VU Amsterdam Fellowship Programme 2020/2021 for International Students

VU Amsterdam Fellowship Programme 2020/2021 for International Students

Scholarship Description

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


Host Institution(s): Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in Netherlands

Level/Field(s) of study: English-taught Master’s Degree Programmes offered at the University

Number of Scholarships: Not specified.

Target: International Students


Scholarship value: The VUFP scholarship covers the tuition fees. VUFP scholarship does not provide any additional allowance towards study or living costs. The VUFP scholarship can be granted for a one or two-year Master’s programme. The scholarship will only be extended for the second year of the two-year Master’s programme if 100% of the credits of the first year have been achieved.


How to Apply for the Scholarship

Please note that you must have applied for the Master programme before you can apply for the VUFP scholarship.


1. Register for a Master’s programme (from 1 October 2019)

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’s programme before you can apply for the VUFP scholarship and your VUFP application has to be received in good order by the deadline.
Deadline: 1 February 2020.


2. Submit VUFP application (from 1 November 2019)

Submit your VUFP application  in VUnet.
Deadline: 1 February 2020


For VUFP application 3 documents in PDF format are required:


A. Proof of excellence / transcript, GPA and grading scale
Please upload the transcript and grading scale of your qualifying degree with a clear explanation of the GPA calculation.

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 or current Bachelor’s degree). For example, if the highest possible mark is a 10 you need to have an average of at least an 8. Excellence in previous education is proven if the grade point average achieved is at least the equivalent of the Dutch grade of an 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 an 8.0 using the grade information included in the NUFFIC country modules.


B. Motivation Letter (around 500 words)  
We would like to know your motivation for applying to the VU Fellowship Programme. Topics that should be reviewed in the motivation letter are the following:

• Why do you want to study this specific Master’s programme?
• What are your future goals?
• Why do you deserve the VUFP scholarship?


Do not hesitate to mention other factors of motivations as well, taking initiative is appreciated!


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. All VUFP applications received by 1 February 2020 will be reviewed by the faculty of the applied for Master’s programme. Faculties then nominate applicants to the central scholarship committee, which subsequently 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. The Committee makes a merit based selection. A scholarship offer will be made to successful candidates.


4. Results

All students will receive an e-mail/ notification informing them of the Central scholarships  Committee’s decision concerning their application.
Expected date:  1 April 2020 (8 weeks after the deadline).


5. Acceptance of VUFP or HSP offer

Selected candidates accept/ decline the VUFP offer in VUnet. Deadline: 15 April 2020 (2 weeks after the results are published).


Current VUFP scholars
VUFP scholars enrolled in a two years 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 100% of the first year ECTS. VUFP candidates will receive an e-mail from the Central Scholarships Committee on or around 1 July 2020 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.


See full instruction on how to apply for the scholarship on the official Scholarship Website:

Application Deadline

1 February 2020.

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