Grants| How to apply for a grant

How to apply for a grant

The new student must apply for a contribution from the University Project in writing to 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). First-time applicants who are shortlisted for the University project are also invited for an interview.

An important part of the form is own financial balance sheet, where the student describes how much contribution he/she needs from the foundation and what he/she can pay from his/her own or other sources, and also what he/she wants to use the contribution from the foundation. The Foundation is also interested in whether the applicant is applying for another scholarship or grant or whether he or she has already received it.

At the end of the form, the applicant shall also complete the consent to the processing of personal data contained in the form or its annexes. The Kellner Family Foundation complies with the relevant provisions of Act No. 101/2000 Coll. on Personal Data Protection, as amended, registered as a personal data manager.

Subsequently, the applicant will send by post or personally deliver a written application for a foundation contribution to the Foundation's address (contact information is available here)

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 for each language version.

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 presentation. It takes place on-site or through a video call. Presentations are given to a panel composed of representatives of the foundation and the academic community. 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.

 

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