This text facilitates quick navigation of the various types of scholarships but does not provide a full list of rules and policies regulating this field. The granting and payments of scholarships is governed primarily by the Scholarships and Bursaries Rules of Charles University (cuni.cz/UKEN-727.html), the Rules for Granting Scholarships at FSc, and the relevant measures issued by the Dean (natur.cuni.cz/fakulta/studium/bc-nmgr/predpisy-a-poplatky/stipendia; Czech only).
Students may obtain the following scholarships:
bursary for a student in difficult social circumstances;
scholarship for outstanding academic achievement (“mark-based”);
bursary in a case worthy of special consideration;
bursary to support study abroad;
bursary for a CU student in an acutely difficult situation;
bursary to support study in the Czech Republic;
bursary for excellent research, development, innovation, artistic, or other creative achievements contributing to enhanced knowledge;
scholarship for RDI (research, development, and innovation) under special legislation;
motivation bursary for 1st year bachelor’s programme students;
motivation bursary for 1st year post-bachelor’s programme students;
Certain scholarships are granted to students automatically (without student applications), whereas others are granted further to an application (electronic or paper, depending on the type of scholarship). Bursaries are neither taxed nor included in stated income. You can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding scholarships on the Faculty website (natur.cuni.cz/fakulta/studium/helpdesk/faq-stipendia; Czech only).
Students need to apply for an accommodation bursary through the University website (https://is.cuni.cz/webapps/; login is the same as with the SIS). The University has set the following rules for applicants:
They must be students enrolled on a full-time programme;
Their studies are not interrupted;
They are not private payers studying in a foreign language;
Their history includes not more than two unsuccessful study attempts (i.e. completed other than properly);
They have not exceeded the standard period of study plus one year in any of the programmes they may be studying concurrently;
Where the basic accommodation bursary is involved, they are not studying in the district of instruction where their permanent residence is located, or they do not study in Prague if this is their place of permanent residence.
An accommodation bursary is paid in three different amounts depending on the student’s social status. The basic amount is approximately CZK 600 per month. The exact amount varies slightly from year to year depending on the current budget and the number of applicants. Applications for the accommodation bursary are submitted electronically at the beginning of the academic year and the bursary is paid retroactively on several dates (usually four times a year: in January, April, July, and October). If you forget to apply, you can do so during the year, but only for a future period (you cannot apply for a payment for a period that has already commenced or even elapsed).
Bursary for a student in a difficult social situation
The bursary for a student in a difficult social situation is granted by the Rector and paid through the Rectorate for 10 months in an academic year. The monthly amount of the bursary is equal to one-fourth of the basic rate of the minimum monthly wage rate and is rounded upwards to whole ten crowns. A student demonstrates their entitlement to a bursary with a written certificate issued at their request by a social security authority, which distributes child allowances, to the effect that the family income determined for the purposes of child allowances for the calendar year specified in the certificate does not exceed the minimum subsistence for a family and a factor of 1.5. The certificate for the purposes of the bursary is valid for 21 months after the end of the year for which the family income was determined. If a student is registered for multiple programmes, the bursary may be granted and paid to them not more than once in the relevant period.
Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement (“mark-based”)
The scholarship for outstanding academic achievement is paid retroactively for achievements in the previous unit of study. In the 2nd and 3rd years of bachelor’s programmes and in the 2nd year of post-bachelor’s programmes, the scholarship is granted to 10% of the best students in each programme and year (based on their order with respect to the average grades calculated on the basis of all exam results and marked course credits), provided they observe the standard duration of study, they have obtained at least 58 credits in the preceding unit of study, and their average grade is lower or equal to 1.5.
The students who meet the requirements for the overall rating “completed with distinction” (obtaining the red diploma) in a bachelor’s programme will receive the scholarship in the first year of their post-bachelor’s studies. Students who graduated with distinction from another faculty or school may also apply for the scholarship. There is no need to apply for mark-based scholarships in any other cases. If you are granted the scholarship, you will be notified via e-mail.
A student can see the proposed and awarded Excellence Scholarship in SIS under the Scholarships icon on the first working day of November in the current academic year.
Bursary in a case worthy of special consideration
The bursary in a case worthy of special consideration is granted to students in accordance with the Scholarships and Bursaries Rules of Charles University, typically for:
involvement in educational activity;
involvement in research and development activity;
beneficial contributions in the laboratory;
involvement in the development of information technologies;
ancillary scientific activity at a Faculty site;
active involvement in a science conference;
assisting and helping students with special needs during study;
excellent sports performance or achievements;
representing the University;
exemplary citizen activity;
involvement in a national subject competition for high school students under the terms and conditions defined by a Dean’s Measure (motivation bursary);
excellent academic results during the bachelor’s programme under the terms and conditions defined by a Dean’s Measure (motivation bursary).
scholarship in acute student hardship
The bursary in a case worthy of special consideration can be paid in one-off amounts or on a monthly basis.
