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Government Scholarships for Guinean Nationals

(This article expired 12.10.2013.)

The Czech Republic offers government scholarships to Guinean nationals in the academic year 2013-2014. Applications are accepted untill 9.11.2012 via website: http://registr.dzs.cz/registr.nsf

GUIDELINES FOR GRANTING SCHOLARSHIPS

OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC

upon Government Resolution No. 301 as of 25 April 2012

 Students from Guinea-Conakry,

in 2013 – 2018

1        Scholarships of the Government of the Czech Republic(CZ) - General Information

Within the scope of foreign development cooperation, the CZ provides Scholarships for the following studies in the Czech language:

 

·        Bachelor’s study programmes (three- to four-year long);

·        Master’s study programmes (four- to six-year long);

·        Doctoral study programmes (three- to four-year long).

 

Language and preparatory studies (one-year long).

Students may study a Bachelor programme in the CZ only if they have completed secondary education with a school-leaving examination, a Master programme if they have duly completed their studies of a Bachelor’s study programme, and a Doctoral study programme if they have duly completed their studies of a Master’s study programme.

The study programs proposed include Agriculture, Economy, Medicine and Technology.

2        Application Form Submission, Deadlines,Forms

An application for a Scholarship of the Government of the CZ can only be submitted through The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Accra at a website link: http://registr.dzs.cz/registr.nsf in electronic form. The applicant will file his electronic application online from 1.10. to 9.11.2012. If the application has been accepted, The Embassy will invite the applicant to an entry test and interview. The most successful applicants shall be asked to submit, to the Embassy, complete paper documentation by 14.12.2012.

3        Submitted Documentation

Applicants for a Scholarship of the Government of the CZ shall submit documentation, when requested by the Embassy, in two sets (i.e. two separate identical files). Only complete documentation that meets the requirements as stated hereinafter shall be considered. Documentation that does not meet the requirements shall be officially returned without further reasoning.

3.1   Application Form and Submitted Documents

Each applicant shall present the following documents (in two sets):

1.             Application Form for a Scholarship of the Government of the CZ (“Application Form”) with a glued photo. The Application Form must be fully completed, preferably in English. The application form has to include all addresses of the applicant’s permanent residence for at least the past two years, specification of study purpose, structured CV with information about studies that the applicant has commenced and/or completed, obtained titles, diplomas and/or other certificates, including addresses of the education institutions, information about employment (company name, address, position and job description), list of stays abroad and study stays over the past five years, and a motivational letter in which the applicant will briefly describe his/her expectations in terms of the future studies, practical application of learning and benefit for the country;

2.             CV with a focus on studies and employment;

3.             Photocopy of his/her passport;

4.             Declaration about the Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions Governing the Granting of Scholarships of the Government of the Czech Republic;

5.             Declaration about the Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions Governing the Provision of Healthcare;

6.             Affirmation on the Return upon Completing the Studies;

7.             Legalised copy of birth certificate with a legalised translation into the Czech language;

8.             Medical confirmation about the applicant’s state of health no older than two months with a legalised translation into English or into Czech.

3.2   Other Documents Submitted by Applicants for the Studies of a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Study Programme in the Czech Language

9.     Legalised copy of a proof of completed secondary education with a legalised translation into the Czech/ English language;

10.   Document proving the content and scope of education completed (i.e. a list of subjects studied in individual grades at a secondary school, duration and/or confirmation of the scope of vocational education) with a legalised translation into the Czech/ English language;

11.   Document proving that the school is recognised by the state (if this fact is not stated in the foreign certificate), with a legalised translation into the Czech/ English language.

