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Government Of Slovak Republic Scholarships for Foreign Students

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.

Benefits of Government Of Slovak Masters Scholarship

Travel Grant

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)[5]:

  • distance up to 200 km – 0 €,
  • distance more than 200 km, max. 300 km – 50 €,
  • distance more than 300 km, max. 500 km – 100 €,
  • distance more than 500 km, max. 1 000 km – 250 €,
  • distance more than 1 000 km, max.2 000 km – 350 €,
  • distance more than 2 000 km, max.3 000 km – 500 €,
  • distance more than 3 000 km, max. 5 000 km – 750 €,
  • distance more than 5 000 km, max. 7 000 km – 1 100 €,
  • distance more than 7 000 km – 1 500 €.

Requirements for Government Of Slovak Masters Scholarship

Eligible applicants for a scholarship in the framework of the NSP:

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A) students who:

  • Are university students at universities outside Slovakia;
  • Are students of the second level of higher education (master’s students), or are students who at the time of the application deadline have already completed at least 2.5 years of their university studies in the same/similar study programme;
  • Will be on a study stay in Slovakia during their higher education outside Slovakia and who will be accepted by a public, private or state higher education institution in Slovakia for an academic mobility[1] to study in Slovakia.
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All 3 conditions must be met. This category does not apply to doctoral (PhD) studies (or their equivalent).

  • Duration of a scholarship stay (students): 1 – 2 full semesters (i.e. 4 – 5 or 9 – 10 months) or 1 – 3 full trimesters, in case the academic year is divided into trimesters (i.e. 3 – 4 or 6 – 7 or 9 – 10 months).

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[2] (e.g. the Slovak Academy of Sciences) for an academic mobility[1] to study/conduct research/artistic stay in Slovakia.

  • Duration of a scholarship stay (PhD students): 1 – 10 months.

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[3] and it has its seat in Slovakia.

  • Duration of a scholarship stay (university teachers, researchers or artists): 1 – 10 months.
[1] Section 58a of the Act No. 131/2002 on higher education institutions, as amended.

[2] External education institution according to the Act No. 131/2002 on higher education institutions, as amended.

[3] Legal entity according to the section 7 letters a) – d) of the Act No. 172/2005 on organisation of state research and development funding, as amended, which has a valid certificate of eligibility to carry out research and development according to the section 26a article 11 or article 12 of the same Act – i.e. public, private or state universities, research institutions eligible to carry out a doctoral (PhD) study programme (i.e. external education institutions), Slovak Academy of Sciences and its institutes, departmental research institutes or non-governmental organisations carrying out research and development.

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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.

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:

  • if they are in conflict with the terms of the programme (in particular regarding the eligibility of applicants or scholarship holders, or in absence of an appropriate category of support), or
  • if the application or its annexes do not meet the formal requirements, or
  • if the facts presented in the application and its annexes are in conflict with each other, or
  • if the administrator in the reviewing process finds out that the applicant’s statements confirming that the information is complete, true and correct are not true, or
  • if they were submitted by former NSP scholarship holders who have proven a serious violation of the terms and conditions of the program, in particular a serious violation of the scholarship holder’s obligations, provision of false information or concealment of important facts, or damage to the good reputation of the scholarship program for a period of 10 years from the end of the stay for which the scholarship support was granted and during which  there has been a serious violation of the conditions of the program; in case of proof of innocence by the given deadline, the scholarship holder will be assessed regardless of previous suspicions; the scholarship holder is immediately informed by SAIA, n. o., about the restriction to re-apply for a scholarship support based on proven findings of the Programme Administrator.
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Application Documents

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Motivation letter;
  • Detailed study programme
  • Two recommendation letters issued by applicant’s university teachers
  • Confirmation officially issued by the applicant’s home higher education institution confirming that the applicant is a regular student of the respective higher education institution at the time of applying
  • Bachelor’s diploma, diploma supplement together with the state examination certificate (if applicable);
  • Admission/invitation letter issued by applicant’s host

Application Deadline

April 30, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Slovak Government Scholarships on www.scholarships.sk to apply

Scholarship applications are submitted online at www.scholarships.skOnline 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.

For more details, visit NSP website

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