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Ots South Africa Programme for South African Students at Vu University Amsterdam

Applicants are invited to apply for a master position in none. This position is available for two years in the first instance. Applications will be evaluated on a continuous basis.

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Master's degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. VU Amsterdam has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated and excellent students.

Eligible candidates

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) is a Merit scholarship programme for strongly motivated students with excellent study results. 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. The Faculty VUFP committee will be asked to demonstrate to the Central VUFP committee that these credits have indeed been achieved. Students already enrolled in a two-year Master's programme who have not been awarded the VUFP scholarship in 2019/2020 are not eligible to apply for the VUFP scholarship 2020/2021. The scholarship will only be granted to a student once and is explicitly intended for the Master’s programme for which it has been awarded.

One VUFP scholarship will be reserved for an applicant who previously completed a semester or full academic year abroad at the VU Amsterdam via the Semester in Amsterdam program and is now applying for a full time Master’s programme at VU Amsterdam. When you are applying as a Semester in Amsterdam alumnus or alumna, please complete the regular application procedure and then email semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl to inform the staff that you applied via VUnet for a VUFP scholarship. Please indicate in your motivation letter that you previously completed a semester or full academic year at VU Amsterdam via the Semester in Amsterdam program. Students who are not selected for the scholarship reserved for Semester in Amsterdam alumni can still be considered for aregular VUFP scholarship.

Scholarship amount

The VUFP scholarship covers the tuition fees. VUFP scholarship does not provide any additional allowance towards study or living costs. 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.

A. Proof of excellence / transcript, GPAand 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. The Central VUFP Committee decides which students will be offered a VUFP scholarship. All VUFP applications received by1 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.

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). 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 obtained100% ofthe 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. Complaint procedure

An interested party that does not agree with the decision of the scholarship committee, may file a written complaint to VUFP@vu.nl.Complaints regarding the application procedure (not the results!)should be addressed to the student ombudsman by e-mail and must include: Your name and full address.

Details of the selection procedure that you do not agree with. The grounds for complaint: why are you unable to accept the selection procedure? Date and signature. For pressing questions regarding the VUFP scholarship, please email: vufp@vu.nl.

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) is financially supported byVUvereniging: a social network of people whoare connected toVrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

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