3.3   Other Documents Submitted by Applicants for the Studies of a Doctoral Study Programme in the Czech language

9.     Legalised copy of a diploma, certificate or similar document proving due completion of a Bachelor’s study programme with a legalised translation into the Czech/ English language;

10.   Legalised copy of a supplement to diploma or list of completed lectures and taken examinations including their scope and obtained grades (marks) with a legalised translation into the Czech/ English language;

11.   Additional information proving that the study programme was pursued by an institution entitled to provide higher education, with a legalised translation into the Czech/ English language;

12.     Additional information about the content of foreign higher education;

13.     Overview of publication activity;

14.     Overview of expert topics on which the applicant wishes to focus in the Doctoral study programme;

15.     Focus of the dissertation thesis (3 to 5 pages long);

16.     Two letters of recommendation by professors teaching at an academic institution;

17.     If applicable, other documents proving the applicant’s qualifications advancement and scholarly/scientific activity to date.

4        Arrival in the Czech Republic

Students must arrange their arrival in the CZ in such a way that they can commence their studies on the date stated in the “Decision on Granting the Scholarship” document that they will receive from the Embassy. If a student does not commence studies within 30 days without a due justification, both the Scholarship and accommodation booking shall be cancelled. (If the date of commencement of the stay is changed upon documented, objective obstacles that prevent the student from commencing his/her studies on the due date, the receiving party may book accommodation at a different address than the one stated in the accommodation information). Scheduled arrival date (or that the student shall not use the Scholarship and shall not arrive in the CZ) shall be provided by e-mail sent to vladni.stipendia@dzs.cz:.

Upon arrival the student shall register as a government Scholarship holder (i.e. s/he shall fill in his/her Personal Information Sheet and shall receive a student number). All government Scholarship holders will be registered by the International Student Office of the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of Charles University (ILPS), or by the public university in charge of enrolment.

4.1   Arrival of Scholarship Holders Admitted to Studies in the Czech Language

Government Scholarship holders admitted to study in the ILPS shall get to the International Student Office of the ILPS at their own costs after their arrival (during the scheduled arrivals period, the International Student Office will be in operation 24 hours a day 7 days a week, students will be given all help they need, receive further information and assistance).

International Student Office shall be notified of the date and approximate hour of student´s scheduled arrival (+420 608 437 591, e-mail: tranzit@ujop.cuni.cz). The International Student Office´s seat is on the 9th floor of the Krystal Hotel, José Martího 2/407, 162 00 Prague 6 – Veleslavín, reception desk: +420 220 563 411).

Upon arrival in the CZ, students will be requested to be able to pay initial administrative fee (approx. CZK 3,000 to 5,000). Students should take into account the Central European climate and bring adequate clothing (temperatures in winter (December-March) may drop to -20° C/-4° F).

5        Language and Preparatory Studies

Before commencing their studies in the Czech language, applicants will be granted a Scholarship for a one-year long study in a prep year at the Institute for ILPS. In the course of their language and preparatory studies, students shall make arrangements to have their foreign secondary education certificate recognised, and submit application to study at a university. On admission to a specific study programme, applicants will be required to submit an application, through the ILPS, to the Study Department of the Centre for International Services (DZS), to request the DZS to issue a Decision on Granting the Scholarship for the study programme into which they have been admitted.

6        Material and Financial Provision for Scholarship Holders

The Scholarship covers necessary costs related to stay and study in the CZ., including accomodation, food and public transport. It does not include travel between the Czech Republic and the student’s homeland. Currently the amount paid to students of a Bachelor’s, Master’s or follow-up Master’s study programme stands at CZK 12,000 per month. The amount paid to students of a Doctoral study programme stands at CZK 14,500 per month. A government Scholarship holder who has successfully completed studies of a Bachelor’s study programme in the Czech language and has been admitted to study a follow-up Master’s study programme in the Czech language may be granted a Scholarship also for the follow-up Master’s study programme in the Czech language.

The Scholarship granted for the studies of a Bachelor’s study programme can be paid to the student during the whole period laid down in the Decision, i.e. even during holidays upon completing Bachelor’s studies if the student proves that s/he has been admitted to study a follow-up Master’s study programme in the following academic year and if s/he is on the territory of the CZ during this period. Scholarships are granted for a specific study programme/field of study pursued by a given public university for a period that equals the regular duration of study. Scholarships are not transferable to other persons or other academic years. Once a Scholarship is granted, neither the public university nor the study programme and/or field of study may be changed.

