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Scholarship Opportunities

One of the ways some universities in Europe and the governments of the EU/EEA countries attract students from Non-EU countries to their schools is by offering scholarships or tuition-fee waivers to international students from these countries. So if you fall into this category, you are in the right place.


Holland Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Netherlands)

If you are an international student and you would like to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree from any of the Dutch research universities or the universities that offer applied sciences in Holland, then you should consider applying for the Holland Scholarship. This scholarship is sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

  • Participating Institutions: Participating universities of applied sciences and research universities
  • Programme(s): Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: February 1 or May 1
  • Subject area: A Bachelor’s or Master’s in any eligible field offered at the partnering universities
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The scholarship is awarded as a 1-year grant of €5,000 and is not aimed at covering the full cost of tuition. It is also received just once.
  • Eligibility:
  1. Applicants must be from non-EU/EEA
  2. They must either be applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s programme at one of the eligible Dutch institutions.
  3. To qualify for this scholarship, they must have met the requirements of their preferred institution.
  4. Applicants must not have an academic history in the Netherlands.
  • Application Instructions: To apply for the Holland scholarships, you have to apply to the institution directly before February 1 for Bachelor’s degree or May 1 for Master’s degree.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Danish Government Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Denmark)

The Danish Ministry of Education offers annual scholarships to highly motivated and qualified international students from Non-EU/EEA countries, who would like to enrol for a full degree programme at any of the participating Danish universities. This scholarships may be full or partial tuition-waivers and I some cases, it old also include grants to cover the awardee’s living cost.

  • Participating Institutions: Participating institutions in Denmark
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: March to April/September to October (varies)
  • Subject area: Eligible full-time programmes offered at the participating institutions in Denmark
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Limited
  • Award Value: The scholarships are awarded by participating universities and may be awarded as a full or partial tuition waiver and/or grants for living expenses.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  • Not be citizens of Switzerland or any EU/EEA country
  • Be enrolled in a full-time programme at a higher education institution
  • Have been offered a temporary visa to study in Denmark
  • Application Instructions: The participating institutions award the scholarships and so they get to decide who gets its based on their criteria. This means applicants must check the participating institutions for specific instructions on entry requirements, student services, course descriptions, and deadlines.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here


Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Leiden University Excellence scholarship Programme aka LExS will be suitable for you if you are looking to purse an MSc, MA, or an LL.M at the Leiden University. It is awarded in one of these 3 ways: as a €10,000-grant for tuition only, as a €15,000 grant for tuition only, or as the equivalent of a total tuition in euros excluding the home fee.

  • Participating Institutions: Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: October 1 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any MSc, MA or LL.M programme listed in Master’s Programmes in Leiden.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: It depends on the available budget for each department in a faculty
  • Award Value: The scholarship may be awarded in one of the following ways:
  • € 10,000 of the cost of tuition
  • € 15,000 of the cost of tuition
  • Total tuition fee excluding statutory tuition fee

The award is valid till the student’s programme is over.

  • Eligibility:
  1. Applicants must be from Non-EU/EEA who would be enrolling for a Master’s programme in Leiden University in September.
  2. The applicant must also have a record of academic excellence where he or she graduated in the top 10% off his class
  3. He or she must not be eligible to receive study loans and grants under the Dutch system.
  4. Except it a Master’s programme that is a prerequisite to another Master’s programme like the LL.M advanced masters, applicants who hold master’s degrees obtained from Leiden are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Application Instructions: Before an eligible student can apply for the LExS, he or she must have made an admission application indicating his or her interest to apply for the scholarship. Applicants will be required to upload a letter of motivation on the scholarship portal. The deadline for receiving scholarship application is February 1 for September intakes and October 1 for February intakes.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link

University of Maastricht High Potential scholarships (Netherlands)

Maastricht University (UM) is known to offer the UM High Potential Scholarship to talented and highly motivated students from countries outside the EEA – especially to professionals who want to pursue a master’s or graduate programme at the University. This scholarship excludes programmes in the School of Business and Economics. It covers the tuition fee, insurance, living expenses on a monthly basis, as well as the awardee’s visa costs.

  • Participating Institutions: Maastricht University
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Subject area: Any of the eligible Master’s programme offered at Maastricht University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 24
  • Award Value: The scholarship award covers the awardee’s living expenses valued at €12,350 for 13 months and €23,750 for 25 months. Other expenses it covers are health insurance valued at €710, tuition fee valued at €13,000, €15,000, or €17,500 based on the tuition fees for the programme; visa costs at €317 and pre-academic training course at €825.

This scholarship award is valid for 13 months for a 1-year master’s programme, and 25 months for 2-year master’s programme.

