ISS Hardship fund

Important details

  • You wish to enroll in the Master of Arts in Development Studies at ISS;
  • You have a letter of admission from ISS;
  • You do not comply with the criteria for the ISS Scholarship Fund for Excellent Students;
  • You can prove to not have sufficient means to pay the entire tuition fee.

Please make sure to check the faculty's website for the most up to date information on this scholarship.

  • All nationalities
Participating faculty
Level of study
  • Master

Scholarship / Grant in €

This fund can provide a fee discount of up to 30% of the tuition fee.

Deadline15 June 2019 - new deadline will be announced soon

More details & contact

 Website: ISS Funding & Scholarships

Application - ISS Hardship Fund

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. To apply please email your request to the ISS student office as soon as possible (but before 15 June at the latest);
  2. Requests should explain shortly the reason why a fee reduction will enlarge your opportunity to study at ISS and include detailed financial information (including supporting bank statements) to prove your ability to support yourself for the remaining tuition fee, the living expenses and health insurance;

The decisions on allocation of the scholarship are taken on an ongoing basis. Students selected for the scholarship bursaries will be informed by the student office.

Deadline: 15 June 2019 - new deadline will be announced soon

Background information

International Institute of Social Studies established this fund to support students without any other form of scholarship. The ISS Hardship Fund is open to Dutch and international students who wish to enroll in the Master of Arts in Development Studies at ISS. 


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • In order to filter out the scholarships you might be able to apply for, take the following steps:

    1. Select on this page your current situation.
      By clicking on one of the situations, the scholarship overview that applies to you will be shown;
    2. All the basic requirements of the scholarship are mentioned in the table of the scholarship overview page. Check for country and region eligibility, study level and faculty specific information;
    3. Click on one of the scholarships for more details;
    4. To apply, follow the given application instructions.
  • Follow the application instructions on the scholarship detail page, by clicking on one of the scholarships in the overview table.
  • In Holland, higher education is subsidized, which means that tuition fees can be kept relatively low, especially compared with the United Kingdom and the United States. Because of this, we do not have an extensive scholarship programme. This doesn't mean we don't have them at all though, so make sure to have a closer look.
  • Your chances are slim, meaning that most students won't receive a scholarship. There are hundreds of new students each year, but there is not an equal amount of scholarships available. Therefore always make sure to have a plan B to cover your finances, in case you won't receive the scholarship.

  • Most of the requirement apply to:

    1. Study results / being an excellent student;
    2. Being able to demonstrate your ambition;
    3. Level of study;
    4. Obtained diplomas;
    5. Country of origin.
  • First, select on the Scholarships and grants page if you're a student planning to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) or whether you're already studying at EUR and thinking about going on exchange.

    After selecting one of these options, you'll land on a page with a scholarship overview applicable to your situation.

  • Preparing an application for a scholarship can be time consuming. Deadlines can be as early as January, so make sure to plan ahead. Start looking for scholarships 6-12 months in advance.

  • That depends on the scholarship. The scholarship may be a partial tuition fee waiver which means you still need to pay tuition fee. Please check the criteria of your scholarship carefully.

  • In a lot of cases you will receive the scholarship for only one year. Please check the scholarship criteria carefully to avoid unpleasant surprises. Think about ways to finance your 2nd and/or 3rd year in advance.