January 10, 2016

Netherlands: VU University Amsterdam Fellowship Programme for International Students

VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP)

Course(s) Offered: All fields
Course Level: Graduate (masters)
Provider: VU University
Country to Study in: Amsterdam

Scholarship Description
The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) is a highly selective scholarship for students who have excellent study results and are strongly motivated.

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in a selection of Master’s programmes at VU University.

VU University has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated, excellent students.

The VUFP is a merit scholarship programme for strongly motivated students with excellent study results. The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered for this scholarship.

Eligible candidates:
  • must be able to prove their academic excellence,
  • must be admitted to an English taught Master’s degree at VU University,
  • can not have the Dutch nationality, and
  • have not graduated from a Dutch higher education programme.
Students with the Dutch nationality and/or a Dutch degree (given that the Dutch degree is used for admission) are not eligible for admission.

Students following a one-year Master’s programme may not apply for the VUFP scholarship for a second year.

Students already enrolled in a two-year Master’s programme who have not been awarded the VUFP scholarship in 2015/2016 are not eligible to apply for the VUFP scholarship 2016/2017.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries (both EEA and non-EEA)

Participating Institutions
Vrije Universiteit (VU University) Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Fields of study
All masters degree level courses selected for this award. See the list of selected masters degree programmes on the official website (link to it is below).

Number of awards
This has not been specified by the sponsor/provider

Sponsorship duration
One or two years of a Masters degree programme. The grant is awarded to students in their first year of a Master’s degree programme.

Only if student was granted a scholarship from the beginning, then the scholarship can be extended if he/she achieved 80% of the credits.

The Faculty VUFP committee will be asked to demonstrate to the Central VUFP committee that these credits have indeed been achieved.

Scholarship benefits
The VUFP scholarship covers your tuition fee i.e. a tuition fee waiver. It does not provide any additional allowance towards study or living costs. (In the past, the VUFP scholarship provided an allowance towards study and living costs paid out in 3 installments over the year).

Method of Application
The VUFP scholarship application involves two steps:

1. Register for Master’s programme
First, students register for a Master’s programme in Studielink and after that in the VUnet portal. Here you can find more information on how to apply for one of the English taught Master’s programmes. Please note that you must have applied for the Master programme before you can apply for the VUFP scholarship.

2. Submit VUFP application
Submit your VUFP application in VUnet.
For VUFP application 3 documents are required:
  1. Proof of excellence/ GPA
  2. Motivation Letter
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship award.

You can start your application from the 1st of October 2015 onwards. Deadline for completing your VUFP application is 1 February every year. All applications received by 1 February 2016 will be reviewed by the faculty at which the applicant will be participating in a Master’s programme.

It is important to meet all of the eligibility criteria enumerated above so as to be eligible for a VUFP scholarship.

After receiving the applications, faculties then nominate applicants to the central VUFP scholarship committee, which then awards scholarships to the most talented students. The award is based on the motivation letter, the quality of previous education and the student's academic performance therein. A scholarship offer will then be made to successful candidates.

All students will receive an e-mail informing them of the Central VUPF committee's decision concerning their application. VUFP candidates will receive an e-mail containing a nomination letter, the conditions of the VUFP scholarship and a statement of agreement.

Ever since it was founded in 1880, VU University Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge.

Application Deadline: 1 February 2016
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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