Pomáháme studentům mířícím na prestižní světové univerzity


We provide financial assistance to students who endeavor to study at prestigious universities abroad.

We announce the sixth year of SCHOLARSHIP program. The deadline for applications for SCHOLARSHIP 2015 program will be May 31.

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Our Students

Our scholars (for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015) are studying at prestigious universities, primarily in the US and UK. They have demonstrated excellence in their academic and extracurricular activities, while volunteering their time and energy to helping people in need. We are in contact with them through alumni networks. They have their own blogs and can be reached on Facebook.


  • Thanks to the Bakala Foundation, a Further 13 Talented Students Have the Opportunity to Study at Prestigious Universities Abroad

    This year the Bakala Foundation distributed another 5 million Czech crowns to talented young people who aspire to study at leading universities abroad. This is the seventh year that the Foundation’s Scholarship Program has been providing financial aid and, once again, there was enormous interest on the part of students. Out of 218 applicants, 22 progressed to the interviews conducted by a selection committee of experts, who made a final decision to grant 13 scholarships. To date, the Foundation has awarded financial aid to 113 students from the Czech Republic through its Scholarship Program, bringing the total amount that the Bakalas have provided to support talented Czech students studying abroad to almost CZK 100 million. Click here for full press release.

  • Journey: journalism boot camp

    Little over a week left before the "Journey: journalism boot camp 2016" begins. 20 talented students from 12 different countries will be lectured by elite journalists from outlets such as Bloomberg, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters or Storyful. We will also talk about latest technological advancements with Doug Arellanes of Sourcefabric or talk about immersion journalism with Columbia University's Jessica Bruder. We also have one true legend of journalism coming to open the course and give a special feature lecture! More information coming soon.

  • Demand for scholarships to study abroad again overwhelming this year

    Prague, June 22, 2016: 218 students filed their application for a scholarship to support their graduate and undergraduate studies abroad. The Foundation will now select candidates who will be invited for an interview. Roughly one out of ten applicants will be asked to meet with the selection jury and will try to convince its members to grant her or him financial support during studies at world’s most prestigious universities. Click here for full press release.

  • We are happy to announce the names of our Journey: journalism boot camp 2016 fellows

    We are happy to announce the names of our Journey: journalism boot camp 2016 fellows: Carter Barrett, Jan Charvat, Michelle Chavez, Victoria Colesnic, Alina Fesenko, Nina Francelova, Anton Gerasymenko, Sheryll Goddard, Anna Gordiichuk, Martin Grahovski, Boglarka Kosztolanyi, Valeriia Kovtun, Orsolya Lehotai, Patricia Nilsson, Nikola Potmesilova, Fritz Schumann, Gerlinde Theunissen, Dmitry Vasin, Anna Weksej, Iva Yankova. Congratulations to all and a big thank you to everybody who applied!

  • Journey: Journalism Bootcamp

    The Journey 2016 selection jury is already evaluating applications. Big thanks to everybody who applied, we expect to have the results in two weeks!

  • IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Journey: Journalism Bootcamp

    To accommodate numerous requests we received from ‪#‎JourneyJournalismBootcamp‬ applicants, we decided to move the submission deadline from midnight of Friday, May 6 to noon of Sunday, May 8th. Please make sure to submit you application by Sunday, 12:00 PM, CEST

  • Journey: Journalism Bootcamp

    Starting on March 7, 2016 you can submit your application for 10-day intensive summer school of journalism. This year's course will be taking place in Prague, Czech Republic between August 6 and 16. The course is open to journalists from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and the USA. For more information, click HERE.

  • 7th Annual Scholarship Program Now Open

    Are You Tempted by the Idea of Studying Abroad? The Bakala Foundation is once again offering its Scholarship Program. Applications are now being accepted for the seventh year of this worthwhile program, which provides financial aid to young people interested in completing their undergraduate and graduate studies at prestigious universities abroad. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2016. Applications must be submitted electronically using the form available on the Bakala Foundation website. A key criterion for acceptance is the applicant’s essay, written in English, on a selected topic.

  • How do you get noticed in your job search?

    Bakala Foundation has the pleasure to invite you to a talk with Pepper de Callier, one of the most respected authorities on leadership in Europe, who has devoted his career to understanding, counseling, and coaching leaders globally. In his lecture, Mr. de Callier will explain the importance of doing more than what is expected from you in your job search and the role of initiative, creativity, hard work and leadership in pursuing your career goals. Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM. https://bfh4.eventbrite.com

  • International competition for young journalists found its winner!

    According to the independent jury, the best work submitted for the “Journey: journalism boot camp” journalistic project competition was video report “Ignoring me“ produced by Stephanie Strauss (USA). Stephanie’s project dealt with Czech education system’s approach towards dyslectic children and the jury praised both the choice of subject and journalistic quality of the project. The general subject of this year’s competition was “People Power: Organizing for Change”. Selection of specific subject was up to each individual participant and the submissions came in various formats, ranging from written text to multimedia reports to online infographics and covering great number of issues, among others for example the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine, LGBT movement or refugee issues in Europe. You can watch the report here: http://bit.ly/1Hc4g8r. and you can find more information HERE.

