Fellowship Programme, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

Publish Date: Oct 12, 2015

Deadline: Feb 01, 2016

Fellowship Programme, VU University Amsterdam

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated and excellent students.

All VUFP applications received by 1 February will be reviewed by the faculty at which the applicant will be participating in a Master’s programme. Faculties then nominate applicants to the central 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.

Eligible candidates

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) is a Merit scholarship programme) for strongly motivated students with excellent study results. Eligible candidates must be able to prove their academic excellence, must be admitted to a English taught Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 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. 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.

Scholarships amounts

The VUFP scholarship is a tuition fee waiver. VUFP scholarship does not provide any additional allowance towards study or living costs.

Application procedure

1. Register for Master’s programme     

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 our English taught Master's programmes. Please note that you must have applied for the Master programme before you can apply for the VUFP scholarship.
Deadline: 1 February 2016.

2. Submit VUFP application

Submit your VUFP application  in VUnet.
Deadline: 1 February 2016

For VUFP application 3 documents are required:

      A. Proof of excellence/ GPA
Students who apply for a VU Fellowship Programme need to have a GPA of at least 80% of the highest possible mark (calculated over full previous degree). For example, if the highest possible mark is a 10, you need to have an average of at least a 8.
Excellence in previous education is proven if the grade point average achieved is at least the equivalent of the Dutch grade of 8.0 on the Dutch grading scale 1 – 10. The VUFP  Scholarship Committee will decide on the local grade equivalents for the Dutch grade of 8.0 using  the grade information included in the NUFFIC country modules.

     B. Motivation Letter
We would like to know your motivation for the VU Fellowship Programme. Why do you think you deserve to receive a VUFP scholarship?
Topics that are reviewed in the motivation letter are the following:

• Why do you want to study this specific programme?
• What are your future perspectives?
• Why do you deserve the VUFP scholarship?

Do not hesitate to mention other motivations as well, we like own initiative!

     C. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
We strongly recommend the use of the Europass format.

3. Decision

The Central VUFP Committee decides which students will be offered a VUFP scholarship. The Committee makes a merit based selection.

4. Results

All students will receive an e-mail/ notification informing them of the Central scholarships  Committee's decision concerning their application.
Expected date: 14 March 2016 (6 weeks after the deadline).

5. Acceptance of VUFP offer

Selected candidates  accept/ decline the VUFP offer in VUnet.
Deadline: 1 April 2016 (2 weeks after the results are published).
Conditions VUFP scholarship

Current VUFP scholars

VUFP scholars following a two year Master’s programme do not need to re-apply for the VUFP scholarship for the second year. The VUFP scholar will be nominated for a second year provided that he or she has obtained at least 80% of all ECTS. VUFP candidates will receive an e-mail from the Central scholarships committee on or around the 1 July 2016 a confirming the extension of the VUFP scholarship. Students who have not achieved sufficient study results will be informed that they will not be offered the VUFP scholarship for the next academic year, unless there are clear reasons why the results were lower than average.

Complaint procedure

An interested party that does not agree with the decision of the scholarship committee, may file a written complaint to VUFP@vu.nl. Complaints regarding the application procedure (not the results!) should be addressed to the student ombudsman by e-mail and must include:

• Your name and full address.
• Details of the selection procedure that you do not agree with.
• The grounds for complaint: why are you unable to accept the selection procedure?
• Date and signature.

For pressing questions regarding the VUFP scholarship, please email: vufp@vu.nl.

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