Bursary to support study abroad
The bursary to support study abroad can be granted to students in accordance with the Scholarships and Bursaries Rules, further to a proposal from a Department or Institute specifying the particular order under which the bursary is provided. Students may also submit applications for scholarships; they must supplement the application with documents evidencing their studies abroad with comments from the thesis supervisor/mentor and Head of the Department, as well as from the Chair of the subject-area board for students in doctoral programmes. The assessment of applications takes into consideration academic results, publications, and whether the studies abroad are organised by CU/another university or are supported from different funding sources. The bursary to support study abroad is paid on a one-off basis, usually after commencing the studies abroad. The limit for the bursary to support study abroad is CZK 180,000 per academic year.
Bursary to support study in the Czech Republic
Foreign nationals may be granted a bursary to support studying in the Czech Republic. The requirements for such a bursary and its amount are set by the Rector or the Dean in accordance with a Rector’s Measure, upon which the Senate comments.
Bursary for a CU student in an acutely difficult situation
This bursary is intended for those students who encounter an acutely difficult situation in life when no other type of assistance can be used, or when other types of aid are insufficient to effectively help the student. The student submits an application for the bursary directly to FSc CU or to the Rectorate; the application must be supplemented with documents evidencing the crisis affecting the student. The Dean or the Rector determines the amount of the bursary so that it can effectively help the student. This type of bursary is paid on a one-time basis and the total amount a student can be granted for the academic year is CZK 100,000.
Bursary for excellent research, development, innovation, artistic, or other creative achievements contributing to enhanced knowledge
The bursary for excellent research, development, innovation, artistic, or other creative achievements contributing to enhanced knowledge is granted in accordance with the Scholarships and Bursaries Rules. Candidates must demonstrate said achievements through publications, utility marks, inventions, patents, or other outcomes regarding the nature of intellectual property. The outcome is deposited with the Department or Institute who shall confirm the existence of such an outcome to the Department of Student Affairs in writing. This type of bursary is paid on a one-off basis. The total limit of the bursary per student is CZK 100,000 per academic year.
Scholarship for research, development, and innovation under special legislation
The scholarship for RDI (research, development, and innovation) under special legislation (Act No. 130/2002) is granted in accordance with the Scholarships and Bursaries Rules to students who are actively involved in research, development, and/or innovation. This bursary can be paid on a one-off basis or on a monthly basis. The total limit of the bursary that a student can be granted in an academic year is CZK 360,000. This does not include bursaries paid from support intended for specific university research. The total limit of the bursary paid from support for specific university research is CZK 300,000 per academic year; the University’s Scholarships and Bursaries Rules usually govern the rules for granting such bursaries.
Motivation bursary for 1st year bachelor’s programme students
The motivation bursary is granted by the Dean of the FSc to support students in the first year of bachelor’s programmes who have taken part in high school Olympiads in the specified categories (e.g., national/central round) and obtained at least 45 credits in the first year. The award of this incentive scholarship does not preclude the possibility of receiving other scholarships (e.g. merit scholarships) at the same time.
Motivation bursary for 1st year post-bachelor’s programme students
This motivation bursary is intended to support those students in the first year of a post-bachelor’s programme who obtained a red diploma for their bachelor’s studies at the Faculty of Science as well as other Faculties and schools. The graduates of other Faculties and schools need to apply for the scholarship; the graduates of bachelor’s programmes at the FSc are granted the bursary automatically if they satisfy the defined criteria.
The sports bursary is granted to those students who are active top-level sportspeople, further to their application and subject to an assessment by the Head of the Department of Physical Education and the Dean.
Under doctoral programmes, the doctoral bursary is granted to all students of full-time doctoral programmes during the standard term of study. When determining the amount of the doctoral bursary for the individual years of study, the Dean takes into consideration the amount allocated for doctoral bursaries and the number of full-time students enrolled on doctoral programmes. The Dean then determines the specific amount of the bursary in the Dean’s Measure following comments from the Faculty’s Academic Senate.
Under the Scholarships and Bursaries Rules of Charles University, bursaries are paid retroactively.
Prior to the payment of the bursary, the student is sent a notification indicating the decision to grant the bursary and a request to confirm and sign a “Waiver of the Right of Appeal”.
If the student confirms that they waive the right of appeal, the bursary is paid on the payday of the respective month.
If the student does not respond to the request, the student will not receive the bursary on the payday of the month, but only in the next calendar month when the decision becomes final.
Details on bursaries:
natur.cuni.cz/fakulta/studium/bc-nmgr/predpisy-a-poplatky/stipendia/stipendia (Czech only)