The Government of the Slovak Republic approved the establishment of the National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic for the support of mobility of students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists in 2005. The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic (NSP) is financed by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic from the state budget of the Slovak Republic.
The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic supports mobility of international students, PhD students, university teachers, researchers and artists for scholarship stays at higher education institutions and research organisations in Slovakia.
Eligible applicants for a scholarship in the framework of the NSP:
A) students who:
All 3 conditions must be met. This category does not apply to doctoral (PhD) studies (or their equivalent).
B) PhD students whose higher education or scientific training takes place outside Slovakia and who are accepted by a public, private or state higher education institution or a research institution in Slovakia eligible to carry out a doctoral study programme (e.g. the Slovak Academy of Sciences) for an academic mobility to study/conduct research/artistic stay in Slovakia.
C) international university teachers, researchers and artists who are invited to a teaching/research/artistic stay in Slovakia by an institution with a valid certificate of eligibility to carry out research and development, which is not a business company and it has its seat in Slovakia.
Note: If the study/research/artistic stay must last at least 1 month, it is necessary to ensure the length of the stay is for 1 full calendar month (e.g. March 5 - April 4). The same applies for calculating the duration of the stay when assessing the fulfillment of the condition for the minimum length of stay in other cases, if this length is determined in months (e.g. February 5 - June 4 for a 4-month stay).
Citizens of any country in the world (except the citizens of Slovakia) can apply for a scholarship stay in Slovakia in the framework of the NSP.
Re-applying for the scholarship:
In case of re-applying for a scholarship, the application can only be approved if between the deadline by which the applicant re-submitted the application and the deadline by which the NSP scholarship was last awarded and received, at least 2 years (including) have passed.
Exception to this condition can be only in cases worth of special consideration, especially if the previous stay supported by the scholarship was affected by an extraordinary circumstance caused by force majeure (e.g. pandemic, military conflict, etc.).
a) university student of the second level of higher education
b) PhD student
c) university teacher/researcher/artist:
1 370 EUR
1 470 EUR
The scholarship is intended to cover international scholarship holders’ living costs, i.e. the costs related to staying in Slovakia (food, accommodation, etc.), during their study, research/artistic or teaching stay at universities and in research organisations in Slovakia.
The scholarship holder can ask for assistance concerning accommodation and formalities related to entering and staying in the territory of the Slovak Republic either his/her host institution, or he/she can handle all the necessities him-/herself.
Scholarship holders whose scholarship stay in Slovakia lasts longer than 90 days and who are citizens of countries outside the European Union, European Economic Area and Switzerland, who need for their stay in Slovakia a temporary residence permit, are obliged to submit to the foreign police office a confirmation that they do not suffer from any disease threatening public health within 30 days from being awarded the temporary residence. Scholarship holders will be reimbursed the costs related to medical examination and issuing of this confirmation, up to 250 € per scholarship holder, after delivering original of the bill issued by the respective medical institution to SAIA, n. o., in Bratislava. A list of competent medical institutions will be provided to scholarship holders by the respective foreign police offices in Slovakia. Scholarship holders are obliged to deliver the bill to SAIA, n. o., in Bratislava within the deadline for submitting the final report; otherwise, they will lose their right for the reimbursement of the costs.
In addition, students and PhD students [eligible applicants under the category A) and B)] can be awarded a travel allowance (travel grant, which is a separate component of the scholarship), 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 (the permanent address; resp. address of home institution) and the place of his/her stay in Slovakia (the address of the host institution):
Note: International applicants who need visa in order to enter the territory of the Slovak Republic are recommended to take into consideration the time necessary for the collection of necessary documents for visa application procedure/temporary residence permit (considering also time for delivery of the documents from SAIA), time for the visa appointment and the issue time of visa, 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).
One applicant is allowed to submit only one application per one application call.
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 influence the reaction time of the application system. Please, keep that in mind, in order not to miss the application deadline. In such case, the Programme Administrator does not take any responsibility if the applicant does not submit his/her application.
Applicants are allowed to submit (fill in) applications and the required attachments in Slovak or English language only (in case of documents written in other languages the application must contain the original documents together with their official translation into Slovak or English language, resp. the applicant may submit a translation certified by the institution that issued the respective document instead; if, due to extraordinary circumstances caused by force majeure, it is not possible to provide an official translation, the scholarship Programme Administrator may also accept unofficial translations made by the applicant herself/himself, but if such an applicant will be awarded a scholarship, before the official letter of award is issued and sent to him/her, he/she will be obliged to submit an official translation corresponding to the unofficial translation – the deadline for submitting the official document is to be set by the scholarship Programme Administrator).
