In order to promote human resource capacities in the developing Member States and to enhance friendship among peoples of the world, the Government of the Czech Republic has placed at the disposal of UNESCO three long-term fellowships for undergraduate studies (which comprises the Bachelor’s and Master’s study programmes for the academic year 2016-2017) for the benefit of certain developing Member States. Neither a citizen of the Czech Republic, nor a citizen of a Member State of the European Union, nor any other foreign national with a permanent residence permit on the territory of the Czech Republic may therefore be granted this type of scholarship.
Invited Member States entitled to submit candidatures:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo; and
-The Republic of Mali
Programme and Field of Study
In line with UNESCO and Czech Republic’s commitment to maximize capacity-building, candidates who wish to study in the fields of natural resources and environment, forestry water and landscape management, technology and environmental engineering, economics and finance would be given priority. Note: There is no possibility to change the field of study/study programme once the fellowship is awarded.
These fellowships are tenable in a selected number of universities in the Czech Republic for a maximum duration of 3 to 6 years. The studies being conducted in Czech language, the candidates to benefit from these fellowships will be required to take a special language and preparatory course before starting their studies. The Czech language course will be provided by the Charles University in Prague.
There is no possibility to change neither the field of study nor the study programme once the fellowship is awarded. The donor country highly recommends the following field of studies: Natural Resources and Environment, Forestry Engineering, Tropical Agriculture, Water and Landscape Management, Economics and Finance, Environment, Ecology and Environmental Protection, Informatics, Engineering Informatics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Engineering. Preference will be given to students who will take these fields of study.
Facilities offered by UNESCO
- UNESCO will cover international travel expenses within the framework of the Fellowships Programme under the Regular Programme. Upon selection of the candidates, UNESCO will undertake the necessary action to authorize tickets to the beneficiaries before their departure for the Czech Republic. And,
- A special one-time allowance of US$200 to cover transit and other miscellaneous expenses.
Deadline for the Submission of Application online 30 September 2015
EXTENSION OF THE DEADLINE IS NOT POSSIBLE.
The Czech authorities will make the final selection of the candidates.
Selection will be made on a competitive basis and priority will be given to applicants who, apart from meeting the academic qualifications required, opt for the fields of study enumerated above. It is important to note that there is no possibility to change the field of study or the study programme once the fellowship has been awarded. We would also wish to emphasize that only applications with complete documentation shall be considered for evaluation.
Dates and Duration
The academic year in the Czech Republic is divided into two semesters: winter semester and summer semester. Winter begins in September, and the summer semester starts in February. undergraduate studies (Bachelor's study programme) take 3 to 4 years to complete, and a master's study programme from 4 to 6 years long.
All foreigners who are to study in the Czech Republic are required to obtain a long-term residence permit. Details of the procedures to be followed to obtain this visa will be provided to selected candidates.
(Selected candidates will be required to provide a certificate attesting a clean criminal record)
IMPORTANT: No provision to finance or lodge family members can be made. It is the National authorities' responsibilty to ensure that all candidates are duly informed of the above conditions prior to submission of their applications for these fellowships.