FAQ

What are the consequences of the COVID-19 measures for the ECHO Award 2020?

We recognize that the new circumstances demand a lot from (higher) educational institutions. Therefore, in order to accommodate institutions and offer the necessary flexibility, we have decided to:

  • Extend the nomination deadline to Friday, September 25, 2020;
  • Move the first jury deliberation to a date in October (to be announced);
  • Move the ECHO Ambassador academy to a date in October (to be announced);
  • Move the second jury deliberation to a date in November (to be announced);
  • Move the ECHO Award ceremony to a date in December (to be announced).

If you have other questions related to what’s mentioned above, please feel free to contact us.

Given the new date of the ECHO Award, are students who graduate this summer still eligible?

Yes, students who are now in the graduation phase and who graduate before the summer of 2020 can still be nominated for the ECHO Award.

What are the categories for the ECHO Award this year?

This year there are four categories:

  • ECHO Award HBO for students at a university of applied sciences
  • ECHO Award WO for students at a research university
  • STEM Award for students at a university of applied sciences or research university
  • Loyens & Loeff Law & Tax Award for students at a research university

How many candidates is an institution allowed to nominate?

Each institution may nominate a maximum of 3 candidates per category.

Based on these conditions, a university of applied sciences is able to nominate a total of 6 candidates, taking into account the ECHO Award HBO and the STEM Award.

Based on these conditions, a research university is able to nominate a total of 9 candidates, taking into account the ECHO Award WO, STEM Award and Loyens & Loeff Law & Tax Award.

What is the target group for the ECHO Award?

The ECHO Award focuses on:

  • Dutch students with a non-western background. *
  • Students with a refugee background.

International students are only eligible if they:

  • Identify as part of a marginalized community in their own context;
  • Intend to settle in the Netherlands;
  • Have made a social contribution to Dutch society.

*For the definition of “non-Western”, ECHO relies on the CBS framework: “Person with a migration background from one of the countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia (excluding Indonesia and Japan) or Turkey.”

Because the CBS bases its definition on a socio-economic approach and the work of ECHO is based on a social-cultural approach in the Dutch context, ECHO includes Indonesia and Japan in a “non-western” framework. For questions about this approach, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Is the grade average of 7.5 a hard requirement?

No, the jury considers a grade average as a good indicator of excellence, but certainly not as the only indicator. The jury always assesses the grade average in relation to the context of the student.

Is “excellent English” a hard requirement?

No, we do not assume that candidates are native speakers. The level of English must be sufficient for the candidate to have a conversation in English and enables them to participate in courses at UCLA.

Can student associations also nominate candidates?

No, candidates must be nominated by a higher education institution. The reason for this is that the ECHO Award is a means to put the theme of diversity and inclusion on the agenda within the institution.

Since this year however, student associations can recommend candidates. Following the recommendations, ECHO will contact the institutions at which the students in question study to bring them to the attention for a possible nomination. Ultimately, institutions determine themselves which candidates they actually nominate. Student associations can recommend candidates via this link.