Compatriots Scholarship

The Compatriots‘ scholarship fund is designed to help and encourage students to study in their ancestors' country. Masaryk University offers financial support of 100,000 CZK (circa 4,100 EUR) per year to students with Czech roots or with Czech ancestors newly enrolled in bachelor's and master's full-time programmes.

Participation conditions

  • The applicant for the scholarship must be accepted into a full-time Czech or English taught study programme at Masaryk University (i.e., programmes taught in English, German, Czech etc.) or be in the process of applying for such programme. Please find study programmes offer here.
  • The scholarship is awarded only to students officially enrolled in the abovementioned programmes.
  • Only students of BA and MA programmes may apply for this scholarship.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of one of the countries chosen according to DAC List of ODA Recipients and also have permanent residence there.
  • The applicant must prove their Czech roots or affiliation to the Czech society abroad in the motivational letter and provide a reference contact in the application.
  • Applicants may submit only one application for this type of scholarship.
  • The applicant is not eligible for the scholarship if they receive another form of financial support for their studies (such as governmental funding, scholarships for students from particular countries etc.).
  • You can apply if you are a student of MUNI in the first year of studies, and you will still be in the first year of studies during the first scholarship payment (next Autumn semester). This means that this scholarship is also available to recent spring term enrolees.

Eligible countries

The selection of eligible countries aligns with the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of ODA recipients by OECD for current year. You can check the updated list here.

Financial conditions

  • The scholarship provides 100,000 CZK (circa 4,100 EUR) per student, per year of studies.
  • The scholarship payment is made in two instalments per year. The first comes after students' arrival, at the end of September and the second at the end of February. However, payments are always paid under the following conditions: the student must fulfil the study programme conditions and be still enrolled at MU at the time of the payment:
    • The first payment should be paid within the first month of the Autumn semester (after the student opens a bank account in the Czech Republic and uploads the account details into the IS system).
    • The following payments will be paid by the end of September and February.



The following information and documents are required in the online application:

  • Basic information about the applicant (name, address, contact details, etc.)
  • Information about upcoming studies at MU
  • Documents (in English or with an English translation)


  • A cover letter disclosing your motivation and reasons for applying for this scholarship and your connection/relationship with the Czech Republic or Czech Compatriots’ club abroad (ancestors/roots)


  • Proof of vulnerable situation (participant from socially, economically, or other disadvantaged backgrounds). The proof will differ from person to person. Generally speaking, you must submit official confirmations about your dire economic situation, documents proving that you belong to an oppressed minority back in your country, are an asylum seeker, refugee status holder, etc. Unofficial or unproven documentation won't be taken into account.
  • Proof of excellence proving applicants' extracurricular activities relevant to the application or field of study (e.g. scientific articles, language certificates, workshop certificates, volunteering activities, community service, letters of recommendation from teachers or colleagues). We will not take into account irrelevant documents. Please, try to upload as much recent documentation as you can.

Selection criteria

Application deadline:

You can submit your application during this period: 1 March 2024–31 August 2024

Selection criteria

  • Correctly filled out application with all the documents in English or with an English translation.
  • Confirmed enrolment at MU or Proof of admission on MU.
  • The scholarship is awarded on the condition of confirmed enrolment.
  • Cover letter with the student's motivation, proof of affiliation to the Czech Republic, Czech Compatriots’ society abroad or declaration of Czech roots/ancestors.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Where should I submit my application?

The application must be submitted through the ISOIS system.

How can I log into the ISOIS system?

The ISOIS system requires a UČO number – you will obtain this unique number when you get admitted into a study program at Masaryk University.

However, you can register into the ISOIS with your e-mail account before the admittance and apply this way. In the ISOIS, click on "apply", and an error message will pop up and offer you a link where you can register.

What is a UČO number?

A UČO number is a unique personal identification number for accessing MU information systems. You will obtain this unique number when you get admitted into a study program at Masaryk University.

I finished my first year of studies. May I apply?

No, this scholarship is offered only to students in their first year (1st or 2nd semester)

I finished my first semester at MU. May I apply for this scholarship?

Yes, you can, but only if you are in the second semester at the time of disbursement of the scholarship (the next autumn semester).

I am not sure if I am eligible to apply for this scholarship.

The scholarship is intended for citizens coming from selection of eligible countries that aligns with Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of ODA recipients by OECD for current year. (see above)

You are not be eligible for the scholarship if you already receive other forms of financial support for your studies (e.g. governmental grants, scholarships for students from particular countries).

Will I receive the confirmation of the scholarship? Can I use it for my visa application?

Yes, you will be provided with the official scholarship confirmation (in Czech), and you can submit the confirmation along with your visa application.

When can I expect the result of my application?

We will contact all students and inform them whether they have been accepted or not after the call for applications closes. The results are available in September.

I received the scholarship, but I will defer my studies to spring – will I still receive the scholarship after my arrival?

Yes, you will receive the scholarship if you defer your admission to spring intake.

Compatriots scholarship contacts:

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