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:

    1. An Official letter of acceptance issued by the Education and Student Administration Office at the VUB is needed before one can apply for the scholarship. (Submission deadline for this document is later, see application form for more details)

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

    3. 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 7.0 or C1 level with a minimum score of 185 on the Cambridge English Qualifications.

* All nationalities, except for Russian, can apply.

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What does the scholarship cover?

  • Fixed amount: €9.600 per academic year

  • Tuition fee/tuition waiver: Tuition fee is limited to amount paid by Flemish scholarship student. For 2023-2024: €128,80

  • 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 for the scholarship?

  1. Apply for a place at the VUB (more info through this link).

  2. Only students having received an official letter of acceptance issued by the VUB-Education and Student Administration Office can apply for the scholarship.

  3. Application package should contain:

    • application form (download here);

    • Passport photo;

    • International passport or national registration card; 

    • Transcript of records; if written in another language than Dutch, French or English, a certified translation must be enclosed.

    • A Curriculum Vitae (including your American GPA out of 4.0 and if applicable your publications, academic awards, previous scholarships, etc.)

    • Screenshots of all steps of your calculation of your GPA through the website provided. (https://www.scholaro.com/gpa-calculator/)

    • English language test results. Online language tests of IELTS and TOEFL will also be accepted: 

    • Letter of motivation written in English (towards the jury of the Flemish Government)

    • Two signed letters of recommendation from professors of your (previous) Home university, University of Applied sciences, School of Arts or recent employer written in English. 

    • Copy of acquired diploma(s); if written in another language than Dutch, French or English, a certified translation must be enclosed.

Deadlines:

Application deadline for a Master Mind scholarship is 26 February 2023 - 23h59 Brussels time

The latest on 30/03/2023 at 23h59 you must submit a copy of your letter of acceptance issued by the VUB Student Administration. If you have not obtained and sent this by this deadline, your application will be deemed ineligible. 
 

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

 

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Selection procedure and timeline

The applications for the 23-24 academic year are currently open. The application deadline for the scholarship is: 26 February 2023 at 23:59 GMT+1 - late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel will nominate a maximum 20 students for selection to the Flemish Ministry of Education.