Holland Scholarship for excellent non-EEA applicants

Grant for excellent non-EEA students

Application deadline: 30 April

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science, and by Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA*) who want to do their bachelor or master in Holland.

*EEA stands for European Economic Area. EEA nationals are nationals from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. While Switzerland and Suriname are not in the EEA, Swiss and Surinamese nationals are considered EEA nationals as far as tuition fees are concerned. All other nationals are considered non-EEA nationals.

Scholarship amount and payment

Holland Scholarship is not a full tuition scholarship! The scholarship amount of € 5,000 will be paid in ten monthly instalments as of October, after you have paid the full tuition fee amount. You will receive these amounts only in the first year of your studies.

For whom?

  • You are a non-EEA national (not holding an extra EEA nationality).
  • You have submitted your application for a full-time English taught bachelor or master at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC).
  • You have never before studied at an educational institution in the Netherlands with the purpose of obtaining a degree.
  • You will have to pay the institutional tuition fee because you do not meet the nationality requirement for the lower statutory fee.
  • You are considered an excellent applicant, as apparent from the grade point average of your prior education.
    The rule of thumb is that the average grade should be equivalent to the Dutch grade of 8.0 on a grading scale of 1 to 10.
    In this respect prior education means:
    • for prospective bachelor students: secondary education abroad
    • for prospective master students: previous bachelor study abroad, or ESHCC pre-master

Scholarship awarding

  • ESHCC will inform all applicants about the outcome of the selection before 1 June.
  • The Dean of ESHCC will decide on the award of the scholarships, based on the advice of the departments’ scholarship committees.
  • A scholarship can only be granted if an applicant starts with the ESHCC programme he or she applied for.
  • In principle a fair distribution of scholarships over the various programmes will take place. This principle may be deviated from and priority may be given to applicants for certain programmes. Additionally, the school may strive for a certain distribution over countries or continents.

When to apply?

Applicants can apply for the Holland Scholarship any moment between 1 November and 30 April.

Application procedure

1. Write an application letter (one page maximum)

Start the letter by giving the following information:

  1. Subject: “Application for Holland Scholarship”.
  2. Full name and student number.
  3. Name of the ESHCC bachelor or master programme for which you applied.

Subsequently, answer the following two questions:

  • Why would you need a Holland Scholarship?
  • Why would you deserve a Holland Scholarship? Include a description of academic excellence and if applicable other merits.

2. Send your application letter in pdf as an email attachment

Send the pdf to scholarship@eshcc.eur.nl no later than 30 April. The subject of the email should read as follows:

  • Holland Scholarship + last name + student number + name of the ESHCC programme for which you applied

3. List all required personal details in the email itself

  1. First name (as in passport).
  2. Last name.
  3. Student number.
  4. Name of the programme at ESHCC for which you applied.
  5. GPA of your previous education. Please also mention the minimum and maximum number of points in the pertaining grade scale. (For example: GPA 8, on a scale of 1 - 10.)

Please note:

  1. We can only take your application for the Holland Scholarship into consideration if it is complete and meets all of the above requirements.
  2. You may only apply if you have already submitted your application for one of ESHCC’s programmes.

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