The Netherlands is well known for its tuition-free (PhD) and low tuition education due to government subsidy, and thus is one of the top destinations for international students looking to pursue either low tuition or tuition-free studies in Europe. Aside the Dutch government's fee subsidies in public schools, there are also several scholarship and fellowship programmes.
Since the Netherlands has continued to be popular with students largely because of the high respect and internationally recognized degrees accorded Dutch universities, Study & Scholarships has compiled these Dutch scholarships for study in the Netherlands as offered by both Dutch and non-Dutch institutions, and the Dutch government.
UN, EU and Netherlands Government Scholarships for International Students
- Holland Scholarship
The Holland Scholarship is meant for international students from outside Europe who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in Holland. It is a partial scholarship amounting to €5000, which you will receive in the first year of your studies. Applications are made directly to the Dutch higher education institution of your choice, starting 1 November. Application deadline is either early February or early May...read more.
- Netherlands Fellowship Program
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) aims to alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower. The scholarships allow candidates pursue Masters, PhD or short courses at Dutch Universities or academic institutions. It is a supplement to the candidate’s salary contributing to the expenses related to the course or study programme and cost of living for one person. It also covers the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel costs, insurance and thesis research...read more.
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Netherlands
Dutch Universities participate in several study programs funded by the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships. By this, these universities enable international students to undertake participating Erasmus Mundus study programs for free. You may want to go through the complete list of Erasmus Mundus Master Courses and PhD Courses. To access Erasmus Mundus funded courses conducted in the Netherlands, you NEED to search through the list of Masters Course and PhD Courses...read more.
- United Nations Fellowships Programme in International Law
The United Nations International Law Fellowship Programme is a six-week course designed to enable qualified persons from developing countries and countries with emerging economies, to deepen their knowledge of international law. It covers the fellowship recipient’s travel costs in economy class, medical insurance, training material and registration fee. The application deadline is 1st December...read more.
- MENA Scholarship Programme
The Middle East and North Africa Scholarship Programme, used for selected short courses in the Netherlands, are proportionally distributed among the participating countries. Ideally, half of the scholarships are allocated to female applicants. The allowances are sufficient to cover your living expenses during the study period. You must cover any other costs from your own resources. Application deadlines vary depending on the course. You must contact the school for specific deadlines...read more.
Dutch Colleges and Universities Scholarships for International Students
- RSM MBA Diversity Scholarship
The RSM MBA Diversity Scholarships celebrate the wealth of backgrounds students at RSM bring into class. If your profile or aspects thereof (such as your nationality, cultural background, gender, experience, upbringing etc.) will add to the RSM MBA diversity, then this is the scholarship for you. Scholarship is awarded as a €10,000 tuition fee waiver. There are 4 application deadlines in April, July, September and November...read more.
- Amsterdam University College Undergraduate Scholarships
Amsterdam University College awards the ASF scholarships to both Dutch and international students wishing to enroll for a study program at AUC. The FULL or PARTIAL scholarships are awarded to both EU and non-EU students. The full scholarship is worth EUR 5100 per year for EU students and EUR 15300 per year for non- EU/international students. Partial scholarships may be awarded and are usually 50% of the full award amounts...read more.
- TU Delft Excellence Scholarships
The TU Delft Excellence Scholarships - Justus & Louise Van Effen Scholarships, Delft Research Initiative (DRI) Scholarships, AND TU Delft institutes scholarships. These are full scholarship programmes with coverage of tuition fees and monthly allowance for living expenses. Deadline for application is usually before 1 November of the preceding year.
Also see Justus & Louise Van Effen Scholarships, AND TU Delft Faculty Scholarships and Industry Scholarships.
- Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships
The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships targets exceptionally talented Master’s students from outside Europe in any discipline. Selection is strictly on the basis of academic excellence, ambition and relevance for a student’s future career. The AES is a full scholarship covering tuition and living expenses for the entire duration of study. Deadline for applications vary per faculty but is usually mid-January or early February...read more.
