At RSM, we already want to teach you about the challenges our world faces – while also giving you one of the best business educations in Europe.

But not everything can be learned in a classroom. Some of the most inspiring experiences can come when students like you step outside and create your own project.

In partnership with Erasmus Trustfonds and SIR Grants, RSM Bachelor, Master, and MBA students can pitch to receive funding of between €500 and €3000 to design their own learning experiences.

We don’t want to limit your creativity, so there’s no particular type of project that we recommend, but your project must:

  • Help you to have a positive impact on the world
  • Directly or indirectly help you and your classmates to learn more about business, management or leadership
  • Not directly benefit you or a for-profit business (social enterprises and charities can benefit)
  • Be fully costed with a short business plan, and must start no earlier than 6 weeks after 2 March 2020

If your project is successful, you will receive guidance on how to get started from RSM staff, you will complete an evaluation to report on its success or failure, and must agree to be featured in marketing related to the fund.

FAQ Hummingbird Fund Applications

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Who is eligible?

Any current student at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, is entitled to apply for a grant.

Last update:
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

What format will applications take?

Applications must be submitted in the format of a video or narrated Powerpoint presentation, and by filling in the (very concise) form on this website. Videos should be between a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 3 minutes long; Presentations should be between a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 minutes long.

Last update:
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

What kinds of things can I use the grant for?

Your project must be aimed to make a positive change, be not-for-profit, and help you gain real-world business/management/leadership experience. Examples of the kinds of costs you may need funding for could include: web/digital/software, training, physical materials/equipment, travel (in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions).

Last update:
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

What if I have to cancel my project because of COVID-19 restrictions?

You are advised to not put forward projects that depend on a pre-COVID-19 lifestyle, i.e. large gatherings of people.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Can we apply as a group?

Yes – so long as everyone in the group is currently enrolled on a Bachelors/Masters or MBA programme at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.

Last update:
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

When is the deadline for application?

The application portal will open soon. The deadline for submissions is Thursday 10 December 2020, 22.00 h/10pm CEST.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

When will we know if our applications are successful?

The grant-making committee will endeavour to let all successful applicants know before mid-January 2021.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Who is on the grant-making committee?

A member of RSM’s Positive Change Initiative, Two RSM alumni, a member of RSM faculty.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

What kind of guidance will I receive from RSM?

The Positive Change Initiative are on hand to help and answer any questions you may have, please contact the email on this page.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Will I have to report back on how I spent the grant?

Yes. Successful applicants must produce a max. two-page report on the outcomes of their project, and justify their spendings, before their current programme ends. Extracts from the reports may be featured in Alumni Relations communications.

Last update:
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

What happens if I don’t spend all my grant money?

Be judicious about how much money you realistically need for your project. Any remainder that cannot be spent will be subsumed back into the Hummingbird Fund.

Last update:
Wednesday, 14 October 2020

What happens if I need more money?

Be judicious about how much money you realistically need for your project. Grantees cannot reapply for additional funds in the same grant year. If you are on a multi-year programme, you may re-apply to the Hummingbird Fund for academic year 2021/22 to scale-up your project.

Last update:
Wednesday, 14 October 2020