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Corona measures and GUF, January 2021

Grants for internships within the Netherlands temporarily possible due to the coronavirus
Now that travelling abroad is not currently possible, grants may be temporarily requested for extra costs incurred as part of an internship in the Netherlands.

Internship in the Netherlands
Conditions for obtaining a grant for an internship in the Netherlands are:
Obtaining an average mark of at least 7.3 for Bachelor’s students (7.0 for Double Degree students), whereby the internship lasts at least 8 weeks.
Compulsory evidence of costs covered by the grant include: travel costs, accommodation costs or other extra costs necessary for the internship. It must be clear what exactly the extra costs comprised.
In addition, the usual documents (a request form, recommendation letter, explanation of internship activities and list of marks) must be submitted.
The maximum grant amount that can be provided is €400, or €200 in the case of crowdfunding.
Requests can be submitted via the application form for Bachelor’s/Master’s students or the application form for crowdfunding.

Grants may not be requested for digital internships (undertaken from home).

Requesting a travel grant for an internship abroad
All in-person exchange programmes in the second semester of the current academic year have been cancelled. This means that all internships abroad have also been cancelled. Currently, the government and the UG are also advocating negative travel advice for trips abroad. As long as this negative travel advice applies, no grants will be provided for trips abroad.

Conferences/Symposia
Grant requests for in-person conferences or gatherings held during the current academic year (until the end of August 2021) will not be honoured.
Grants may be requested for digital gatherings, under the same conditions as usual.

Grants for Bachelor’s, Master’s and outstanding Master’s students

Every year, the GUF awards a limited number of grants to Bachelor's and Master's students from the University of Groningen who travel abroad for study, research, internship or a foreign study exchange that form part of the curriculum.
Students attending conferences are not eligible. The maximum grant for a period spent in Europe is €400 and for a period spent outside Europe €500.
In addition to the regular grants, the GUF also awards 60 grants every year to outstanding Master's students. The maximum grant for these students is €1,200.
Students are only entitled to one grant from the GUF during the period of their studies.

General requirements and conditions

Preference is given to placements/study periods that last at least 8 weeks, requests for periods of less than 6 weeks will not be considered.
The application must arrive at the GUF e-mail address guf rug.nl at least 6 weeks before the start of the planned activity.
An e-mail to confirm receipt will be sent within 5 working days.

Since 1 February 2019, ALL applications must be digital and send to the secretariat: guf rug.nl.

Please read all the information carefully, as applications will only be accepted if all the relevant appendices are enclosed. Make sure everything is legible, fill out the application form digitally. Do not send in more appendices than is asked for.

Bachelor/Master students

For Bachelor’s and Master’s students to apply for a grant you must have an average mark of at least 7.3 for the Bachelor’s phase.
For students taking a double Bachelor’s the average mark is 7.0. (For this two separate lists of marks must be submitted.)
The Honours College is not a separate Bachelor but an addition to the Bachelor.
Students with an average between 7.0 and 7.2 will be offered the crowd funding possibility. Applications with an average below 7.0 will not be considered.
We use an official conversion table to convert foreign lists of marks to Dutch marks, this conversion is binding.

Please send your application digital in 1 document in the following order:

  1. Completed and signed application form.
  2. A description of the planned activity (max. 2A4).
  3. A signed recommendation from the coordinator of the Education Internationalization Office or the study advisor/lecturer.
  4. A recent list of marks stating all results from (only) the Bachelor’s phase.

Application form for Bachelor’s/Master’s students

The application must arrive at the GUF e-mail address guf rug.nl at least 6 weeks before the start of the planned activity.

Crowd funding

In collaboration with the Ubbo Emmius Fund we offer students with an average mark of 7.0 - 7.2 the possibillity to be awarded half of the grant amount (€ 200 or € 250) by the GUF on condition that the sum be doubled by means of crowd funding.
We use an official conversion table to convert foreign lists of marks to Dutch marks, this conversion is binding.

Please send your application digital in 1 document in the following order:

  1. Completed and signed application form.
  2. A description of the planned activity (max. 2A4).
  3. A signed recommendation from the coordinator of the Education Internationalization Office or the study advisor/lecturer.
  4. A recent list of marks stating all results from (only) the Bachelor’s phase.

Application form for Crowd funding

The application must arrive at the GUF e-mail address guf rug.nl at least 6 weeks before the start of the planned activity.

Outstanding Master students

To apply for the outstanding Master's grant, students must have an average mark of at least 7.5 for their Bachelor’s phase and 8 or higher for their Master’s phase.
If upon inspection of the application the marks do not meet the requirements, we will check if the student is eligible for the regular grant or the crowd funding option. If not, the application will not be considered.
We use an official conversion table to convert foreign lists of marks to Dutch marks, this conversion is binding.

Please send your application digital in 1 document in the following order:

  1. Completed and signed application form.
  2. A description of the planned activity (max. 2A4).
  3. A signed recommendation from the coordinator of the Education Internationalization Office or the study advisor, providing evidence of excellence.
  4. A signed recommendation from a lecturer or head of department providing evidence of excellence.
  5. Two recent lists of marks, 1 stating all results from the Bachelor’s phase and 1 stating all results from the Master’s phase.

Application form for Outstanding Master's students

The application must arrive at the GUF e-mail address guf rug.nl at least 6 weeks before the start of the planned activity.

Grants for group study trips and organization of conferences/symposia


Group study trips

Grants will only be awarded to students planning a group study trip if the trip is organized by a Faculty student association and one or more scientific members of staff from RUG will supervise the students on this trip.

Please send your application digital in 1 document in the following order:

  1. Completed and signed application form.
  2. A description of the trip and the planned activities (max. 2A4).
  3. A budget stating all anticipated expenses, the requested amount from the GUF, the contribution from the attendees and any other organizations.
  4. A signed recommendation letter from a program director or portfolio holder education of the Faculty.

Application form for Group study trips

The application must arrive at the GUF e-mail address guf rug.nl at least 6 weeks before the start of the planned activity.

Organization of conferences/symposia

Conferences must take place in Groningen or the northern part of The Netherlands and participants must be charged a contribution.

Please send your application digital in 1 document in the following order:

  1. Completed and signed application form.
  2. A description of the planned activity and the outline of the conference program (max. 2A4).
  3. A budget stating all anticipated income and expenses, the requested amount from the GUF, the contribution from the participants and any other organizations.

Application form for conferences/symposia

The application must arrive at the GUF e-mail address guf rug.nl at least 6 weeks before the start of the planned activity.

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