Grants| How to apply for a grant

How to apply for a grant

Students must apply in writing for Universities project grants with The Kellner Family Foundation by April 30 every year.

After the deadline, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees selects eligible applicants from the applications received and decides to whom to award grants. Students must first sign up for the Universities project by completing and submitting an electronic form here (The forms are available only in Czech). Then they send in a written application for the grant from the Foundation, by hand or by post, to the Foundation’s address (contact information is available here). First-time applicants who are shortlisted for the Foundation project are also invited for an interview.

Each application must contain the reasons for their choosing a certain university, and its rank in the global or European charts (citing the source), an official document showing that they are currently enrolled at a high school or college, copies of language examination certificates, a recommendation from a 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.), proof of the family’s financial situation (employer’s certificate of income, tax returns, documents showing welfare benefits received etc.) and an essay by the student on the topic of “My Interests and Future Plans” in both English and Czech, no more than 1,000 words.

An important part of the application, the student’s own budget should describe how much grant money the student needs, what they can cover from their own or other resources, and what they will use the Foundation’s grant for. The Foundation is also interested in whether the student has applied for or obtained other grants.

From all applications received by the end of April, the Board of Trustees selects ten to twenty applicants for the second round, and invites them to give personal presentations. Presentations are given to a panel composed of Renáta Kellnerová, Hana Halfarová and one or more representatives from Foundation or academia. Students explain their future plans and answer the panel’s questions. Shortly thereafter, they are notified in writing whether or not they have been chosen, and if so, how large a grant they will receive.

Students always obtain a grant from the Foundation for one year of studies. This is how the Foundation seeks to motivate grantees to strive to excel academically. Nevertheless, for students who have not completed their bachelor’s program, the grant for the following year is only denied them if their academic results deteriorate, if they become disinterested in extracurricular activities that benefit society, or if they fail to communicate with the Foundation. However, this situation has only occurred in a very few exceptional cases to date.

Applications must also include the parties’ consent to the processing of the personal data contained in the forms. Under the relevant provisions of Act No. 101/2000, on Personal Data Protection, as amended, The Kellner Family Foundation is registered as a personal data controller.

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