Philosophy and Economics


Assistance with funding

There are various sources for grants and scholarships including:

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

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

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 bachelor’s or master’s in Holland. The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Scholarship amount

The scholarship amounts 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 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 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, 2019.

  • 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 2019.

Amount and payment

The scholarship amount with a maximum of € 5,000,- will be received by the student on November 1, 2019 (€2,500) and on February 1, 2020 (€2,500).

Tuition waiver

Erasmus School of Philosophy (ESPhil) offers excellent non-EEA students (EEA consists of the EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) partial tuition waivers for the English-taught research master in Philosophy and Economics.


  • you are a national of a non-EEA country (not holding an extra EEA nationality) and hence you have to pay the institute tuition fee;
  • you are or will be accepted for the research master in Philosophy and Economics;
  • you will start the research master programme on the first of September following the application for a tuition waiver;
  • 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 the 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.

Amount of waiver

The exact amount of the partial tuition waiver is 50% of the difference between the institutional tuition fee for non-EEA master students and the statutory tuition fee. This amount will be deducted from the tuition fee, without direct transfer to the student. The waiver will be granted for one academic year. The student is free to apply again for the tuition fee waiver for his or her second year of the programme.

Application procedure

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

  • Why do you need the tuition waiver?
  • Why should you be considered an excellent candidate?

The answer to the latter question can, but does not have to, include grades. The application for a tuition waiver must:

  • be submitted before April 30 and after your application has been deemed complete and taken into assessment;
  • be emailed to, the email subject (and the motivation letter) containing
    • the word combination "tuition waiver";
    • student number;

Please be aware that a tuition waiver can only be granted after being admitted to the master's program.


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

Contact information:

In case of questions please email