Are you a student at Radboud University who wants to pursue a complete study programme abroad? Do you have Dutch nationality and a strong engagement in society? If yes, then you might be eligible for a VSBfonds grant, a scholarship that can help you finance your studies abroad.
This article will guide you on how to apply for this opportunity before the March 1, 2024 deadline for the VSBfonds Study Abroad Grant. Not only that, you’ll know everything you need to know about this scholarship, including its benefits, eligibility criteria, application process, and valuable resources to support your journey.
What is VSBfonds?
VSBfonds is a Dutch foundation that supports social and cultural projects in the Netherlands. One of its activities is to award scholarships to students who wish to do a full study programme abroad after they have finished their study programme at Radboud University. The scholarship amount is up to €10.000, depending on the duration and costs of the study programme.
What are the Benefits of Studying Abroad?
Studying abroad can offer you many benefits, such as:
- Expanding your academic and professional horizons.
- Developing your intercultural and language skills.
- Experiencing different cultures and perspectives.
- Building your international network and friendships.
- Enhancing your personal growth and confidence.
What are the Requirements for Applying for a VSBfonds Grant?
For you to be eligible for a VSBfonds schorlarship grant. You must meet the following requirements criteria:
- You should be a full-time student at Radboud University who will graduate a Bachelor’s or Master’s.
- You should have a graduation date between 1 March 2022 and 31 December 2024.
- You should have the Dutch nationality.
- You should have a high level of motivation and a strong involvement in society, which are more important than your grades.
- You should select the educational institute abroad and secure your admission.
- You should choose an educational institute that is accredited by that country’s government. If that is not the case, you should prove that the institute and the study programme you have chosen have the same quality as the Dutch standards for higher education.
- You should not use this grant for an internship or research project.
How Can You Apply for a VSBfonds Grant?
If you are interested in applying for a VSBfonds grant, you need to follow these steps:
- Visit the VSBfonds website.
- Fill in the online application form and upload the required documents, such as your CV, motivation letter, study plan, budget, and proof of admission.
- Submit your application before the deadline of 1 March 2024.
- Wait for the invitation for an interview, which will take place on 26 March or 28 March 2024 on campus.
- Prepare for the interview and show your motivation and engagement.
- Receive the decision of the selection committee by mid-April 2024.
Why Should You Apply For the VSBfonds Scholarships Grant?
VSBfonds scholarships are designed to reward students who feel involved in the Netherlands and who have a dream to study or gain experience abroad. The scholarships are available for MBO, HBO, and WO students, for all disciplines and countries. The scholarships are not part of a Dutch study, but for your own personal development.
VSBfonds believes that studying abroad can enrich not only yourself, but also society. By gaining knowledge and experience abroad, you can develop a more open view of your environment and diversity. VSBfonds also values your social involvement and motivation, which are more important than your grades. By supporting you, VSBfonds hopes that you will continue to contribute to social and cultural initiatives in the future.
Where Can You Get More Information and Support?
If you want to know more about the VSBfonds grant, you can visit the VSBfonds website, where you can find more information about the scholarship, the conditions, and the application procedure. You can also contact the VSBfonds office by phone or email if you have any questions.
Additionally, you can attend one of the Q&A sessions that are organized by Radboud University for its students, where you can get help with the application process and ask any questions you might have. The Q&A sessions are:
- Online Q&A session on 25 January 2024, for everyone interested in the VSBfonds grant.
- Q&A session on 8 February 2024, from 15.30 to 16.30, via ZOOM.
The VSBfonds grant is a great opportunity for Radboud University students who want to study abroad and enrich their academic and personal experiences. If you meet the requirements and are motivated to apply, do not hesitate to submit your application before the deadline of 1 March 2024.
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