Development Scholarships

Development Scholarships

This scholarship is directly offered and administered by the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University with a generous contribution from the Charles University and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports respectivelly. The scholarship is designated and available for students from developing countries and countries going through a process of political and economic transition.

More scholarships will be awarded in 2021

We have managed to collect extra fundings for the Development Scholarship for the year 2021. As a result, we will be able to have five more scholarship holders this year. The application and deadlines are the same as listed below, however, the process of selection and the value of the scholarship is slightly different. From all the applications the Scholarship Review Board will select the first eight applicants, who will receive CZK 75000 scholarship according to the regulations listed below. From the rest of the applications, the Scholarship Review Board will select another five applicants who will be awarded a scholarship of approximately CZK 50000. These five scholarships have to be transferred no later than June 2021. Therefore, only students studying their first and second year (and the third year for bachelor studies) at the FSV UK will be considered for these later scholarships. The condition for the payment of the scholarship is that the awarded student will have no debt in relation to FSV UK.

We are aware of the difficulties that the current COVID-related situation could bring to our students regardless of the country of their origin. Therefore, the Scholarship Review Board has decided that all students in English-taught study programmes who fulfill the above mentioned rules and who have been affected particularly hard by the COVID-crisis can apply for these extra five scholarships. The Scholarship Review Board will take the current situation of students into consideration during the evaluation of their application.


What is on offer

The scholarship is administered as a one-time lump-sum payment of CZK 75 000 (approx. EUR 3 000) to selected students to support the student's necessary living costs. There is no tuition fee waiver as a part of the scholarship. 

For the academic year 2021/2022 a total of eight scholarships is expected to be awarded. Although we would like to continue the development scholarship scheme annually, this is a subject to every-year re-evaluation. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that similar scholarships will be available for students' in the forthcoming years.

Who is eligible

The scholarship can be awarded to students studying in one of Faculty's fee-based study programmes in one of the first three years of study for Bachelor's programmes or first two years of study for Master's programmes. This means the application can be submitted by current students in the first or second year of Bachelor's studies or first year of Master's studies, or by a fresh applicant to any of our fee-based programmes.

The applicants have to be from developing countries or countries going through a process of political and economic transition (according to the report of UNCTAD) and have to state their needs of the financial support within the application.

Financial terms and conditions

The successful scholarship holder will receive payment at the start of the Winter semester, no later than one month after they register for their studies and fulfilment of other prerequisites. The main prerequisite for the scholarship payment is the student's prior payment of tuition fee for the Winter semester. No money will be paid in advance of the student's arrival in Prague.

The scholarship is awarded on a year-to-year basis. Therefore, students have to submit a new application each year.

Scholarships will not be offered for the third year of study (Master's degree) or the fourth year of study (Bachelor's degree) under any circumstances.

Students who intend to make parallel applications for both the International Visegrad Fund scholarship and our Development Scholarships are free to do so. Nevertheless, it is our policy that we will not pay out a Development Scholarship to someone who is also receiving funding from the International Visegrad Fund.


Application submission

The deadline for scholarship applications is April 30, 2021.

The application has to be submitted complete (with all necessary documents), and all submitted documents have to be originals and written in the English language, or accompanied by certified translations.

The application has to be submitted to:

Kateřina Frídlová (Hollar Building, room 217)
the International Office
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University
Smetanovo nabrezi 6
110 01 Praha 1, Czechia.

Scanned copies sent by email can be considered as a temporary measure in specific cases. However, originals have to be delivered as well. The final decision regarding such applications cannot be made until originals have been received.


Application has to include the following documents:

  • completed application form
  • motivation essay of no more than 1000 words, explaining why you need a scholarship, and what you hope to gain from your studies at Charles University
  • two letters of recommendation from teachers, who know you from your previous studies, including confirmation of your financial need (for fresh applicants for our programmes)
  • one letter of recommendation from a Charles University academic who knows you from your studies at the Faculty, including confirmation of your financial need (for current students of our programmes).

IMPORTANT: All scholarship applicants who are fresh applicants for one of our programmes HAVE TO also lodge an online application for their selected study programme and note the name of the programme on their application for a scholarship. Without this, their application for a scholarship will not be considered.


Selection of applicants

The Scholarship Review Board will assess all complete and eligible scholarship applications received by the deadline. The students selected to receive scholarships will be recommended to the Dean of the Faculty for the final decision.

The decision of the Board will be independent of the Admission Committee decision. However, only students finally admitted by the Faculty are eligible to become scholarship holders.

In addition to the documents submitted by scholarship applicants, the Scholarship Review Board will take into consideration applicants' results from their previous studies. Priority will be given to students who have not previously had the opportunity to study abroad.

The Dean will make a final decision regarding the students to be offered scholarships. The Dean will not enter into correspondence with unsuccessful applicants regarding this decision.


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