Scholarships for EU and non-EU Students

Aside from student financing, there are other ways you are able to receive financial aid for your studies. This includes scholarships. There are lots of different scholarships offered to international students who want to study in the Netherlands. Some are specific to the level of study (short courses, bachelor, master’s, PhD), your nationality, or the field of study.

Since you do not need to pay back a scholarship, they can be a relatively simple way to receive funding and aid for your studies. Not to mention, scholarships can also demonstrate your academic (or other) achievements.

Below, we have outlined some resources you can check out to search for scholarships relevant to you. We have also outlined some of the scholarships that are applicable for many, if not all, Dutch higher education institutions.

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Scholarship resources

University websites

Just search ‘scholarships’ on Dutch university websites, and you should be able to see their information pages. These scholarships might also be non-academic, for example for sport or the arts.

'Study in Holland'

The 'Study in Holland' website has a lot of scholarships for specific research or study areas. For example, scholarships for specific countries, or in specific research areas during a master study. Here you can also find scholarships for each educational institution.


Erasmus +

This is an EU scholarship that runs between 2014 to 2020, encouraging international student movement and mobility. Erasmus + is for students who want to study abroad during their studies, or do a traineeship. It can be used between 3 to 12 months during a study abroad, or between 2 to 12 months for a traineeship. This must be within the EU. If you are a recent graduate, you can also apply for the Erasmus + grant if you meet certain requirements.


Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme

The OTS is designed for students coming from Neso countries. This includes:

  • Brazil
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Various educational institutions take part in the OTS like Maastricht University, the University of Groningen, and the University of Twente, to name a few. By searching each individual country (for example, OTS Brazil), you will find out which institutions and courses are included. You can also find the application requirements and the total amount of scholarship funding that is available.


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (MSP)

The MSP scholarships are available for professionals under 45 years of age who wish to study short courses in the Netherlands. This scholarship is available for nationals of:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morroco
  • Syria*
  • Tunisia

The MSP scholarships are available for some short courses in fields of study such as economics, mathematics, law, and the arts, among a long list of others. You need to apply directly to the Dutch educational institution of your choice.

*You are currently not able to apply from within Syria. However, applicants with Syrian nationality can apply if they are living and working in one of the other MSP MENA countries.

The Holland Scholarship

This scholarship is designed for international students outside the EEA who want to do a full-time bachelor or master’s degree in the Netherlands. The grant is €5,000, given to you in your first year of study. Therefore, it is not a full-tuition scholarship. The requirements include being a national of a non-EEA country and having no prior degree from the Netherlands. The participating intuitions – which include universities like Utrecht, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Amsterdam, and many universities of applied sciences- have their own specific requirements. These you can find on the institution’s websites.


Liberation Scholarship Program

This scholarship is for students that are nationals of Canada who would like to study in the Netherlands for 3 to 12 months. This could be in the form of an exchange semester or year. The educational institutions of your choice have their own requirements you need to meet. You can receive a one-time partial scholarship of €2,350. Additionally, you can be given return tickets from Canada to the Netherlands, by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. This value of these tickets can change the scholarship amount.


NN Future Matters Scholarship

This scholarship is got students who want to do a master’s degree in the Netherlands. The countries included are:

  • the Netherlands
  • Belgium
  • Luxembourg
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Turkey

The total grant is €5,000*. You must be studying either finance, risk management or economics at a participating Dutch research university. These include Utrecht University, Erasmus University, Maastricht University, and a few others. You are also required to have a minimum score of 7 out of 10 on your BA. In addition, you must be a first generation academic in your family (no parent or guardian has a bachelor’s degree). The institutions also have their own specific requirements. You will find these on their websites. During the scholarship and your studies, you will be partnered with an NN-mentor, who will coach you through your studies.

*Students from Turkey receive a larger scholarship of €17,000. This includes the tuition fee; since Turkey is a non-EEA country, students must pay a higher tuition fee. This is why the grant is higher.


The Sino-Dutch Scholarship

This is for excellent Chinese students either in their third year of their bachelor, or master’s or PhD degree who want to study or research in the Netherlands for at least one academic year. The scholarship includes a €16,113 contribution towards the total cost of study. A lot of higher education institutions in the Netherlands are partner with this scholarship. The selection of candidates is determined by the China Scholarship Council, and the final lot is chosen by Nuffic.