The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS) annually offers scholarships to foreign nationals within the framework of intergovernmental exchange programmes arranged with many countries.
Scholarships is successfully granted to candidates recommended for the award by the appropriate authorities in the eligible countries which collect the applications, set the closing date for applications and organize the selection procedure.
Applications sent directly to the MEYS by individual applicants cannot be processed.
Who can apply:
Scholarships of this type are designed for university/college students or graduates and Ph.D. candidates (exceptionally for academic staff members) who wish to undertake study or research visits to one of the Czech public institutions of higher education.
The categories of eligible recipients are specified separately by each of the exchange programmes arranged with the countries concerned. Detailed information on the entry requirements, in particular the minimum academic qualifications, can be provided by the authorities collecting applications in the eligible countries.
The period of scholarship usually ranges from 2 to 10 months. Scholarships may be awarded repeatedly to the same recipients, provided that they submit a renewed application for the following academic year and are selected by the appropriate authorities in their home countries.
Type of course / conditions of enrolment:
Scholarship-holders usually attend courses that do not lead to the award of a degree (non-degree study courses) or pursue an independent research activity (research visit), depending upon their academic qualifications and preferences. Applicants are required to choose a field of study that is related to the field they are studying at their home university/college.
Enrolment in standard degree study programmes, especially Ph.D. courses, for the period of scholarship is also possible. The feasibility of this option depends upon the host university.
The terms and conditions of admission and requirements concerning the language of tuition are stipulated autonomously by the host universities which take independent decisions whether or not each applicant can be accepted within the framework of the MEYS’ scholarship programme.
Access to the art academies can be somewhat limited because the applicants must meet demanding requirements and demonstrate their talent. Samples of their artistic work, e.g. photographs, video/audio recording of a musical performance etc., must be attached to the application forms of fine/performing arts students/graduates.
Language of tuition:
The primary language of tuition is Czech. Scholarship-holders can be admitted also to some English-medium courses, though it should be noted that not all courses with tuition in the English language are open to scholarship-holders.
Letter of invitation / preliminary letter of acceptance:
Prospective applicants are advised to contact the preferred university directly and request a letter of invitation from the respective department. A letter of invitation is not usually listed among obligatory attachments to the application form of students. Nevertheless, its submission is recommended, even if not explicitly stated in the exchange programme concerned as a mutually agreed condition, since it can simplify and expedite the admission procedure. Applicants are required to point out to the prospective host universities that they intend to apply for the MEYS’ scholarship.
Academic staff members are required to attach a letter of invitation to their applications.
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Application: Deadline: ongoing. Nominations and application dossiers must be submitted to the MEYS by the appropriate authorities in the eligible countries.
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