  • Eligibility: The following requirements must be met before an applicant is considered for the scholarship:
  • Applicants must be citizens of non-EU/EEA countries and must be eligible to obtain a residence permit and an entry visa into the Netherlands.
  • Applicants must have submitted a course application to pursue an eligible full-time Master’s degree at Maastricht University.
  • He or she must be able to meet the requirements for admission into the proposed programme.
  • Applicants must not have participated in a primary, secondary, or higher education degree programme in Netherlands except they only participated in an exchange programme.
  • Applicants must have an excellent academic record proven with the most-recent transcripts. Applicants who graduated in the top 5% of their class are usually given more preference.
  • Application Instructions: Applying for a participating Master’s programme at Maastricht University is a prerequisite to applying for this scholarship. As soon as you’ve submitted your application via Studielink, you will be given a student ID number that will be requested from you during the scholarship application. You must complete and submit the application before February 1 for it to be processed.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships are awarded to exceptional and highly talented students from countries outside the EU/EEA for master’s programmes at the University of Amsterdam. This scholarship has a value of €25,000 which covers tuition as well as living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Amsterdam in Netherlands
  • Programme(s): Master’s degree
  • Deadline: The deadline differs with Graduate School but usually comes after 15 January/ 1 February annually. To get the specific deadline you’ll have to visit the Graduate Schools website.
  • Subject area: English-taught subject areas that are eligible for this scholarship award are: Child Development and Education, Communication, Economics and Business, Humanities, Law, Psychology, Science, Social Sciences.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: A full scholarship of €25,000 for a 1-year programme and a likely extension for a 2-year Master’s programme.
  • Eligibility: Only students from Non-EU countries who were in the top 10% of their graduating class may apply. Applicants with remarkable academic achievements and ambition who can also prove how the proposed area of study is relevant to their future career are more likely to be shortlisted.
  • Application Instructions: You can apply through the Admissions Offices of the Graduate Schools. Eligibility requirements, application instructions, and selection criteria specific to each graduate school are also available on each of the Graduate School websites.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link

Radboud University Scholarship Programme (Netherlands)

This scholarship is awarded to talented and exceptional students from non-EU/EEA countries who wish to pursue English-taught master’s degree programmes at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. It gives the awardee the privilege of a tuition waiver so that he or she can pay exactly what an EEA student will pay. Other expenses covered by this scholarship include residence permit, visa, liability insurance and health insurance.

  • Participating Institutions: Radboud University in The Netherlands
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: 1 March (Annual)
  • Subject area: The following subject areas are included in the scholarship’s scope: Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies, Language and Communication, European Law, Biomedical Sciences, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Biology, Philosophy, Chemistry, Information Sciences, Computing Science, Medical Biology, Mathematics, Molecular Life Sciences, Science, Physics and Astronomy, Anthropology and Development Studies, Artificial Intelligence, Behavioural Science, Pedagogical Sciences, Cognitive Neuroscience, Social and Cultural Science.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 30 scholarships every year
  • Award Value: The scholarship is not a full one and it does not cover the student’s living expense. It is, however, offered as a grant that waives the tuition fees to the amount an EEA student will pay. So someone who receives this grant will be expected to pay €2,060 instead of €10,856. It will also cover other costs like those for residence permit, and health insurance which amounts to about €940.
  • Eligibility: To qualify for a Radboud Scholarship you must:
  1. Have a non-EU/EEA passport
  2. Not be eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for any other reason
  3. Have earned or will earn a Bachelor’s Degree in an institution outside the Netherlands with no degrees achieved or education received in the Netherlands.
  4. Have received a formal letter of admission for an English-taught Master’s programme for the next academic year or have been enrolled at the Radboud University as a full-time Master’s student for the course and academic year the scholarship is to be awarded.
  5. Be able to meet the conditions necessary to obtain a Netherlands visa.
  • Application Instructions: The admission and the scholarship applications are integrated so that an applicant doesn’t have to submit separate applications. You can apply for a Radboud scholarship when you indicate during the admission application process that you want to apply for this
  • Official Scholarship Website: You can apply and get more information by following this link

Lund University Global Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Sweden)

The Lund University Global Scholarship Programme aims to provide talented and top academic students who re from countries that are not members of the EU/EEA with full or partial tuition waivers. Typically, the waivers cover 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% of the awardee’s tuition. It is important to note that this scholarship doesn’t cover the awardee’s living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: Lund University in Sweden
  • Programme(s): Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: January 15/ February 15 (annually)
  • Subject area: Any Undergraduate or Graduate programme offered at the University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The scholarship awards are for tuition fees only and they can cover 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% of the cost of tuition.
  • Eligibility: The following criteria must be met before a candidate is considered for this scholarship:
  1. Applicants must be citizens of non-EU/EEA countries (Including Switzerland) and must be assessed as international fee-paying students.
  2. Applicants must have applied to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s Programme for a minimum of one semester at Lund University.
  3. They must also meet the Lund’s admission requirements.
  • Application Instructions: If you’ll like to apply for this scholarship, you must apply for a course of study at Lund University through the online application website first (between October 16 and January 15). You will be able to apply for the scholarship as soon as you have submitted the course application and paid the required application fee.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link

Chalmers IPOET Scholarships (Sweden)

This scholarship is also offered to prospective international students in master’s degree programmes who are from countries that are not members of the EU/EEA. It covers up to 75% of the of the tuition fees for a 2-year programmes – equivalent of 4 academic semesters.

