Rules for Granting of Scholarships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

CHARLES UNIVERSITY IN PRAGUE

Consolidated Rules for Granting of Scholarships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

As stated on November 21, 2014

These Consolidated Rules for Granting of Scholarships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics follow from the the Rules for Granting of Scholarships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of March 30, 2007 and its amendments of May 23, 2008, June 6, 2014 and of November 21, 2014, the original versions of which are available for inspection at the Dean’s office at the Faculty. The aim of providing the consolidated text of this regulation is to simplify its application. In case of doubt, the reading of the above-mentioned originals is determinative.

Article 1

Introductory provisions

The Rules for Granting of Scholarships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (hereinafter referred to as the “Scholarship Rules”) stipulate, according to Art. 4 (5) and related provisions of the Scholarship Code of Charles University in Prague (hereinafter referred to as the “University”), the rules and other particulars for the granting of scholarships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (hereinafter referred to as the “Faculty”).


Article 2

Conditions for awarding a scholarship for excellent study results
(pertaining to Article 4 of the Scholarship Code of Charles University)

  1. The basis for awarding a scholarship for the relevant section of study are the results which the student has obtained in the previous section of study (hereinafter referred to as the “decisive section of study”).
  2. Essential conditions for the award of a scholarship for excellent study results are the following:

    a. The student did not exceed the standard period of study in the current programme; in the case of students in the first year of a Master’s degree programme, the student must have completed a Bachelor’s degree programme in the Academic Year immediately preceding the current Academic Year and must not have exceeded the standard period of study for this programme.

    b. The student obtained in the decisive section of study at least 60 credits, if the section of study is an Academic Year, or at least 30 credits if the section of study is a semester. Credits for courses taken in other study sections and acknowledged in the current programme are not taken into consideration.

    c. The total number of credits awardable for enrolled courses in which assessment was not successful in the decisive section of study did not exceed 20% of the sum of all credits awardable for all enrolled courses in this section of study.

  3. For each student, a weighted grade point average is calculated from all exams taken, all resits and all graded course credits in the decisive section of study (hereinafter referred to as the “grade point average”, or “GPA”); in this calculation, grades acknowledged under a different study programme are not counted. If the student did not obtain any such grades, he cannot obtain the scholarship. The weight of each grade equals the number of credits allotted to the given course in the study plan. Different study sections taken by the same student are assessed separately.
  4. For the purpose of awarding a scholarship for excellent study results, students are divided, unless stated otherwise by the Dean prior to the beginning of the decisive section of study, into the following groups according to their degree programme and current year of study:
    1. Students in their first year of a Bachelor’s degree programme,
    2. Students in their second or third year of a Bachelor’s degree programme and students in their first year of a Master’s degree programme,
    3. Students in their second year of a Master’s degree programme.
  5. A scholarship for excellent study results is awarded at a higher or lower level (hereinafter referred to as a “higher scholarship” and “lower scholarship”), depending on the GPA of the student. The higher scholarship is usually at least 50% higher than the lower scholarship. The level of the higher and lower scholarship for the current year and section of study is specified by the Dean after the Academic Senate has stated its standpoint.
  6. A higher scholarship is awarded (unless the Dean of the Faculty states otherwise at the beginning of the decisive section of study) to students who fulfil the essential conditions according to paragraph (2) of this article and whose GPA is at most 1.2 and belong to the group I, or whose GPA is at most 1.1 and belong to group II or III.
  7. The lower scholarship is awarded (unless the Dean of the Faculty states otherwise at the beginning of the decisive section of study) to students who fulfil the essential conditions according to the paragraph (2) of this article and who were not awarded a higher scholarship according to the previous paragraph, and, whose GPA is at most 1.5 and belong to group I or whose GPA is at most 1.3 and belong to group II or whose GPA is at most 1.2 and to group III.
  8. For the purposes of this article, for students in their first year of a Master’s degree programme, a preceding year of study is considered to be the last year of their Bachelor’s degree programme. If in this case the study did not take place at the Faculty, the criteria of paragraph (2) of this article will be decided on the basis of written documents presented to the Student Affairs Office up to the 15th day of the current Academic Year; the decision to award a scholarship lies ultimately with the Dean, while the basic decision criteria are the results in courses analogous to Faculty courses and the number of credits obtained in these courses.
  9. If the proportion of students awarded a higher or lower scholarship according to paragraph (6) and (7) is smaller than 10%, then for each group according to paragraph (4) in which the proportion of students awarded a higher or lower scholarship is smaller than 10%, the GPA threshold for awarding the lower scholarship is increased to the lowest possible value that is reached by 10 % of students from the given group (hereinafter referred to as the “new group threshold”); in such a case, in each group the lower scholarship is awarded to all students whose GPA is at most equal to the new group threshold and that have not been awarded a scholarship according to paragraphs (6) and (7) of this article.
  10. In special cases the Dean may award a scholarship for excellent study results or allow such a scholarship to be paid to a student who does not fulfil the conditions described in paragraphs (7) and (8).
  11. If the student fulfils the conditions for awarding a scholarship in several degree programmes at the Faculty, he is awarded only one scholarship for excellent study results, namely the highest one.

