Scholarship Regulations of the University of Economics, Prague of 11th April, 2014
(1) The Scholarship Regulations of the University of Economics, Prague (hereafter: “Scholarship Regulations”) are issued in accordance with § 17 section (1) sub-section (g) of the Act no. 111/1998 Coll., relating to universities, and the changes and amendments to other relevant acts (the Universities Act), as amended, (hereafter: the “Act”); as an internal regulation of the University of Economics, Prague (hereafter: the VSE). The said regulations contain the rules governing the awarding of scholarships to students who are on the degree programs which are taught at the VSE and its faculties.
(2) Scholarships covered by this Scholarships Regulations shall be paid from the VSE’s Scholarship Fund, which was created pursuant to § 58, section (7), of the Act; as well as from grants and contributions from the state budget.
Types of Scholarships:
(1) A student may be awarded a scholarship, funded by monies from grants and contributions from the state budget, according to the following:
a) § 91, section (2) sub-section (a) of the Act (hereafter to be referred to as the “merit scholarship”);
b) § 91, section (2), sub-section (b) to (d) of the Act (hereafter to be referred to as the „extraordinary scholarship“);
c) § 91, section (2), sub-section (d) of the Act (hereafter to be referred to as the „accommodation scholarship“);
d) § 91, section (3) of the Act (hereafter to be referred to as the „social scholarship“);
e) § 91, section (4), sub-section (c) of the Act (hereafter to be referred to as the „doctoral scholarship“);
(2) A student may be awarded a scholarship from the Scholarship Fund under the same rules as the scholarships named under paragraph (1), sub-sections (a) to (e);
(3) From the scholarship fund a student may be awarded a scholarship enabling him/her to study abroad and engage in research activities.
(1) Merit scholarships are awarded by the Dean of the relevant faculty; or in the case of VSE wide study programs, they are awarded by the Rector of the University of Economics, Prague; to students of Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs for outstanding academic achievement over the past academic year, subject to the conditions which were set for the particular academic year by the Dean of the relevant faculty, or the Rector of the University of Economics, Prague.
(2) The forms, terms and deadlines for applying for the scholarship are set by the Dean, or Rector, as appropriate.
(3) Merit scholarships are not awarded for the months of July and August.
(4) Merit scholarships are paid monthly.
(1) The extraordinary scholarship can be awarded by the Dean, or the Rector, as appropriate, to students:
a) who are involved in the scientific research and teaching activities of their respective faculties, or the VSE as a whole; for outstanding scientific research, or other creative results;
b) for consistently excellent results earned during the entire course of studies by students of the Bachelor‘s or the Master’s degree programs;
c) to cover the extra costs incurred while completing tasks which were set by the given faculty, or the VSE as a whole, or while engaged in professional practice or scientific research activities;
d) for the performance of special assignments contributing to the further development of the given faculty, or the VSE as a whole, or for the performance of those assignments which are related to the further development of the given faculty, or the VSE as a whole;
e) in extraordinarily difficult social circumstances;
f) in other circumstances which are worthy of special consideration.
(2) Extraordinary scholarships can be awarded by the Rector:
a) as an extraordinary Rector’s prize, whose purpose and conditions for awarding are set by the Rector;
b) in other circumstances worthy of special attention.
(3) Details concerning the amount, as well as the conditions for the granting of the extraordinary scholarship by the Dean, or the Rector; as the case may be; are laid down by the Dean, or the Rector; as the case may be; for the relevant academic year;
(4) The extraordinary scholarship can either be granted at the student’s request, or on the Dean’s, or the Rector’s, own initiative;
(5) The extraordinary scholarship is a once off payment, and entitlement to receive it arises on the day of approval of its granting to the student.
(1) The accommodation scholarship is awarded by the Rector to those students who fulfil the following conditions:
a) he/she is a student on full time course of studies;
b) He/she enrolled in the first study program or in its linked degree program; or has transferred from one study program to another and his/her previous course of studies have been recognized; if the student has left a previous program of studies and has submitted written notification of this fact by 31st October of the same year in which he/she enrolled in the course, then he/she is deemed not to have properly completed his/her course of studies in that program; in the case of simultaneously studied study programs, the student is considered to be enrolled only once, and that in the study program in which he was enrolled earlier. Enrollment in a study program other than a full-time study program, is disregarded for the purposes of the granting of this scholarship.
