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Charity for Charity Scholarship

The Tilburg University Fund Foundation and the Charitas Foundation have together created the Charity for Charity Fund to support studies in the field of care and the religious life at Tilburg University for the following student groups: 1) Women living a spiritual life either within a religious community of any faith or outside it, or 2) female students from emerging and developing countries.


The Charitas Foundation, an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, is responsible for continuing the legacy of Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Charity, in whose name this support will be provided. 

Following in the tradition of St Francis of Assisi, the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of Charity, established in 1834 by Mother Theresia Saelmakers, worked within the community, providing nursing care and education. The spiritual characteristics of the Congregation were expressed as: Helping others in cheerfulness, simplicity and above all in love, and spreading one's own joy of life among the sick and needy in prayer and sacrifice. They believed in helping first, then praying.

How many Scholarships are available?

An average of five scholarships will be made available each academic year.

Who is eligible for the Scholarship?

Women from any religious background who recognize themselves in the core values of the Franciscan Sisters of Charity and of Catholic social teaching and who want to contribute to helping the vulnerable in the community are invited to apply for a Scholarship. 

In order to become eligible for this scholarship, you must fit one of the two profiles below:

  • Women living a spiritual life either within a religious community of any faith or outside such a community. These applicants will be given preference for the Scholarship award. (OR)
  • Female students from emerging and developing countries (*).

You must also be committed to the core values of the Charitas Foundation: solidarity, respect for all, servitude to the service of others, and affinity with the poor.  And you must want to contribute to lightening the load of the vulnerable.

(*)In this case, developing and emerging countries include all non-European countries, except Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States.

Eligibility criteria


The Scholarship consists of:

  • A full tuition fee waiver
  • A contribution to living expenses of €10,000

Application procedure

  1. Apply for admission to one of these Master’s programs, as soon as possible, but before April 1, 2024.
    Please note: applications will only be considered from those who have been conditionally or unconditionally admitted to a relevant one year Master’s program by April 15, 2024
  2. Write a motivation letter in which you introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in the Charity scholarship. Please answer the following questions in the letter as well:
    • What would you contribute to Tilburg University (socially, academically, culturally)?
    • Tilburg University's motto is "Understanding Society". How would you reflect this on yourself? How do you understand society?
    • What (religious) values do you adhere to? And why?
    • How could you help the vulnerable/poor ones with your knowledge and experiences?
    • What are your career aspirations? And how does your study at Tilburg University helps to achieve them?
  3. Submit the Charitas application webform and upload the motivation letter by April 15, 2024.
  4. Tilburg University and an Advisory Committee consisting of Board Members of the Charitas Foundation will assess each application. 
  5. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application by the middle of June 2024.