In case of documents, that are attached to the application and that are issued by a person other than the applicant (e.g. recommendation letters, confirmations of study, diploma/diploma supplement/state examination certificate, admission/invitation letter) it is necessary to upload the scan of these documents to the online application. The applicant is obliged to keep and archive all original documents that he/she has attached to the online application in electronic format at the time of award of the scholarship and before issuing the Letter of Award at the latest (if not agreed with the host institution otherwise), and if requested, to submit these originals (or certified copies of these originals) to the Programme Administrator.
According to the terms and conditions, a signature is a handwritten signature (not a typewritten one), or an officially verifiable electronic signature. Confirmation is an officially issued document that contains the signature of the person who issued the document or electronically verifiable data as well (e.g. QR code or link referring to a document on the official webpage of an educational institution or national authority).
Exceptionally, i.e. in the event of extraordinary circumstances caused by force majeure (not the fault of the applicant and the person / institution that has issued the requested document), may also be accepted the official documents without the signature of the person who has issued them (resp. the official confirmation of the institution), if the content of the document is in line with these terms and indicates that it is a statement of a relevant legal or physical person (e.g. e-mail from the respective person with the required content or an informative extract from the higher education institution's electronic system without a signature from the responsible person, etc.). If such an applicant has been awarded a scholarship, he/she is obliged to submit documents signed by the responsible person, which correspond by their content to the documents submitted in the application, to the scholarship Programme Administrator at the latest by the deadline set by the scholarship Programme Administrator. A Binding scholarship offer will be sent to the approved applicant only after this obligation has been fulfilled.
If the applicant is reapplying for a scholarship because his/her previous stay supported by the scholarship was substantially influenced by extraordinary circumstances caused by force majeure (e.g. due to force majeure the stay had to be terminated earlier, or the stay was completed, but the planned programme could not be fully implemented e.g. due to the closure of the institutions as a preventive measure, or the stay could not be conducted at all and for that reason the applicant cancelled the scholarship which had been awarded to him/her) and he/she wishes to continue or resume the approved stay, he/she is required to indicate all facts and extraordinary circumstances explicitly in his/her application.
In order to take any extraordinary circumstances during the selection process into account, the applicant is required to describe and explain these circumstances in detail in the application (e.g. in a separate document attached, etc.) and the administrator will assess their possible impact during the formal evaluation of the applications for the purposes of the selection process.
The application must be submitted on-line by the application deadline – i.e. the applicant must fill in the online application, attach all required documents in the prescribed form and submit the application by clicking the "SEND" button (the application can only be submitted if all fields are filled in and all required attachments uploaded).
Note: Applicant should receive a scan of his/her admission/invitation letter issued by his/her host institution in Slovakia, since he/she should attach it to his/her online application. Without the admission/invitation the applicant cannot submit the online application, i.e. his/her application will not be further assessed. The original of the admission/invitation letter has to be submitted only when the applicant has been awarded a scholarship. Before the Letter of Award has been issued to an approved applicant, he/she or the Slovak host institution, is obliged to submit to the Programme Administrator the original of the acceptance/invitation letter, which will correspond to the acceptance/invitation letter submitted as part of the online application, no later than by the deadline set by the Programme Administrator. Otherwise, the non-delivery of this document will be evaluated as a loss of interest in the scholarship stay on the part of the approved applicant, or loss of interest in the scholarship holder on the part of the host institution. Based on this fact, SAIA, n. o., has right to cancel the scholarship stay.
Scholarships and/or travel allowances (travel grant) are not legally enforceable; meeting of 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 the NSP budget availability related to the respective call for applications, have an impact on granting the scholarship from the NSP sources.
The applicant is responsible for the final completeness of the application and for the correctness of the information provided in the application and its annexes; due to sufficient time for the preparation of the application in the period between the opening of the electronic application system and the deadline for submitting the applications, as well as to the applicant's declaration when submitting the application, that all information provided in the application is complete, actual and true and that the application is complete and contains all the required annexes and documents, the scholarship Programme Administrator is not obliged to give the applicant an opportunity to amend the application (the application is therefore assessed as submitted by the applicant).
SAIA, n. o., as the scholarship Programme Administrator, is responsible for the administration of the selection process. The Programme Administrator acts within each selection in a way to ensure equal treatment of applicants during the respective selection process.
The administrator will assess whether the applications meet the formal requirements of the programme on the day of the application deadline. The administrator may reject applications for formal reasons:
When making its decision the administrator may consider whether that fact may have an essential influence on the content assessment of the application. The administrator may consult his/her findings with the Selection Committee. The administrator shall also take into account the recommendations and requirements of the Selection Committee from previous selection rounds.
If necessary, when verifying the information provided by the applicant in the application and its attachments, the Programme Administrator may request additional documents confirming the stated facts while ensuring equal treatment of applicants. This does not affect the applicant's obligation to provide complete, up-to-date and true data and to submit a complete application by the application date.
