ISS Scholarship Fund for Excellent Students

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 have relevant work experience, a degree in one of the social sciences (upper second or first class) and a strong motivation to study at ISS, or;
  • You are a recent graduate with a first class degree in one of the social sciences and a strong motivation to study at ISS.

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

  • All nationalities

Participating faculty

International Institute for Social Studies (ISS)

Level of study
  • Master

Scholarship / Grant in €

The scholarship is worth 40% of the tuition fee.

Deadline15 June 
More details & contactEmail:
Website: ISS Funding & Scholarships

Application - ISS Scholarship Fund for Excellent Students

To apply, please email your request to the ISS student office as soon as possible (but before 15 June at the latest). Make sure to include the following information:

  • Requests should explain shortly the reason why a fee reduction will enlarge your opportunity to study at ISS;
    • Add 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 

Background information

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) established this fund to support excellent students without any other form of scholarship.


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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 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. 

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