  • Participating Institutions: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: January 15 (annually)
  • Subject area: Any Master’s degree programme offered at Chalmers
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 50
  • Award Value: The scholarship is awarded as a 75%-reduction of the cost of tuition for 4 semesters i.e. the duration of a 2-year master’s programme. The percentage in reduction may also increase if the students perform excellently well in their first year that will be sufficient to cover 85% of the cost of tuition for the second and final years of study. However, the funds are never transferred to the awardees.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must not be citizens of EU/EEA countries. As international students, they must be classed as fee-paying students; who are first-year Master’s applicants. The scholarship is awarded based on applicant’s academic performance and the global ranking of the school he or she graduated from.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants must have made one or more applications to pursue a master’s programme at Chalmers. After the application, an applicant is given an 8-digit ID number that will be required to submit the scholarship application.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Uppsala IPK Scholarships (Sweden)

The Uppsala University awards scholarships to first-year students from countries outside the EU/EEA. They cover tuition fees for master’s degree programmes offered by the university.

  • Participating Institutions: Uppsala University in Sweden
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: February 1 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any Master’s programme offered at the University.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: Scholarships cover tuition fees only and not living expenses.
  • Eligibility:
  1. Applicants must not be citizens of Switzerland or an EU/EEA country.
  2. Applicants must show academic talent and an interest to belong to an educational setting.
  3. They are only awarded the scholarship for their first choice programme.
  4. Entry requirements must be met and all supporting documents including the application must be submitted before the admissions deadline.
  • Application Instructions: Applications are open from January 16 to February 1. Applicants are required to apply for a Master’s degree programme before they can make the online scholarship application. During the scholarship application process, they are required to provide the application ID they were given during the admissions application process.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Emile Boutmy Scholarship for International Students (France)

This scholarship was created and named by the Sciences Po after the founder of the school. It was introduced as a strategy to attract the best and highly talented international students who are from non-EU/EEA countries. Awardees must have been admitted to Sciences Po to purse an Undergraduate or Master’s programme and must be first-time applicants. The scholarship ranges from €5,000 to €10,000 for 2 years of an applicant’s postgraduate study or €3,000 to €12,300 for 3 years of an applicant’s undergraduate study.

  • Participating Institutions: Sciences Po University, Paris, France
  • Programme(s): Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: January 3/ April 26
  • Subject area: Any Bachelor’s or Master’s Programme offered at Sciences Po
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value:
  • Undergraduate: The award value is usually in the range of €3,000 and €12,300 for 3 years of an undergraduate programme. In exceptional cases, an award of €19,000 may be given to cover the 3 years of undergraduate programme.
  • Master’s: It can be awarded as a €10,000-grant that covers the cost of tuition for each year of the 2 years of a Master’s programme or as a grant of €5,000 every year to cover the cost of tuition for 2 years.
  • Eligibility: Candidates must be first-time applicants who are from non-EU countries and are unable to fund an Undergraduate or Master’s programme for which they’ve been admitted. The academic performance, type of profile and social factors are considered during the selection process.
  • Application Instructions: If you wish to apply for this scholarship, you must indicate your interest to apply in the ‘Financial Information’ section of the Sciences Po course application. You will also need to include documents and proof of income showing what your family finances look like. The closing date for undergraduate programmes is April 26 and for Master’s programmes it is January 3.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Cambridge International Scholarship (UK)

Based on the selection criteria, the Cambridge International Scholarships are awarded to international students with the highest rankings via the Cambridge trusts. Applicants must be undertaking a PhD at the university. The scholarships cover the applicant’s maintenance allowance and the University Composition Fee.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Cambridge, UK
  • Programme(s): PhD Degree
  • Deadline: December 6 (annually)
  • Subject area: Any eligible research programme that leads to a PhD offered at the University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: The award covers the University Composition Fee and an allowance for maintenance for the scholarship recipient.
  • Eligibility: The financial condition of an applicant is NOT considered in the selection process. A committee makes a list of all PhD candidates from all disciplines in the university and awards the scholarship based on academic qualifications, candidate’s reference, and candidate’s research potential.
  • Application Instructions: An applicant will show an interest to be considered for this scholarship by completing the funding section of the online application through the application portal. All applications must be submitted by December 6.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, follow this link