Criteria and Requirements

Eligible Applicants

GLODEP International Development Studies is open for applicants with a completed undergraduate degree preferably in areas relevant to the program, such as development studies, geography, economics, international relations and sociology. The program seeks applicants with excellent academic results, strong interest in international development and proficiency in English.

Admission Requirements

The call for the applications for the 2018-2020 intake is open from 1st November 2017 until 28th February 2018 (23:59 CET). 

In the first step of the application, you must fill in the GLODEP e-application and submit the following documents through it. Once you open the e-application, you have to select the following combination: Faculty of Science, Master, GLODEP – International Development Studies.

Be aware that you have to fill in the application and upload the documents at one time as it is not possible to save the application and continue later. Uncomplete applications will be considered as ineligible.

All applicants are required to submit following documents:

Proof of nationality

Proof of nationality – i.e. copy of valid passport (applicants with multiple nationalities must specify at the application stage under which nationality they wish to apply). Please note that for non-EU citizens only copy of passport, not ID, is acceptable. Citizens of the EU may use their ID as proof of nationality. Upload only the page of the passport with holders´ photograph and name of the passport holder.

Applicants with multiple nationalities must specify at the application stage under which nationality they are applying. The nationality has implications for the amount of the scholarship. The declaration of nationality cannot be changed later. Applicants whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Partner Countries and who are not residents, nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in a Programme Country, are considered as Partner Country students.

Proof of place of residence

Proof of place of residence – please note, that the proof of place of residence must be issued no more than 12 months before the application submission deadline and your residency will have an implication for the calculation of the total amount of EMJMD Scholarship. You have to submit one the following documents:
  • Residence certificate;
  • Certificate or confirmation letter from the applicant’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question;
  • Alternatively, a receipt of the tax payment, residential rental agreement or employment contract in English where applicant’s name is clearly stated can be attached;
  • Passport or personal ID (for EU citizens). Passport or ID is accepted as a proof of place of residence only in case it was issued no more than 12 months before the application submission deadline and if the place of residence is stated in the passport.

Copy (scan) of a diploma

Copy (scan) of a diploma proving successfully completed tertiary education (bachelor/master/PhD). Please note, that applicants who have not finished their bachelor degree by the 28th February 2018 are not eligible to apply for GLODEP.

Copy (scan) of a transcript of records

Copy (scan) of a transcript of records related to the above mentioned diploma(s) including all completed courses at the time of application. If the original is in a language other than English, the certified (legally attested) copy must be in the form of a certified translation in English.

Proof of English proficiency

Proof of English proficiency – all applicants need to provide a proof of sufficient knowledge of English by meeting at least one of the criteria listed below:
  • A diploma of tertiary education where English was the language of instruction (in this case, submit a Declaration of Honour);
  • Having successfully completed course units in tertiary education with a minimum total of 60 study credits where English was the language of instruction (the proof showing the number of ECTS credits studied in English must be signed and stamped by the Educational Institution);
  • Having successfully completed one of the following language tests:
    1. TOEFL: minimum level 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 79 internet-based (attention: TOEFL ITP will NOT be accepted)
    2. TOEIC with minimum level: 785
    3. IELTS: minimum level academic module 6,5
    4. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), grade B
    5. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C
  • TOEFL, TOEIC, and IELTS certificates cannot be older than 2 years, i.e. not older than 1st November 2015. CAE and CPE certificates cannot be older than 4 years, i.e. not older than 1st November 2013.
  • Only the language tests mentioned above are accepted. No exceptions are made. If your test is not included in this list it will not be accepted. We kindly ask you not to contact us to ask for exemption based on other test methods.
  • No scores below the above stated minimums will be accepted.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae of maximum two A4 pages.

Motivation letter

Motivation letter of maximum 500 words. The motivation letter should mainly focus on your academic interest in GLODEP program and what you hope to achieve through studying in the program. Additional relevant information can also be included, and you may refer to your Curriculum Vitae to save space. Please refrain from describing the GLODEP program unless doing so is relevant to your argument.

