Higher Education opportunities in the Netherlands

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Netherlands has more than 20 Universities and most of them are in the World best 500 list. Some names:

University of Amsterdam UVA

Amsterdam University VU

Delft University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology

University of Groningen

Leiden University

Maastricht University

Radboud University Nijmegen

Erasmus University Rotterdam

University of Twente

Tilburg University

Utrecht University

University of Wageningen


There are more privately funded universities


Among them four universities of technology formed an alliance called 4TU https://www.4tu.nl/en/about_4tu/


List of English Undergraduate courses:



Have a look at this video to know what Netherlands has to offer



Now scholarship opportunities:

There are two ways to get scholarships in Netherlands. 1. International or National Fund (Erasmus, NUFFIC etc.) 2. University Scholarship Programs


  1. International or National Fund (Erasmus, NUFFIC etc.)


Each year NUFFIC provides good no of scholarships for Master and PhD students. Scholarship holders will get full tuition fee waiver+ living expenses and other costs. Orange Knowledge Programme OKP (previously known as NFP): https://www.studyinholland.nl/scholarships/highlighted-scholarships/orange-knowledge-programme-okp


Holland Scholarship https://www.studyinholland.nl/schol…


Other scholarships administrated by NUFFIC: https://www.nuffic.nl/en/scholarships

There is an useful search engine called “Grantfinder”, you can search for your desired field: http://www.nuffic.nl/international-students/scholarships/grantfinder



Some of the Dutch universities (UvA, TU/e, UT etc.) are partners of the different Erasmus Mundus Master programs. For detail information about those programs, check the following sites or respective universities website.


Erasmus Mundus: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/results_compendia/selected_projects_action_1_master_courses_en.php


  1. University Scholarship Programs

– University of Twente Scholarships (UTS): UT provides scholarships for their M.Sc. programs in different fields (Business, Social Science, Natural Science, Technology etc.). Normally, the full scholarship covers the tuition fees, accommodation and living costs etc. As the scholarship is competitive, it’s better to apply as soon as possible (end of December).

UTS Details: https://www.utwente.nl/en/education…


There are some other possibilities, check here: http://www.utwente.nl/internationalstudents/scholarshipsandgrants/


– TU Delft (TUDelft): TU Delft provides different scholarships for their programs. Details: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/education/practical-matters/scholarships/

– Leiden University (LU): LU provides full scholarship including tuition, living and other’s through Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS): https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/scholarships/sea/leiden-university-excellence-scholarship-lexs


For some other possibilities: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/scholarships


– University of Maastricht: UM provides different kinds of scholarships. UM high potential scholarship program provides full scholarship including tuition fees, living expenses, visa and insurances costs. Details: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/support/your-studies-begin/coming-maastricht-university-abroad/scholarships/maastricht-university


There are some other scholarships programs – UCM: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/…


Here is an overview of scholarship opportunities: https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/support/your-studies-begin/coming-maastricht-university-abroad/scholarships


– University of Groningen: This university provides different scholarships (Full including tuition, living and others costs or partial tuition) for their different programs. Some of them are – University of Groningen Talent Grant: Eric Bleumink Fund (http://www.rug.nl/prospectiveStudents/scholarships/ericBleumink),


University of Groningen Talent Grant: Faculty of Arts (http://www.rug.nl/prospectiveStudents/scholarships/talentGrantArtsFaculty),


University of Groningen Talent Grant: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (http://www.rug.nl/prospectiveStudents/scholarships/talentGrantThrs )


There are some more scholarship programs, for details search using grantfinder (This is bit different from the NUFFIC Grant finder, it’s specifically for Groningen): http://www.rug.nl/prospectiveStudents/scholarships/findScholarships


– Eindhoven University of Technology: TU/e provides Amandus H. Lundgvist scholarship for their M.Sc. program. It covers full tuition fees and 5000 Euro in a year for living expenses. After graduation, you have to work for a company for at least 3 years which sponsored your study. You will get a salary during that 3 year period. Details: https://www.tue.nl/en/studeren/studying-at-tue/study-costs-scholarships-and-grants/scholarships-and-grants/amandus-h-lundqvist-scholarship-program/


Other scholarships https://www.tue.nl/en/studeren/stud…


You can also get loan from TU/e. Loan & Other possibilities (Erasmusn, NFP) : https://www.tue.nl/en/studeren/studying-at-tue/study-costs-scholarships-and-grants/scholarships-and-grants/student-loans-grants/


– University of Amsterdam (UvA) provides scholarships for their different programs.

