Erasmus University Holland Scholarship and Erasmus School of Economics Waiver 2020-2021

The Erasmus University Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Erasmus University Rotterdam. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to pursue a bachelor or master degree in the Netherlands. The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and students from these countries thus cannot apply. The scholarship amounts to € 10.000.

On top of that, Erasmus School of Economics has created a separate fund to support excellent prospective master students. This scholarship concerns a partial tuition fee waiver of € 2.000 for the year 2020-2021. This Excellent Student Waiver is awarded in combination with the Erasmus University Holland Scholarship. The Erasmus University Holland Scholarship and Erasmus School of Economics Waiver is not applicable to current ESE (pre-)Master students.

Below the specific requirements to be eligible for the Erasmus University Holland Scholarship and Excellent Student Waiver are listed.

In order to qualify for financial support, an applicant:

General conditions*

  • General conditions: Must be enrolled no later than 1 September of the academic year for which the scholarship/fee waiver is being requested and must comply with the residence requirements;
  • Must be a national of a country that is not part of the European Economic Area (EEA).

*The general conditions are laid down in the Regulations Financial Support fund (pdf) (p. 14)

Additional conditions

  • The applicant has never been enrolled before as a full degree student at an educational institution in the Netherlands.
  • The applicant must be admitted to one of the following programmes:
    • Master Accounting, Auditing and Control
    • Master Econometrics and Management Science
    • Master Economics and Business
  • The applicant must have registered for one of the above mentioned master programmes at Erasmus School of Economics in Studielink, as well as having submitted the application documents in the EUR Applications Portal before 1 February 2020.
  • The applicant must have achieved excellent study results during his/her previous bachelor programme. This means an average final result of at least grade 8.5 on a grading scale of 1-10.
  • The applicant must be able to demonstrate the reason why this scholarship will enlarge his/her opportunity to study at Erasmus School of Economics by including a detailed financial statement in which it is explained how the applicant is going to support him/herself for the remaining tuition fee, remaining living expenses (estimated € 900 per month), and health insurance, taking into account that 1 student will only be awarded with 1 type of financial support from Erasmus School of Economics.
  • The applicant must have completed the immigration application before 15 May 2020. Completing the immigration procedure entails having submitted the immigration application documents, as well as having transferred the remaining part of the tuition fee + the remaining part of the deposit for the cost of living + the IND handling fee before the 15th of May. For more information, please see the section ‘Amount and payment’ below and the website on immigration procedures for prospective students.


An applicant can only receive the Erasmus University Holland Scholarship and Erasmus School of Economics Waiver once. In addition, the scholarship will only be awarded when the applicant will start with the same programme for which he/she has applied and for which the applicant has received admission. Switching programmes after being awarded a scholarship is not possible.

All applicants are to be aware that the number of applicants each year exceeds the number of available scholarships. No rights can therefore be derived when the above mentioned minimum application criteria are met. In addition, to be able to provide as many applicants with a scholarship, only 1 type of scholarship will be awarded to 1 applicant. Hence, a combination of multiple scholarships will not be awarded. 

Erasmus School of Economics reserves the right to withdraw the offer for the Erasmus University Holland Scholarship and Erasmus School of Economics Waiver, if the applicant fails to comply with the terms and conditions.

Amount and payment

The Erasmus University Holland Scholarship amount of € 10.000 will be received by the student through 10 monthly payments. This particular scholarship cannot be used as a reduction on tuition fee, but can be used for the deposit of the cost of living (€ 900 euro x 12 months = € 10.800) as part of the immigration procedure. This means you would only need to transfer a remaining amount of € 800 for the deposit of the cost of living (€ 10.800 cost of living – € 10.000 Erasmus University Holland Scholarship).

The Erasmus School of Economics partial tuition fee waiver of € 2.000 can be deducted from the total amount of your college tuition fee. In other words, you would have to transfer € 13.200 for the tuition fee in academic year 2020-2021 (€ 15.200 tuition fee 2020/2021 – € 2.000 Erasmus School of Economics Waiver). 

Application procedure

The application deadline passed on 1 February.

All applicants will be officially informed via e-mail about the outcome of their scholarship application. If you are awarded the Erasmus University Holland Scholarship and Erasmus School of Economics Waiver, you will receive all further details in the nomination email. All emails will be sent in the beginning of April 2020.