I would like to make a donation to the MSF. Where do I begin?
There are numerous ways to make a donation to the MSF. Please contact us, so that we can discuss the possibilities with you. Via the header ‘support us’ on our website you can make a single donation to the MSF or donate periodically.
In addition, the MSF organizes fundraising diners for professionals who work in selective professions (please also check the schedule on our homepage). Should you wish to attend one of these diners, please contact us.
Do I have to be a member of Minerva to be able to receive a scholarship?
No. The MSF was founded to make education and research in a foreign country possible for all students of Leiden University. Therefore, being a member of L.S.V. Minerva is not a requirement for obtaining an MSF scholarship. Plus, being a member of Minerva does not enlarge your chances to be granted an MSF scholarship.
What amount does the MSF usually pay per scholarship?
The amount the MSF pays per scholarship depends on the number of applications, the quality of these applications and the amount you apply for. In short, there is no simple answer to this question. In average, per scholarship the amount paid lies between 500 and 1500 euros.
How big is the chance for me to get an MSF scholarship?
The chance that you will receive an MSF scholarship depends on the number of applications and the quality of these applications. In order to be able to attribute more scholarships, we depend from donations.
What selection criteria does the Allocation Committee use?
The MSF distinguishes itself from other study funds due to its prestigious Allocation Committee, consisting of Leiden professors. In the first place, scholarship applications are assessed in relation to the general relevance of the training or research. Then, a selection is made based on the resume, mark lists and recommendations of the applicant. Some tips to improve your chances are:
- Clearly indicate what the direct consequences of your foreign internship are for both yourself and your discipline.
- Aim for the most suitable and leading university or research group.
- Collect recommendations from the most leading professors or other authorities in the discipline.
Can I make an application for an MSF scholarship if my project is not completely finished yet?
That depends on the situation. Please contact us in such a case.
Can I be awarded an MSF scholarship if I am going to get a training or if I will conduct research at a university in the Netherlands?
MSF only awards scholarships for training and research projects conducted abroad. Therefore, it is not possible to get an MSF scholarship for a project in the Netherlands.
Can I make an application for an MSF scholarship for material items that I need for my training or research project, such as lab materials or a new laptop?
An MSF scholarship is meant for the person who is awarded the scholarship and not for the training or the research itself. It is, therefore, restricted to expenditures that are unconditional for being able to follow the training or to conduct the research. Examples are: travel and living costs, purchase of text books or an application for a visa.
I will follow training or conduct research in a foreign country. However, I’m not registered at Leiden University anymore. Can I still apply for an MSF scholarship?
MSF only awards scholarships to students that are registered at Leiden University. If you would like to go to a foreign country, during a gap year or after having obtained your Bachelor’s or your Master’s degree, and follow training or conduct research, you will still have to be registered at Leiden University to be able to get an MSF scholarship.
Why do I have to hand in a testimonial after my stay abroad?
In order to survive, the MSF depends on both sufficient applications by students for scholarships and on sufficient financial support in the form of donations. Through these testimonials students can read how important MSF has been for the academic training of Minerva Scholars. In addition, when reading the testimonials, donors can see what their valuable donation has brought about.
What happens to my personal data and documents after having submitted an application for an MSF scholarship?
Personal data and documents are temporarily saved in a secured surrounding, which is managed by the board of L.S.V. Minerva, in conformity with the General Data Protection Regulation [Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming] (AVG). Personal data and documents, such as a resume, are never shared with third parties and are deleted after the Allocation Committee had its meeting. Email addresses and names of the people who have been awarded a scholarship, shall, however, be stored only after a written consent, in order for us to be able to stay in contact with our Minerva Scholars.