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The Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) participates in several scholarship programmes which offer grants at different levels of study, from Bachelor to Academic staff, and this in various regions, for long and short stays

Below you will find an overview of the different scholarship programmes which are currently available. 

For more information, please contact international.relations@vub.be

The Master Mind Scholarships Fellowship Programme for Excellent Students is a scholarship programme offered by the Flemish government aiming to promote the internationalisation of the Flemish higher education.

Please note that you need to have applied for a place at the VUB and have received an offical letter of acceptance, issued by the VUB Education and Student Administration Office, before you can apply for the scholarship. Applications for a place at the VUB are possible from mid November on. (https://www.vub.be/en/studying-at-vub/how-to-apply)

 

Who can apply?

  • Citizenship: all nationalities, with the exception of students having graduated from a Flemish Higher Education Institution and students who are currently enrolled at a Flemish Higher Education Institution
  • Study fields: Please contact international.relations@vub.ac.be for more information
  • Required degree: Bachelor/undergraduate degree
  • Other (pre-existence of bilateral agreements, etc): see a), b) and c) below

a) Official letter of acceptance issued by the Education and Student Administration Office at the VUB is needed before one can apply for the scholarship

b) Minimum CGPA of 3.5 out of 4 (https://www.scholaro.com/resources/gpa-calculator/)

c) Passing an English language test is compulsory and the required scores are higher than those for entry to the university: TOEFL iBT minimum 94, IELTS academic module minimum Band 7 or C1 level with a minimum score of 185 on the Cambridge English Qualifications. During the COVID 19 period also online versions of TOEFL and IELTS will be accepted. Attestations or other language tests than the above mentioned are not accepted.

What does the scholarship cover?

  • Tuition fee/tuition waiver: Tuition fee is limited to amount paid by Flemish scholarship student
  • Duration (in months or weeks): Duration of the Master program (if 2-year Master: second year conditional)
  • Health insurance included ? No 
  • Flight (per year or total for the period)? No
  • Language preparation courses (up to X weeks or amount)? No

How to apply?

  1. Apply for a place at the VUB (https://www.vub.be/en/studying-at-the-vub/how-to-apply)
  2. Only students having received an offical letter of acceptance issued by the VUB-Education and Student Administration Office can apply for the scholarship
  3. Application deadline for a Master Mind scholarship is  25 February 2021 - 5 pm GMT+1
  4. Application package should contain:

    a. application form (can be obtained by sending email to international.relations@vub.ac.be)

    b. copy of the letter of acceptance issued by the VUB-Education and Student Administration Office

    c. copy of acquired degree(s) and Transcript(s) of records; if written in another language than Dutch, English, German or French, a certified translation into one of these languages must be enclosed

    d. copy of official language test (TOEFL, IELTS or CEQS) - passing a language test is compulsory

    e. letter of motivation (max 2 A4 pages)

    f. two letters of recommendation from professors of your (previous) Home university, written in English

Please note that incomplete applications or applications which do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be taken into account.

Selection procedure and timeline

Application deadline for the scholarship: 25 February 2021 5 pm GMT+1 - late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel will nominate maximum 20 students for selection to the Flemish Ministry of Education.

The EU program 'Erasmus+ Key Action 1' offers individual students the opportunity to study abroad for a period of 3-12 months for studies or 2-12 months for a traineeship. Students can undertake this mobility at Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level for a max. total of 12 months per study cycle.  This is for all fields of study

Who can apply?

Bachelor exchange/Master exchange/PhD exchange

  • Citizenship: Students studying at a program country HEI that holds an ECHE and has (an) inter institutional Erasmus+ agreement(s) with the VUB, for a specific field of study and level. Students studying at a partner country HEI should contact their International office at home to know if such possibilities exist
  • Study fields: See also the exchange page for more information 
  • Required degree: As per academic program requirements
  • Other (pre-existence of bilateral agreements, etc): Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreement with VUB, for specific field of study and level, required

What does the scholarship cover?

Bachelor/Master/PhD

  • Tuition fee/tuition waiver: Tuition fee waiver
  • Duration (in months or weeks)? Min. 3- max. 12 months (VUB: max. 10 months)
  • Insurance included? No
  • Flight (per year or total for the period)? No
  • Language preparation courses (up to X weeks or amount)? No

How to apply?

