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 high school graduates who want to go abroad to a university and are seeking sources to finance their studies.

When do I need to submit the application?
Applications for Universities project grants need to be submitted in writing every year by April 30 to the address of The Kellner Family Foundation. Before that, you also have to fill out an electronic application for the Universities project here (The forms are available only in Czech).

Can grants also be obtained for enrollment at Czech universities?
Yes, the Foundation provides grants for studying at Czech universities. The usual grantees are, however, applicants from children’s homes and other heavily socially disadvantaged environments. 

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 high 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, such as the coach, music teacher, patron, art company or science team leader, etc. Equally importantly, the applicant must provide their own budget of the costs of studying and write their own essay on the topic of “My Interests and Future Plans” in both English and Czech, no more than 1,000 words.

When does the applicant learn whether they have obtained the grant?
From all 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 for personal presentations in June. 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 but also costs of living such as apartment rent, books and other necessities, travel, etc.

What amount does the Foundation grant to university students?
Students use the grant to pay not just school fees but also costs of living such as apartment rent, books and other necessities, travel, etc. The amount of the grant is based on the students’ own budget, which future grantees attach to their applications. The grant can cover the full amount or just a portion of the costs of studies. Where students choose universities with higher school fees, primarily those outside Europe, it is usual for them to meet the costs from multiple sources.

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 or a country with a higher cost of living. Exclusive support is not a condition.

Can a student who are struggling with difficulties as they are beginning to study abroad approach the Foundation?
The Foundation’s employees assist students with advice on how they should address the situations they cannot handle. Understandably, the Foundation does not provide assistants on site. Every year, the Foundation organizes a student meeting, the objectives of which include student networking and experience sharing. Older grantees give advice to the younger ones, including here on the Foundation’s website.

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 enrollment. 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. The Foundation also supports applicants with excellent academic results in master’s courses. However, these are usually grantees who have graduated from the bachelor’s program with the Foundation’s grants, and preference is given to applicants coming from socially disadvantaged environments.

Can a graduate from a bachelor’s program obtain a grant for a master’s program?
The Foundation continues to support applicants who achieve excellent academic results in their master’s degree programs. These are usually grantees who have graduated from their bachelor’s program with the Foundation’s grants. Preference is usually given to applicants from children’s homes and from heavily socially disadvantaged environments.

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