  • Ondřej Michálek became the first ever laureate of the Kaplicky Internship

    Prague, 9th of October 2015: The Bakala Foundation in collaboration with the Kaplicky Centre Foundation and the Design Museum of London announces the first winner of the Kaplicky Internship in the architectural student competition. The winner is Ondřej Michálek from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. The prize winner also receives a three-month internship at one of the prestigious British architectural studios. In the coming months Ondřej Michálek will be welcomed by fellow architects at Eva Jiřičná’s London architectural studio. Eva Jiřičná was member of the jury, along with Deyan Sudjic, the Director of London Design Museum and Honorary jury member Eliška Kaplicky. During the announcement ceremony, a calendar named Top Design The Furniture was christened. The calendar displays photos and reproductions of sketches of furniture design by Jan Kaplicky. Press Release.

  • Young Czech students at a crossroads: forty percent prefer to work abroad, thirty per cent wants to work at home

    A slight majority of talented students who are current or former grantees of the Bakala Foundation Scholarship Foundation and The Kellner Family Foundation are dissatisfied with the quality of education in the Czech Republic. Almost twenty per cent of them plan to stay several years abroad after they complete their master's degree in order to get professional experience. On the other hand, some thirty percent of the students prefer to return to the Czech Republic. Press Release

  • Photos - Evening Gala & Scholarship Awards

    Photos from the Evening Gala & Scholarship Awards can be found HERE and HERE

  • We have precisely 100 scholars now!

    This year, we welcome 13 new scholarship recipients in our ranks - Adam Lalák, Jolana Venenyová, Jiří Etrych, Alžběta Roeselová, Zbyněk Loebl, Lucie Fořtová, Jiří Kučera, Karolína Křelinová, Tomáš Jakab, Josefína Weinerová, Radim Lacina, Jakub Drápal, Matěj Jungwirt (listed in order in which they were called to the stage during the Award Ceremony). Congratulations to all one more time! We would also like to wish the best of luck to those who didn't make it this year as we hope that they won't give on their dreams. Big thanks go to members of our Selection Comittee who made it through two incredible - although exhausting - days they spent interviewing our applicants. Another "thank you" to the Forum Karlín staff for their excellent work and most of all to Mrs. and Mr. Bakala who made all this possible.


    Demand for financial support for studies abroad through the SCHOLARSHIP program is strong as ever in 2015. 238 students applied for the program and the Foundation will now select among them those, who will be invited for personal interviews. Approximately one in ten applicants will be picked, and if they prove their qualities to the selection committee, they will receive a scholarship which will help them to pay for their studies at prestigeous universities abroad.

  • Journey: journalism boot camp

    We are proud to announce the names of this year's "Journey: journalism boot camp" participants. Congratulations to all of you and see you soon in Prague!
    (listed by surname, in alphabetical order)
    Nastasa Brindusa Ioana, Romania
    Larisa Cristea, Romania
    Halyna Dashkevych, Ukraine
    Marta Franchuk, Ukraine
    Petar Georgiev, Bulgaria
    Olga German, Ukraine
    Jakub Hein, Czech Republic
    Abigail Holtzman, USA
    Gergana Ivanova, Bulgaria
    Neli Ivanova, Bulgaria
    Kristína Janščová, Slovakia
    Nikola Kricnerová, Czech Republic
    Jakub Mejer, Poland
    Huong Minh Nguyen, Czech Republic
    Magdalena Skrzypek, Poland
    Stephanie Strauss, USA
    Melinda Szekeres, Hungary
    Lucie Teplá, Czech Republic
    Olga Velichko, Ukraine
    Monika Zavřelová, Czech Republic

  • Journey: journalism boot camp

    Over 200 applications for the "Journey: journalism boot camp" received!

  • Journey update

    Preparations for this year’s Journey: journalism boot camp are already in full swing and we would like to introduce first four of the many great lecturers that will be conducting our workshops: Pulitzer Prize winners Jesse Eisinger and Charles Ornstein of ProPublica, Michael Kahn of Reuters and Paul Casciato of Cheary & Gallagher. We look forward to meeting them in Prague! Don’t forget that applications for the program are accepted until April 30, 2015. More updates coming soon, stay tuned!

  • Sixth yearly installment of the SCHOLARSHIP Program is open

    The Bakala Foundation is launching already sixth round of the popular SCHOLARSHIP program, which every year allows selected students to apply for world’s most prestigious universities. The constantly increasing amount of applications stands as a proof that the Czech Republic has talented and motivated young people, who can compete with the best students from around the globe. And it is those talents who the program is dedicated to. The deadline for this year’s applications is set for May 31st, 2015. Applications are accepted through electronic form, available at the foundation’s website. Future Bakala Scholars will be picked through a two-round selection process. Expert jury will first evaluate the received applications, the best applicants will then be invited for personal interview. Until now a total of 87 students have been supported in their studies at top universities in a number of different countries. Read more

  • We will support 15 students in SCHOLARSHIP 2014

    The students who will receive our scholarships in 2014 are as follows: Jiří Hron from Dolní Cerekev, Aranka Hrušková, Libuše Jánská, and Jiří Jelínek from Prague, Benedikt Peťko from Babice nad Svitavou, Adam Přáda from Ostrov, Tereza Růžičková from Třebíč, Jennifer Za Nzambi from Chrudim, Tomáš Kačo from Nový Jičín, Pavel Mráz from Prague, Nikita Poljakov, and Jana Smutná from Prague, Marek Svoboda from Slušovice, Johana Typoltová, and Kryštof Vosátka from Prague.