  1. Home university officially nominates the student for studies or a training on exchange.incoming@vub.be
  2. The VUB sends the nominated students the link to the online application form, where they have to upload the required application documents (motivation letter, transcripts of records, proof of language knowledge, proof of health insurance, copy ID-card, passport photo) and fill in their Learning/Training Agreement.

Selection procedure and timeline

Application deadlines:

  • Autumn semester or full year: nomination: 1 May X-1 - application: 1 June X-1
  • Spring semester: nomination : 1 October X -  application:  1 November X 

Late and/or incomplete applications are not considered.

The Ministry of Education of Peru, through its programme 'Becas Presidente de la Republica',  finances full-time:

  • Master studies at VUB to Peruvian professionals with both high academic performance and low income, for 1 to 2 academic years
  • PhD studies at VUB to Peruvian professionals with both high academic performance and low income, for up to 4 academic years.

The focus is on Science and Technology, plus Education

Who can apply?

Master degree/PhD degree

  • Citizenship: Citizens from Peru, who are living in Peru at the time of application
  • Study fields:
  1. Priority study fields: Biology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, camelids, material science and technology, environment science and technology, earth sciences, forestry, food technbology, ICT, physics, chemistry, mathematics, pharmacy, biochemistry, engineering (all).
  2. Non priority study fields: supply chain, health sciences, public administration, public policy, public management, economy, education. 
  • Required degree: Bachelor degree Master degree

What does the scholarship cover?

Master degree/PhD degree

  • Tuition fee/tuition waiver: Tuition fee waiver
  • Duration (in months or weeks)?
  1. Master Degree: Maximum of 2 academic years
  2. PhD Degree: Maximum of 4 academic years
  • Health insurance included? Yes
  • Flight (per year or total for the period)? Yes 
  • Language preparation courses (up to X weeks or amount)? Yes
  • Other:
  1. Master Degree: living allowance
  2. PhD Degree: Living allowance, Research expenses

How to apply?

The applicant must first have received an acceptance letter from VUB prior to submitting his/her application to the PRONABEC scholarship program. For the detailed procedure, please refer to PRONABEC's website: Becas Presidente de la Republica. 

Selection procedure and timeline

For the detailed procedure, please refer to PRONABEC's website

1. VUB Scholarships for Master of Science in Photonics Engineering */**

Each year the Vrije Universiteit Brussels grants several full scholarships of 10.000,- EUR/academic year for the Master of Science in Photonics Engineering programme based on excellence. Every international student applying at VUB is eligible for these scholarships, no separate procedure must be followed.

All candidates applying at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will have the opportunity to show proof of their technical knowledge during a scholarship interview preceding the final admission.

2. VUB B-PHOT Excellence Scholarships*/**

B-PHOT, the Brussels Photonics Research group at VUB, also offers scholarships to excellent students on a competitive basis. All students who register for the MSc. in Photonics Engineering at VUB are eligible to be awarded a B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship of 5.000,- EUR/academic year by the research group without a separate application procedure.

All scholarships will be awarded by the VUB programme board.

* All candidates who receive the VUB Scholarship or the B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship must commit themselves to do a master thesis at VUB
** None of these scholarships can be granted in combination with any other scholarship (with the exception of the Erasmus+ mobility grants)

Photonics scholarships

Granted by VUB and B-PHOT Brussels Photonics.

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VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin-America, to follow a training or master programme at a Flemish university or university college in Belgium. The training and master programmes are taught in English. These programmes, lasting one or two academic years, focus on specific problems of developing countries and/or are relevant to developing countries in a more general sense. 

Only applications to Master programs that are recognised and funded by VLIR-UOS will be considered.

- Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management: 

- Water Resources Engineering

Who can apply?

  • Citizenship: Citizens of countries included in VLIR's country list will be considered
  • Study fields: Please refer to the information listed on each programme's website (see list of programmes above). 
  • Required degree: As per each academic program requirements

What does the scholarship cover?

  • Tuition fee/tuition waiver: Tuition fee equals fee to be paid by EEA students
  • Duration (in months or weeks)? Maximum of two academic years
  • Health insurance included? Yes
  • Flight: One flight to Belgium, one return flight
  • Language preparation courses (up to X weeks or amount)? No
  • Other: Logistic allowance (one-time payment), indirect travel costs (one-time payment)

How to apply?

Please refer to the information listed on each programme's website (see list of programmes above) 

Selection procedure and timeline

Please refer to the information listed on each programme's website (see list of programmes above)