Bright Minds Fellowships

In 2017, Utrecht University and the Utrecht University Fund proudly announced a new scholarship programme: the Bright Minds Fellowships. This scholarship aims to attract and retain talented students from a broad range of backgrounds, as well as stimulate and support global excellence and diversity in the UU student population.

  • Number of scholarships: approximately 10
  • Available for: EU/EEA students (including Dutch students)
  • Scholarship amount: € 5,000 or € 10,000

The Bright Minds Fellowships are made possible by Utrecht University alumni and the Utrecht University Fund.

Take a look at some of the student's testimonials.

Who is eligible?

Students who hold an EU/EEA passport (including Dutch), and

  • have applied for a Master’s Programme at Utrecht University (only UU students can receive a Bright Minds Fellowship)
  • will be starting their Master’s Programme at Utrecht University in September 2022
  • will be working to complete their first Master’s degree
  • have shown academic achievement in their previous studies
  • bring an element of diversity to the UU community

How can I apply?

The option to apply for a Bright Minds Fellowship opens from 1 November. Complete the online application form before 31 January 2022 (23:59 CET), after which the application portal will be closed.

  1. After submitting an application for a Master’s programme, you can go to Osiris Online Application.
  2. Log in with your Osiris username and password.
  3. Click on the link New application, answer the Bright Mind Fellowship questions and upload the requested document(s).
  4. Submit your application.

Selection will only start after the deadline and we aim to communicate the results before mid-April.

Selection criteria

The applications are reviewed by the Bright Minds selection committee. The committee considers:

  • Academic achievement, as shown by grades and (if available) GRE or GMAT scores.
  • Personal background, as demonstrated by a variety of factors, including but not limited to educational experience, socio-economic background, cultural heritage, race and ethnicity.
  • Interpersonal skills, as demonstrated by extracurricular activities, community service and work experience.