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 mastermind@vub.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: €10.000 per academic year

  • Tuition fee/tuition waiver: Tuition fee is limited to amount paid by Flemish scholarship student. For 2024-2025: €131,50

  • 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. Apply through this link with the following documents:
    • 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.


The deadline has now passed and evaluations are ongoing. 

Please note that incomplete, late, or ineligible applications will not be taken into account.


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Selection procedure and timeline

The applications for the 24-25 academic year are closed. The Vrije Universiteit Brussel will nominate a maximum 20 students for selection to the Flemish Ministry of Education who will make their announcement in June.