Along with the UK and Germany, the Netherlands is one of the top destinations for international students looking to pursue free studies in Europe. The degrees offered by Dutch institutions are internationally recognized and there are a significant number of scholarships in the Netherlands offered by Dutch Colleges and Universities as well as scholarships granted by the Dutch government and institutions.
Netherlands/EU Government Scholarships for International Students »
The Holland Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree at participating Universities in Holland. The scholarship amounts to € 5,000 which you will receive in the first year of your studies.
Orange Knowledge Programme
The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to advance the development of the capacity, knowledge, and quality of both individuals as well as organizations both in the field of higher and vocational education and in other fields related to the priority themes in the programme countries. An OKP scholarship is intended to supplement the salary that you should continue to receive during the scholarship period. The scholarship is a contribution towards your costs of living and costs such as tuition fees, visa, travel, insurance, etc.
Dutch Colleges and Universities that offer Scholarships for International Students »
Leiden University Excellence Scholarships
The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding non-EU/EEA students pursuing any MA, MSc and LL.M programmes offered at Leiden University. The scholarships come in the form of the following: €10,000 of the tuition fee, €15,000 of the tuition fee, or the total tuition fee minus the home fee.
University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships
Maastricht University (UM) offers the UM High Potential Scholarships to talented students from outside the EEA to follow any UM master’s programme or graduate programme for professionals offered at the University, except for School of Business and Economics. The scholarships cover tuition fees, living expenses per month, insurance, and visa costs.
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 Nijmegen. The scholarship is not an amount of money that you will receive in your bank account but consists of a partial tuition waiver. The tuition fee will be waived to the level of an EEA student. In addition, the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as for visa, residence permit, health insurance, and liability insurance.
Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships
The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship offers several outstanding prospective students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University. The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as tuition fees OR tuition fees plus 11.000 euro living expenses.
Erik Bleumink Scholarships at the University of Groningen
The Erik Bleumink Fund Scholarships are usually awarded for any 1 year or 2 years Master’s degree programme offered at the University of Groningen. The grant covers the tuition fees plus the costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance.
TU Delft Excellence Scholarships
The Delft University of Technology offers several excellent scholarship programs for international students. The Justus & Louise van Effen scholarship is one of those programs and it aims to financially support excellent international MSc students wishing to study at TU Delft. The scholarship is a full scholarship – coverage of tuition fees and monthly allowance for living expenses.
University of Twente Scholarships
University Twente Scholarships (UTS) are scholarships for excellent students from both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA countries, applying for a graduate programme (MSc) at the University of Twente. The scholarship amount is from € 6,000 – € 25,000 for one year.
VU University Amsterdam Fellowship Programme
The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students from outside the EU/EEA the unique opportunity to pursue a degree in a selection of Master’s programs at VU University. The fellowship awards €15.000 to students paying the tuition fee for non-EEA students.
See a more comprehensive list of university scholarships in the Netherlands at Grantfinder Netherlands.