Slovak Government Scholarships for Developing Countries

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Slovak Government Scholarships for Developing Countries

The Government of the Slovak Republic each year offers scholarships for developing countries’ students. Two types of scholarships are available i.e. one for studying 1st and 2nd Degree and second for studying 3rd Degree in Slovak Republic(SR). Total 55 scholarships are awarded during the standard length of study. For academic year 2013/2014 application is open till May 30, 2013.
 
Study Subject: The scholarship is available to study Teacher Training and Education Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Business and Administration, Ecological and Environmental Sciences; Building Engineering, Manufacturing and Communication; Agriculture, Forestry, Veterinary, Water Resource Management, Medical Sciences, Dental Surgery, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Non-Medical Health Sciences. (All subjects are not available to all countries).
Course Level: The SR Ministry of Education, Science, Research & Sport shall grant scholarship applicants for full-time higher education study conducted in the Slovak language in a chosen field of study according to the applicable system of study programmes at public universities in the SR.
Scholarship Provider: Government of the Slovak Republic.
Scholarship can be taken at: Slovak Republic
 
Eligibility: Scholarship for Study in 1st and 2nd Degree Higher Education Study Programmes (Hereafter Refereed to as Bachelor, Master and Postgraduate Study) in the SR: Persons applying for an SR Government scholarship for bachelor, master or postgraduate higher education study programmes in the framework of the SR Government’s offer must meet the following conditions:
a) have attained complete secondary education completed by a school-leaving exam.  The document on education acquired abroad must be assessed by the Centre for Recognition of Diplomas(Stredisko na uznávanie dokladov o vzdelaní) of the SR Ministry of Education, Science, Research & Sport at Stromová 1, 813 30 Bratislava;
b) meet the conditions for acceptance for higher education study pursuant to Act no. 131/2002 Coll. on universities and on the amendment of certain acts, as amended, www.minedu.sk;
c) submit a completed application form for an SR Government scholarship with the relevant attachments;
d) candidates of 18 to 26 years of age may apply for an SR Government scholarship.

Scholarship for Study in 3rd Degree Higher Education Study Programmes (Hereafter Refereed to as Doctoral Study) in the SR: Persons applying for a scholarship for doctoral study in the framework of the SR Government’s offer must meet the following requirements:
a) have completed higher education in a second degree study programme (having acquired the academic title “MSc.” at a foreign university or “Mgr.”, “Ing.”, “MUDr.” or “MVDr.” at a university in the SR). The document on education acquired abroad must be assessed by the Centre for Recognition of Diplomas (Stredisko na uznávanie dokladov o vzdelaní) of the SR Ministry of Education, Science, Research & Sport at Stromová 1, 813 30 Bratislava. Its opinion must be attached to the application for an SR Government scholarship submitted by the applicant for assessment to the selection committee of the SR Ministry of Education, Science, Research & Sport;
b) meet the conditions for admission to the third degree higher education study programme pursuant to Act no. 131/2002 Coll. on universities and on the amendment of certain acts, as amended;
c) submit a completed application for an SR Government scholarship, stating the study field of the doctoral study according to the applicable list of doctoral study programmes conducted in the SR, with a letter of preliminary acceptance from the expected teaching workplace in the SR, as well as with the relevant annexes;
d) candidates of 23 to 35 years of age may apply for an SR Government scholarship.
 
Scholarship Open for International Students: The students of Afghanistan, South Sudan, Kenya, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Angola, Burundi, Chad, Yemen, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Armenia, Indonesia, Iraq, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestinian National Authority, Syria, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Albania, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Namibia, Peru, Serbia and Thailand can apply for the scholarship.
 
