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VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) for International Students – Netherlands

  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Tuition Fees
  • Netherlands
  • Any Subject
  • International Students
  • February 01, 2020

Applications are invited for Funded VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) for International students at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, Netherlands.


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. 


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


The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) is a Merit scholarship programme for strongly motivated students with excellent study results.  

  • You can prove your academic excellence with a GPA of at least 80% of the highest possible mark.
  • You are applying for the first year of a full-time English-taught Master’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam starting per September 2021.
  • You do not have the Dutch nationality.
  • The degree with which you are seeking admission has not been obtained in the Netherlands.

The VU Fellowship Programme 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.

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 programme 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 a regular VUFP scholarship.


1. Register for a Master’s programme (from 1 October 2020)  
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 VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) scholarship and your VUFP application has to be received in good order by the deadline.   

2. Submit VUFP application (from 1 November 2020)
Submit your VUFP application  in VUnet. 
Deadline: 2 February 2021
Please note that we strongly recommend to submit the required documents before 22 January 2021 to have a chance to upload any revised documents again if this should be necessary.

For VUFP application 3 documents in PDF format are required:

  • Proof of excellence / transcript, GPA and grading scale
  • Motivation Letter (around 500 words) 
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)


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