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Specifically for the European Master in Photonics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the VUB programme board award several scholarships on a competitive basis among all accepted students. Additionally, there are other institutions that award grants to students. 

Scholarships and Grants

VUB Scholarships for European Master of Science in Photonics

After your successful application, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel can grant one of the full scholarships of 10 000,00 EUR per year to students of the European Master of Science in Photonics at VUB. This scholarship is foreseen to cover cost of living inherent to studying in Brussels. Every application will be screened on the basis of excellence and motivation.

All candidates enrolling at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will have the opportunity to show proof of their technical knowledge during the application interview preceding the final admission.  The scholarships will be awarded by the VUB program chair.

B-PHOT Excellence Scholarships
B-PHOT, Brussels Photonics Research group at VUB, offers also scholarships to knowledgeable students on a competitive basis. All students who register for the MSc. in Photonics at VUB are eligible to be awarded a B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship by the researach group without separate application procedure.The candidates who receive the B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship must commit themselves to do a MSc. thesis at VUB. Students who graduate with honours and show excellence in knowledge and applications, will be invited to apply for a PhD at VUB B-PHOT.

The B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship scheme is as follows:

  • three Entry Scholarships  of 1000 Euro , at the beginning of the first semester of the first year of the MSc.. The recipients are the 3 best ranked students according to our selection criteria.
  • three Continuation Scholarships  of 1500 Euro , at the start of the second semester of the first year of the MSc. will be awarded to the top 3 students according to the academic performance after semester 1. Also students who didn’t receive the Entry Scholarship will be considered for the Continuation Scholarship.
  • one Excellence Scholarship  will be awarded, worth 5000 Euro , at the start of the the second year of the MSc..

More scholarship and grants programmes

Next to grants available in your home country, there are Flemish, Belgian and European programmes that support students financially.

Erasmus+  credit mobility scholarships (commonly known as Erasmus grants) are available for the exchange period of 1 or 2 semesters in the second year of our master supporting the mandatory European mobility component.  Students who are eligible for reduced enrolment fees, such as students with scholarship from the Flemish Community of Belgium, will receive an additional 100€/month during their stay abroad.

Other grants

Several scholarships/grants are proposed each year to students enrolled or about to enroll in graduate programmes in optical science and engineering and who are member of the Student Chapter of SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics). You can find the SPIE Student Chapter Brussel on Facebook.

Visit European MSc. in Photonics at VUB for more information.

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