Newcomers' Scholarships

Masaryk University opened a new scholarship programme in 2021, providing financial support of 100,000 CZK (circa € 4,000) to students enrolled in bachelor's and master's full-time programmes taught in languages other than Czech and coming from developing countries or countries undergoing an economic transformation. 

The new scholarship fund is designed to help students with outstanding academic performance cover their first year of studies at MU and help them transition to life in a different country. This scholarship will not cover your entire studies, just the first year. Please note that this scholarship is highly competitive because we offer only about 20 scholarships annually, and there is a high demand from the students.

Participation conditions

  • The applicant for the scholarship must be accepted into a full-time non-Czech-taught study programme at Masaryk University (i.e. programmes taught in English, German etc.) or be in the process of applying for such programme. Please find our offer of non-Czech-taught study programmes here.
  • The scholarship is awarded only to students officially enrolled in the abovementioned programmes.
  • Students of BA and MA programmes may apply for this scholarship.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of a developing country or a country going through economic and political transformation (classification of countries by OECD is used to assess this condition) and also have permanent residence there.
  • Due to a management decision, citizens of countries labelled "Upper Middle Income Countries And Territories" are NOT eligible to apply for this scholarship.
  • 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 scholarship payment (next Autumn semester). This means that this scholarship is also available to recent spring term enrollees.

Financial conditions

  • The scholarship provides 100,000 CZK (circa € 4,000) per student.
  • The payment of the scholarship is made in two instalments. The first comes after arrival at MU and the second at the end of the calendar year. However, the second payment is paid under the following conditions: the student must fulfil the study programme conditions and be still enrolled at MU at the time of the second 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).
    • The second payment will be paid in the middle of December.
  • Important: Please bear in mind that this scholarship covers only the first year of studies. You will have to rely on your financial means after the end of the first year. This scholarship is only supplementary, so you cannot rely on it to cover your complete studies.

Application

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 and the GPA from previous studies
  • Documents (in English or with an English translation):

Mandatory

    • A cover letter disclosing your motivation and reasons for applying for this scholarship.
    • Transcript of records from previous studies with a visible GPA. Please, provide us with a GPA on a scale from 1.0 – 4.0 (US GPA scale). If your transcript does not have a US GPA scale, please convert it using an online converter Scholaro.

Non-mandatory

    • 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 or 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.

Application deadline:

  • You can submit your application during this period: 30 November 2022–30 April 2023

Selection criteria

  • Correctly filled out an application with all the documents in English or with an English translation
  • Confirmed enrolment at MU or submitted application
  • The scholarship is awarded on the condition of confirmed enrolment

Evaluation criteria

  • 40 points – GPA from previous studies
  • 10 points – clear motivation for studying at MU and reasons for the scholarship allowance
  • 15 points – level of study (10 points BA., 15 points MA.)
  • 20 points – extra activities (leadership activities, community service, special performances – honours graduation, special class rank, special talents, exemplary achievements etc.)
  • 15 points – confirmation of extra financial needs and proof that the applicant comes from a disadvantaged background or vulnerable group

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 going to be in the second semester at the time of disbursement of the scholarship (the next autumn semester).

My previous university does not provide GPA; what should I do?

If your university does not provide GPA, upload a Transcript of records with a visible grade average from your studies with an explanation of your local grading system. Also, provide us with an additional document with a converted GPA to the US scale of GPA (1.0 – 4.0).

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

The scholarship is solely intended for citizens from developing countries as defined by the OECD. Please note that it is available only to students from countries labelled "Least developed countries", "Low income countries" and "Lower middle income countries".

Students from "Upper-middle-income countries" are not eligible. See this table for reference.

You should also 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 usually available in May or June.

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.

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