Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I apply for scholarship for my Bachelor’s studies?
A: Visegrad Scholarships only cover studies at Master’s (MA or equivalent) or post-Master’s (doctoral studies programs or independent research e.g. at a postdoc level). In other words, scholarships cannot cover studies at Bachelor’s (BA or equivalent) level.
Q: Can I apply if I am currently not a student?
A: Yes, one’s student’s status is not required but you must have completed at least 6 semesters of higher education or hold the equivalent of a Bachelor’s (BA) degree or equivalent) at the time of starting the scholarship.
Q: Is there an age limit for applying?
A: No, we do not take into account the age of the applicant, only the level of studies.
Q: If I completed my Bachelor’s studies abroad, can I continue in the same country (e.g. MA)?
A: If you completed your previous studies in one of the V4 countries (e.g. you hold a Czech BA degree), you cannot apply for further studies in the same country (e.g. MA in Czechia) but can decide for a different V4 country.
Q: If I am enrolled in the first year of a MA program, can I apply for scholarship to finish my studies at the same university?
A: Yes, you can.
Q: Can I apply in case I will not have the acceptance letter (from the host university) by the deadline?
A: Yes, in case your program requires admission tests or a personal interview (results of which will be known only after the deadline), you can submit a proof of your application for the studies or a preliminary acceptance letter. The actual acceptance letter is to be submitted before the signing of the contract with the Fund.
Q: Can I apply for more than one study program within an application form? Can I submit several application forms in one deadline?
A: No, each scholar can submit only one application to one host institution and for one study program/research project at a time (within a deadline).
Q: Can I receive Erasmus and Visegrad Fund scholarship at the same time?
A: The scholar cannot accept any other governmental scholarship from any of the V4 member states or the EU simultaneously with the scholarship of the International Visegrad Fund.
Q: Can I leave my host university/institution during the scholarship period?
A: The scholarship is an attendance scholarship. The scholar is expected to work on his research/study project at the host institution for the entire scholarship period.
Q: Do I have to study in English?
A: The language of your studies/research depends on the programs offered by your host institution; you do not have to study in English. You do not need to provide us with any language certificates.
Q: Does the Visegrad Fund help me with the admission at the host institution?
A: No, the scholarship is meant for support of scholars already accepted (at least preliminarily) at host institutions. The admission process at the host institution is the responsibility of the applicant.
Q: Which institutions are eligible hosts?
A: Any higher-education institution (accredited in the respective country) is eligible as the potential host and so are institutes of science academies in the respective countries.
Q: Can I submit my application form after the deadline?
A: Unfortunately there is no way to submit the application past the deadline. The deadline is strict and the IVF will receive no application past it.
Q: What documents do I have to submit/upload with the application form?
A: Please note that all documents accompanying the application form must be in English (originally issued in English or with a certified translation into English).
- Scan of the highest obtained diploma (in English or with certified translation into English)
If you have not finished your studies, you can instead submit a certificate stating the current year of study at home university and the expected date of obtaining the diploma.
- Scan of acceptance letter from host institution written (in English)
In case your acceptance can only be confirmed at a later stage, you can submit a written proof of your application for the studies or a preliminary acceptance letter issued by the host institution. The acceptance must be issued in the current academic year.
- Scan of the working plan confirmed by the host institution (in English)
For MA level: A complete list of courses confirmed by the host institution stating the length of the courses and their respective credit value (a minimum of 30 ECTS credits per semester).
For post-MA level: A summary of the proposed research indicating the name(s) of supervisor(s).
- Scan of the transcript of records—for MA level only (in English)
If applying for the Master’s (MA) scholarship, an up-to-date transcript of academic records covering the entire university studies is also required; the transcript must be issued in English or accompanied by a certified translation.
- Scan of the recommendation letter—for post-MA level only (in English)
A letter of recommendation confirming the applicant’s academic merit.
Q: When can I start my scholarship?
A: As the results of the scholarships are usually published in mid-May, the scholarship can only start afterwards, usually from September/October (fall semester of the upcoming academic year) at the earliest.
Q: When and how do I receive the money?
A: The scholarship is paid in advance for each semester (5-month period) only after the host university sends to the fund a written (scan) confirmation of your arrival. In case of continuation of studies/research with our scholarship in the following semester, the scholarship will not be released until the host university sends written (scan) confirmation of the continuation of the studies together with the student´s interim results/transcripts of records.
Each scholar must have/open a bank account in the V4 country. It is more convenient to open a EUR (€) account as the scholarship is paid in EUR (€).
Q: When and upon what conditions will I receive the contract for signing?
A: You will be mailed the scholarship contract only after you submit the following documents (if not submitted at the time of applying):
- Certified translation of a diploma
- Final acceptance letter from the host university/institution
- Final working plan of the study/research period
Q: Does the scholarship cover tuition fees?
A: The host institution receives €1,500/semester for every scholar (this sum is paid separately). This sum is to cover (or at least contribute to) the tuition of the scholar. The tuition may, however, be higher than this sum and in such case the scholars are responsible to cover the remaining sum by themselves. We recommend finding out about the tuition fees at the host institution in advance and about whether the lump sum will fully cover the costs.
Q: How much is the scholarship I receive?
A: The scholarship amounts to €2,300 per semester and is paid to each scholar without the need to account for it. This money is at the scholar’s full disposal and the fund cannot cover any additional costs (visa fees, health insurance, accommodation, etc.).
Q: Which academic disciplines do the scholarships cover?
A: We currently do not have any priority areas as regards your academic discipline or study/research topics.
Q: Does the fund arrange/facilitate my visa, health/travel insurance, accommodation in the host country?
A: No, but the fund can issue a scholarship confirmation which can be used as an enclosure to the visa application.
Q: Do I have to acknowledge the fund’s support?
A: Yes, you should promote your accomplishment in becoming a Visegrad scholar. Please remember to acknowledge our support in any documentation related to your scholarly activities and at any public events where you present the results and outcomes of your studies/research acquired during the scholarship period.
You should also use our logo to visually acknowledge Visegrad Scholarship Program’s contribution to your studies/research.
Q: When to submit the Final report and what are the requirements for it?
A: The Final report should be submitted no later than 30 days after the end of the scholarship period and it should include the following requirements:
- Assessment of formal conditions of the study (one-page report on your study/research experience with the host university detailing the advantages and disadvantages of your stay/study program/host university)
- Necessary project documentation (results of your study/research activities, if any, published during the scholarship period—research paper, conference article etc.)
- Abstract of studies (min. 3,000 words in English summarizing your activities and conclusions of your study/research during the scholarship period
In addition, your host university must send us final report/transcript of records (with scores/credits) after completing the scholarship period.