Bright Minds Assistantships September 2023

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 September 2023. 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. Over the past weeks forty-one project proposals have been submitted by UU teaching staff and researchers. Now it’s up to you to apply for an assistantship by May 15!

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.
  • your curriculum vitae.
  • your selection of (max.) 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 Yasmin Mulhuijzen (