If a foreign Scholarship holder exceeds the regular period of study and/or the period for which the Scholarship has been granted to him/her, s/he shall lose the status of a government Scholarship holder. S/he shall from then on be obliged to pay the fees designated by the school for prolonging his/her studies at his/her own costs. After payment of the government Scholarship is terminated, the student may stay on the territory of the CZ only if s/he arranges and pays for all fees related to obtaining a residence permit to stay in the CZ, his/her study, accommodation and food, etc. at his/her own costs. The same applies if a student interrupts his/her studies.

7        Cessation of the Entitlement to Scholarship

A Scholarship granted will not be paid and the student shall not be entitled to it:

1.       During his/her absence on the territory of the CZ if this absence lasts longer than 30 consecutive calendar days and is not part of specific study duties outside the territory of the CZ.

2.       During the interruption of his/her studies.

3.       If a foreign national is not present on the territory of the CZ in a given month for more than 15 calendar days for other than study reasons and if his/her entitlement to the Scholarship does not cease pursuant to paragraph 1 or 2, only a half of the granted monthly Scholarship amount shall be paid to him/her in that month.

4.       After ending his/her studies. If a foreign national duly completes his/her studies of a given study programme, the Scholarship payment shall be terminated on the second month following the month when the foreign national has completed his/her studies. The Scholarship payment in other cases shall be terminated on the first month following the month when his/her studies have been ended.

5.       If s/he does not enrol in his/her studies within the given time limit.

6.       If s/he obtains a permanent residence permit to reside in the CZ.

7.       Besides, the entitlement to Scholarship shall cease on the day on which another Decision on Granting the Scholarship comes into force and effect, as well as upon its own initiative based on a change of facts that had been decisive for the assessment of the original application for the Scholarship or based on establishment of false data stated in the original application and submitted documentation.

The Scholarship payment shall be terminated if the student:

8.       Discontinues his/her studies;

9.       Is expelled from his/her studies;

10.    Has obtained the Decision on Granting the Scholarship as a result of fraudulent conduct or as a result of stating false data;

11.    Pursues other activities that are contrary to legal regulations valid in the Czech Republic.

If the Scholarship payment has been terminated, the foreign national is obliged to return to his/her homeland without delay.

8        Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic

A foreign national may travel to the CZ only after s/he has applied for the issuance of a long-term residence permit for the purposes of study and his/her application has been approved through the Embassy of the CZ. It is not possible to apply for a long-term residence permit on the territory of the CZ. If the application for issuing a long-term residence permit is approved, the Embassy of the CZ shall provide the foreign national’s passport with a visa that entitles him/her to reside on the territory of the CZ until the residence permit is issued.Upon his/her arrival in the CZ the foreign national is obliged to notify of the place of his/her residence on the territory of the CZ within 3 working days from entering the country.

9        Terms and Conditions Governing the Provision of Healthcare

Costs of healthcare provided to government Scholarship holders are reimbursed by the Ministry of Health in accordance with Section 180j(4) of Act No. 326/1999 Coll. The healthcare facility that has provided the above healthcare shall send an invoice to the Medical Insurance Supervision Department of the Ministry of Health, Palackého náměstí 4, 128 01 Praha 2. Like citizens of the CZ, foreign nationals have to pay the insurance fees.

Upon arrival in the CZ and before commencing their studies, government Scholarship holders have to undergo an initial medical examination. If this medical examination or any other check-up during the studies establishes that a government Scholarship holder suffers from a severe disease that requires long hospital care or costly treatment, the attending doctor is obliged to notify the Ministry of Health of this fact. (Severe diseases include among other things the following conditions: all types of tuberculosis, leprosy, plague, any venereal disease in any stage, neurosis, psychopathy, psychosis, epilepsy, post-traumatic condition, more severe forms of a nutrition disorder, severe cardiovascular disorders, chronic respiratory diseases, urinary diseases, kidney diseases, liver diseases, alimentary diseases, cancer, active cases of trachoma, acute parasitic disease, post-malaria condition, post-rheumatic fever condition, etc.).

