Mahmoud S. Rabbani Scholarship

The Mahmoud S. Rabbani Scholarship is named in honour of the founder of the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation. It is intended for Arab students who have been accepted into a Masters or Ph.D programme in the Netherlands or for Dutch students who have been accepted into a Masters or Ph.D programme in the Arab World.

The goal of this scholarship, besides fostering interaction between Arab and European students, is to provide the means for students seeking to broaden their own horizons. In keeping with the foundation’s mission, all areas of study are eligible for the grant, and primary requirements are that applicants must have a firm grasp of English, or the language their program will be in. The scholarship is designed for dynamic students with an interest in fostering the formation of ties between these two regions.

Applications for the 2018/2019 academic year are open from 1 January 2018- 15 February 2018.

Get inspired by some of the scholars

“I am motivated by the belief that Arabs and Europeans still have much to learn from each other, and that once they have come to a genuine understanding they will find that there is room in their mutual relationship for a much stronger and broader cooperation.”

– Mahmoud S. Rabbani, 1994

Application requirements

Eligible Candidates

Candidates who are Arab students should be inhabitants of a country in the Arab world and (this includes all nationals from North African and Middle Eastern member countries of the Arab League). Candidates who are Dutch students should have a Dutch nationality.

  • The scholarship is open to Arab students who have been accepted into a Masters or a Ph.D programme in the Netherlands and to Dutch students who have been accepted into a Masters or a Ph.D programme in the Arab World.
  • The candidate should have a good knowledge of English and/or of the language of study if that is not English is necessary.

Eligible Expenses

  • Tuition and living expenses

Duration

  • No support will be provided retroactively, i.e. to expenses linked to a Masters or Ph.D programme that have already been implemented.
  • The Foundation’s scholarship is only valid for the proposed programme of study at the academic institution specified in the application and only for the academic year for which the application is made.
  • An MSR scholarship covers only one academic year.

How to Apply?

  • Fill in the signed application form
    • You can directly fill in the application form on our website and upload the necessary documents (if you do so please keep in mind that you need to have all the documents ready as sessions cannot be saved).
  • Necessary documents are:
    • Motivation and purpose statement (in English);
    • Curriculum Vitae (in English);
    • Copy of passport plus an additional current passport photo in colour;
    • Copies of degrees or diplomas (with English translation) including the results obtained by the student in each individual examination at their higher education institution;
    • Appropriately signed references from two academic referees;
    • Letter of invitation from Host Institution;
    • A detailed official course description from the University which the student intends to pursue clearly indicating his/her choice of institution is required (in English). Please note that the student would need to contact the institution of his/her choice prior to applying for the scholarship to ensure that the course he/she requires is on offer;
    • Budget: please be thorough in completing you budget as this information will be given high priority in the selection of scholarship recipient; total income available to the scholar should be carefully estimated (including whether the scholar has applied to other scholarship funds) as well as necessary expenses to be incurred during the academic year covered by the application; the budget should indicate how the remainder of the costs will be funded, including the costs for the second year of study if the study is a two year programme; the maximum amount that may be awarded is € 15,000 for an academic year.

Terms and Conditions

  • Once the scholarship is granted and accepted, the signed terms and conditions form acts as a legal contract between the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation and the MSR scholar.
  • Within two months time of completion of study, the student must submit a report of his/her experience to the Board of the Foundation. The Board of the Foundation reserves the right to edit the report for communication purposes.
  • Within a year of completion of study, the student will complete a questionnaire provided by the Foundation to evaluate the impact of the scholarship.

Maximum amount

The maximum amount of an MSR scholarship is €15,000

Criteria for the evaluation

  • Academic excellence
  • Personal growth: Assessing the contribution the proposed field of study would have on the applicant’s continued academic and professional development and/or its potential for impact in the local context.
  • Strong motivation in line with the ideals of the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation’s goal of promoting Euro-Arab dialogue and understanding
  • Financial need

Selection process

This grant selection aims to ensure that scholars are selected in a transparent and fair manner, according to clear criteria and a rigorous selection process where due consideration is given to all applications that meet our eligibility requirements.

Phase 1: Intake

Applications are screened in order to verify whether they fall within the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation’s criteria for consideration.

Phase 2: Short listing by the selection committee

All applications are read and discussed by the selection committee of the Lutfia Rabbani Foundation. At the end of this phase a short list is agreed upon.

Phase 3: Interviews

Candidates that are short-listed are asked to go through an interview with the Director of the Foundation and one member of the selection committee.

At the end of this phase a decision is made on the candidates that will be awarded the MSR scholarships.

Phase 4: Board approval and notification

The selected candidates are submitted to the Board of the Foundation for the final approval. Once the approval is granted, the candidates are notified by the Foundation.

Phase 5: Reporting, Evaluation and Communications

At the end of the study period of the MSR scholarship, the candidate should submit a report to the Foundation. This report will be used for evaluation and communication purposes.

Within a year of completion of study, the student will complete a questionnaire provided by the Foundation to evaluate the impact of the scholarship.

Timeline for Academic year 2018-2019

Applications for the 2018/2019 academic year have closed. Applications for the 2019/2020 are welcome between January 1 2019 – February 15, 2019.

Apply

Applications for the 2018/2019 academic year have closed. Uploaded applications received after this date cannot be considered.

Applications for the 2019/2020 academic year will be open between:
January 1, 2019 – February 15, 2019.

Checklist

  • Motivation and purpose statement (in English);
  • Curriculum Vitae (in English);
  • Copy of passport plus an additional current passport photo in colour;
  • Copies of degrees or diplomas (with English translation) including the results obtained by the student in each individual examination at their higher education institution;
  • Appropriately signed references from two academic referees;
  • Letter of invitation from Host Institution;
  • A detailed program outline which the student intends to pursue clearly indicating his/her choice of institution is required (in English). Please note that the student would need to contact the institution of his/her choice prior to applying for the scholarship to ensure that the course he/she requires is on offer;
  • Budget: please be thorough in completing you budget as this information will be given high priority in the selection of scholarship recipient; total income available to the scholar should be carefully estimated (including whether the scholar has applied to other scholarship funds) as well as necessary expenses to be incurred during the academic year covered by the application; the budget should indicate how the remainder of the cost will be funded, including the cost for the second year of study if the study is a two year programme; the maximum amount that may be awarded is € 15,000 for an academic year;
  • The below signed and dated MSR Scholarship Application Form.

Download the MSR Scholarship Application Form.

Please note that by filling in the online application form you need to have all the documents ready as sessions cannot be saved

Application form (required)

Motivation / Purpose statement (required)

Curriculeum Vitae (required)

Copy of passport (required)

Copies of degrees/diplomas (required)

Signed references from two academic referees (required)

Letter of invitation from host institution (required)

Programme outline (required)

Budget (required)

E-mail (required)

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