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES): http://gsh.uva.nl/prospective-maste…

Amsterdam Merit Scholarships (AMS): http://gsh.uva.nl/prospective-masters-students/scholarships/amsterdam-merit-scholarship/ams-scholarships-for-students-humanities.html


– Utrecht University (UU) provides scholarships for their different Bachelor and Master programs.

Utrecht Excellence Program: may or may not be granted a full scholarship https://www.uu.nl/masters/en/general-information/international-students/financial-matters/grants-and-scholarships/utrecht-excellence-scholarships

For some other possibilities: https://www.uu.nl/masters/en/general-information/international-students/financial-matters/grants-and-scholarships


– Radboud University (RU) Scholarship Program: It covers partial tuition fees and costs for Visa, Resident permit, health insurance and liability insurance. For details: http://www.ru.nl/english/education/masters-programmes/international-masters-students/scholarships-grants/read_more/rsprogramme/

Other possibilities: http://www.ru.nl/english/education/…


– VU Amsterdam: It provides scholarships through VU Fellowship program: http://masters.vu.nl/en/international/scholarships#accept

For other possibilities: http://www.vu.nl/en/programmes/international-masters/scholarships/index.asp


– Rotterdam School of Management (RSM):

Non-EEA Scholarship of Excellence : https://www.rsm.nl/master/msc-progr…

Overview of grants for studying in RSM: https://www.rsm.nl/scholarships/


– Tilburg University (TU): Different scholarships: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/education/masters-programmes/tuition-fees-scholarships.htm#scholarships_for_prospective_international_students


– Wageningen University and Research (WUR): Different Scholarships: https://www.wur.nl/en/Benefactors/Areas-to-support/The-funds-of-the-University-Fund-Wageningen/Scholarships.htm



ASML Technology Scholarship https://www.asml.com/careers/for-st…


For PhDs:

Note that PhD (also Post Doc) is regarded as a full-time job here. Hence you can find those in the vacancy announcements/ job listings of the University website. Funding is primarily project based and University specific. Funding bodies are in most cases University, government and EU bodies. Consortia among Universities is a common practice and mostly host Universities post the job listings in those cases. Fortunately, there is a common platform where almost all the PhD opportunities are posted



You can also enter your interestes in the website and subscribe to the newsletter so that you can get your preferred (PhD)job postings in your mailbox when something comes up.


Vacancy Pages of different Dutch Universities and organizations:

Foundation on Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM): https://www.universitypositions.eu/jobs

Phillips: https://www.philips.com/a-w/research/working-at-research.html https://www.careers.philips.com/pro…

Holst Center: http://www.holstcentre.com/en/Talent/PhDOpportunities.aspx

TNO: https://www.tno.nl/en/career/vacancies/

Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) funding opportunities: https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-f…

TU Delft: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/about-tu-delft/working-at-tu-delft/search-jobs/

TU/e: http://jobs.tue.nl/en/vacancies.html

University of Twente: https://www.utwente.nl/en/organization/careers/vacancy/?educationlevel=74185,74187,74186,74189,74188,74184


Short Courses:

A list of short courses with NFP fellowship opportunities




You don’t need to learn Dutch to study here. Dutch people are very friendly and generally speaks good English and you can conduct day to day activities without learning Dutch. Off course it is always good if you learn the language and the culture but that is your choice. It is not mandatory by any University or program that I know so far.


Student Jobs

Recently, Dutch government made a new rule that all non-EU students will need a work-permit for part-time work. That means, it’s almost impossible to get a student job in Netherlands.

If you are planning to come Netherlands, without any living cost, please read this article: http://www.kritischestudenten.nl/krantje-boord/juni-2011/non-eu-students-welcome-to-the-netherlands-you%E2%80%99re-fucked/


Some Useful Links:

11 Non-Scientific Reasons To Do A PhD In The Netherlands



List composed by Fariya S. R.

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