Bright Minds Assistantships February 2024

Are you a master’s student at the Graduate School of Geosciences? Then this could be a great opportunity for you!

The Graduate School of Geosciences will continue its Bright Minds Assistantships programme in February 2024. The assistantships are for highly motivated and talented students with a special interest in geoscientific research. Both Dutch and EU students, as well as non-EU students, can apply. Preference is given to first-year master's students, but second-year master's students are also welcome to apply. Over the past weeks proposals have been submitted by UU teaching staff and researchers. Now it’s up to you to apply for an assistantship by November 13!

An application includes:

  • A motivation letter (max. 500 words), describing your ambition to become a geoscientist and detailing your current experience in the field. Please concisely mention in your letter how you would combine the BMA with your master’s in terms of planning. You should be able to complete your assistantship within 6 months.
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • Your selection of three preferred projects, ranked from (favourite) 1 to 3.
  • Your written permission for us to use your application files (submitted when you applied for your master’s programme) during the selection process.
  • Your student number.

All applicants are ranked on the basis of their grades (bachelor’s, and, if applicable, master’s) and their motivation to pursue a career in geoscientific research. A shortlist is then compiled and submitted to the vice-deans for approval. Upon approval, the best-ranked students are invited for an interview with the supervisor of their preferred project.

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If you have any questions, please contact Sara Koenders (