Applications that have not been rejected by the administrator for formal reasons will be forwarded to the Selection Committee for further selection.
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 Committee focuses mostly on:
Within the framework of a specific selection, the Selection Committee determines the order of applications in the respective categories, while, if necessary, taking into account the field background of the applications and other relevant facts, it may separately assess subgroups of applications within the assessed categories and determine an individual order for these subgroups. After evaluating the applications in a specific category or subgroup, the Selection Committee determines which applications within the given selection meet the expectation of high quality, and from these applications proposes which applications should be awarded a scholarship, taking into account the available funds of the program, the quality of the applications, and it may also take into account the expected success rate of applicants in a specific category/subgroup with respect to the total number of applications. The Selection Committee can indicate other conditions for awarding the scholarship, e.g. grant a scholarship under the condition of shortening the length of the scholarship support (i.e. shortening the number of scholarship months), documenting or explaining the facts that the Selection Committee considered necessary in the application assessment process, etc.; the fulfilment of the conditions (or their acceptance by the applicant) in the case of a scholarship award is verified by the Programme Administrator. For the purposes of an efficient, effective and useful using of financial funds for a scholarship support from the program, the Selection Committee may decide to create a reserve list of applicants for a scholarship (resp. a list of substitutes), who in case of sufficient financial resources may be awarded a scholarship additionally, after the meeting of the Selection Committee; the reserve list of applicants expires on the day of the next scholarship application deadline.
The Selection Committee may, with special regard, consider applications submitted by applicants who were awarded a scholarship but who have not started their approved scholarship stay due to force majeure (e.g. the pandemic, war, etc.) or had to shorten their stay due to force majeure, or under the influence of a situation caused by force majeure, the planned purpose could not be fully implemented. In such cases, compared to other applicants, the Selection Committee may proceed in a specific way, if it is considered necessary in the respective call for applications. However, any such application will be assessed individually in accordance with the terms of the programme and must be relevant in terms of quality; it is not possible to approve such applications automatically solely because of the prior approval of the scholarship and the fact, that it has been negatively influenced by force majeure.
Any applicant who has reasonable grounds to suspect that the administrator or the Selection Committee made a mistake in the process of administering and assessing applications submitted within the respective application deadline is entitled to file a motion to investigate the case no later than 1 month after publishing the results of the selection of applications submitted within that deadline. Claims have to be submitted by the applicant in writing and addressed to SAIA, n. o., as the organization administering the programme. The claim must contain the applicant's identification data, the respective application number, reasons for objections (including facts which according to the applicant led to the mistake). SAIA, n. o., after reviewing the claim will inform the applicant of the result of the review process, usually within 1 month from the submission of the claim.
The administrator respects the selection of the scholarship holders carried out by the Selection Committee and grants scholarships in accordance with that selection. SAIA, n. o., will inform every applicant about being/not being granted financial support from NSP sources usually within 8 weeks from the application deadline.
If there is no objective obstacle (e.g. conditional award of the scholarship on the fulfillment of additional conditions indicated by the Selection Committee), upon submission of the original acceptance/invitation letter, SAIA, n. o., will issue and send the Letter of Award confirming the approval of the scholarship within the NSP by post to the scholarship holder (in specific situations by an alternative method) together with a binding scholarship offer containing information and requirements for the payment of the scholarship. Before the first scholarship payment the scholarship holder is obliged to send a letter of acceptance to the Programme Administrator (the formular will be sent to the scholarship holder by the Programme Administrator), a notarized copy of the diploma with the highest academic degree achieved, and:
In case of documents issued in languages other than Slovak or English they shall be officially translated into one of these two languages.
It is not possible to pay out the scholarship without submitting the above-mentioned documents by the scholarship holders.
Only upon submission of the written acceptance of the scholarship to SAIA, n. o., by the applicant who was awarded the scholarship, a contractual relationship is concluded between SAIA, n. o., and the scholarship holder.
If the scholarship was awarded conditionally upon fulfilment of the conditions indicated by the Selection Committee, the Letter of Award together with other documents can be sent to the scholarship holder only once the specified conditions have been fulfilled (it is up the Programme Administrator to decide, whether the conditions have been fulfilled).
The scholarship is paid to the bank account given by the scholarship holder as the bank account for the payment of the scholarship (usually to the scholarship holder's bank account in one of the SEPA countries; in justified cases, the scholarship can also be paid to another bank account on request of the scholarship holder, while the risks and costs related to such an alternative procedure in such cases are born by the scholarship holder).
The scholarship is paid out in monthly payments. The administrator starts paying out the scholarhip once he received the information about the bank account to which the scholarship should be paid and the confirmation on the beginning of the scholarship holder's stay. Further details regarding payment deadlines and circumstances affecting these deadlines will be determined by the Programme Administrator and communicated to the scholarship holder together with the Letter of Award, which is sent to the scholarhip holder.
