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Visegrad Scholarship at Open Society Archives

The International Visegrad Fund (IVF) launches a new pro­gram of research fel­low­ships at the Open Society Archives (OSA) at the Central European University in Budapest. Heads of both institutions—IVF’s Executive Director Petr Vágner and OSA’s Director István Rév—signed the con­tract in the pres­ence of the Czech Foreign Minister Jan Kohout in Prague ear­lier today. The pro­gram will offer 8 fel­low­ships annu­ally to schol­ars, researchers and jour­nal­ists from the Visegrad Group (V4) coun­tries and 2 annual fel­low­ships to non-V4 appli­cants. More information:

sign EN Visegrad Scholarship at OSA (fur­ther infor­ma­tion) [ download button .pdf, 15.1 KB ]
sign ENViseg­rad Scholarship at OSA (OSA web­site)
sign EN Podpis smlouvy o studiu v Open Society Archives (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)


The International Visegrad Fund hosted a visit of 20 young diplo­mats from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland yes­ter­day. The Fund’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives held a pre­sen­ta­tion and a dis­cus­sion about the struc­ture and activ­i­ties of the Visegrad Group and of the International Visegrad Fund.


The Council of Ambassadors approved yes­ter­day the nom­i­na­tion of Mr. Luboš Veselý as the Honorary Trustee of the International Visegrad Fund for Ukraine. Mr. Veselý will be based at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Kyiv and will pro­mote the Fund’s activ­i­ties in Ukraine and pro­vide con­sul­ta­tions to Ukrainian applicants.


The unique quintlin­gual book project called Visegrád 1335 brings in a sin­gle pub­li­ca­tion the col­lec­tion of the 14th-century char­ters which inspired the mod­ern coop­er­a­tion in cen­tral Europe—the Visegrad Group. The book also con­tains a study into the his­tor­i­cal back­ground. All pub­lic schools and libraries can request a copy of the book here.

sign V4 Visegrád 1335 overview (por­tal of the Visegrad Group)


As of today Mr. Petr Vágner assumes duties as the Executive Director of the International Visegrad Fund replac­ing Amb. Kristóf Forrai whose 3-year mis­sion ended in July 2009. Mr. Vágner is the first rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Czech Republic in the position.

sign EN Executive Directorsign EN Press Release [ download button .pdf, 65.4 KB ]


The fol­low­ing are the 2010 pri­or­i­ties for the Visegrad Strategic Program:

  1. V4 Response to the Decade of Roma Inclusion
  2. Building a Green Visegrad
  3. Sharing V4 Know-how with Neighbouring Regions
  4. V4 Promotion
For detailed descrip­tion please pro­ceed here.

22/06/2009—Sums for Small/Standard Grants Raised by €1,000

The Council of Ambassadors approved rais­ing the max­i­mum sup­ported sum for Small Grants to €5,000. Correspondingly, the min­i­mum sum for projects within the Standard Grants is raised to €5,001. The new rules are valid as of today, i.e. the new sums apply first to the September dead­lines of Small and Standard Grants.


The work of the International Visegrad Fund was praised by the prime min­is­ters of the Visegrad Group coun­tries at the annual sum­mit in Wieliczka (PL) yes­ter­day. The deci­sion was taken to increase the coun­tries’ annual con­tri­bu­tions to the Fund’s bud­get by €250,000, amount­ing to the total bud­get of €6 million.

sign EN Press Release (Bratislava, 4 June 2009) [ download button .pdf, 52.5 KB]
sign EN Press Release (Warsaw, 4 June 2009)
sign PL Komunikat pra­sowy (Warszawa, 4 czer­wca 2009)


The Fund has released the 2008 Annual Report/Guideline to 2009 Programs. To see its elec­tronic ver­sion please see the fol­low­ing link:

sign EN Annual Report 2008 [ download button .pdf, 1.8 MB ]


The Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs decided on 24 November 2008 that the rules of the Visegrad Scholarship Program (VSP) are applic­a­ble to Kosovar schol­ars, i.e. Kosovar schol­ars are eli­gi­ble for Visegrad schol­ar­ships within the In-Coming Scheme.

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08/07/2008—Scholarships Open for Applicants from AM, AZ and GE

As of 2009, schol­ars from alto­gether 17 coun­tries can apply for schol­ar­ships at the Fund (newly includ­ing schol­ars from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia).



Thanks to its orig­i­nal con­cept and design excel­lence, the “Visegrad Fund” logo has been selected from the inno­v­a­tive three-tier jury of the European Logo Design Annual (Eulda) for the “Best Of Nation 2007″ award.

sign EN Winners—Eulda 2007 (Best of Europe/Best of Nation) / more about the logo(s).

18/06/2007—The IVF Strengthens Central European Identity

“Projects financed from the increased 5 mil­lion Euro bud­get of the International Visegrad Fund fos­ter­ing people-to-people con­tacts and involv­ing the civil soci­ety, launch­ing the new web site of the Visegrad Group (www.visegradgroup.eu) and the new V4 logo have undoubt­edly pos­i­tively con­tributed to the strength­en­ing of the Central European identity.”

(Summit of the V4 Prime Ministers, Bratislava, 18 June 2007)
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