Private grants and funds

On this page you will find an overview of financial support of private grants and funds.

Submitting a grant application - to private funds 

There are various large and small funds that award grants to students planning to study or do research abroad. However, most of them are for students with either the Dutch nationality or in process of obtaining the Dutch nationality.

The few funds that might be willing to support a stay abroad have specific conditions, requirements and target groups. It is therefore worth perusing the internet and very important to carefully read through the requirements and conditions. Most information is in Dutch only.

A good idea is to visit the websites ‘beursopener’, ‘grantfinder’ and ‘ploteus’ (see links below). You can also scan the websites of foreign embassies and universities. Certain foreign universities also have their own fellowship grant programmes.

When submitting a private grant application, keep the following in mind:

  • Take note of the deadlines for each fund.
  • Make sure your application aligns with the target group and criteria of the fund.
  • Deadline, motivation and budget are crucial.

Recommendation by a Student counsellor

Some funds require a recommendation letter by a Student counsellor. The Student counsellor needs to see the student and judge the application, including the motivation letter, budget, cv and grades.

Please note:

Do not send your application in advance, but first contact a Student counsellor!

Consultation hours Student Counsellors

Please call a Student counsellor first to check if an application makes sense. If there is any chance of applying for a donation or loan from a fund, you can make an appointment and bring all the required documents with you. 

Recommendation by a Student counsellor

Some funds require a recommendation letter by a Student counsellor. The Student counsellor needs to see the student and judge the application, including the motivation letter, budget, cv and grades.

Please note:

Do not send your application in advance, but first contact a Student counsellor!

Consultation hours Student Counsellors

Please call a Student counsellor first to check if an application makes sense. If there is any chance of applying for a donation or loan from a fund, you can make an appointment and bring all the required documents with you. 

VSBfonds Beurs (grants) - for studying or doing research abroad

The grants of the VSB Fund are meant for (almost) graduated BA and MA students who would like to do an auxiliary study programme or perform research abroad. The auxiliary programme can be a specialisation of the original programme, but cannot form part of the curriculum of the Dutch study programme (no work placements or exchanges).

See the VSB Fund website for the terms and conditions. The total grant amount is € 10,000 per year. Students can apply via the VSB Fund application form. In addition, the UvA requires an overview of all study results, as well as two reference letters. 

Deadline

The deadline for submitting your application was 1 March 2017 (before 09:00).

The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fund

This fund is for talented graduates with the Dutch nationality or for talented other students who have been living the Netherlands for at least three years. 

The is Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Fund is meant for extremely talented graduates form all disciplines at universities (MA) or universities of applied sciences (BA). Cultuurfonds grants are meant for follow-up degree programmes abroad, which lead to a second Master’s title or associate degree, as well as for follow-up research abroad for a minimum duration of three months. In addition, there are also a number of special supporting opportunities for persons working in the fields of podium arts, visual arts, history and literature.

The amount of the grant is determined on the basis of the applicant’s budget. Other sources of income are of course also taken into account (study grants, etc.).

ECHO Foundation

Grants for students of a non-Dutch background. Please note that  in 2016 there will be a grant again.

Conditions

  • Students with a non-Western background who have a Dutch passport or residence permit and would like to do a part of their study programme in another country can apply for an ECHO Foundation Grant. 
  • You have to be enrolled in a BA programme.
  • You need to have completed the second year of your programme.
  • You are travelling to a European university with which your own institution has an agreement.
  • The courses you are going to take have been approved by your study programme and align with your Dutch degree programme.
  • You have obtained good grades.
  • You are not older than 35 years of age.
  • You will be abroad for a minimum of three and a maximum of six months.
  • The maximum total grant amount (depending on the duration and destination) is €4,000 for the full study period that you are abroad. The application deadline is 1 February.

See link below for more information and application forms.

US - Fulbright grants (Dutch nationality only)

The Fulbright Center awards grants to students wishing to study or do research in the United States. In the Netherlands Fulbright grants are available for advanced students, PhD candidates and researchers.

The Fulbright Center can help you look for a good university in the US and to apply for a grant.

The grants for students are meant for a study at graduate degree level, or the first year of a PhD programme. Dutch PhD candidates can apply for grants for period of three to six months of their PhD project.

Conditions

  • You are a Dutch national.
  • You have obtained good grades.
  • You have to return to the Netherlands at the end of your trip.
  • The grant total will be dependent on the type of grant you apply for.
  • Visit the Fulbright Center website for more information about these and other requirements, as well as the application process and deadlines.

US: Netherlands - Florida Scholarship Foundation

The Netherlands - Florida Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organisation whose aim it is to promote mutual understanding between the US and the Netherlands. This is done by making it possible for American students to attend a Dutch university or company for one semester, and Dutch students to attend a university of company in South Florida. The fund is made up of the earnings of the Oranje Open Golf Tournament and is an initiative of the Netherlands Association of South Florida.

See the NFSF website for more information about the terms and conditions, application procedure and deadlines.

Greece - Netherlands Institute Athens (NIA)

For several years now. the Netherlands Institute Athens (NIA) has had its own grant programme for study/research projects in Athens. These grants can be requested by students from all disciplines. A subsidy is also available within the framework of this programme for graduated/young researchers from all research fields.

For more information, follow the link below. 

Greece - Onassis grant

The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation offer grants for research on a MA or PhD level in Greece. The grant consists of a reimbursement of your flight ticket and a fixed monthly amount (for a period of 5 to 10 months).

See the website for more information. 

Netherlands Institute in Turkey - study grants Istanbul

Master’s students and PhD candidates at Dutch universities are eligible for a sponsored research trip to the Netherlands Institute in Turkey. The Institute offers a study allowance and free boarding and lodging for a period of one to three months. The applicant is expected to submit an own research or work placement proposal. While there are no restrictions as to topic, there has to be a clear link with work done by the Institute.

See the link below for more information. 

Germany - Studienkolleg Zu Berlin

The Studiencolleg Zu Berlin offers 1-year grants of 650 euros per month for ‘excellent students’, as well as extra reimbursements for project and travel expenses. See the link below for more information.

International grants

Scholarshipstimes.com provides information about grants across the world. By searching different categories you can find out which grants are available. 

Russia: Netherlands Institute in St Petersburg

The Netherlands Institute in St Petersburg (NIP) is an academic centre providing services to researchers and students from participating universities. Although these activities are mostly related to Slavonic and Russian Studies, Dutch Studies and (Art) History, the NIP also represents universities in other disciplines.

Advanced MA students and recent graduates can apply for a grant to spend a period of study at the Netherlands Institute in St Petersburg. The aim of these grant s is to help those students for whom a short stay in Russia forms an important part of their research. A grant can also offers recent graduates the chance to write a research proposal which can be used to apply for a PhD position in the Netherlands.

For more information, see the link below. 

Published by  Studenten Services

6 September 2017