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BILATERAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2019/2020

 
The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic offersbilateral scholarship to foreign nationals for the academic year 2019/2020, based on bilateral agreements (between the governments/ministries).
 
Eligible countries:
Belarus, Belgium-French Community/Walloon region, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldavia, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovenia,  Serbia, Ukraine.
Scholarships are awarded to applicants nominated by the competent authorities of eligible countries.National authorities are either education ministries or/and respective agencies designated by the ministry in the home country. Applications sent by individual applicants directly to the Ministry of Education,Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republicwill not be processed.
The scholarship is usually designed for study stays of students (bachelor/master level) and/or or research stays of PhD students. 
The scholarship cannot be awarded for a complete course of study leading to a degree(unless stated otherwise in the agreement).
The length of scholarship (usually ranges from 3 to 10 months), the categories of eligible recipients (students onbachelor/master level/researchers/ teachers /PhD students) depends upon the agreement concerned.
If not specified otherwise, the stays shall take place not earlier than 15 September 2019 and not later than 30 August 2020.The Ministry reserves the right to change the requested term of scholarship and/or place any applicant to a course and/or higher education institution different from those indicated in his/her scholarship application form, if admission as requested by the applicant is not feasible.
The details about scholarship type are in the Information on quotas for 2019/2020 enclosed to this call. Coverage and financial responsibilities of agreement parties are specified in the agreements directly.
The amount of monthly scholarship for academic year 2019/2020, if not specified otherwise in bilateral agreement:
For students (bachelor/master level): 280 €per month,
For PhD students: 330€ per month,
For university teachers or researchers: 550 €per month,

Application procedure:
Application form is attached to this call and can be downloaded from
http://www.minedu.sk/scholarships-offered-within-the-framework-of-bilateral-programs-of-cooperation-new/
Printed and signed version of this application form is still essential. Please, print filled in form, sign it and send 1 original and 1 copy together with all the supporting documentation requested in the application form to your national authority.

Deadline for applications
The competent authorities of eligible countries are responsible for the selection process
of nominees. The nomination letter (including the list of nominees) must be delivered to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republicat the latest on 1 April 2019,if not specified otherwise. Specification is indicated in the table of quotas enclosed to this call.
Postal address: Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic, Stromova 1, 813 30 Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
The nominating authority will be informed about the final decision of the Ministry by 30 June 2019.
The Ministry reserves the right to make a final decision on applications.

Recommendations for applicants:
The application form shall be filled in Slovak (alternatively Czech) language or in English. Supporting documents as listed and requested at the end of the application form shall be provided in one of those languages only.
The nominated candidate shall propose 2 scholarship periods in the application form (one preferred, and one alternative);
Following documents should be attached to the application:
  • structured curriculum vitae,
  • motivation letter (stating the personal and professional motivation of the applicant for the stay in Slovakia),
  • detailed study, teaching or research programme proposal,
  • invitation letter or letter of acceptance from the host institution (if applicable)
  • the copy of the passport in case of students from third countries
  • recommendation(s):
    • students (bachelor/master level): 2 recommendations from university teachers of the university that issued the transcript of study records,
    • PhD students: 1 recommendation from the PhD thesis supervisor,
    • University teachers and researchers: 1 recommendation from the home institution (head of department, leader of the research group etc.)
    • in case of students (bachelor/master level): transcript of study records for up to now study at the home institution,
    • in case of PhD students, university teachers and researchers: list of own publications related to the research programme of the stay,
    • Photo in size 3,5 cm x 4 cm (passport style photo) attached to each the original and the copy of the application form
The communication language at Slovak institutions is Slovak (alternatively Czech) or English. In case the applicant does not command Slovak (Czech) language on the satisfactory level, it is necessary to state the level of English in the application (and if possible to provide also official confirmation of language skills/certificate). Only if the invitation letter/letter of acceptance from the Slovak host institution states a communication language other than Slovak or English, the stay can be organised in that respective language (in such case it is necessary to state the level of the respective communication language in the application form, and if possible to provide also official confirmation of language skills/certificate).
The application form has to be signed by the applicant in person and the applicant must agree with personal data processing in all cases, otherwise the application cannot be accepted and processed.
For language skills assessment following applies:
  • level “basic”in the application form applies to levels A1 – B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages,
  • level “good”in the application form applies to levels B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages,
  • level “excellent”in the application form applies to levels C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages,
  • level “mother tongue”in the application form applies to levels C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/resources/european-language-levels-cefr
Important:
 
Applications for the Summer school of Slovak language and culture (Studia Academica Slovaca) in August 2019 should be submitted only in the online system of the Comenius University. Information on the courses can be found at https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/sas/studium-courses/summer-school-sas/. The application process will be active in February 2019. National authorities should confirm the list of nominated candidates by diplomatic channel.
 
Should you need more information, you may contact SAIA, n.o.  (Slovak Academic Information Agency). For contact, see www.saia.sk