Interested in studying in the Czech Republic but worried about the costs? Here are the most important scholarship opportunities for international students in the Czech Republic that you should check out.
The Government of the Czech Republic annually offers scholarships within its Foreign Development Assistance Programme. These so-called government scholarships support students from developing countries who would like to study at public universities in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic provides scholarships for studies pursued both in the Czech language (in Bachelor's and Master's study programmes) and in the English language (in follow-up Master's and Doctoral study programmes). Scholarships for studies in the Czech language are granted taking into account the list of recommended fields of study, updated according to the needs of specific countries, and also with regard to ongoing development cooperation projects. Applicants can also receive funding for a one-year-long language and preparatory course. Scholarships for study programmes in the English language are granted only in the selected study programmes.
Scholarship applications can only be filled on-line. The deadline for submitting 2018/2019 applications expired on 30 September 2017 and the on-line register is no longer accessible. The offer of 2019/2020 scholarships will be announced in the second half of July 2018. Prospective applicants should address all inquiries to the Czech Embassies in their countries.
Scholarship awards under bilateral international agreements
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic annually offers scholarships to foreign nationals within the framework of intergovernmental exchange programmes arranged with a number of countries. These scholarships can only be granted to candidates officially recommended by the appropriate authorities in the eligible countries, which collect the applications, set the closing date for applications and organise the selection procedure. These can be Czech embassies abroad, ministries of education or other organizations active in the field of education.
Scholarships of this type are designed for university students, graduates and PhD candidates who wish to undertake study or research visits at one of Czech public universities. The period of scholarship usually ranges from 2 to 10 months.
Visegrad Fund scholarships
The International Visegrad Fund is an international organization founded by the governments of the Visegrad Group countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). The fund operates several grant programmes, and also awards individual scholarships, fellowships and artist residencies.
Visegrad scholarships support Master's and PhD studies or research stays at universities in the Visegrad Group countries, including the Czech Republic. Applicants must come from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, or Ukraine, and they can apply for study periods up to 4 semesters. Interested applicants should submit their applications by March 15 each year.
Scholarships of the South Moravian Center for International Mobility
South Moravian Centre for International Mobility is a specialized nonprofit organization which provides support to talented students and researchers based in the South Moravian Region of the Czech Republic. This scholarship scheme supports foreign students from countries out of the EU who are interested in Master or Doctoral studies at universities in Brno. Study programmes in technical and natural science are preferred. It is expected that applicants will have a good knowledge of the Czech language as they must be able to the pass entrance exams at the chosen university and start studying in Czech. Scholarship applications are accepted until the end of January.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport. It brings funding opportunities to students from all over the world:
- Study abroad periods for students at Bachelor's and Master's levels and Doctoral candidates within Erasmus+ programme countries and to and from partner countries;
- Traineeships abroad (work placements, internships, etc.) for students enrolled in higher education in Erasmus+ programme country;
- Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) are excellent study programmes run by international consortia of higher education institutions. With EMJMD, you can receive a full degree scholarship for such a Master-level international study programme. Czech universities are involved in several Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees and the list is available at here;
- Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans are EU-guaranteed loans that can help you finance a Master course in an Erasmus+ programme country.
The prestigious Fulbright Programme sponsored by U.S. and Czech governments provides U.S. and Czech citizens with the opportunity to study, teach, or conduct research in the partner country. U.S. candidates should apply through Fulbright Programme partner organizations in the United States where they can also find application and programme details.
CEEPUS is a Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies and it supports regional cooperation in the framework of university networks. Current member countries are Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Prishtina/Kosovo is also participating. Scholarships for study abroad periods of 3-10 months are particularly available for students from universities involved in the CEEPUS programme, individual students outside the university network (freemovers) are, however, also considered as eligible applicants.
AKTION Czech Republic - Austria
AKTION programme supports bilateral cooperation between the Czech Republic and Austria in the tertiary sector through grants and collaborative projects. For individuals, there are scholarships for study and research stays available. Czech and Austrian students can also apply for a scholarship to participate in the summer language courses and summer schools. Information on the scholarship calls in English is available here.
SUMMER SCHOOLS OF SLAVONIC STUDIES
Each year, the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports offers scholarships for participation in the Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies. These Czech language courses are organised by several public universities in the Czech Republic and designed for foreign students, teachers, translators and interpreters and other experts active in the field of Czech/Slavonic studies.
Scholarships of the Department of Czech for Foreigners and of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University (Brno)
The Dean of Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University awards six and Department of Czech for Foreigners awards six three-month scholarships, each worth 8.000,- CZK per month for studying Czech language, literature and culture.
These scholarships are always awarded for the period from October to December of the given year and are intended for students of foreign universities (preferably students of Czech Studies).
Scholarship applicants should have a good knowledge of the Czech language in order to be able to follow lectures and attend seminars held in Czech.
In exceptional cases this scholarship may be awarded to students of the following fields of study: psychology, English language and literature, German language and literature, Romance languages and literature, art history, etc.
Scholarship holders can eat at the student canteen and live at the dormitory. The cost of a single bed in a double room is approx. 4.500,- CZK per month.
The scholarship does not include health insurance.
Scholarship request (including a justification) with a brief CV and at least one letter of recommendation from a teacher of Czech language from the home university must be sent to the Department of Czech for Foreigners by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by post (A. Nováka 1, 602 00 Brno) no later than 30th April of the given year.
You will be informed about the results by 30th June of the given year.
PhDr. Eva Rusinová
Kabinet češtiny pro cizince
Filozofická fakulta Masarykovy univerzity
Arne Nováka 1
602 00 Brno
tel: +420 549 49 5970
Scholarships of the Bavarian-Czech Academic Agency
The Bavarian-Czech Academic Agency offers scholarships to students, teachers and scientists from Bavarian public universities for Czech language courses, internships and study and research stays in the Czech Republic. More information is available in German here.
Some Czech universities grant scholarships in cases of outstanding study results or difficult personal situation of a student. These scholarships are usually awarded to existing students only. Check the website of the university of your choice to find out more about available scholarships and how to apply. The list of universities in the Czech Republic including their websites and relevant contacts is available here.
Further scholarships and grants to study in the Czech Republic may be found on the Scholarship Portal.