August 31, 2015

Czech Government Scholarships for Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral Students from Developing Countries

Czech Government Scholarships - Developing Countries

Course(s) Offered: Several fields
Course Level: Undergraduate (bachelors), Postgraduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: Czech Republic Government
Country to Study in: Czech Republic

Scholarship Description
The Government of the Czech Republic offers a number of Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral 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 for current academic year.

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.

Eligibility/Admission Requirements
The scholarships are intended solely to promote 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 a member state of the European Union, nor any other foreign national with a permit to permanent residence on the territory of the Czech Republic may therefore be granted this type of scholarship.

Furthermore, the scholarships may not be granted to persons under 18 years of age. (The applicants have to turn 18 as of 1 September of the year when they commence studies in the Czech Republic at the latest.)

The Government Scholarships are designed to cover the standard length of study:

1). in Bachelor/Master/Doctoral 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, or Bachelor's/Master's degree courses, as applicable, who can enrol only in study programmes in which instruction is given in the Czech language. Depending on the subject area, applicants are normally required to sit entrance examinations at the higher education institution concerned. Successful passing of entrance examinations constitutes a precondition for the scholarship award; Or

2) 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.

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 are published well in advance by the faculty or university.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL developing third countries

Participating Institutions
Scholarships are for study at any public institutions of higher education in the Czech Republic

Fields of study
Fields of Study that are taught in English:
  • Economics: Include Economics and Management, Finance and Accounting, Economic Policy and Administration;
  • Agriculture: Include Natural Resources and Environment, Forestry Engineering, Tropical Agriculture, Veterinary Hygiene and Ecology,
  • Informatics: Include System Engineering and Informatics, Applied Informatics, Computer Science, Engineering Informatics;
  • Environment: Include Ecology and Environmental Protection;
  • Energetics: Mechanical Engineering, Machines and Equipment
Number of awards
Not specified by the government

Sponsorship duration
The Government Scholarships are designed to cover the standard length of study

Scholarship benefits
The scholarship will cover the cost of the bachelors, masters or doctoral programme in Czech Republic.

A scholarship covers the strictly necessary costs of living and studying in the Czech Republic. The amount of a scholarship is adjusted regularly for Bachelor, Master, follow-up Master students and 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.

Method of Application
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.

Scholarship application forms may be obtained from the respective Czech Embassies or downloaded online in PDF or Word format.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information, to download the online "Scholarship Application Form" and also to download the "Guidelines for Granting Scholarships of the Government of the Czech Republic", issued in Czech, English, Spanish, French and Russian. Note that you will need to scroll down on the official website to download these documents.

Scholarship application deadlines will differ at the different Czech embassies in different countries. However, as a general guide, submit your application, along with all supporting documents to the Czech embassy in your country by 30th September 2015 (note that developing country students, who are in the Czech Republic, at the time of application, may submit by 31st December).

Prospective applicants are strongly advised to address their inquiries concerning, among others, their eligibility and closing date for applications to the Czech Embassies in their countries.

A limited number of scholarships is offered also to applicants from selected developing countries through the UNESCO. Each applicant is obliged to fill out an electronic application form available at:

Foreign nationals who have been granted permanent residence in the Czech Republic are not eligible to apply for Government scholarships.

A condition of admission into a Bachelor or Master study programme is completion of full secondary education or full secondary vocational training; a condition of admission into a follow-up Master’s degree course is the completion of a Bachelor study programme; a condition of admission into a Doctoral study programme is the completion of a Master study programme.

Application Deadline: 30 September / 31 December 2015
Open to International students: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Foreign Government Scholarships for Developing Country Students

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