Frequently asked questions

Do you want to know how to obtain a grant to study abroad, and if you need to reapply every year? Are you interested in how long the grant lasts? Are you unsure whether you can apply for a grant to study at a university in the Czech Republic? Read the questions and answers for future grantees. This is a summary of the most frequent questions asked by newly minted secondary school graduates who want to attend a university abroad and are seeking sources to finance their studies.

When do I need to submit the application?
Applications for the Universities project grants need to be submitted every year by April 30, by filling in an online form and uploading all the necessary documents (electronically in commonly available file formats). The online form for the Universities project is available in Czech only.

For grantees who have already received a financial grant from the Foundation and are applying for an allocation for the next academic year, the deadline for submitting the application is May 15. An online form for these applicants is available in Czech only.

What must be included in the grant application?
Each application must be in writing and contain the reasons for choosing the university and its ranking in the global or European charts. The applicant must cite the source. Applicants also annex a certificate proving they are currently enrolled at a secondary school or college, copies of language examination certificates, proof of the family’s financial situation, which is understood to mean the employers’ certificate of the income of household members and their tax returns, or documents showing welfare benefits received, etc. The student must also have recommendations from at least one teacher or a person participating in the applicant’s academic/artistic development. Equally importantly, the applicant must provide their own budget of the costs of studying and write their own essay on the topic “My Interests and Future Plans” in Czech, in no more than 1,000 words.

When does the applicant learn whether they have obtained the grant?
From all the applications received by the end of April, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees will shortlist ten to twenty applicants for the second round, and invite them to a further presentation in June, either in person or by video call.  Shortly thereafter, they are informed in writing whether they obtained the grant, and for how much.

What does the grant include?
The grant can be used to pay not just school fees (tuition) but also living expenses such as apartment rent, books and other necessities, travel, etc.

What amount does the Foundation grant to university students?
The amount of the grant is based on the students’ own balance sheet (budget), which future grantees must attach to their applications. Students also often raise funds from multiple sources – from their families, from their own savings and from several scholarship institutions, in particular when they choose a university with high tuition fees. Exclusive support is not required.

Can students apply for support from another institution as well?
It is quite common for students to raise funds from multiple sources, in particular when they choose a university with high school fees (tuition) or a country with a higher cost of living. Exclusive support is not required.

Who manages the grantees’ finances?
Students manage their grants. Throughout their enrolment, they must communicate with the Foundation’s representatives and have to account to the Foundation for the entire amount on the basis of actual costs. 

How long does the Foundation support the students?
It is necessary to apply for grants the same way every year. Students who have not yet completed their bachelor’s degree and duly perform their obligations are usually granted funds for the full duration of their enrolment. The Board of Trustees will not grant a renewed application if the grantee’s academic results deteriorate, the student becomes disinterested in beneficial extracurricular activities or fails to communicate with the Foundation. 

Can a graduate from a bachelor’s programme obtain a grant for a master’s programme?
The Foundation only supports applicants during master's studies in exceptional cases. This solely applies to grantees who have already completed a bachelor's degree with the support of the Foundation and are in a very difficult social situation, for example, if they grew up in a children’s home. 

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