How to Apply and Important Dates
– Applications are now closed
Fill out the online application and send a printed copy together with all other required documents to the Bakala Foundation by mail before the above-mentioned deadline. The application consists of applicant information and a personal essay. Together with the online form, you are required to submit a copy of your latest school report in Czech and English (the transcript does not need to be notarized), and recommendation letters from your current English, maths, and class teachers.
It is now longer possible to apply for ASSIST & HMC 2021/ 2022. We will reopen applications in fall 2021.
1. Online Application
Fill out and submit the online form, you will receive a print-ready PDF version of your application.
2. Apply for Financial Support
If you are applying for the ASSIST Scholarship in the USA (Full Scholarship), carefully read through this document and select one of the options based on your financial situation. If you are awarded a scholarship and you apply for financial support, you will also be asked to submit the Family Financial Declaration Form later in the process.
If you are applying for the HMC Scholarship in the UK (full or reduced), please fill out the Parental Income and Assets Declaration.
3. Teacher Recommendations
Ask your current class teacher, maths teacher, and English teacher for a recommendation letter using the designated forms available for download below. If your class teacher also teaches you maths or English, we recommend asking your headmaster, vice headmaster, or school advisor for the third recommendation.
- Current English teacher recommendation form
- Current mathematics teacher recommendation form
- Current class teacher recommendation form
4. Class Report
Translate your latest school report into English (the transcript does not have to be notarized).
Translate the names of your classes and your grades (výborně = A+, chvalitebně = A, dobře = B, dostatečně = C).
5. Administrative Fee
Pay the administrative fee of 40 USD through PayPal.
6. Mail the Documents to Bakala Foundation
Mail the following documents to the Bakala Foundation before December 10, 2020:
- printed copy of your application in PDF format (you will receive it via email after submission)
- the Parental Income and Assets Declaration form if you are applying for the HMC Scholarship
- the Application for a Sponsorship form if you are applying for the ASSIST Scholarship
- a proof of payment of the administration fee (the payment confirmation screen)
- recommendation from your current English teacher using this form (in a sealed envelope)
- recommendation from your current mathematics teacher using this form (in a sealed envelope)
- recommendation from your current class teacher using this form (in a sealed envelope)
- a copy of your latest school report in Czech and English (does not need to be notarized)
The Bakala Foundation mailing address:
Bakala Foundation, Tržiště 366/13, 118 00 Praha 1
Language Proficiency Test
After completing the application submission, each candidate will receive instructions and a coupon code allowing them to complete the language test online. The test can be completed on your own time. The deadline is December 22, 2020.
This year we will be using the Duolingo language test to test the applicants’ language proficiency and language skills. The test is a multiple choice test taking approximately 60 minutes to complete. Successful completion of the test is one of the criteria for being selected into the second round of the application process: the interviews. You can find out more about the test here: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants.
After obtaining the coupon code, go to https://englishtest.duolingo.com/applicants and select:
Take a Test: Create an Account: Buy Now: Apply Coupon: Enter Coupon Code – enter your coupon code here.
We recommend that you read this document before beginning the test.
Language Test Results
The list of candidates selected for interviews, including the dates and times, will be published on this website beginning of January 2021. Successful candidates will be invited to the interviews by email.
Students selected into the second round based on their application and language test results will be invited to attend interviews with ASSIST and HMC representatives.
January 14 – 15th – ASSIST interviews
January 17 – 18th – HMC interviews
Each student only attends one interview, depending on their preference indicated in the application. This indicated preference is binding and cannot be changed later. The number of candidates selected for interviews is final, and there will be no waiting list.
There will be no additional dates for interviews.
Scholarship winners will be contacted over the course of March to confirm their interest in the offer. The selection of students and their school placement is solely within the competence of ASSIST, HMC, and the Bakala Foundation.
There are usually two spots on the waiting list for each country. The placement of students on the waiting list is dependent on the financial capacity of the partner schools to take in extra students. Applicants on the waiting list may be offered a scholarship in the case that one of the scholarship winners declines the offer.