How to apply

The Tesla minor has limited space (24 participants) and is a selective programme. This means that not all applicants will be granted admission, and a selection will be made on the criteria as described here.

Procedure for application

1. Approval examination board 
If you consider applying for the Tesla Minor inform your study advisor ASAP and make sure you get approval of the examination board of your Master's programme to adjust your PEP (personal education plan). 

2. Application   

Every applicant is required to deliver a resume (C.V.), list of courses and grades, a motivation letter (not exceeding one page), and a recommendation letter before being invited to participate in the rest of the intake procedure.

3. Presentation
Based on the ‘paper application’ the applicant may be invited to participate in the second phase. In this phase of the intake procedure each applicant is asked to prepare  a short presentation (10 minutes). The general theme of the presentation is ‘connecting your science background to practice’, but applicants are free to choose their own specific topic and approach.  The audience will consist of other candidates and UvA staff. Each of the applicants will present their story and provide feedback and questions on the presentations of the others. 

4. Personal intake  

After the presentation round follows a personal interview with the coordinator of the Tesla Minor and possibly another FNWI staff member.  After this personal intake, you will be personally contacted and invited to join the Tesla Minor or given feedback on why you have not been selected. 


We still have a few open spots for Tesla 2018. Are you interested? For these spots we use a rolling admission system so sent us your application as soon as possible (and no later than 20 October 2017). The admission will close as soon as all spots are filled. Please send your application to: and

Unfortunately students from Neurobiology and Brain & Cognitive Science can no longer apply this year, because the maximum number of participants from these study programmes has been reached after the first application round.


Published by  Faculty of Science

8 September 2017