Master Mind scholarships

The Government of Flanders awards scholarships to academically outstanding students for master programmes in Flanders and Brussels.

How to apply?

  • There's no open call for these scholarships.
  • They are incorporated in the normal application scheme to obtain admission.
  • Only academically admitted students will be considered.

The application for academic admission should be submitted before the 1st of March according to this procedure.

About the Master Mind scholarships

It is estimated that 30 international students (to be divided over the different Flemish higher education institutions) will be able to benefit from a Master Mind scholarship to start their studies in the academic year 2019-2020.

The scholarship fee consists of:

  • Maximum allowance of € 8000 per academic year
  • Minimum duration of one academic year ( 60 ECTS)
  • Maximum for the full duration of the programme ( 2 academic years, 120 ECTS) on the condition that during the first academic year a minimum of 54 ECTS credits has been obtained

The annual tuition fee to be covered by the student for the academic year 2019-2020 is 110,8 €. This rate may increase slightly from year to year. In case of a two-year master programme (120 ECTS), the exact applicable rate for 2020 -2021 will be communicated to the Master Mind beneficiaries before the 1st of September 2020.

Travel, visa and insurance costs are not included in the scholarship.

Who is eligible?

All new international students who have been academically admitted to start any of the university’s master programmes ( including advanced masters ) in the academic year 2019-2020.
The latest overview of these master programmes can be consulted in the online course catalogue.

All nationalities are eligible but a number of scholarships are reserved to students from Japan (3), Mexico (3), Palestine (2) and the USA (5). These countries are priority countries for the Flemish Government. If these numbers of scholarships are not taken up, they will  be awarded according to the ranking of the candidates as decided by the selection committee of the Flemish Government.

  • Only students who are currently NOT enrolled at a Flemish higher education institution are eligible.

The only exception is made for international students who are already enrolled in a preparatory programme in order to start a master programme in September 2019.

  • All nationalities are eligible but the previously obtained degree should be from a higher education institution located outside of Flanders or Brussels.
  • Students cannot combine this scholarship with another scholarship from the Flemish government nor an Erasmus Mundus scholarship
  • Student mobility during the master programme is allowed. However, at least half of the credits must be obtained at the Flemish host institution.

Academic eligibility criteria

The applicant should have a high standard of academic performance and/or potential:

The student has a sufficient knowledge of the English language:

  • an overall band score of minimum 7.0 on the IELTS test;
  • a minimum total score of 94 on a TOEFL test;
  • a C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference;
  • or a similar result in another official language test recognized by the host institution.

The student has a Grade Point Average of minimum 3.0 out of 4.0:

Selection procedure and timeline

The coordinator of each master programme proposes a maximum of 3 applicants (motivation + ranking in case of several candidates). The International Relations Office will screen all files and submits a shortlist of maximum 20 students by the 30th of April to the Flemish Government who will make the final decision.

Shortlisted students will be contacted by the university’s International Office by mid- April with the necessary information to complete their online Master Mind scholarship application in the Mobility Online tool.
The required documents to be uploaded by the student at this stage will be as follows:

  • Passport photo
  • International passport or national ID
  • Transcript of records; if written in another language than Dutch, French or English, a certified translation must be enclosed.
  • English language test results (students who have English as their mother tongue or who successfully completed their previous higher education with English as the official medium of instruction can request a letter of exemption from the host university)
  • Letter of motivation written in English
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors from the previous university or recent employer
  • Copy of acquired diploma(s); if written in another language than Dutch, French or English, a certified translation must be enclosed

The final selection results will be announced by the selection committee of the Flemish Government during the first half of June.  


International Degree Student Advisor

Further information

The complete call and further detailed information about the scholarship modalities can be consulted on the webpage of the Flemish Government.