National Scholarship Programme for Foreign Applicants in Slovak Republic, 2015-2016

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Applications are invited for National Scholarship Programme to support study/research/teaching/artistic mobility of foreign students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists at universities and research organisations in Slovakia. The scholarship shall cover scholarship holders’ living costs (accommodation, board, etc.) during their study/research/teaching/artistic stay. Selection Committee decides who will be awarded a scholarship in the framework of the NSP. The Committee is appointed by the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. The application deadline is 30 April 2015.

Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded in all subjects offered by the universities and research organisations in Slovakia.
Course Level: Scholarship supports study/research/teaching/artistic mobility of foreign students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists at universities and research organisations in Slovakia.
Scholarship Provider: The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic
Scholarship can be taken at: Slovak Republic

Eligibility: The following individuals are eligible applicants for a scholarship in the framework of the NSP:
A) Students, who are university students abroad and will be participating on a study stay in Slovakia within their 2nd level of higher education (or will be participating on a study stay in Slovakia at least during the 7th semester of their higher education, i.e. in case that they are students of a joined study programme – joined 1st and 2nd level of higher education) and who are accepted by a public, private or state university in the Slovak Republic to an academic mobility to study in the Slovak Republic;
B) PhD students, whose higher education or research preparation takes place abroad, and who are accepted by a public, private or state university or research organisation eligible to carry out a PhD study programme2 (e.g. Slovak Academy of Sciences) in the Slovak Republic to an academic mobility1 to study/conduct research in the Slovak Republic;
C) Foreign university teachers, researchers or artists, who are invited by an organisation with a valid certificate of competence to carry out research and development seated in the Slovak Republic and which is not a business organisation to a teaching/research/artistic stay in the Slovak Republic.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Citizens of the following countries are eligible to apply for a scholarship in the framework of the NSP: a) Member States of the European Union; b) other signatories to the Bologna Process (listed are only countries outside the EU) – Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Island, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Monte Negro, Norway, Russian Federation, Serbia (including Kosovo), Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Vatican City; c) Belarus, Uzbekistan; d) Canada, Mexico, USA, countries of Latin and Central America; d) Australia, China (including Taiwan), Egypt, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Republic of South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.

Scholarship Description: National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic (NSP)In 2005, the National Scholarship Programme for the Supports of Mobility of University Students, PhD Students, University Teachers, Researchers and Artists was established by the approval of the Government of the Slovak Republic. The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic (NSP) is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic supports study/research/teaching/artistic mobility of foreign students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists at higher education institutions and research organisations in Slovakia.

Duration of award(s):
-For university students: duration of the scholarship stay: 1 – 2 semesters (i.e. 4 – 5 or 9 – 10 months) or 1 – 3 trimesters, if the academic year is divided on trimesters (i.e. 3 – 4 or 6 – 7 or 9 – 10 months).
-PhD students: duration of the scholarship stay is 1 –12 months.
-Foreign university teachers, researchers or artists: duration of the scholarship stay is 1–12 months.

What does it cover? The scholarship shall cover scholarship holders’ living costs (accommodation, board, etc.) during their study/research/teaching/artistic stay at higher education institutions, research or non-governmental organisations in Slovakia.  Regarding the accommodation and administrative duties related to the entry to the territory of the Slovak Republic, scholarship holders can contact their host institution or they can arrange these issues themselves. In case of applicants from abroad, the NSP does not cover travel costs related to arrival and departure from Slovakia. Changes of the monthly scholarship amount are in force since the call for applications with the application deadline!
a) university student (2nd level of higher education): 350 €
b) PhD student: 580 €
c) university teacher/researcher/artist without PhD degree (or its equivalent) and less than 4 years of experience as a university teacher/researcher/artist: 580 €
d)  university teacher/researcher/artist: with PhD degree (or its equivalent) and less than 10 years of experience as a university teacher/researcher/artist: 850 €; with PhD degree (or its equivalent) and more than 10 years of experience as a university teacher/researcher/artist: 1 000 €

Selection Criteria: Selection Committee decides who will be awarded a scholarship in the framework of the NSP. The Committee is appointed by the Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.  Decisions of the Committee are based on the documents attached to applicants’ on-line application. It focuses on:
-reasons why the applicant decided to spend a part of his/her studies or his/her research/teaching/artistic stay at the respective host institution;
-detailed programme of applicant’s study/research/teaching/artistic stay and use of the acquired results in his/her future studies or research/teaching/artistic activities;
-applicant’s professional and personal qualities;
-study or research achievements;
-attitude of the host institution towards the applicant in Admission/Invitation Letter;
-overall quality of the submitted application.

Notification: SAIA is obliged to announce the results within 8 weeks after the application deadline. Every scholarship holder will receive by post from SAIA a Letter of Award (confirmation on being awarded a scholarship in the framework of the NSP) and other documents with information on and requirements for the settlement of scholarship payment.

How to Apply: Scholarship applications are submitted online. Original hard copy of the Admission/Invitation Letter from a Slovak higher education institution or research organisation can be sent by scholarship applicant’s host institution in Slovakia directly to SAIA in Bratislava (please, note that in this case, the scholarship applicant must have at least a scan of the document, so he/she is able to attach it into the on-line application; otherwise he/she will not be able to submit the application). For the submission of the document the same requirements apply as for other documents submitted as original hard copies.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is 30 April 2015.

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