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.
These so called Government Scholarships are designed to cover the standard length of study:
- in Bachelor/Master study programmes plus one-year preparatory course of the Czech language (which is combined with other field-specific training). Government scholarships of this category are awarded to graduates from upper secondary schools who can enrol only in study programmes in which they follow instruction in the Czech language. Depending on the subject area, applicants are normally required to take entrance examinations at the respective institution of higher education. The scholarship award is conditional upon a successful passing of entrance examinations;
- in follow-up Master study programmes or Doctoral study programmes. Government scholarships of this category are awarded to graduates of Bachelor or Master study programmes, respectively, who enrol in study programmes with instruction in the English language.
The scholarships are dedicated solely to promoting the studies of adults who are foreign nationals from developing third countries in need. Neither a citizen of the Czech Republic, nor a citizen of the European Union, nor any other foreign national with a permanent residence permit on the territory of the Czech Republic may therefore apply for the scholarship. Furthermore, the scholarships may not be granted to persons younger than 18.(The applicant has to turn 18 as of 1September of the year when s/he commences studies in the Czech Republic at the latest.
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The scholarship covers necessary costs related to stay and study in the CR. The scholarship amount is regularly amended. Currently the amount paid to students of a Bachelor’s, Master’s or follow
-up Master’s study program stands at CZK 14,000 per month, whereas the amount paid to students of a Doctoral study program stands at CZK 15,000 per month.
The above scholarship amount includes an amount designated for the payment of accommodation costs.
Costs of accommodation, food and public transport are covered by scholarship holders under the same conditions that apply to students who are citizens of the CR. Should healthcare exceeding standard care be required by the student, s/he shall cover it at his/her own costs. More information can be found in Chapter 9.
If a foreign scholarship holder exceeds the regular period of study and/or the period for which scholarship has been granted to him/her, s/he shall lose the status of a government scholarship holder. Like a citizen of the Czech Republic, s/he shall from then on be obliged to pay the fees designated by the school for prolonging his/her studies at his/her own costs. After payment of the government scholarship is terminated, the student may stay on the territory of the CR only at his/her own responsibility if s/he arranges and pays for all the requirements related to obtaining a residence permit to stay in the CR, his/her study, accommodation and food, etc. at his/her own costs. The same applies if a student interrupts his/her studies.
Travel expenses for travelling to the Czech Republic and back to the student’s homeland are paid by the party that has nominated the student to study in the CR or by the foreign national at his/her own costs