Two letters of recommendation

We recommend that the letters are from academic referees (e.g. your former university lecturers that are able to judge your academic qualities and potential) and have been explicitly written for GLODEP program application. The reference letter should include: date of issue, name, institution, position, signature, official stamp (if available) and contact details (phone number and email) of the person/institution recommending you.

!!! Applicants cannot apply for more than three different joint programmes !!!

Selection Criteria

The selection of applicants is based on two rounds.

1. Assessment of the applications

Eligible applications are assessed based on academic merit (the relevance of the degree/courses studied and overall grades), motivation, references, and curriculum vitae. Each of the three Consortium Institutions makes an assessment, classifying applications into three categories: excellent (3 points), very good (2 points), and good (1 point). Applications are ranked in descending order based on the total number of points from the three assessments (max. 9).

Please note that ineligible applications will not be assessed.  

2. Interview with the applicants

The highest ranked applicants from the first round are invited for an online interview. The interview aims to consider the applicant’s knowledge, motivation, and language skills. After the interview, the admission committee makes a final ranking of the interviewed applicants. Applicants who do not participate in the interview are not accepted into the program.

Admission Calendar

1st November 2017 Call for applications opened
28th February 2018 Call for applications closed (23:59 CET)
Beginning of March 2018 Eligibility check of the applications; non-eligible applicants will be informed via email
1st March – 20th March 2018 Application assessment
2nd half of March 2018 Applicants will be informed about (non) invitation for the online interview
End of March/beginning of April 2018 Online interviews with shortlisted applicants
May 2018 Communication of the results
May 2018 Appeal against the results of the admission process and the awarding of EMJMD scholarship
30th September 2018 First payment of the tuition fee by self-funded students

Please note, that the admission calendar is subject to change.

Diploma Recognition („nostrification“)

The nostrification (i.e. the recognition of the diploma from your completed tertiary education) is one of the conditions for being accepted to the program. The purpose of this process is to have your university degree and qualification recognized in the Czech Republic. You can find the list of required documents and the description of the procedure at the website of the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. We recommend you to check the guidelines before applying for GLODEP program in order to become familiar with the process and know all the documents you will be required to hand in at a later date. It is not required to have your diploma recognized at the time of application.

If you are one of the selected applicants, we will provide you more information on diploma recognition in order to enable you to apply for your diploma recognition early enough as it has to be provided before the enrolment at Palacký University in the first half of September 2018.


There are different types of appeal procedures related to the admission process:

  1. Appeal against the decision on ineligibility of the application
    1. All applicants with an ineligible application receive an email with the explication of the reasons for ineligibility.
    2. If the applicant has serious reasons to believe that a mistake has been made in the assessment of the eligibility of his/her application, s/he can ask for a reassessment of the application by sending an email to by the indicated date. In the email, the applicant is asked to clearly indicate the reasons for the appeal. The admission committee will review the case and will inform the applicant about the final decision by email.
  1. Appeal against the decision on non-admission to the program
    1. All eligible applicants are informed about their admission/non-admission to the program. The pdf file with the decision (signed by the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Palacky University Olomouc) is uploaded to the applicant´s folder in the electronic application system and the applicant is informed by an automatically generated email.
    2. In accordance with the provisions of Section 50, Article 6 of the Higher Education Act (Czech Republic), applicant may appeal within 30 days of this notification. Applicants who want to appeal should send a letter (paper letter with your signature, not an electronic copy) stating the reason for the appeal to: Dana Gronychová, Palacký University Olomouc, Faculty of Science, 17. listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc, Czech Republic.
  1. Appeal against the decision of non-recommendation for the EMJMD the scholarship
    1. All applicants admitted to the program are informed whether they have been recommended/not recommended for EMJMD scholarship. The letter is signed by the Consortium Director. The decision is uploaded to the applicant´s folder in the electronic application system and the applicant is informed by an automatically generated email.
    2. Applicant may appeal against this decision by sending an email with the reasons for the appeal to by indicated date.
Updated: 17.7.2018