Assistance with funding

There are various sources for grants and scholarships including:

  • the Dutch government
  • business sponsorship
  • international organisations (e.g., Rotary Club, UN, World Bank etc)
  • your home university/institution
  • your local government

Dutch government funding sources can be found through the grantfinder website. Some of the main funding programmes are listed below. Students from EU/EEA countries may also be eligible for a partial refund of their tuition fees via DUO.


Grants, scholarships and fellowships

Financial aid Erasmus University

The Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and 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 master’s in the Netherlands. The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Scholarship amount:
The scholarship amounts up to € 5,000,-. You will receive this in the first year of your studies.

Application criteria:

  • Your nationality is non-EEA;
  • You are applying for a full-time, English taught master’s programme at the Erasmus School of Philosophy;
  • You have never before studied at an education institution in the Netherlands;
  • You have to pay the institute tuition fee because you do not meet the nationality requirement;
  • You must have achieved excellent study results in your prior education. This means an average final result of at least grade 8.0 (or the equivalent) during your prior education. For these purposes, prior education means:
    • for prospective master students: the previous bachelor study abroad
  • You meet the specific requirements of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Scholarship Conditions:
The scholarship will only be rewarded when you will start with the same programme for which you have applied and for which you have received admission.

How to apply:
Students who have applied for the research master programme at the Erasmus School of Philosophy and who meet the application criteria can apply for the scholarship.

Application procedure:
The application procedure for the Holland Scholarship Programme is as follows:

  • The deadline for applications is May 1, 2021.

  • Students can apply by sending an email to, accompanied by an authenticated list of grades achieved during the student's prior education and a letter of motivation.
  • Students will be notified of the awards committee's decision before 1st of June 2021.

Amount and payment:
The scholarship amount with a maximum of € 5,000,- will be received by the student on November 1, 2021 (€2,500) and on February 1, 2022 (€2,500).

Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship

The Erasmus Trustfonds was founded to support research and education projects of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). The fund hereby aims to contribute to the growth and flourishing of the Erasmus University.

The Erasmus Trust Fund offers in cooperation with Erasmus School of Philosophy a full scholarship for one excellent master student. 


  • You are or will be accepted for one of the master programmes of Erasmus School of Philosophy;
  • You will start the master programme on the first of September following the application for the scholarship;
  • You are considered an excellent applicant, as apparent from your motivation and grade point average at the moment of application (demonstrated through your academic record for the bachelor studies). The rule of thumb is that the average grade should be the equivalent to the Dutch grade of 8.0 on the Dutch grading scale of 1 to 10;
  • You are unable to finance your study yourself.

Additional requirements:
The applicant must be admitted to one of the following programmes:

  • Master Philosophy
  • Research Master in Philosophy and Economics 

Scholarship/Grant amount:
€ 15.000 for housing, living costs, statutory fee and IND immigration fee (if applicable). The scholarship will be granted for one academic year. If the student fails to graduate in one year (Master Philosophy) or two years (Research Master in Philosophy and Economics), the standard fee will apply for the remaining period of study. 

15 April 2021

Application procedure:
The application consists of a motivation letter (one page maximum) where the candidate answers two questions:

  • Why do you need the Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship?
  • Why should you be considered an excellent candidate? Include a description of academic excellence and if relevant other merits.

The answer to the latter question can, but does not have to, include grades.

The application for the scholarship must:

  • be submitted before April 15 and after your application for a degree programme the Erasmus School of Philosophy has been deemed complete and taken into assessment;
  • be emailed to, the email subject (and the motivation letter) containing
    • the word combination "Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship";
    • student number;
    • name of degree programme you are applying for;

Please be aware that a scholarship can only be granted after being admitted to the master's programme. In case you have not yet finished your bachelor studies, you may get a conditional offer. This suffices to be eligible for a tuition waiver so you do not have to pay the institutional fee.

All applicants will be informed about the decision before June 1. Instruction on further steps after accepting the scholarship will follow.   

L-EARN for Impact Scholarship 2021-2022

The scholarship (max 22.000 euro) is open to individuals from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts applying to a Master’s degree programme. After the completion of the master programme the awardee commit to return to their home country to use their new skills and contribute to their countries' social and economic development.


  • Your nationality is one of the list of the Developing Countries of the World Bank.
  • You are an excellent student according to the faculty’s standard. The average grade should be the equivalent to the Dutch grade of 8.0 on the Dutch grading scale of 1 to 10.
  • You have recent relevant work experience after earning a Bachelor’s degree.
  • You are applying for a full-time master at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  •  The selection for this scholarship will be carried out by the faculties and schools. For more detailed information about the selection process, please contact the faculty or school involved.

Developing Country according to the list of the World Bank.

Additional requirements:
The applicant must be admitted to one of the following programmes:

  • Master Philosophy
  • Research Master in Philosophy and Economics 

Amount and payment:
The student will receive a sum between € 10.000 and € 22.000 from Erasmus Trust Fund to cover living expenses and the IND immigration application fee. On top of that, the student will receive an Erasmus School of Economics tuition fee waiver for academic year 2021-2022, which will lower the tuition fee to the statutory fee (€ 2.168).

Application procedure

  • The scholarship application deadline is 1 February 2021
  • The applicant is to send an e-mail to: with the following scholarship application documents:
    • Motivation statement (max. 2 A4)
    • CV
    • Certified copy of your (most recent) academic transcript, including your GPA calculated up to the moment of application. If the GPA is not presented on your academic transcript, we kindly receive a certified statement confirming your obtained GPA.
    • Budget plan

Please note that scholarship applications received – or incomplete – after the deadline, will not be considered.

Applications will be reviewed by Erasmus School of Philosophy after 1 February 2021. In the beginning of April, all applicants will be informed about the outcome of their scholarship application.

Shortlisted candidates will be forwarded to the Trust Fund/FMO Selection Committee for final selection. In case of nomination, the applicant will be informed by the Scholarship Department of Erasmus University Rotterdam ( in the beginning of May 2021.  

EUR Excellence Scholarship

The EUR Excellence Scholarship is a scholarship that reduces the higher institute tuition fee for a second master’s degree to a tuition fee equal to the EEA/EU student’s statutory tuition fee. This scholarship is for outstanding EUR-students who wish to pursue a second master at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

You can find more information about this scholarship here. For questions, please send an e-mail to

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