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Scholarship Opportunities


One other country international students who would like to pursue free studies check is Netherlands. More so, the programmes and degrees offered by the Dutch institutions are recognised globally with a significant number of scholarships from universities, colleges, and its government. Most often than not, it is these scholarships that have attracted eligible international students to enrol at its schools.

NETHERLANDS/EU GOVERNMENT SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Netherlands Fellowship Program

As part of its strategy to encourage capacity building in organisations resident in 51 countries, the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes provides fellowships for the education and training of professionals within these organisations. It is funded and was initiated by thee Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as its commitment to developing countries. These fellowship offers are for individuals who would like to pursue a Master’s, PhD, or short-course programme at any recognised Dutch academic institutions.

  • Participating Institutions: Dutch Universities that offer courses listed in the NFP programmes.
  • Programme(s): Masters, PhD or Short Courses
  • Deadline: Varies
  • Subject area: You want to be sure you are well-informed. So we advise you to follow this link to select a course and the institutions that offer it. You can then confirm if the institution of your choice offers. And while you are at it, confirm that the course of your choice is NFP-qualified.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: An NFP fellow receives a grant that supplements the salary he or she will continue to or be receiving during the study programme. This is a contribution to covering costs like living expenses, tuition fees, insurance, travel fare, and thesis research. Whenever it’s applicable, the fellow will cover the difference between the total cost he or she will be required to pay without funding and the amount the NFP allowance provides.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Be citizens of, working in, and living in any country listed by NFP
  2. Be recommended by an employer with an employer’s statement using the EP-Nuffic format.
  3. Not be employees of organisations that have staff-development programmes. Examples of such are: Multinationals like Shell, Microsoft, or Unilever; large national or commercial companies; bilateral donor organisations like USAID, Sida, FinAid, or SwissAid; multilateral donor organisations like African Development Bank, UN, World Bank, or IMF. Employees of international NGOs like Oxfam and Care are also not eligible.
  4. Have a valid international passport
  5. Not be beneficiaries of multiple fellowships for programmes that run concurrently.
  • Application Instructions: Applications are made directly to preferred Dutch higher education institutions. When you’ve confirmed the course you want and the institution that offers it then you can contact them for application procedures.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Holland Scholarships

These scholarships are for international students from countries outside the European Economic Area who would like to pursue a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree at any of the participating academic institutions in Holland. An awardee of these scholarship will receive a sum of € 5,000 in his or her first year of study.

  • 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                                                                                                                                                                       

DUTCH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THAT OFFER SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship

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, click here                                                                                                                  

University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships

These scholarships are offered by the University of Maastricht Scholarship Fund to encourage talented students from non-EEA countries to pursue a Master’s Programme at the University of Maastricht. This scholarship covers the student’s tuition fee, visa costs, living expenses, and insurance.

  • 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

Radboud University Scholarship Programme

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 clicking here

Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships

The Utrecht University Excellence Scholarship provides outstanding prospective international students with scholarships that encourage them to pursue a Master’s or Bachelor’s programme in some fields at the Utrecht University. The scholarship is either awarded as tuition fees or as the tuition fees and €11,000 as allowance for living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: Utrecht University
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: December 1/February 1
  • Subject area: Not all scholarships are supported by this scholarship. To find out if your propose programme is supported follow this link uu.nl/masters > master’s programme>Tuition fees and financial. If the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship is listed as a scholarship opportunity then you are good to go.
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 20 to 25
  • Award Value: The grant offered is not a full scholarship and it may be awarded as tuition fees and a stipend of 11,000 euros for living expenses or as a cost that simply covers tuition fees. You may choose to look for additional funding options to ensure that you are financially safe during your study period.

Depending on the programme, the scholarship may be awarded for 1 or 2 years. It could also be renewed in the 2nd year if the awardee meets the academic requirement to sustain the award.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must:
  1. Be in the top 10% of their graduating class
  2. Be a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country and not eligible to be supported with study loans and grants under the Dutch system.
  3. Have completed secondary school education and/or undergraduate programme in a country other than the Netherlands.
  4. Have applied for a master’s programme that will begin by September 1
  • Application Instructions: Applications for this scholarship are only considered when the applicant has applied for a Master’s programme. International students from non-EU/EEA countries will be given the privilege to apply for the scholarship as soon as they have submitted the application for admission.

Applicants stand a better chance of having their applications considered if they submit the scholarship application before February. In some cases, however, the deadline may be as early as December 1.

Specific information about this is available in the Master’s programme sections of the official website.

  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

Erik Bleumink Scholarships at University of Groningen

These scholarships are awarded to international students who wish to purse a 1-year or 2-year Master’s programme at the University of Groningen. It covers tuition fees, airfare, books, health insurance, and subsistence.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Groningen
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: December 1
  • Subject area: Any Master’s Programme offered at University of Groningen
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Limited
  • Award Value: The scholarship award covers cost of international travel, books, subsistence, tuition fee, and health insurance.
  • Eligibility: The following are the eligible countries applicants should hold a citizenship before they are considered for this scholarship:

Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Timor-Leste, Sudan (Rep.), Congo (Dem Rep.), South Sudan, Central African Republic, Zambia.