Article 3

Conditions for awarding a Special Purpose Scholarship in cases of specific consideration
(pertaining to Article 5 (1) (d) of the Scholarship Code)

The conditions for awarding a special purpose scholarship according to Art. 5 (1) (d) of the Code of Scholarship of Charles University are the following:

  1. A specific form of the Special Purpose Scholarship is a scholarship for Student Faculty Grants (hereinafter referred to as “SFG”). These are granted twice a year by the Dean of the Faculty, in an autumn and spring round.

    a. The SFG scholarship can be applied for by a full-time student or a group of full-time students. The applicant can prepare the proposal or the applicant can apply for an SFG proposal that is prepared by a department of the Faculty. Departments are allowed to prepare proposals for SFGs that are related to their pedagogical, scientific or research activity. These proposals are announced in the usual way, by October 15 for the autumn round, and by April 15 for the spring round.

    b. The written application of the student must contain:
     i. a specific description of the SFG,
     ii. the current state of the art in the relevant area,
     iii. goals of the SFG, including a deadline for realization and the date of completion of the SFG,
     iv. a list of students participating in the given SFG,
     v. a statement of consent from the department in which or with the cooperation of which the SFG will be realized. In the statement the department must also specify the member of staff who will supervise the SFG.

    c. If the proposed SFG has any connection with the Thesis of the applicant or with some other study duties that are given in the degree plan, it is necessary to specify these connections explicitly in the department’s statement of consent.

    d. Written applications for an SFG are to be submitted to the Dean of the Faculty by November 15 for the autumn round and by May 15 for the spring round.

    e. The awarding of scholarships, their number and level is specified by the Dean of the Faculty upon the proposal of the Scholarship Board for the SFG (hereinafter referred to as the “Scholarship Board”). The Scholarship Board, including its Chief, is appointed by the Dean. Its members are usually deputies of all the Faculty study programmes and at least one student deputy, appointed for an Academic Year upon the proposal of the Students’ Chamber of the Academic Senate of the Faculty.

    f. If the scholarship is awarded, one half of the awarded means will be paid out on the earliest payday possible, and the second half after the affirmation of fulfilment of the SFG by the Dean, in accordance with the proposal of the Scholarship Board. If the scholarship is awarded to a group of students, the advanced payment of the awarded means is divided evenly among the students, and the remaining part is paid out in a proportion approved by the Scholarship Board.

    g. The scholarship holder must prepare a written report and present it to the Dean of the Faculty within 14 days of completion of the SFG. In the report he should describe advances in finding a solution, results achieved, and their possible exploitation. If the SFG was solved by the work of a group of students, the report must contain a description of the extent to which each student contributed to solving the SFG.

    h. The Scholarship Board holds a meeting for the autumn round by December 1 at the latest and for the spring round by June 1 at the latest. At this meeting the Scholarship Board chooses from the applications submitted for an SFG those that it decides to recommend to the Dean for the award of a scholarship, along with a statement of the amount of the scholarship and the deadline for completion of the SFG. Scholarships cannot be awarded for projects required by a degree plan.

    i. At the meeting referred to in paragraph (h), the Scholarship Board also prepares proposals for evaluation of the completed SFG, on the basis of the evaluation report of the student who was awarded the scholarship. When necessary, the Chairman of the Board may call for a new meeting at any date. Depending on the character and success of the completed SFG, the Scholarship Board may propose the allotment of credits from relevant optional courses. In an exceptionally well elaborated SFG that has made a substantial contribution (e.g., when the results have been accepted for publication in a well-known journal ), the Scholarship Board may propose to the Dean an increase of the scholarship award.

  2. A Special Purpose Scholarship according to Art. 5 (1) (d) of the Scholarship Code of Charles University in Prague may be awarded to a student in special cases, such as participation in pedagogical and scientific and research activities, working in laboratories, partaking in development of information technologies or in international cooperation or other activities; its amount is set by the Dean of the Faculty.

Article 3a

Transitional provision

In the Academic Year 2013/2014 the date of the announcement of the spring round of the SFG under Art. 3 (1) (a) is postponed to June 7, 2014 and the date for submitting applications for an SFG in the spring round under Art.3 (1) (d) is postponed to July 7, 2014 and the latest date of the Scholarship Board meeting is July 14, 2014.


Article 4

Common and final provisions

  1. The Rules for Granting of Scholarships at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of June 4, 2004 are thus anulled.
  2. These Rules were approved by the Academic Senate of the Faculty on January 28, 2007.
  3. These Rules come into force on the day of their approval by the Academic Senate of Charles University1).
  4. These Rules take effect on the first day of the Academic Year 2007/2008.

Doc. RNDr. Karel Zvára, CSc.   Prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Němeček, DrSc.
Chairman of the Academic Senate   Dean

This Consolidated Scholarship Code of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics corresponds to the statutes at large from March 30, 2007 and its amendments from May 23, 2008, June 6, 2014 and November 21, 2014, whose original versions can be consulted as a reference only in the Dean’s office at the Faculty and their content is determinant in case of doubt.

This Consolidated Scholarship Code of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics came into force on November 21, 2014 and took effect on January 1, 2015.

Witnessing the correctness of the above text:

Doc. RNDr. Zdeněk Drozd, Ph.D.   Prof. RNDr. Jan Kratochvíl, CSc.
Chairman of the Senate   Dean
  PhDr. Tomáš Nigrin, Ph.D.  
  Chairman of the Academic Senate of Charles University  

1) Section 9 (1) (b) of The Higher Education Act. The Academic Senate of Charles University passed this internal regulation on March 30, 2007.

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