16 April 2019

Register for the Bright Minds Assistantships

Are you a master’s student at the Graduate School of Geosciences? Then this could be a great opportunity for you! ​After yet another successful run of Bright Minds Assistantships, the Graduate School of Geosciences has decided to continue the programme in September 2019. 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 a total of twenty-one project proposals has been submitted by UU teaching staff and researchers. Now it’s up to master’s students to apply for an assistantship before May 15!

The Graduate School of Geosciences has offered Bright Minds Assistantships twice a year since September 2017. The aim of these six-month, paid assistantships is to involve students in ongoing scientific projects conducted by academic staff and PhD candidates, thereby allowing them to experience what it takes to do research and to pursue a career in science.

An application includes:

  • a motivation letter (max. 400 words), describing your ambition to become a geoscientist and detailing their current experience in the field.
  • a selection of three preferred projects, ranked from (favourite) 1 to 3.
  • a written permission to use your application files during the selection process.

All applicants will be ranked on the basis of their grades (GPA Bachelor) and their motivation to pursue a career in geoscientific research. The best-ranked students will be invited for an interview with the supervisor of the selected project.

Pay and employment

Students are paid according to university regulations for student assistantships. Therefore, the assistantship can serve as a replacement of an off-campus job. Project assignments are extracurricular (no study points are awarded), not related to teaching activities and cannot be part of a thesis/graduation project. The student will be employed for at least one and a maximum of two-and-a-half working days per week, for a total maximum of 320 hours.

In case you have any questions, please contact Tom Bouwmeester, Education Support Officer (t.r.bouwmeester@uu.nl)