Scholarship Opportunities for international students in Slovakia

A Central European educational hub, Slovakia is the upcoming major international students’ destination. With its world-class universities, equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities, Slovakia has been able to attract students from around the world to pursue higher education in both Slovak and English languages. The country is rich with its culture, heritage and nature with having the world’s highest number of UNESCO caves per-capita.

While making a decision for studying abroad, one of the major factors to consider is finance. Slovakia offers a wide range of scholarships for students starting from state funded programs to private initiatives.

Here is a list of available scholarships for pursuing higher education in Slovakia:

  1. National Scholarship Program of the Slovak Republic

Applicable universities of higher education institutions and research organizations in Slovakia.

Eligibility:

I) International students:

  • are university students at universities outside Slovakia
  • are students of the second level of higher education (master’s students), or are students who at the time of application deadline have already completed at least 2.5 years of their university studies in the same study program
  • will be on a study stay in Slovakia during their higher education outside Slovakia and who will be accepted by a public, private or state university in Slovakia for an academic mobility to study in Slovakia.
  • Duration of a scholarship stay (students): 1 – 2 full semesters

II) PhD students:

whose higher education or scientific training takes place outside Slovakia and who are accepted by a public, private or state university or a research institution in Slovakia eligible to carry out a doctoral study program for an academic mobility to study/conduct research/artistic stay in Slovakia. Duration of a scholarship stay (PhD students): 1 – 10 months. 

III) International university teachers, researchers and artists:

who are invited to a teaching/research/artistic stay in Slovakia by an institution with a valid certificate of eligibility to carry out research and development, which is not a business company and it has it seat in Slovakia.

 Amount of the monthly scholarship

a) university student of the second level of higher education400 €
b) PhD student734 €
c) university teacher/researcher/artist: 
without PhD degree (or its equivalent) and at the same time less than 4 years of work experience as a university teacher/researcher/artist734 €
with PhD degree (or its equivalent) and at the same time less than 10 years of work experience as a university teacher/researcher/artist980 €
with PhD degree (or its equivalent) and at the same time more than 10 years of work experience as a university teacher/researcher/artist1 050 €

Scholarship applications are submitted online at www.scholarships.sk

Application deadlines

  • 31 October at 16:00 CET – scholarship for summer semester of the current academic year
  • 30 April at 16:00 CET – scholarship for next academic year 

For more information visit: https://www.scholarships.sk/en/main/programme-terms-and-conditions/foreign-applicants

  1. CEEPUS

An applicant whose home university is involved in the CEEPUS program within the approved network in the academic year 2020/2021 and is applying to stay at a partner university within this network list of participating Slovak universities you can find HERE.

General conditions for mobility:

  1. Students and doctoral students
    • 1st level university students must have completed at least 2 semesters at the time of starting their stay,
    • the minimum length of stay is always 1 month – the condition for the payment of a one-month scholarship is at least 21 calendar days of stay
    • for multi-month stays, the condition for the payment of the last scholarship is at least 16 calendar days of stay in the last month .
  2. University teachers
    • for the completion of the stay it is possible to award a maximum of 1 scholarship month, while the condition for the payment of the scholarship is a minimum length of stay of 5 working days and the obligation to teach or lead at least 6 teaching hours during these 5 days.
    • Teacher mobility will be approved only on the basis of the submitted time schedule of the stay, including the planned lectures, in the “Motivation” section of the electronic application.

General Deadline:

  • Annually on 15 June for scholarship stays in the winter semester of the following academic year and annually on 31 October for scholarship stays in the summer semester of the current academic year
  • 30 November for scholarship stays in the summer semester of the current academic year for outside approved networks (free mover)

For more information visit: https://ceepus.saia.sk/sk/main/stipendia-na-mobility/

  1. Visegrad Scholarship

Visegrad scholarships support Bachelor, Master and post-Master students and researchers in all disciplines and in any language for up to four semesters

Eligible Nationalities:

Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine 

Conditions:

  • The country of your citizenship, permanent residence and home university must be different from the country of the host institution; moreover, the applicant’s previous level of university studies must be completed in a country other than where he/she applies for the scholarship
  • The distance between the applicant’s current employer/university or the permanent residence and the host university/institute must be above 150 km
  • Study period/length of support is 1–4 semesters for full-time Master’s level studies, and for Bachelor studies, or 1–2 semesters for post-Master’s full-time studies/research
  • The amount of the support is €2,500/semester for scholar + €1,500/semester for the host institution

Deadline for application 15 march.

For more information visit https://www.visegradfund.org/apply/mobilities/visegrad-scholarship/

  1. ITEC Scholarship

For citizens of India who are currently pursuing their studies in:
natural sciences/ technical sciences/ medical sciences/ agricultural sciences/ social sciences/ humanities science/ art in English Language.

Scholarship includes:

  • return ticket costs
  • tuition fee
  • accommodation
  • health care
  • pocket money
  • contribution to books and study trip.

Application deadline: continuously (4.5 months before the start of the stay)

Quota = 12 people

Apply through: www.granty.saia.sk

For more information visit https://www.itecgoi.in/terms_and_conditions

  1. Short Term Fellowship EMBO

Applicants must be active researchers at any stage in their career with a minimum of one year of research experience at the PhD student level, or equivalent at the time of application. EMBO Short-Term Fellowships are awarded for research exchanges between laboratories in EMBC Member States (Including Slovakia), Associated Member States or Cooperation Partners.

For more information visit: https://www.embo.org/funding-awards/fellowships/short-term-fellowships.html#about

  1. NADACE

The scholarship is intended for bachelor’s or master’s degree students in universities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia up to and including 25 years of age who will study in the Erasmus program or in other short-term study program, after which they return to the parent university. Supporting technical fields and medicine.

For more information visit: https://www.nadaceprovzdelani.cz/za-vzdelanim-zahranici/