About the university
Masaryk University was established in 1919, shortly after the creation of an independent Czechoslovak state. However, the decision to establish a university did not come in a sudden burst of revolutionary fervour. Rather, it represented the culmination of many years of effort on the part of Czech society, then in the process of developing rapidly on all fronts, to establish a second centre of national education and culture.
Masaryk University awards honorary doctoral degrees (Doctor honoris causa, abbreviated as Dr.h.c.) to prominent figures - both Czech and foreign - whose contributions to the development of science, culture or art are internationally recognised. An honorary doctoral degree may be awarded for any of the branches of science cultivated at MU. Proposals for honorary doctorate nominations may be made either by the Rector or by the deans of individual faculties. Nominations are subsequently submitted for a vote by the MU Scientific Board.
One of the strongest trends in the world of higher education today is the move to increased cooperation across national borders. Of particular importance in this respect is the need for young scientists and scholars to gain experience and undertake research at universities outside their own countries.
In order to promote international cooperation in these fields, Masaryk University has established the Kohn Research Scholarship programme. The scholarships are named after Pavel Kohn, the former owner of much of the property where the new Bohunice campus of the university is situated.
The University Campus Bohunice covers a total of 42,200 m2 of both educational and research facilities. Of the total, 39,200 m2 comprise newly constructed spaces while an additional 3,000 m2 have been renovated; the new campus comprises Masaryk University’s modern educational, research and development base. The campus is home to the non-clinical fields of the Faculty of Medicine, the chemical and biological fields of the Faculty of Science and the entire Faculty of Sports Studies and is designed to accommodate approximately 5,000 students and 1,000 university teachers, research and development workers and other staff.
Who can apply?
Kohn Research Scholarships are open to citizens of the United States of America and of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in doctoral degree or research-oriented Master’s programmes. The scholarships are intended to allow their recipients to carry out their studies or do research at Masaryk University and to contribute to the activities of the departments where they are received. They cover all fields of teaching and research at the university.
What does a Kohn Research Scholarship cover ?
The scholarships have a value of 20,000 CZK per month, and are awarded for periods from one to 10 months, depending on the nature of the research or studies that the applicant wishes to pursue. Scholarship holders are exempt from tuition fees. Accommodation, to be paid for by the scholarship recipients, is available in double rooms at the university halls of residence. Travel costs and health insurance are also the responsibility of the scholarship winners.
Applying for a Kohn Research Scholarship
There is no fixed application deadline, so interested candidates are encouraged to send their application throughout the year. The selection of successful candidates will be made by the Rector of Masaryk University and confirmed by the heirs of Pavel Kohn. The candidates will be informed of the result of the selection process without unreasonable delay.
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