Deadline: 30 September of the year prior to the given academic year
Open to: candidates who are citizens of non-EU country
Scholarship: monthly for Bachelor, Master – CZK 14,000 (EUR 540) ; for Doctoral – CZK 15,000 (EUR 580)
Granting scholarships to citizens from developing countries for studies at Czech public Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is an important part of foreign development cooperation of the Czech Republic (CR) with a long tradition. From the late 1950s until present day, over 21,500 foreign nationals have completed their studies at Czech HEIs with a scholarship of the Government of the CR.
Government scholarships for studies at public HEIs in the CR are governed by a Resolution of the Government of the CR as part of a joint project pursued by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Within the scope of foreign development cooperation the Czech Republic provides scholarships for the following studies:
Pursued in the Czech language:
- Bachelor’s study programmes (three- to four-year long);
- Master’s study programmes (comprehensive four- to six-year long programmes);
- Doctoral study programmes (three- to four-year long).
Language and preparatory studies (one-year long; only for those who have applied for a scholarship to study in the Czech language) – provided for by the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of Charles University;
Pursued in the English language:
- Selected follow-up Master’s study programmes (one- to three-year long);
- Selected Doctoral study programmes (three- to four-year long).
The list of study programmes available in English and guidelines for the scholarships read HERE.
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 scholarship covers necessary costs related to stay and study in the CR. Currently the amount paid to students of a Bachelor’s, Master’s or follow-up Master’s study programme stands at CZK 14,000 per month, whereas the amount paid to students of a Doctoral study programme stands at CZK 15,000 per month. The scholarship amount includes an amount designated for the payment of accommodation costs.
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.
Unless stated otherwise, an application for a scholarship of the Government of the CR can only be submitted through a Diplomatic Mission of the Czech Republic in the given country (find your country HERE). Each applicant is obliged to fill in an electronic application form by 30 September of the year prior to the given academic year at the latest (i.e. the calendar year that precedes the academic year for which scholarships are offered).
A limited number of scholarships is offered also to students from the developing countries who file their applications with the respective National UNESCO Commissions (the scholarship application form is available HERE and needs to be printed). For contact information on individual local offices look HERE.
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.
Guidelines for the Czech Government Scholarships for Developing Countries