)
Study in: Czech Republic
Course starts AY 2012-2013
The Government of the Czech Republic offers a number of scholarships within the framework of its Foreign Development Assistance Programme in support of the study of foreign nationals from developing countries at public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic currently provides scholarships for the following types of study programmes at public universities:
• Bachelor study programme taught in Czech,
• Master study programme taught in Czech,
• follow-up Master study programme taught in English,
• Doctoral study programme taught in English,and
• for studies at a Charles University Institute for language and preparatory studies (ILPS), provided in advance of study programmes taught in Czech.
Scholarships are granted by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in accordance with the programme for the support of study by foreign nationals in the Czech Republic, managed by the Minister of Education.
Accredited Host Institution and Fields of Study that are Taught in English:
• follow-up master study programme Economics, Institute of Economic Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague (http://ies.fsv.cuni.cz/cs/node/47);
• doctoral study programme Economic Theories, Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education, Charles University in Prague (http://www.cerge.cuni.cz/phd/default.asp);
• follow-up master study programme Informatics, Faculty of Economics and Management, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (http://msc.pef.czu.cz/msc/overview.htm);
• follow-up master study programme Information Management, Faculty of Informatics and Management, University of Hradec Králové (http://www.uhk.cz/eng/fim/applicant/36);
• follow-up master study programme Natural Resources and Enviroment, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (http://www.af.czu.cz/en/?r=1238&i=1859);
• follow-up master study programme Forestry, Water and Landscape Management, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (http://fld.dev.webcore.czu.cz/en/?r=3837&i=5470);
• follow-up master study programme Technology and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (http://www.tf.czu.cz/en/?r=1158);
• doctoral study programme Chemistry (Agriculture Chemistry), Faculty of Agronomy, Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Brno (http://www.af.mendelu.cz/en/studium/doktorske?lang=en;tag=67).
Foreign nationals of developing countries
Under a Decision of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, a Czech government scholarship is granted for one- to three-year follow-up Master study programmes or three- to four-year Doctoral study programmes, where grantees participate in a specific study programme – taught in English – at a public university (or faculty thereof) as full-time students for a period equal to the standard period of study.
A scholarship covers the strictly necessary costs of living and studying in the Czech Republic. The amount of a scholarship is adjusted regularly; it currently stands at CZK 9,000 per month for Bachelor, Master and follow-up Master students and CZK 9,500 per month for Doctoral students. The scholarship includes an amount intended to cover the cost of accommodation.
Students also receive free tutoring and free essential health care in case of illness or accident under the same conditions as Czech citizens. The costs of accommodation, food and public transport are covered by grantees out of their own resources under the same conditions as students who are Czech citizens
Scholarships are not transferable to other persons or to different academic years. As soon as a scholarship is awarded, it is not possible to change the selected public university, study programme, or field of study.
A condition of admission to a Bachelor or Master study programme is completion of full secondary education or full secondary vocational training; a condition of admission to a follow-up Master’s degree course is the completion of a Bachelor study programme; a condition of admission to a Doctoral study programme is the completion of a Master study programme.
A university or faculty may set further conditions of admission. The fulfilment of the set conditions is generally verified by means of an entrance examination. Basic information on the admission procedure, such as the deadline for applications, the procedure for the submission of applications in written or electronic form, the conditions of admission, the deadline and method for verification of the fulfilment of those conditions, the form of entrance examinations and outline of their content, the criteria for the grading of examinations, and the maximum number of students admitted to a given study programme are published well in advance by the faculty or university.
Scholarship applications together with the required attachments are to be submitted to the appropriate Czech Embassy in the applicant’s country before the deadline set by the Embassy so that the applicants’ dossiers reach the respective Czech authorities (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport) by 15 January each year.
Students who, at the time of application, stay in the Czech Republic may submit the respective documents to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department for Development Co-operation, by 31 December of the preceding year at the latest.
A limited number of scholarships is offered to students from developing countries who file their applications with the respective National UNESCO Commissions. For contact information on individual local offices see http://www.unesco.org/ (and search under the heading Communities, National Commissions).
Detailed information on the terms and conditions of scholarship awards is provided in the binding “Instructions regarding the Scholarship Award Scheme of the Government of the Czech Republic” issued in Czech (click to download in PDF (316.83 KB) or Word (243.50 KB)), English (click to download in PDF (238.73 KB) or Word (188.50 KB)) and Spanish (click to download in PDF (303.62 KB) or Word (183.00 KB)), which the prospective applicants are advised to peruse.
Scholarship application forms may be obtained from the respective Czech Embassies or downloaded here in PDF (137.23 KB) or Word (176.50 KB) format. (For the list of required attachments see part 1.1, 2.1 of the Instructions.)
It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.
Prospective applicants are advised to address their inquiries concerning, among others, their eligibility and closing date for applications to the Czech Embassies in their countries.
Official Scholarship Website: http://www.msmt.cz/international-cooperation-1/government-scholarships-developing-countries
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