c) the student has not exceeded the standard study period in any of his/her simultaneously studied study programs;
d) he/she is a citizen of the Czech Republic, or a citizen of a member state of the European Union, the Common European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation;
e) he/she is not studying within the framework of foreign development aid [recipient of a government scholarship] and international agreements;
f) he/she does not have permanent residence in the region in which is situated his/her place of study; if he/she studies in Prague, that he/she does not have permanent residence in Prague;
(2) The forms, terms and deadlines for the submission of applications for the accommodation scholarship are set by the Rector for the relevant academic year;
(3) Entitlement to the granting of the accommodation scholarship arises from the first day of the month in which the student submits his/her application;
(4) The accommodation scholarship does not cover the months of July, August and September;
(5)The accommodation scholarship cannot be paid out:
a) for the month when the student has interrupted his/her studies for the entire month;
b) from the month following the day on which the student has ended his/her studies according to Paragraphs (55) and (56) of the Act;
c) from the month following the day on which the conditions for deciding on the granting of the accommodation scholarship have changed;
(6) Accommodation scholarships are paid retrospectively at the end of the calendar quarter in which the entitlement to payment has arisen; that is: to 31st December, 31st March and 30th June;
(7) the student is obliged to acquaint, without delay, the relevant student affairs department of all facts which will have an effect on the payment of the accommodation scholarship;
(8) Non-fulfillment of any of the conditions contained in Paragraph (1), sub-sections (a) to (f) means that the student loses entitlement to the accommodation scholarship.
(1) The social scholarship is awarded on the basis of the student’s social situation according to Paragraph (91), section (3) of the Act, in a set amount and manner of its awarding as laid down in this Act.
(2) The student must submit his/her request for the social scholarship before the end of October of each calendar year, if his/her entitlement to the award of the social scholarship is in accordance with paragraph (1) did not arise after his/her entry into his/her course of studies. In such a case, he/she may submit an application at any time during the academic year. The application is submitted electronically
(3) An essential condition for the application for the social scholarship is an undertaking by the student to immediately inform the relevant office of any change in his/her circumstances, which affect the conditions under which the scholarship was granted.
(4) The student is entitled to the social scholarship for the standard period of study for each full calendar month during which he/she satisfies the conditions for the granting of the social scholarship. However, this entitlement to the social scholarship does not apply during the months of August and September.
(5) As a rule, the social scholarship is paid for three months retrospectively.
(1)The doctoral scholarship is granted to students on the full time Doctoral study program and is paid over the standard study period. The doctoral scholarship consists of two parts:
a) the entitlement – a regular monthly amount paid throughout the entire academic year (12 months);
b) the fringe; this is an award for outstanding results in the course of studies as well as in the student’s scientific, research and teaching activities;
(2) The doctoral scholarship, according to section (1), sub-section (a) [of the Act] is granted, maximally, to the amount set by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport. The Dean sets the height of the scholarship for the given academic year.
(3) The scholarship is granted pursuant to section (1), sub-section (b) by the Dean, on the basis of a proposal by the Head of the Department where the student is engaged in the Doctoral study program, and the the Vice-Dean for Science and Research of the appropriate faculty. The scholarship is paid as a lump sum, or as a fixed monthly amount, which is paid for the stipulated period of an academic year so as not to exceed the total volume of targeted funds which are allocated for doctoral scholarships.
(4) If the student fails to fulfil his/her obligations arising from the Study and Examination Regulations relating to Doctoral degree programs, scholarship the Dean may reduce the amount to be paid, or cancel the scholarship altogether. Unless otherwise stated by the internal regulations of the given faculty, this can be done on the basis of a proposal by the head of the department where the student is engaged on the Doctoral study program, and by the Vice-Dean for Science and Research at the relevant faculty.
Scholarship for foreign study and scientific research activities:
(1) The scholarship for foreign study and scientific research activities can be provided:
a) to cover expenses incurred while studying at foreign partner universities;
b) to cover expenses incurred by participation in Summer schools organised at foreign universities;
c) to cover expenses incurred by participation in international student competitions;
d) to cover expenses incurred by participation in international conferences;
e) to cover the transport costs associated with a stay at a foreign university, given the breakdown of quotas from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic, above the ‚normal‘ amount of financial coverage.
(2) Costs, according to section (1) are understood as those costs which are associated with transport, accommodation, subsistance, insurance and participant’s fees.
(3) The scholarship for foreign study and scientific research activites may be granted to students who fulfil the following conditions:
a) he/she is a student on a full time study program;
b) in the case of a semester long study stay at a foreign partner university, or a Summer school organized by a foreign university, and if it concerns a student on the Master’s degree program, then the conditions of the tender for study stays abroad are satisfied;
c) in the case of a semester long study stay at a foreign partner university, or a Summer school organized by a foreign university, and if it concerns a student of the Doctoral program, and he/she demonstrates sufficient professional interest, as well as showing proof of acceptance the foreign institution;
d) in the case of a student’s participation in an international student competition, he/she proves his/her professional interest, and submits a letter of recommendation from the guarantor [must be a member of the academic staff of the VSE], and if the number of places is less than the number of candidates, then the conditions of the tender for foreign study stays have been fulfilled;
e) in the case of the student’s participation in an international conference, he/she shows his/her professional interest (in particular by his/her publication activity to date), submits his/her paper for the conference along with the recommendation of his/her professional guarantor [must be a member of the academic staff of the VŠE], if he/she is a student on a Master’s degree program, or the recommendation of his/her tutor if he/she is a student on a Doctoral degree program.
