Q: Who can apply for the Visegrad Scholarship Program?
A: Our scholarships are available only to citizens of V4 countries, the Western Balkans and the Eastern Partnership countries. The full list of possible combinations can be found in the Scholarship Instructions on our website.
Apart from being a citizen of the above-mentioned countries, the following criteria apply to all applicants:
- Applicants cannot apply for a scholarship in the country of their citizenship.
- Applicants cannot apply to the same university where they completed their previous level of studies.
- The distance between the applicant’s last (or current if the applicant is an active student) university and the host must be more than 150 km.
- The applicant must have a permanent residence more than 150 km from the host.
Q: Can I apply for a scholarship for my bachelor’s studies?
A: A bachelor’s degree level is only available for the Intra-V4 scheme, i.e., citizens of one of the V4 countries studying in another V4 country. Citizens of the Eastern Partnership or Western Balkans countries can only cover studies at master’s (MA or equivalent) or post-master’s level (doctoral studies programs or independent research).
Q: Can I apply if I am currently not a student?
A: To apply for a master’s or post-master’s scholarship you don’t need an active student status, but you must have completed at least 6 semesters of higher education or hold the equivalent of a bachelor’s (BA/BSc) degree at the time of starting the scholarship. If you apply for bachelor-level scholarship to another V4 country, you must be enrolled as an active student.
Q: Is there an age limit for applying?
A: No, we do not take into account the applicant’s age.
Q: Which academic disciplines do the scholarships cover?
A: In the application form you will be able to choose from 25 different disciplines that cover the large majority of study fields.
Q: If I completed my bachelor’s studies abroad, can I continue in the same country (e.g. MA)?
A: No. 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 to apply in a different V4 country.
Q: If I am enrolled in the first year of a MA program, can I apply for a scholarship to finish my studies at the same university?
A: Yes, you can, if your previous degree (BA or equivalent) was finished in a different country.
Q: If I am enrolled in a doctoral program, can I apply for scholarship to continue my doctoral studies at the same university?
A: Yes, you can, if your previous degree (MA or equivalent) was finished in a different country.
Q: Can I apply if I will not have the acceptance letter (from the host university) by the deadline?
A: Yes. If your program requires admission tests or a personal interview (results of which will be known only after the deadline), you can submit proof of your application (a scan or print screen of the submitted application form) or a preliminary acceptance letter. The final acceptance letter is to be submitted before signing 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 for 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 single deadline).
Q: Can I receive an Erasmus (or other) and a Visegrad Fund scholarship at the same time?
A: You are obliged to inform the Fund of any other scholarship you will receive from any Member State or the European Union simultaneously with the scholarship of the International Visegrad Fund. The Fund may, based on each individual case, determine whether to uphold or withdraw its offer to the scholar.
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/her study/research project at the host institution for the entire scholarship period.
Q: Do I have to study in English?
A: No. You can also study in the native language of the university. We don’t need any language certificates from you either. Please note, however, that the application form must be filled out in English.
Q: Does the Visegrad Fund help me with admission at the host institution?
A: No, the scholarship is meant for supporting 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.