Scholarships and Funding


Development Scholarships

Charles University directly administers these university scholarships for students from developing and transition countries.

The Development Scholarships are available for any degree programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. The scholarship is administered as a one-time lump-sum payment to selected students to support the student´s basic living costs. Usually, we provide 6 to 8 scholarship per year across all of our fee-based programmes. The exact amount of scholarship can differ based on the number of supported students. Usually, it is about CZK 75 000 (approx. EUR 3 000). The scholarship is provided on a year-by-year basis. The deadline for applications is late April.

You can find details information and how to apply for the scholarship here.


Merits Based Scholarships

This scholarship is offered to students with excellent study results each year, and it is administered automatically by the Faculty.

The scholarship is paid out in November or December retrospectively for the previous academic year in the form of a one-time lump-sum payment. All students (Czech and English programmes together) who met the scholarship´s criteria are considered for the scholarship awarding. The students are divided into five subgroups according to Institutes. The predefined percentage of students with the best study results within each of these sub-groups is awarded the scholarship. The entire sum of scholarship money for excellent study results will be distributed evenly among all the selected students within the sub-groups. The amount of scholarship can be determined linearly according to study results. The Dean will stipulate the minimum and maximum amount of scholarship and the percentage of students eligible for the scholarship upon the statement obtained from the academic senate.

You can find more detailed rules here.

You can read the basic information in this document.


International Visegrad Fund Scholarships

The International Visegrad Fund (IVF) is a joint initiative of the governments of the four Visegrad Group countries (Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia). It offers scholarships for study abroad, both to students from within the Visegrad group and neighbouring countries like Belarus and Ukraine, but even Caucasian countries.

The International Visegrad Fund Scholarships are available for any degree programme at FSV UK. They comprise of a fixed-rate contribution (approx. 3,000 EUR) towards school fees (paid directly to the university), plus two lump-sum payments (one for each semester) to help with living costs. Because school fees at FSV UK are higher than the contribution from the IVF, students are expected to cover the balance of our standard school fee from other funds. Most years, we accept 5-6 students with the IVF funding.

Application deadlines vary, depending on the exact sub-programme students are planning to use. Applications should be submitted directly to the IVF. Scholarships are generally awarded for one year only, so students should expect that they will have to fund their second year of study from elsewhere.

Students who wish to make parallel applications for both the IVF scholarship and any of our development scholarships are free to do so. Still, it is our policy that we will not pay out a Development Scholarship to someone who is also receiving funding from the IVF. Further details are on the IVF website.


Special note for US applicants

Unfortunately, we are not currently registered with USDE, either as Faculty or at the central level as Charles University. We are also well aware that some of our Medical Faculties do have this registration, which causes much confusion among our applicants.

Charles University take steps towards registration with USDE. Nevertheless, we are very sorry, but we are not able to offer this service due to the extreme bureaucracy joint with the USDE registration at this moment. It is also not possible to use one of the Medical Faculty USDE codes to study at our Faculty. This would be a clear breach of the terms of their registration with USDE.