- Amsterdam Merit Scholarships
Outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students from outside Europe can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship at the University of Amsterdam. Applicants are selected based on academic merit, letter of recommendation and motivation. The value of the grant is between €6,000 - €21,000. Deadlines vary per faculty and graduate school (1st March/1st April/1st June every year). Generally however, applications for an AMS scholarship should be submitted before 1 April for September enrollment AND 1 August for studies starting in February...read more.
- VU University Amsterdam Fellowship Programme
The VU Fellowship Programme offers talented prospective students the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in a selection of Master’s programmes at VU University. The VUFP scholarship covers your tuition fee but does not provide for your living expenses. Deadline for completing your application is early February...read more.
- Radboud University Scholarship Programme
The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a complete English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University, of one or two years. The scholarship is a partial tuition waiver of your tuition fees, and also covers costs like visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance. The deadline (i.e April) for completing the course admission online application is same for your scholarship application..read more.
- Leiden University Excellence Scholarships
The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship is offered for excellent non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme, and also for excellent students from all nationalities enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy. Award varies between 25-100% of the tuition fees. Deadline is either early February for September entry or early October for February entry...read more.
- University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships
The Maastricht University High Potential Scholarship encourages talented students from countries outside the EU/EEA to follow a Master’s programme at the university. The scholarships cover tuition fee, living expenses, visa costs, and insurance. The application deadlines and the way to send in the scholarship application form differ per faculty of your choice. For almost all the faculties, however, deadlines will fall on 1st December, 1st February or 1st March...read more.
- University of Twente Scholarships
University Twente Scholarships are for excellent international students from both EU/EEA as well as non-EU/EEA countries applying for an MSc programme at the University. The scholarship varies from €6000 up to a maximum of €25000 for one year. Application is made in two rounds - 30 December for round 1 or 30 March for round 2...read more.
- Our World Citizen Talent Undergraduate Scholarship
The Hague University offers scholarships to outstanding international students who would like to pursue their bachelor programme in the University. The scholarships cover almost two-thirds of the total first year university’s tuition fee and will only be awarded once. Application deadline date is usually 1st April...read more.
Also see Our World Citizen Talent Postgraduate Scholarship (for Masters studies.)
- Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships
The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship offers a number of highly talented prospective students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University. Scholarships cover maximum tuition fee and some living expense; but the grant is not a full scholarship. Prospective Bachelor's students should apply for their course admission before 1 April; while prospective Master's students should apply before 1 December...read more.
- Erik Bleumink Scholarships for Developing Countries
The Eric Bleumink Fund Scholarships provide financial support to Master’s students from developing countries wishing to pursue a Master’s degree at the University of Groningen. The grant covers tuition fee, costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance. Applications start mid October of previous year and end mid January of year of award...read more.
- Talent for Governance Training Scholarships
Talent for Governance enables ambitious, young civil servants working in developing and transitional countries to follow an international Talent programme in the Netherlands, consisting of a training course at The Hague Academy for Local Governance, an internship in a Dutch municipality or province and a Networking event. Award covers all living expenses during the stay in the Netherlands, travel and accommodation costs, meals and training participation fee of the chosen training course. The scholar covers any other costs from their own resources. Application deadline is usually in January..read more.
- Paul Speijer Fund Awards for Africans
The Paul Speijer Fund provides African students with the opportunity to follow the Master Plant Sciences and Agronomy at Wageningen University. It supports nearly fifty (50) students from developing countries giving them the chance to study at the University. After graduation, most of them return to their country and contribute to sustainable development. The Application Deadline Date for the aul Speijer Fund Awards is 31 March...read more.
Non-Governmental and Private Scholarships in Netherlands for International Students
- WWF Prince Bernhard Scholarships for Nature Conservation
These Scholarships are awarded to individuals from Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Middle East who wish to pursue formal studies or professional training in the field of Conservation. Under this scheme, the maximum amount for any one scholarship is CHF 10,000, and preferential consideration is given to requests for less than CHF 10,000. Deadline for all applications is January of each year...read more.