The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP)

Vreij University Amsterdam

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in a selection of Master’s programmes at VU University. VU University has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated, excellent students.
All applications received by 1 March 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 VUFP 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 scholarship 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 VU University and do not have the Dutch nationality. 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 2014/2015 are not eligible to apply for the VUFP scholarship 2015/2016.

Scholarships amounts
The VUFP scholarship covers your tuition fee, and provides for an allowance towards study and living costs (paid out in 3 installments over the year). Please note that the scholarship does not cover all your living expenses.

There are two variations of the VUFP scholarship:

The grant is awarded to students in their first year of a Master’s degree programme. Regarding the 2 year masters the rule is that if student has not been granted in the first year, then it does not matter how good he/she is during the year, student cannot apply for the scholarship of the second year. Only is student was granted a scholarship form 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.

Application procedure
1.Register for Master’s programme
Students register for a Master's programme in Studielink and 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 can apply for the Master programme and the VUFP scholarship simultaneously. Do, you do not have to wait for admission before applying for the VUFP scholarship.
Deadline: 1 March 2015

2.Prepare VUFP application
After the application for a Master's programme students prepare their application for a VUFP scholarship.
Fill out the VUFP application form. The form should contain the following items:
    1. Proof of excellence
    2. Motivation Letter
    3. Financial Plan
    4. CV
Save the completed application form as a PDF-file and note: ‘Studentnumber + name of study programme that your are applying for. For example ‘S2500000 – Computer Science’.

3.Submit VUFP application
Submit your VUFP application (in PDF file format) via email to The subject of your email should indicate your student number and the programme that you are applying for (e.g. S2500000 – Computer Science).
Deadline: 1 March 2015

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

All students will receive an e-mail informing them of the Central VUPF Committee's decision concerning their application. The successful VUFP applicants will receive an e-mail containing a nomination letter, the conditions of the VUFP scholarship and a statement of agreement.
Expected date: 6 May 2015

6.Acceptance of VUFP offer
Selected candidates return the signed statement of agreement to
Deadline: 1 June 2015

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. Faculties will inform the VUFP committee in June if sufficient results have been achieved. They will take into account that some results are still to be received at that date.

VUFP candidates will receive an e-mail from the Central VUFP committee on or around the 1 July 2015 containing a nomination letter, the conditions of the VUFP scholarship and a statement of agreement. Candidates return the signed statement of agreement to

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 VUFP scholarship committee, may file a written complaint. This complaint should be addressed to the student ombudsman by e-mail and must include:

Your name and full address.
Details of the decision that you do not agree with. In the case of a written decision, a copy should be enclosed. In the case of refusal or failure to make a decision, give a full account of the situation and the nature of the required decision.
The grounds for complaint: why are you unable to accept the original decision?
Date and signature.
Your e-mail should be sent within six weeks from the date of the decision that you are objecting against. An objection may be considered beyond this period only if there are compelling reasons for its late submission.

For pressing questions regarding the VUFP scholarship, please email:

Start date : 2015-02-04 00:00:00
Due date : 2015-03-01 00:00:00


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