Orange Tulip Scholarship

Important details



  • The Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) is for talented students who are a citizen of the participating countries only (see below);
  • It differs per faculty which nationalities can apply. You should meet the specific requirements for the master programme of the faculty of your choice;
  • You are currently not studying or working in the Netherlands.






Below are the participating countries, with the faculties accepting students from these countries mentioned next to it:

  • Russia


  • Indonesia
  • Brazil
  • Mexico


Visit the OTS Mexico page for more information.

  • India
  • Korea
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Participating faculty

  • See the mentioned faculties per country
Level of study
  • Master

Scholarship / Grant in €

A partial tuition waiver. The amount differs per scholarship.


Some faculties may have different deadlines. Please check each faculty's page carefully for deadlines.

More details & contact


Website: OTS Mexico detail page
Website: NESO Russia
Website: NESO Indonesia
Website: NESO Brazil
Website: NESO Korea
Website: NESO Thailand
Website: NESO Vietnam

Website: OTS India detail page

Application - Orange Tulip Scholarship

Visit one of the NESO websites above regarding the application.
Please start early to complete this process, following the exact steps on the above mentioned NESO website.

Deadline: differs per faculty.

Background information

Orange Tulip Scholarships (OTS) are for international students from outside Europe who want to do their master’s in the Netherlands. The programme is administered by Nuffic and offered specifically to excellent students.


Do you have questions?

Feel free to reach out to any of our international officers

Is living in NL expensive?

Find out more about the costs of living in the Netherlands.

Budget plan

Make a financial budget plan before you go abroad.

Didn't find a scholarship?

Don't worry!

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. But you never know, you might just be one of the lucky (chosen) ones. As long as you take into account that you may have to arrange financial aid in a different way, you're fine.

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.

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