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Ladies of Bethany scholarship

The Tilburg University Fund Foundation and the catholic congregation of the Ladies of Bethany have together created the Ladies of Bethany Fund to draw attention to women and theology, and to religious education.


The Ladies of Bethany are a religious congregation within the Roman Catholic Church, founded in the Diocese of Haarlem in 1919, inspired by Jesuit Jac.van Ginneken. The congregation’s aim was to employ well-educated women in faith education and catechesis, preferably for young people from working-class families. The Ladies’ work was characterized from the outset by a great openness to people with different views of other faiths. ‘Yet let Thyself be found by those who do not seek Thee’, used to be, and still is, their prayer.

How many Scholarships are available?

An average of one scholarship will be made available each academic year.

Who is eligible for the Scholarship?

Students (preferably women) from any religious background who recognize themselves in the core values of the Ladies of Bethany. The programme focusses primarily on young Catholic intellectuals who have a focus on the Catholic Social Thought and want to make a difference to the future.

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

  • Students must have an interest in religion and in the workings of religion and society, and a basic knowledge of Theology.
  • Female students from emerging and developing countries with an interest in Religion (*).

You must also be committed to the main topics of the Women of Bethany Fund: religious education, women and theology.

(*) 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

  • You fit one of the profiles described above (AND)
  • You have been admitted (either conditionally or unconditionally) to the master program:


The Scholarship consists of:

A contribution to living expenses and tuition fee of € 12,000

Application procedure

  1. Apply for admission to the master Christianity and Society as soon as possible, but before March 1, of each academic year.
    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 1, of each academic year.
  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 Ladies of Bethany application webform and upload the motivation letter by March 1, of each academic year.
  4. Tilburg University and an Advisory Committee of the Ladies of Bethany Fund will assess each application. 

Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application by the middle of June of each academic year.