If you wish to pursue an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in the Netherlands, there are several ways to obtain funding without visiting the bank. The Dutch government, foreign governments, the EU and private companies finance different programs that offer beurzen en subsidies (scholarships and grants) to support you while studying:
Huygens Scholarship Programme (HSP)
HSP is a scholarship programme for international students with exceptionally high grades who want to study in the Netherlands during the final phase of their bachelor’s or during their master’s studies. For more information and the application procedure visit Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education.
Nuffic operates an online search engine with information on a range of Dutch scholarships for international students. Select the country and type of course to find a list of available grants. Grants are often related to specific universities and/or degree programmes.
Higher education grants
Some higher education institutions have special funds for students. Once you have selected the university or professional higher education institution of your choice, contact their careers service or international office to receive information about available grants. You can apply for a contribution towards tuition or course fees for EU and EEA students or for a loan to help pay for the fees. Visit the Education Executive Agency – DUO (Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs) for more information about study grants and the restitution of tuition fees.
The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap) as well as several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. This scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.
European Funding Guide
The online-platform www.european-funding-guide.eu supports students and PhD candidates finding financial aid for their academic studies. The database contains a great variety of scholarships that support students, e.g. paying their cost of living, financing their semester abroad or supporting them during their dissertation. In addition, the platform provides numerous templates for applications and articles about how to apply for a scholarship.