Important details 



  • Eligible applicants are nationals of a developing or transition country and have a documented background in work for human/labour rights for LGBTI persons and/or social movements for sexual diversity.



  • non-EU/EEA
    (American, Canadian, Japanese, Australian, New Zealand & Icelandic nationalities excluded) 
Participating faculty
Level of study
  • Master
Scholarship / Grant in €The scholarship covers all study-related expenditures, including the fee, travel, lodging and meals, for the whole 15.5 month study period.
Deadline15 April 2018 (for the 2018/2019 study year)

More details
& contact

Email: studentoffice@iss.nl
Website: International Institute of Social Studies (ISS)

Application - Dreilinden

We invite applications on the following three topics:

  1. How are inequalities based on sexuality (re)produced in school, the labour market, and the institutions (laws, social norms) that govern these spheres of life?
  2. How do ‘western’ identity categories (LGBT) relate to the actual experiences and identities of people in different parts of the world in relation to sexuality, and what (problematic) effects do they have in terms of who is included and excluded, what are the conditions of inclusion (and who has the power to define those).
  3. How is sexual diversity understood ( or not) in development policy and how does that change local discourses on sexuality or does it influence social movements around sexual diversity?

You should fulfill the admission criteria of the ISS MA programme.

Applications should include: 

  • Motivation letter, engaging with one of more of the three topics mentioned above;
  • Curriculum vitae.

Also ensure that you provide evidence of your own LGBTI activism.

Deadline: 30 April 2017 (2017/2018 deadline has passed)

Background information

The German NGO Dreilinden gGmbH has granted ISS a scholarship for capacity building in the area of decent work, social inclusion and sexuality discourses for lesbian, gay, trans- and intersexual (LGBTI) persons.

Dreilinden provides a scholarship for MA students from the Global South and East. The selected applicants will participate in the 2018/2019 ISS MA Programme in Development Studies, major Social Policy for Development (SPD).


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  • 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 changes are slim, meaning that most students won't gain 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 gain the scholarship.

  • Most of the requirements 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.