SAIA, n.o.

National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic - study stay for university students (1 or 2 semesters)



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Field of study/research
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Type of support
scholarship
Support category
study mobility
Target group (when applying for the scholarship)
Master's student
Duration
1 or 2 semesters
Finance source
Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Quota
number of scholarships awarded depends upon the funds available and the quality of applications
Offered support
Scholarship holders - university students - will receive a scholarship of 350 €/month. The scholarship shall cover their living costs (accommodation, board, etc.) during their scholarship stay in Slovakia.

In addition, students can be awarded a travel allowance, if they apply for it along with their scholarship application. Travel allowance is awarded as a lump sum and it will be paid to the scholarship holder at the end of his/her stay together with the last scholarship payment. Travel allowance amount depends on the distance (in a direct line) between applicant's place of residence and the place of his/her stay in Slovakia:

  •  distance up to 750 km – 0 €,
  •  distance more than 750 km, max. 1 500 km – 100 €,
  •  distance more than 1,500 km, max. 5,000 km – 300 €,
  •  distance more than 5,000 km – 700 €.

To calculate the distance, please, use the "Distance Calculator", provided by the European Commission for Erasmus+: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/tools/distance_en.htm. SAIA, n. o., may use also other ways of calculating the distance in order to set the amount of the travel allowance.

Deadline
31.10.2017 16:00
Submission of applications
Call for applications

  • 30 April by 16:00 CET – scholarship stays during the following academic year
  • 31 October by 16:00 CET – scholarship stays during the summer semester of the current academic year

Note: International applicants who need visa in order to enter the territory of the Slovak Republic are recommended to take into consideration time necessary for visa application procedure when determining the date of the beginning of their potential scholarship stay (up-to-date information about visa application procedure is provided by the Embassies of the Slovak Republic abroad).



Application procedure


Scholarship applications are submitted online at www.scholarships.sk
. Online application system is opened at least 6 weeks prior to the application deadline. Applications can be filled in only in case that the online application system has already been opened.

Note: Applicants are recommended not to submit their applications at the last moment. Number of operations executed within the last minutes prior to the application deadline may have an influence on the reaction time of the application system. Please, keep that in mind, in order not to miss the application deadline.


Applicants must fill in their online applications and upload all the required attachments in required format to their online application.

Students are allowed to submit (fill in) applications and the required attachments in Slovak or English language only (documents written in other languages must be officially translated into Slovak or English language – translation can be certified by the same institution that issued the respective document).

If the documents are issued in other than aforementioned languages, these documents must be officially translated into one of the aforementioned languages (translation can be certified by the same institution that issued the respective document).

Once the application is filled in and all the required documents are attached to the application, the applicant must submit the application by clicking the "SEND" button. It is also necessary to deliver original of the admission/invitation letter to SAIA, n. o., in Bratislava (SAIA, n. o., Sasinkova 10, 812 20 Bratislava 1). This document must be delivered1 at latest on the 3rd working day after the application deadline until 12 p.m. (when determining the working days, legal status in Slovakia is taken into consideration).

[1] Please, note that the original of the document must be physically delivered to SAIA within the set deadline; it is not enough just to send the document within the respective time period.


Note: Applicant must receive at least a scan or a copy of his/her admission/invitation letter issued by his/her host institution in Slovakia, since he/she must attach it to his/her online application. Without attached scan to the online application, the applicant cannot submit his/her online application, i.e. his/her application will not be further reviewed.


Application form and supporting documents
Required documents that must be attached to online application for a study stay in case of international students (the required documents must be in Slovak or English language only):

  • curriculum vitae;
  • motivation letter;
  • detailed study programme (it is necessary to state the date of the beginning of the stay, duration of the stay, list of subjects that the applicant would like to study during his/her stay and number of credits that the applicant will gain for the respective subjects);
  • two recommendation letters issued by applicant’s university teachers (the document must be issued on headed paper of the respective university, it must be signed by the person who issued the document, and it must contain position and contact details of the person who issued the document); recommendation letters cannot be older than 3 months on the day of the application deadline;
  • confirmation issued by the applicant’s home university confirming that the applicant is a regular student of the respective university – the confirmation must contain information on the expected date of the completion of applicant’s studies; confirmation cannot be older than 3 months on the day of the application deadline;
  • scan of applicant’s bachelor’s diploma, diploma supplement and state examination certificate (if applicable);
  • admission letter issued by applicant’s host university in Slovakia. In this document, the university commits itself to accept the scholarship holder for a study stay (exact period of stay must be stated in the document).  Admission letter must be issued on headed paper of the respective university, it must be signed by the person who issued the document, and it must contain position and contact details of the person who issued the document. Admission letter must be issued for the same period as the period stated by the applicant in his/her online application and it cannot be older than 3 months on the day of the application deadline.

Other relevant information
The National Scholarship Programme does not support:
  • international students and PhD students accepted for full higher education (1st or 2nd level, i.e. bachelor or master studies) or full doctoral (PhD) studies in Slovakia, or those already studying in Slovakia (full higher education) who would like to fund their studies in Slovakia by the NSP;
  • international applicants who within the period of 36 months prior to the application deadline have spent in the territory of the Slovak Republic 12 or more months (in total);
  • international applicants awarded a scholarship in Slovakia in the framework of other scholarship programmes (e.g. International Visegrad Fund, Erasmus+, CEEPUS, bilateral agreements, etc.).


In case of repeated scholarship award, the following rule applies: If the applicant has already been awarded a scholarship in the framework of the NSP for 5 or more scholarship months (in total) on the indicated closing date of the applications, he/she can be awarded the next scholarship only after 3 years from the completion of his/her last scholarship stay in the framework of the NSP.


Programme administrator
Lukáš Marcin, programme administrator
E-mail: lukas.marcin@saia.sk
Tel.: +421-2-5930-4733 (direct line), +421-2-5930-4700 (SAIA)

More information: www.scholarships.sk

Selection procedure
Selection of scholarship holders is carried out by the Selection Committee appointed by the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. The Selection Committee award the scholarships based upon the documents attached to applicants’ online applications. The Committee focuses mostly on:

  • reasons, why the applicant has decided to study, teach, conduct research or artistic activities in the respective host institution;
  • programme of applicant’s study, research/artistic or teaching stay and how the applicant will use the results of his/her scholarship stay for further studies or teaching/research/artistic activities;
  • applicant’s professional and personal qualities;
  • study or research achievements;
  • attitude of applicant’s host institution toward the applicant in the admission/invitation letter;
  • overall quality of submitted application.

Scholarships and/or travel allowances are not legally enforceable; to be or not to be awarded a scholarship is influenced by meeting all the formal requirements of the programme according to the respective call for applications, applicant’s quality, content of applicant’s proposed stay and its necessity, and budget possibilities of the NSP according to the respective call for applications.

SAIA, n. o., will inform every applicant about being/not being awarded the scholarship within 8 weeks from the application deadline.

SAIA, n. o., will issue a Letter of Award (official confirmation on being awarded a scholarship in the framework of the NSP) for every scholarship holder. This document will be sent to every scholarship holder together with other information and requirements for the scholarship payment.

Students are obliged, in case of being awarded the scholarship, deliver original of confirmation on studies to SAIA, n. o., in Bratislava. This document will confirm that the scholarship holder is still a regular student of the respective university during his/her study stay in Slovakia (in case that the confirmation is issued in other than Slovak or English language, official translation of the document into one of aforementioned languages is required).

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