In addition, candidates should:

  1. Have at least a conditional offer for admission into the program of their choice
  2. Have an excellent academic record to be confirmed by letters of recommendations.
  3. Have achieved excellent grades in their bachelor’s degree
  4. Be proficient in the English language according to the requirements of the course programme.
  5. Be able to run a full-time programme where he or she participates
  6. Be in good health
  7. Be able to demonstrate financial need without alternative source of funding.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants need to have received a conditional offer to study at University of Groningen by December 1 before he or she can apply for the Eric Bleumink Fund Scholarships.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

TU Delft Excellence Scholarships

The Delft University of Technology offers excellence-based scholarship awards to international students every year. One of its scholarships is the Justus and Louise van Effen scholarship which aims to provide financial support to international students who wish to pursue a programme at TU Delft. This scholarship is a full one that covers tuition fees and provides the student with monthly allowance for living expenses.

  • Participating Institutions: Delft University of Technology
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: December 1 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any Master’s Degree programme offered at TU Delft
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 3 Scholarships per faculty
  • Award Value: Full tuition waiver for an MSc Programme at TU Delft and living allowance for 2 years
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have an excellent academic record and must be admitted for an MSc programme at TU Delft having had a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 80% or higher from a globally recognised university.
  • Application Instructions: Applicants for this scholarship should have submitted an application for a Master’s Degree programme at TU Delft by December 1. The scholarship application form which is usually available by October 1 should have been uploaded as well with clear reasons for applying for the scholarship.
  • Official Scholarship Website: To access the application form and get more information about this scholarship, click here

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships

The AES awards grants to highly talented students from countries outside the EU who wish to pursue an eligible Master’s programme at the University of Amsterdam. It has a value of €25,000 – a sum that covers both tuition and 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, click here

University of Twente Scholarships

University Twente Scholarships (UTS) are for outstanding students from member and non-member countries of the EU/EEA who would like to pursue an MSc at the University of Twente. The worth of the award could range from €6,000 to €25,000 for a year.

  • Participating Institutions: University of Twente, The Netherlands
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: February 1/ May 1
  • Subject area: A Master’s programme in any of these fields of study
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Business Information Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering and Management
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management and Engineering
  • Educational Science and Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • European Studies
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Media Interaction
  • Industrial Design Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Internet Science & Technology
  • Environmental and Energy Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioural, Biomedical and Social Sciences
  • Nanotechnology
  • Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Science Education and Communication
  • Sustainable Energy Technology
  • Systems and Control
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Approximately 50 scholarships
  • Award Value: The scholarship value is usually within the range of € 3,000 and € 25,000 for a year. Where the awardee is enrolled for a 2-year programme, a UTS with the same value as the one that was awarded to the recipient is given under the eligibility criteria for a UTS
  • Eligibility: To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must:
  • Have received a provisional admission into one of the participating Master’s programmes. (It may take about 8 weeks for applicants to get a feedback after submitting this application)
  • Not be a graduate of a UT programme
  • Comply with the conditions necessary to obtain a visa into the Netherlands
  • Must have a score of at least 6.5 on the IELTS (with 90 on the TOEFL iBT) and a 6.0 (TOEFL iBT 20) on the Speaking section.
  • Not be eligible for a Dutch study grant
  • Belong to the top 5% to 10 % of their graduating class
  • Application Instructions: You’ll need to have been given a provisional offer to pursue one of the eligible Master’s programme before you can apply for this scholarship. Applications for the 1at round open on October 1 and those for Round 2 open on February 1.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

VU University Amsterdam Fellowship Programme

Annually, the VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) makes scholarship offers to talented and outstanding prospective students from countries outside the EU/EEA who wish to pursue one of the selected Master’s programme at VU University. The value of the scholarship awarded to the student is €15,000 for tuition fee.

  • Participating Institutions: VU University Amsterdam
  • Programme(s): Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: February 1
  • Subject area: Any of the English-taught Master’s Programme at the University
  • Number of Scholarships offered: Not specified
  • Award Value: This scholarship is awarded as a tuition waiver and does not cover any other costs related to the study or the awardee’s living costs.
  • Eligibility: Being a merit scholarship, the VU fellowship programme aims to attract highly-motivated and outstanding international students. Hence, the need for applicants to prove their academic excellence. They must have also received an admission offer to enrol for an English-taught Master’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Candidates who are Dutch nationals or have earned a degree from a Dutch University are NOT eligible.

  • Application Instructions: Applicants must have applied for the English-taught Master’s programme of their choice before they can apply for this scholarship. Course applications are submitted via Studielink while the VUFP application along with all supporting documents are submitted via VUnet before February 1.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here

The Hague World Citizen Talent Scholarship

The Hague University is attractive to many international students because it offers scholarships to those who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at the University. With a one-time grant of €5,000, an awardee is able to pay two-thirds of the tuition fee for his or her first year at the university.

  • Participating Institutions: The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • Programme(s): Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree
  • Deadline: March 31 (Annually)
  • Subject area: Any eligible undergraduate or postgraduate programme offered at the university
  • Number of Scholarships offered: 54 scholarships
  • Award Value:
  • Eligibility: Applicants are eligible for this scholarship if they:
  1. Are from countries outside the European Union excluding Norway, Iceland, Surinam, Switzerland, or Liechtenstein.
  2. Will be enrolling at the Hague University of Applied Sciences for the first time
  3. Are required to pay the full cost of tuition
  4. Are applying for this scholarship for the first time.
  5. Haven’t applied for the Holland scholarship
  6. Have been given a provisional offer of admission before May 1
  • Application Instructions: You must apply for either one of the programmes in any of the eligible courses first. You will then be required to write and submit an essay based on set essay guidelines. The essay and the application should be completed between November 1 and March 31.
  • Official Scholarship Website: For more information on how to apply, click here