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Frontpage News 2006 Czech schools cooperation and scholarships fund launches calls

Czech schools cooperation and scholarships fund launches calls

The Czech €2.5 million fund for cooperation among schools and scholarships launched its first call for proposals for all three measures of the fund on 1 September 2006.

Through the fund students and researches can compete for mobility grants aimed at creating closer ties between the Czech Republic and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. In addition to support to individual persons, the fund will also award grants to educational institutions wishing to establish learning partnership projects and institutional development projects.

The deadline for Czech students who want to attend secondary school, higher vocational school or higher educational institutions in Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein during the study year 2006/2007 has been set to 1 November 2006. The scholarships will cover travel expenses and living costs in the host country for a maximum period of 12 months.

Individual mobility grants are also available to teachers and administrative staff, who are able to apply throughout the remainder of 2006. Such applications have to be submitted at least six months prior to the intended placement.

The overall objective of the fund, which will run for four years, is to contribute to the transfer of know-how and strengthen the quality of teaching and research, and create closer ties between the Czech Republic and the donor states Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

The Czech fund is the first school and scholarship fund approved under the financial mechanisms, and also the first to launch a call for proposals. Scholarship funds are planned in 10 beneficiary states of the financial mechanisms at a total value of around €25 million. Research funds will be set up in seven beneficiary states at a total value of around €21 million.

For more information see the the web page of the intermediary of the Czech schools cooperation and scholarship fund, The National Agency for European Educational Programmes.