Full VUB B-PHOT Excellence Master Scholarships – Belgium, 2019


The new VUB B-PHOT Excellence Scholarships is now available on offer for all new international students. Scholarships are available to study European Master of Science.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. Through tailor-made high quality research and education, VUB wants to contribute in an active and committed way to a better society for tomorrow.

Description of Scholarship

Closing date for Applications: The University accepts and review applications on a rolling basis, and aim at sending the decision within three weeks from the receipt of the complete application.
Course Level: The scholarship is available for those seeking to study European Master of Science in Photonics.
Study Subject: Scholarships are awarded in the fields of Bridging physics, engineering and photonics.
Scholarship Award: For the academic year 2019-2020 the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will grant several 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.
All candidates who wish to enroll at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel will have the opportunity to show proof of their technical knowledge during the application interview preceding the final admission. Every application for scholarships will be screened on the basis of excellence and motivation, after acceptance to our program.

VUB 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 M.Sc. in Photonics at VUB are eligible to be awarded a B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship by the research group without separate application procedure. The candidates who receive the B-PHOT Excellence Scholarship must commit themselves to do a M.Sc. thesis at VUB. Students, who graduate with honors 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 M.Sc. 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 M.Sc. 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 second year of the M.Sc.

Nationality: Scholarships are available for International students.
Number of Scholarships: Numbers not given

Scholarship will be taken in Belgium



Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The program is open to applicants with a bachelor or master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, (Applied) Physics, Materials Sciences or equivalent. Students in their last year of such programs will also be considered.
  2. Applicants holding a bachelor or master degree in another field of engineering are welcome to join the program through a personalized preparatory program. This preparatory program can be combined with a specific bachelor or master program.
  3. Belgian Bachelors in IR Architecture, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, industrial Science – Electronics/ICT, Engineering Science or KMS Poly-technical Department can apply for the preparatory program of 30 ECTS. Hereyou can find the details of the preparatory program in Dutch leading to the Master of Science in Fotonica or the European M.Sc. in Photonics.

Language requirements for international students:

  • A TOEFL-TEST, taken as recently as within the last two years, showing a score of at least 570 (paper-based) or 87 (internet-based)
  • An original “test report from” (TRF) from IELTS, issued as recently as within the last two years, with a minimum overall band score of 6.0
  • Cambridge-ESOL: First certificate in English (FCE)
  • Holders of a diploma of secondary or higher education by a recognized institution in the Flemish Community are exempted from submitting a proof of language proficiency.
  • You are also exempted from language test when you have successfully completed a minimum of 1 year (60 credits), be it secondary or higher education, where the medium of instruction was English (an official certificate must be submitted).
  • Note: if the proof of English proficiency or APS certificate is not ready before the deadline, you can always submit it later instead of missing the deadline.


Procedures for Application

How to Apply

We accept and review applications on a rolling basis, and aim at sending the decision within three weeks from the receipt of the complete application.

Applications can only be submitted through the online application form, we advise candidate students to apply as soon as possible, even if they have not yet obtained their degree.

All non EEA students and EEA students need to apply before 1 June. We recommend all candidate students to apply as early as possible; most certainly for non EEA students this is important with regards to VISA administration

Visit the Scholarship Link for more information

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