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Financial assistance from the Dutch government

and other governments

On this page you will find an overview of financial support of the Dutch government and other governments.

Receiving your student grant while abroad

Students with another nationality than the Dutch nationality, who qualify for the Dutch study grant (Studiefinanciering) due to employment (working hours and work contract), are not able to meet the employment requirement during the stay abroad and will therefore not be able to receive this grant during their study abroad period.

For more information on this please contact DUO (link below) directly. Also, it will be difficult to apply for scholarships and funds, as for most Dutch scholarships you will need the Dutch nationality and for scholarships in your home country you will need to be enrolled in an university there as well.

One of the few funds you may apply for is the Amsterdam University Fund. Please read the information in the left menu about Grants and funds at the University of Amsterdam and Private grants and funds.

Loan for Master’s students Erasmus+

An Erasmus+ loan is meant for students who will be doing a full Master’s programme abroad. With this loan, Erasmus would like to help students to cover the high costs for living expenses and tuition fees. This loan is not a replacement for a regular Erasmus+ scholarship. 

More information is available through the link below.

Bilateral Agreement Grants

Bilateral Agreements are agreements between the Dutch state and other foreign governments. Agreements have been reached concerning grants for summer/language courses and complete MA programmes. Concluded with a large number of countries, these grants are meant for students, researchers and (recent) graduates.

The grant total varies per country. In most cases you are exempted from paying tuition fees while abroad and are partly reimbursed for your travel expenses. In a number of cases, your accommodation is arranged for you. However, keep in mind that the grant can have repercussions for your student grant (basisbeurs) because additional funding is considered as an alternative source of funding.

Cultural Treaty Grants 

For an overview of the Cultural Treaty Grants and information about the terms and conditions, as well as the application process, see the Nuffic website (link below). The application process can take between 6 and 12 months. Please note that you can only apply for this grant if you have either the Dutch nationality or receive the Dutch Studiefinanciering.

Germany - DAAD

The ‘Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst’ (DAAD) offers students and researchers various financial possibilities to study or do research in Germany.

Denmark - Cirius grants 

The Danish government makes grants available to students who would like to do a part or complete study in Denmark. There are also grants available for summer programmes and Danish language courses.

France - Ambafrance 

The French embassy and other companies (Total, Accor, KLM-Air France) annually offer grants that are meant for MA students and PhD candidates planning to reside in France for at least one academic year. The grants are open to all disciplines. 

Scholarships Netherlands Institute Turkey

The Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT) offers various scholarships/fellowships. In the pdf below you can find the opportunities. The next deadline is 6 September 2015.