For the purpose of control and monitoring of the scholarship stay and for the purpose of economic, effective, efficient and purposeful use of public resources, the Programme Administrator may set some other conditions that the scholarship holder must fulfill during the stay, failure of which may lead to the suspension of the scholarship payment or the withholding of part of the scholarship until fulfillment of the given condition. The Programme Administrator informs the scholarship holder about such other conditions together with the Letter of Award, which is sent to the scholarship holder (it may be, for example, a request to submit an interim report on the stay, the withholding of part of the scholarship until the submission of certain documents required at the end of the stay, etc.).
Scholarships of the National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic are financed from public sources. For the mentioned reason, the following conditions and obligations arise for scholarship holders:
To the provision of scholarship, unless otherwies stated, the regulations of the "Guidelines for Awarding and Disbursement of Scholarships and Travel Grants" effective from 22 October 2021 or in case of their replacement by another regulation, apply. The current wording of such a regulation will be published by the Programme Administrator on the program's website. Complex situations that are related to the planning and implementation of international mobility, despite being possibly time and administrative demanding, are typically not considered as extraordinary circumstances caused by force majeure, even if they cannot be directly influenced by the scholarship holder. War conflict and civil unrest are generally considered to be force majeure circumstances that cannot be foreseen by the scholarship holder.
Scholarship support is granted for a scholarship stay in accordance with the Letter of Award. Change the country of the scholarship stay and the host institution are not allowed. Changes affecting the withdrawal of funds (e.g. changing the start date of the stay, shortening the stay, etc.) are possible only with the approval of the Programme Administrator. Extension of already approved scholarship support is not possible (if necessary, it is possible to apply for a new scholarship, taking into account the conditions of the program for support of repeated stays). Interruption of the scholarship stay is usually possible only in exceptional cases and is subject to approval by the Programme Administrator. The Programme Administrator shall determine in more detail the conditions related to the approval of changes in accordance with these Terms and Conditions and shall notify the scholarship holder together with the Letter of Award, which will be sent to the scholarhip holder.
In case that the scholarship stay lasts longer than 6 months the scholarship holder is obliged to deliver a Scholarship stay interim report to the Programme Administrator. The Programme Administrator may decide that the payment of further scholarships will be withheld until this obligation has been fulfilled. Details on the form of the interim report will be determined by the Programme Administrator and communicated to the scholarship holder together with the Letter of Award, which is sent to the scholarhip holder.
At the end of the scholarship stay, the scholarship holder submits a Final report and a confirmation on the completition of the scholarship stay to the Programme Administrator. The Programme Administrator may decide that the payment of a part of the scholarship (max. 1 scholarship rate covering the living expenses and travel allowance) will be withheld, until this obligation has been fulfilled. Details on the form of the final report and its attachments and on the form and content of the confirmation on the completition of the scholarship stay are determined by the Programme Administrator and communicated to the scholarship holder together with the Letter of Award, which is sent to the scholarhip holder.
The scholarship is given to a specific purpose leading to the fulfilment of the goals and activities approved in the study/research/teaching/artistic programme of stay, on the basis of which the scholarship was awarded. Serious non-compliance with the approved programme of stay, or with a properly modified programme of stay based on the agreement with the Programme Administrator, may result in the reduction of the allocated scholarship amount according to the criteria, communicated to the scholarship holder together with the Letter of Award, which is sent to the scholarship holder.
If necessary, while checking the provided information, the Programme Administrator may request additional documents confirming the implementation of the scholarship stay at the host institution in Slovakia, as well as proof of fulfilment of the purpose of the stay. The scholarship holder is therefore obliged to archive documents related to the scholarship stay, cooperate in the verification of facts and deliver the requested supplementary documents (if existing) to the Programme Administrator without delay.
In case of a serious breach of the scholarship holder's obligations, evidence of false information provided or concealment of important facts, as well as in case of damage of the good reputation of the scholarship programme, or if it is proven that the scholarship holder was receiving the scholarship in violation with the terms and conditions of the programme, or in violation with a binding scholarship offer, SAIA, n. o., is entitled to withdraw from the commitment and demand the return of funds paid within the framework of the National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic until the effective moment of the withdrawal from the commitment (in a reasonable amount or up to the total amount of funds provided). The scholarship holder is oblidged to return all funds paid up to that time as requested and within the deadline set by the Programme Administrator.
programme administrator for university teachers, researchers, artists:
tel: +421-2-5930-4733 (direct line)
programme administrator for university students, PhD students:
tel: +421-2-5930 4736 (direct line)
SAIA, n. o.
812 20 Bratislava 1
tel: +421-2-5930-4700, +421-2-5930-4711