Funding for academics/researchers

Citizens of any country of the world

Citizens of Belgium-French Community, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, China, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine.

Researchers employed at Austrian research institutions and HEIs

Citizens of USA

University teachers and researchers employed at HEIs in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the universities in Kosovo.


Bilateral intergovernmental agreements on educational, research and cultural cooperation

The Government of the Slovak Republic has concluded bilateral agreements on educational, research and cultural cooperation with respective countries in order to support exchange programmes providing scholarships for teachers and researchers at Slovak universities and research institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

Scholarships are awarded for the purpose of studies, research or training. There is no general limitation regarding the field of study. Applicants must be fluent in English or other language agreed/arranged with a Slovak host institution or proficient in Slovak.
Applicants must be nominated by counterpart institutions. Teachers and researchers, who would like to conduct research in Slovakia, should arrange contact with a Slovak host research institution in advance (see a list of all Slovak higher education institutions).
For further information (specific instructions, exact application deadlines, application forms or websites) about funding for academic and research pursuits consult websites of the respective counterpart institutions, and the database of scholarships and grants.

Scholarship disbursement

A sending party usually covers travel costs. Receiving party usually covers a living allowance.

Currently, the scholarship is €550 /month for researchers/university teachers.

In case of short term stays (less than a month, usually a couple of days or weeks), the receiving party shall provide the visiting PhD student/teacher/researcher with per diems and free accommodation.

There are no grants for family members. Scholarship holders must have health insurance in case of illness or accident during the period of the scholarship stay.


National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic (NSP)

supports research mobility of 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.

The duration of a scholarship stay is 1 – 10 months.

Citizens of any country in the world (except the citizens of Slovakia) can apply for a scholarship in Slovakia in the framework of the NSP.

Scholarships cover scholarship holders’ living costs (i.e. food, accommodation, etc.) during their research stay in Slovakia.

The amount of the scholarship for PhD university teacher/researcher or artist:

without PhD and less than 4 years of work experience:  €734 
with PhD and less than 10 years of work experience:     €980 
with PhD and more than 10 years of work experience:   €1050

Applications must be submitted online together with the required documents. The online application system is opened at least 6 weeks before the application deadline. The submission of applications is exclusively online.

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

More information about the Programme terms and conditions


Action Austria – Slovakia, Cooperation in Science and Education

A bilateral programme the objective of which is to intensify cooperation between Austria and Slovakia in the field of education and research. The Programme is funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy of the Republic of Austria on the basis of the agreement signed in 1992. 

Financial support is provided to researchers of Austrian research institutions and HEIs for research stays at Slovak HEIs or the Slovak academy of science.

The following types of individual scholarships are offered:

- scholarships for research stays of postdocs (3 – 6 months): the scholarship of  €1,400/month;

  Application deadline: 15 March and 15 October

- scholarships for short visits (max. 3 days) for researchers: the scholarship of €90/day;
   Application deadline: application possible throughout the year

Applications are submitted online


Fulbright Program – J. W. Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange in the Slovak Republic

The J. W. Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange in the Slovak Republic is an autonomous, non-profit, non-partisan, binational organisation established by executive agreements between the United States and the Slovak Republic to promote educational, research and cultural exchanges between the United States and the Slovak Republic through the Fulbright Program. The Commission services include grant programmes and information services. The Fulbright Program enables U. S. students, scholars, professionals and teachers to participate in the study, research and teaching exchanges in the Slovak Republic.

General requirements for grants and awards are U. S. citizenship at the time of application and a high level of academic and professional achievements. In the Slovak Republic, the Program is administered by the J. W. Fulbright Commission in Bratislava.

Fulbright Program Mechanisms:

Programmes administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (

Fulbright Scholar Program – U. S. scholars with considerable academic experience can propose projects in cooperation with a Slovak institution (usually a university or post/secondary university-level institution, research institution or other placement, if necessary). Grantees can lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, although preference is given to subjects related to the United States and economic and social issues important for the Slovak Republic.

Fulbright Specialists Program – The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions in Slovakia to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their host institutions providing short term opportunities of two to six weeks in length.

Fulbright Terra Foundation Award in the History of American Art – two grants per year at any university in a European Union country (as well as in Slovakia). The grants are for undergraduate and/or graduate teaching in the history of American art prior to 1980 and for research. Scholars will be expected to aid host institutions in developing, modelling and adapting the American art history curriculum. They can also give seminars, workshops, and public lectures, as well as advise graduate students on theses. The award is for early-career scholars up to the Associate Professor level for one semester.

Programmes administered by the Institute of International Education (

Fulbright U. S. Student Program – for U. S. young professionals and artists to study or conduct research in the Slovak Republic for 1 academic year (October – June).  For independent research or study in fields such as Slovak history, literature, anthropology and political science there is substantial knowledge of the Slovak language required. Applications in all fields will be considered.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship – preference is given to candidates with degrees in English, History, American Literature, TEFL/Applied Linguistics and/or experience in teaching. Grantees will be placed in secondary schools that correspond with their background; they are required to teach at least 15 hours per week.


CEEPUS – Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies

The main activity of CEEPUS is university networks designed to stimulate academic mobility, in particular, South-Eastern European university cooperation, as well as the development of joint programmes, ideally leading up to double or joint degrees and joint thesis supervision. CEEPUS covers mobility grants for students and teachers in this framework.
Programme members are Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, the Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the universities in Kosovo.
Universities collaborate within the framework of approved networks. Each network must consist of at least three universities from three different Member States involved in the Programme. Applications for university networking are submitted online at, the annual deadline is 15 January. See the list of approved networks

CEEPUS supports stays for guest university lecturers (1 month, min. 5 days and 6 lectures). All fields of study are welcome and there are no priority areas.

Applications are submitted online twice a year (15 June for stays during the winter semester of the following academic year; 31 October for stays during the summer semester of the running academic year).

Should a home university, a host university or both not participate in the network, its students, PhD students and teachers may still apply for a scholarship under the category “freemover”. The deadline for freemover applications is 30 November.

Scholarship rates for university teachers: 

Tteacher without Ph.D. (5-9 days): 367 €
Teacher without PhD (10 and more days): 734 €
Teacher with Ph.D. or equivalent (5-9 days): 508 €
Teacher with Ph.D. or equivalent (10 and more days): 1015 €

The scholarships are paid out by the National CEEPUS Office in Slovakia. Travel costs can be reimbursed by the respective National CEEPUS Office of the scholarship holder’s home country.

For more information see the CEEPUS program Slovak webpage. 

National CEEPUS Office in Slovakia:
SAIA, n. o.
Sasinkova 10, 812 20 Bratislava 1
Slovak Republic


International Visegrad Fund

The International Visegrad Fund is an international organisation based in Bratislava founded by the governments of the Visegrad Group (V4) countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and the Slovak Republic – in 2000. The mission of the Fund is to facilitate and promote the development of closer cooperation among citizens and institutions of the V4 region, as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially the Central and Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and South Caucasus. 
Not only organizations but Individual citizens are eligible for grant support provided that their projects deal with the region and further develop cooperation among project partners based in the region. The Fund’s annual budget of 8 million € consists of equal contributions from the V4 governments.