The Ministry of Health may submit a proposal to the Ministry of Education to repatriate a government Scholarship holder on health grounds, if a severe disease is established in the student anytime during his/her studies. Upon this proposal the Ministry of Education shall ask the government Scholarship holder to return to his homeland within a given deadline and shall terminate the Scholarship payment. The student shall lose his/her status of a government Scholarship holder as of the date when the Scholarship payment is terminated and from the following day onwards shall cover all costs related to his/her treatment and stay on the territory of the CZ.

The Ministry of Health shall not reimburse healthcare related to pregnancy, delivery and childcare to female government Scholarship holders. If pregnancy is established in a female government Scholarship holder, it is recommended that she should interrupt her studies and return to her homeland for a necessary period of time. If the student decides to continue in her studies, it is recommended that she effects a commercial insurance for her and her baby at her own costs.

10    Duties of a Government Scholarship Holder

A foreign national who has been granted a Scholarship of the Government of the CZ and who has accepted this Scholarship is obliged to abide by the rules laid down in the Guidelines for Granting Scholarships of the Government of the Czech Republic and follow instructions given by the Ministry of Education issued in relation to the Government Scholarship Programme and designated for government Scholarship holders.

A government Scholarship holder is furthermore obliged to:

-        Fully focus on his/her studies for which the Scholarship of the Government of the CZ has been granted;

-        Comply with legal regulations valid in the CZ as well as regulations of the public university where s/he pursues his/her studies;

-        Immediately inform the DZS about:

·        Changes that have taken place in information stated in the Decision on Granting the Scholarship or that are essential with regard to pursuing studies with a Scholarship of the Government of the CZ;

·        Facts that may lead to exceeding the regular period of study (e.g. repetition of a grade, study distribution, individual study plan, long illness or serious personal problems, etc.);

·        Problems, difficulties and shortcomings related to the Government Scholarship Programme.

-        Immediately ask the Ministry of Education for its approval with the Scholarship payment in a given period if s/he has to repeat the whole grade or study phase;

-        Share experience and help others, in particular new government Scholarship holders whenever it is needed;

-        Prepare a final report upon ending his/her studies (on any ground) pursuant to a form given in Annex No. 4 and deliver it to the DZS either in written or in electronic form;

-        Return to the country that has sent him/her to the CZ after ending his/her studies;

-        Develop the knowledge, experience and friendship gained during his/her studies in the CZ all his/her life and apply the learning in practice for the benefit of his/her country.


11    Useful Contact Information

Information about foreign national entry and residence in the CZ:      

               www.mvcr.cz

MFA:                                                  

Loretánské náměstí 5, 118 00 Prague 1,                                         

www.mzv.cz

Ministry of Education:      

Karmelitská 7, 118 12 Prague 1,                                      

www.msmt.cz

DZS*:                                                

Study Department, Na Poříčí 1035/4, 110 00 Prague 1,

www.dzs.cz,

e-mail: vladni.stipendia@dzs.cz

ILPS*:                                               

Vratislavova 10, 128 00 Prague 2

SC* Podebrady:                

Jana Opletala 77, 290 36 Poděbrady

SC Marianske Lázně:                      

Hlavní 390, 353 67 Mariánské Lázně

International Student Office:         

Krystal Hotel, José Martího 2/407, 162 00 Prague 6 – Veleslavín, 9th floor,

GSM: +420 608 437 591, Krystal Hotel reception desk: +420 220 563 411,

e-mail: tranzit@ujop.cuni.cz

* DZS = Centre for International Services of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports

* ILPS = Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of Charles University

* SC = Study Centre of the above Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies

 

           Scholarship applicants