Update: The deadline for submitting applications for 2016 scholarships has already expired. The offer of 2017 scholarships will be announced in December 2016.
The Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies offering Czech language courses are organised by several public universities in the Czech Republic (listed alphabetically): Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Charles University in Prague, Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies in Poděbrady of Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of Palacký University in Olomouc, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice and the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň. The courses are held during the summer months (July – September), their length ranges from 2 to 4 weeks depending on the course content determined by each Summer School and are designed for foreign students, teachers, translators and interpreters and other experts active in the field of Czech/Slavonic studies. Due to their broad scope they are, however, open to anyone else who is interested in the Czech language, literature, history and culture. The Summer Schools offer language courses at various levels of proficiency, seminars on the Czech literature, culture and history, free-time activities including theatrical, musical and dance performances, trips etc.
For 2016, the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the Summer School courses to applicants from the following countries (listed alphabetically):
Albania, Argentina, Austria, Belgium – Flemish Community, Belgium – French Community, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada (Alberta), China, Columbia, Croatia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vietnam.
Each scholarship consists of free board and lodging, coverage of course fees and free access to cultural events which are part of the course programme.
Information on scholarships is available from the appropriate Czech diplomatic missions. Scholarships can only be awarded to applicants who are nominated by the competent authorities in the aforementioned countries (the selection of applicants is usually performed by the respective foreign government agencies; in several cases by the Czech diplomatic missions). Application dossiers should reach the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport by 31 March 2016. The closing dates for applications set by the respective agencies in recipient countries must be therefore inevitably earlier. Applications sent directly to the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport by individual applicants will not be processed. Advice and further information can be provided by the Czech diplomatic missions.
Click below to download detailed information materials and/or the application forms:
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy:
Charles University in Prague, Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies in Podebrady:
Masaryk University, Brno, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy:
Palacký University in Olomouc, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy:
University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy:
University of West Bohemia in Plzeň:
Summer School courses are open also to foreign nationals who do not hold or cannot apply for the aforementioned scholarships and wish to bear the related expenses themselves. Applications are to be filed directly with the selected faculty/institute in this case.