Holland Scholarship (Master) - 2021-2022

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 excellent non-EEA (EEA consists of the EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) students of English-taught degree programmes in Holland.

Below you will find the rules and regulations as applicable to the students of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB).   


  • 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 have never before studied at an educational institution in the Netherlands;
  • You are or will be accepted for one of the Master’s programmes of ESSB;
  • 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’s 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. 

Scholarship amount and payment

The scholarship amounts from €5.000 up to €15.000. You will receive it in the first year of your studies.

The scholarship will only be rewarded if you start studies in the same programme for which you have applied, have been granted admission and awarded the scholarship.

Application procedure

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

  • Why do you need the scholarship?
  • Why should you be considered an excellent applicant? 

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

The application for the scholarship must:

  • be submitted before April 30, 2021 and after your application for a degree programme of ESSB has been deemed complete and taken into assessment;
  • be emailed to master@essb.eur.nl, the email subject (and the motivation letter) containing
    • the word combination "Holland Scholarship";
    • student number;
    • name of degree programme you are applying for.
  • In the application letter please add the following information as a header. Your application will not be considered if this information is not filled out:
    • First name (as in passport)
    • Last name
    • Student number
    • Email address
    • Nationality
    • Country of current residence
    • Programme at EUR you have been admitted to 
    • Your grade point average/ average grade during studies. Please point out what the maximum number of point in the grade scale is. 
    • Country of former education
    • Educational institution(-s) you hold/ are going to obtain degree(-s) from

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. 


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

Contact information

In case of questions please email master@essb.eur.nl.