What is FOBOS?
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FOBOS, in Dutch, stands for Financial Support Special Circumstances of Students. This support ensures that if you have suffered a study delay due to special circumstances, you can receive a scholarship for this. Within FOBOS there are four types of scholarships, namely a top-level sports grant, a top-level arts grant, a force majeure allowance, or an activism grant. Information about all four types of scholarships can be found on the UT website.
The UT facilitates board- and committee work in the form of activism grants. As Student Union, we are responsible for the activism grants. The Activism Grants are split up into 5 categories:
- Category 1: Activism that is easy executable besides your studies (next to your study week of 40 hours). No grants are given (yet) to activism in this category. E.g. students who are doing a part-time committee for not a substantial amount of hours a week or students that are leading a very small organisation.
- Category 2: Activism in this category is activism that is not easily done besides one’s studies. For example part-time or full-time boards.
- Category 3: This is a special category with grants for special boards, approved by the Executive Board. For example, the Kick-In Committee, Create Tomorrow, etc.
- Category 4: This is a special FOBOS for the student teams.
- Extra & Incidental category: The remaining grants are put in this category. This FOBOS is mostly available for committees or small boards and it is divided by the Umbrellas and the SU. Contact your umbrella for more information.
Activism grants can be applied for per calendar year because the financial circle of the UT runs from calendar year till calendar year. No more than 1 grant per month can be awarded in the active period. This means that grants can only be distributed to a student in the exact months the student was active. When your activism activities are continuous in calendar years, you have to request grants in January 2022 for your active months in 2021, and in January 2023 for the calendar year 2022.
The application process for activism grants is dependent on the category in which the application falls. The policy for the first four categories is reviewed every two years. This policy determines how many grants can be divided per sector.
- December: The CPO will send an e-mail to the organisations in the policy that the application procedure starts from January till March. More information on how to request grants will be included.
- January – March: Application procedure period
- March: The CPO will check whether all students who applicated are eligible for a grant. If a student is not eligible for a grant, the contact person will receive a message about this and he or she will have to send a new distribution.
- Before April 1st: The students who receive a grant must confirm this before April 1st.
An overview of the FOBOS in 2020-2021 and in 2022-2023 including an overview of organisations eligible for receiving grants can be found in the documents below. Moreover, in the document ‘Information Document FOBOS’ you can find more information about the requirements to receive grants. For more information concerning the activism grant (application), you can also visit this webpage.