Deadline: 7 February 2011
Open to: holders of a bachelor’s degree from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine
Scholarship: tuition fees, stipend to cover living costs, return air travel
The Open Society Foundations, Maastricht University (The Netherlands) and Aarhus University (Denmark) invite applications for scholarships in the field of European Studies. Applicants will be able to apply for one of the three master courses offered at Maastricht University – the MA in European Studies, MA in Analysing Europe and the MA in European Public Affairs; or for the MA in European Studies at the University of Aarhus. Candidates may apply to one or maximum two of the courses listed above, with the first choice of course clearly stated.
Scholarships at Maastricht University are offered for maximum 18 months and include 12 months of full time study on the master course and a six-month internship after the completion of the course.
Scholarships at Aarhus University are offered for maximum 24 months and are for full time study on the master course program. Internships of two to three months may be carried out during the summer break.
Successful applicants will be expected to attend a one-month preparatory academic writing summer school in July 2011. The academic program at Maastricht and Aarhus universities will start on the 1st of September 2011.
On completion of the scholarship, scholars are expected to return to their home country to resume their studies or work there.
The scholarships are open for applicants from Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and the Ukraine. Applicants should have outstanding relevant academic qualifications and good English skills.
Each scholarship covers the tuition fees at the host university and a stipend to cover living costs (for one person only) for the duration of the scholarship and return air travel from the scholar’s home country.
You are strongly encouraged to visit the Maastricht University and Aarhus University websites before you make your application in order to find out more about the contents and structure of the courses and the study process at the two universities:
Applicants can apply to both universities, but they will need to submit two separate applications, one for Aarhus and one for Maastricht. The two universities have different application forms and the attached documents which have "Maastricht” or "Aarhus” in the title should be used by the applicants depending on which university they want to apply to.
The courses offered at Maastricht and Aarhus are very different in the approaches they use to study European Studies, format and structure. Therefore, the candidates are strongly encouraged to inform themselves very well before they decide which course to apply for: throughout the selection process, candidates should be able to justify very well their choice of course and demonstrate their suitability for the given course in terms of their background and future plans.
Applicants for courses based at Maastricht University should complete the relevant Scholarship Application form provided at the local Educational Advising Centre. Please pay attention that there are three different application forms for each of the three courses based at Maastricht University. Maastricht University applicants must also apply to Maastricht University directly by filling out the on-line application form here http://www.studielink.nl/
before 7 February 2011.
Applicants for the course based at Aarhus University should complete the Aarhus University Graduate Application Form, along with the OSF-Aarhus University Scholarship Application Form – both forms may be obtained from your local Educational Advising Centre. There is no on-line application procedure for the Aarhus University applicants.
Please ensure that you enclose with your application officially certified copies of your diplomas and transcripts. Certified copies require original stamps and signatures as proof of their authenticity (e.g. certified by the applicant’s university, an embassy or a certified notary). If your diploma and transcript are not in English, please provide official translations into English performed by a certified translator.
The completed forms and other documents must be received by your local Educational Advising Center (EAC) http://www.soros.org/initiatives/scholarship/focus_areas/coordinators#ukraine
by 7 February 2011 at the latest (see below addresses and contact details). Please note that each applicant is requested to submit one original application set and one photocopy of the entire application set. Applicants who wish to apply to two courses will need to submit full separate applications for each course. Please keep a copy of all documents for your own reference as well.