Scholarships in the Netherlands

There are literally dozens and dozens of scholarships available for international students to study in the Netherlands. There are scholarships for different education levels, for different study fields and for students from almost every country in the world!

The Holland Scholarship for non-European students

In 2015, the Dutch government introduced the Holland Scholarship to attract more international students to the Netherlands. The scholarship is for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who plan to do a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the Netherlands. The scholarships have a value of 5.000 euros each and will be awarded to students in their first year to cover study costs.

Holland scholarships have an emphasis on talent and are awarded to several hundred international students per year (768 in 2015). The specific scholarship selection criteria depend on the Dutch institution where the student is applying, as it is the institutions that make the selection.

 Scholarships administered by EP-Nuffic

Several major scholarships are administered by EP-Nuffic, a service centre for internationalisation in Dutch education. These include:


The new Erasmus programme is in effect from 2014 to 2020 and assists EU students in studying or doing a work placement in other EU countries for a period of between 3 and 12 months.

MENA Scholarship Programme (MSP)

For professionals from Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria and Tunisia to do a short course in the Netherlands.

NFP (Netherlands Fellowship Programme)

For professionals in 51 countries to complete training and education in the Netherlands. This scholarship prioritises female applicants and applicants from Sub-Saharan Africa.

Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme

For students from Brazil, China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico and Russia.

Science without Borders Holland

For Brazilian university students.


For Indonesian professionals to study a Master’s, short course or training programme in the Netherlands.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

For talented Chinese students to study or do research in the Netherlands. You can also check Nuffic’s large database if you are looking for information regarding the duration, contact, tuition fees, educational and language requirements, modes of instruction and the objectives of various study programmes.

More about Dutch and international scholarships for expats

You can find a complete overview of all scholarships here. Also, don’t forget to investigate grants and scholarships within your home country to help you study abroad.

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