(4) If a condition for the granting of the scholarship is the fulfilment of the conditions of the relevant selection process for foreign study stays, the student himself/herself does not submit the application for granting of a scholarship. The application is submitted by the Department of Foreign Relations for discussion by the collegium of Vice-Deans for Foreign Relations. In other cases the student himself/herself submits the application for the granting of a scholarship for study and scientific-research activities abroad together with the appropriate documents; listed in section (3); to the Department of Foreign Relations, which verifies the correctness of the information given and submits the application, together with all necessary documents, for discussion by the collegium of the Vice-Deans for Foreign Relations.
(5) The provision, and the amount, of a scholarship for study stays and scientific research activities abroad is decided by the collegium of Vice-Deans for Foreign Relations, which is the guarantor of the balanced distribution of the funding allocated for scholarships for study stays and scientific research activities abroad among the students of the individual faculties.
(6) A scholarship for study stays and scientific research activities abroad is a once off payment and the entitlement to receive it arises on the day that it is granted.
(7) After returning from his/her sojourn abroad, the recipient of the scholarship for study stays and scientific research activities abroad is obliged to submit a report on his/her stay abroad to the Department of Foreign Relations.
(1) Annual funding for the scholarships is raised from grants and contributions from the state budget in accordance with Article (2), section (1) of the Act, and is set down in the budget for a given calendar year. Annual volume and distribution of monies from the scholarship fund is done in accordance with Article (2), sections (2) and (3) is set down for the VSE and its faculties in the budget for the particular calendar year.
(2) The monthly amount of the accommodation scholarship is set as of 31st December of each calendar year by means of the following calculation: from the total resources, which the VŠE has included in the budget for accommodation scholarships for the budgetary year, is deducted the volume of the accommodation scholarships paid out for the first and second quarters; the amount thus ascertained is divided by the total number of months for which students are entitled to an accommodation scholarship in the fourth quarter and the result is rounded off in whole Czech Crowns. The monthly level of the accommodation scholarship at other payment dates is determined as the average monthly level of the accommodation scholarship in the preceding calendar year
The granting of a scholarship, with the exception of the scholarship for study stays and scientific research activities abroad, is decided by the Dean, or by the Rector, on the basis of a proposal from the Scholarships Committee, which is an advisory body of the Dean or the Rector. The Committee and its Chair are nominated by the Dean, or the Rector. Other members are usually the Faculty Secretary or the Quaestor, the Student Affairs Officer and a Student Representative.
Paragraph (68) of the Law covers the decisions relating to the granting of scholarships. Decisions on scholarships may be delivered to the student‘s own hand right in the Student Affairs Department, or by regular mail. A decision is deemed to be delivered on the date on which it is received, on the date of refusal to accept the letter, or, upon the passing of three days after the decision’s posting. If it is not possible to deliver the decision to the student, the day of delivery is deemed to be the third day of its having being made public on the official notice-board of the given faculty, or that of the VŠE, itself.
(1) All the types of scholarships are paid in Czech Crowns by bank transfer to the student’s own bank account.
(2) The merit, extraordinary and doctoral scholarships are paid to the students, at the latest, by the tenth day of the month following the particular payment term.
(3) The accommodation and social scholarships are paid to the students, at the latest, to the thirthieth day of the month following the relevant payment term.
(1) The Scholarship Regulations of the University of Economics in Prague registered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, dated 24th March, 2006 under No. 7916 / 2006-30, as amended on 28th April, 2006 under No. 12160 / 2006-30, dated 20th November, 2006, under No. 26313 / 2006-30, 22nd November, 2007, under No. 27621 / 2007-30, dated 4th June, 2008 under Ref. No. 11642 / 2008-30, dated 3rd March, 2009 under No. 4818 / 2009-30, and on 8th June, 2009 under Ref. No. 12607 / 2009-30; are hereby repealed.
(2) These Scholarship Regulations were approved according to Paragraph (9), section (1), sub-section (b) of the Act, by the Academic Senate of the VSE on 10th June, 2013.
(3) These Scholarship Regulations take effect according to Paragraph (36), section (4) of the Act on the day of their registration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic.
(4) These Scholarship Regulations take effect according to Paragraph (36), section (4) of the Act on the day of their registration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic.
Prof. Ing. Hana Machková, CSc.
Rector of the University of Economics, Prague
Appendices to these Regulations:
- These regulations do not have any appendices.