Scholarship Description: The provision of the SR Government scholarships is a long-term part of SR development aid, which is a programme and project activity of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the SR within the framework of the international community. Act No. 617/2007 on Official Development Aid of the Slovak Republic , which created the foundation for institutionalized arrangements for the provision of official development aid (hereinafter the “ODA”) in all its forms was passed in 2007. SR Government scholarships for Slovaks living abroad comprise part of the provision of the SR Government scholarships within the framework of the terms and conditions established by the OECD for implementing the ODA. The granting of these scholarships became part of the state policy for the support of Slovaks living abroad, which was gradually designed by passing Act No. 474/2005 Coll. on Slovaks Living Abroad and on amendments and supplements to certain Acts, by founding the Office for Slovaks Living Abroad, as well as by adopting the Concept of the State Policy for the Care for Slovaks Living Abroad until 2015 approved by Government Resolution.
 
Number of award(s): 48 scholarships are available for Study in 1st and 2nd Degree Higher Education Study Programmes (Hereafter Refereed to as Bachelor, Master and Postgraduate Study) in the SR. 7 scholarships are available for Study in 3rd Degree Higher Education Study Programmes (Hereafter Refereed to as Doctoral Study) in the SR.
 
Duration of award(s): The SR Ministry of Education, Science, Research & Sport shall provide a foreigner an SR Government scholarship during the standard length of study.
 
What does it cover?

Stage of higher education

SR Government scholarship

 

scholarship

merit scholarship[1]

language and vocational training

€280 monthly

€0

higher education: first degree

€280 monthly

  €50 monthly

higher education: second degree

€280 monthly

  €50 monthly

higher education: third degree

€330 monthly

€170 annually

a) one-off payment during language and vocational training, first and second degrees of higher education
-upon beginning study in the SR: €35
-upon completing study in the SR: €100
b) one-off payment during the third degree of higher education
-upon beginning study in the SR: €35
-upon completing study in the SR:€100

Scholarship for Study in 1st and 2nd Degree Higher Education Study Programmes (Hereafter Refereed to as Bachelor, Master and Postgraduate Study) in the SR: The holder of an SR Government scholarship shall receive, for the period of study as set by the statute of the respective university in the selected study field, i.e. at the time when he/she, pursuant to national legislation, is a higher education student:
-the monthly scholarship grant in the set amount,
-accommodation in a student hall of residence and catering in student canteens for payment equal to that of a student with SR citizenship,
-education at the chosen public university under conditions equal to those of a student with SR citizenship pursuant to the conditions set by the university’s statute,
-an SR Government scholarship for 10-month language and vocational training, in the case that the applicant has not completed secondary education in the SR or at a secondary school with Slovak language tuition abroad.  Completion by a final exam is required and does not replace the university admission procedure pursuant to Act no. 131/2002 Coll. on universities and on the amendment of certain acts, as amended.

Scholarship for Study in 3rd Degree Higher Education Study Programmes (Hereafter Refereed to as Doctoral Study) in the SR: The holder of an SR Government scholarship shall receive, for the period of study as set by the statute of the respective university in the selected study field, i.e. at the time when he/she, pursuant to national legislation, is a doctoral student:
a) the monthly scholarship grant in the set amount,
b) accommodation in a student hall of residence and catering in student canteens for payment equal to that of a student with SR citizenship,
c) education at the chosen public university equal to that for students with SR citizenship during the study period set by the university’s statute,
d) an SR Government scholarship for 10-month language training in the case that the applicant has not completed 2nd degree 2nd degree university study in the SR. Completion by a final exam is required and does not replace the university admission procedure for study in a 3rd degree study programme pursuant to Act no. 131/2002 Coll. on universities and on the amendment of certain acts, as amended.
 
Notification: The sending party or recipient of the scholarship is obliged to notify the host university and the SR Ministry of Education, Science, Research & Sport no later than two weeks prior to the date of arrival in the SR.
 
How to Apply: The application is available in electronic form at website. The sending party of electronically sent applications shall submit their nominations in the prescribed manner (in electronic form) via the SR Embassy in the respective country no later than by 31st May of the respective year to the address specified in the notification letter from the SR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nominations of Slovaks living abroad are submitted by the respective compatriot organisation.  A nomination is valid only for the year when it was issued.
 
Deadline: For academic year 2013/2014 it is possible to send application electronically in terms: 25.03.2013 – 30.05.2013.

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