The bridging fund is only available for current UT Master's students.
During the opening of the academic year, TGS awards the TGS award to one future TGS student.
Nominees for the TGS award are talented and excellent UT Master’s students who have the ambition to pursue a PhD trajectory and are working on a research proposal for external funding in the first half the year, together with a supervisor or professor. Eligible students are in the last phase of their Master’s programme. Nominees have to fill out a form with their CV, grades, and a summary abstract of their PhD proposal. They will also need a recommendation letter from their supervisor or professor. There are always two rounds of nomination for the bridging grant (CV and abstract research proposal - deadlines 15 January and 15 September), and 3 candidates per round (maximum of 6 total) are selected by the jury. The deadline for the TGS Award (full research proposal) is each year on May 1st. At the end of June, an interview day is held by the jury to choose the winning proposal.
Twente Graduate School organizes two professional workshops ('how to develop a research proposal' and 'how to present’) for all nominees before the research proposal deadline and actual presentation for the jury, respectively. The 6 research proposals are each sent to two external reviewers (experts in the field). The external reviews as well as the presentations and interviews with the candidates are the basis for the TGS Award jury rank the proposals and choose the winner. The TGS Award is handed out during the Opening of the Academic Year by the Rector Magnificus.
Each of the six candidates receives a (maximum) six-month bridging grant on the basis of AiO salary from the TGS Fund. The winner of the award additionally receives a cheque of 2,500 euros to spend on Doctoral Education (summer school, workshop, conference).