The Flemish Ministry of Education awards scholarships to outstanding students for Master programmes in Flanders and Brussels. A Master Mind Scholarship includes a grant of € 8.200 + a tuition fee waiver per academic year. Master Mind Scholarship holders only pay an administrative enrolment fee. The grant is paid in instalments and covers accommodation costs, insurances and a significant amount of their living expenses. It is estimated that a total of 30 international students spread across the various universities in Flanders can benefit from the Master Mind Scholarships. Students cannot apply directly. Applications need to be submitted by the University of Antwerp.
The applications for this year have closed. The new call will be announced in December 2021.
UAntwerp Master programmes that qualify for Master Mind scholarships
You can apply for a Master Mind scholarship to study for one of the following Master programmes:
- Applied Economic Sciences: Economic Policy
- Biology: Biodiversity, Conservation and Restoration
- Biology: Global Change Biology
- Biomedical Sciences: Infectious and Tropical Diseases | Research
- Biomedical Sciences: Neurosciences | Research
- Business Economics
- Computer Science: Computer Networks and Distributed Systems
- Computer Science: Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
- Computer Science: Software Engineering
- Digital Text Analysis
- Electronics and ICT Engineering Technology
- Laws (LL.M)
- Linguistics and Literature: English
- Political Science
- Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy: Internal Conditions
- Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy: Neurological Conditions
General eligibility criteria
The applicant applies to take up a Master degree programme at the University of Antwerp.
The applicant should have a high standard of academic performance and/or potential. This means:
- The student has a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 out of 4.0. You can find the GPA calculator here.
- The student has a good knowledge of the English language, proven by one of the following situations:
- 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;
- a similar result in another official language test;
- or an exemption provided by the Master programme Selection Committee.
- Online language tests of IELTS and TOEFL will also be accepted:
Additionally, the University of Antwerp will consider the following aspects when evaluating candidates:
- Academic performance
- Attitude and maturity
- Relevant work experience
- The student has to be accepted by the University of Antwerp to be able to receive the scholarship. Even if the university's final decision is taken after awarding the scholarship to the student, this precondition applies.
- All nationalities can apply. The previous degree obtained should be from a higher education institution located outside Flanders.
- Students who are already enrolled in a Flemish higher education institution cannot apply. The only exception is made for international students who, at the moment of their application in the spring of 2021, are already enrolled in a preparatory programme in order to start a Master programme in September 2021.
- Students who enrol for the following programmes for the academic year 2021-2022 are not eligible for a Master Mind scholarship:
- preparatory programmes
- distance learning programmes
- Student mobility during the master programme is allowed. However, at least half of the credits of the master programme must be obtained at the University of Antwerp.
- The duration of mobility is one academic year for a Master programme of 60 ECTS and two academic years for a master programme of 120 ECTS.
- The incoming student is awarded a maximum scholarship of €8200 per academic year.
- The applicant needs to pay a reduced tuition fee to the University of Antwerp. The rate for the academic year 2021-2022 is €113,20. This rate may increase slightly from year to year. In case of two-year master programme (120 ECTS), the exact applicable rate for 2022-2023 will be communicated to the Master Mind beneficiaries before 1 September 2022.
- There are a number of scholarships reserved for students from certain countries: Japan (3), Mexico (3), Palestine (2) and 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 Flemish Selection committee.
- Students cannot combine this scholarship with another scholarship from the Flemish Governement or an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
- Upon completion of the mobility all students are expected to submit an essay for which a format is provided and to fill in a short questionnaire about their mobility.
- A maximum of 20 applications can be submitted per Flemish higher education institution.
How to apply
The University of Antwerp screens all applicants and submits a shortlist of 20 candidates for the scholarship. The Flemish Government makes the final selection on the basis of this shortlist.
To apply for the Master Mind scholarship, students need to complete the following steps:
- Complete your application and upload all documents for the relevant Master programme at the University of Antwerp. Click here to read more about the Admission and enrolment procedure. Please do not forget to upload your English test scores!
- During your application indicate that you would also like to apply for the Master Mind Scholarship. In your motivation text, clearly specify why you are applying for the Master Mind scholarship and why you should be selected. Please address every selection criterium. In addition, specify your GPA score. Here is a guide to calculating your score. Applications without a motivation text will not be considered.
Application process for candidates who do not need to submit a Master application in Mobility Online (previous degree from Wallonia, Netherlands or Luxembourg) or those currently enrolled in a preparatory or bridge programme at the University of Antwerp: Please submit your application directly to the Master programme you are applying for. See programme links above for the contact details. Your application should include a motivation letter addressing the selection criteria and clearly specifying your language test and GPA scores.
Application deadline is 1 March 2021.
Potential candidates will be screened by the Selection Committee and will be contacted in April 2021 to further complete the Master Mind application file.
If you are shortlisted, you will need to ensure that all hard copy documentation is received by our Registrar's Office before 31 May 2021.
The results of the final selection by the Flemish Government will be known in June 2021.
Start of mobility is September 2021.
More information can be found on the website of the Master Mind Scholarship programme.