Scholarships and grants

Studying in a foreign country can be very expensive. Fortunately, the Dutch government subsidizes higher education which leads to lower tuition fees for students with a nationality from a country belonging to the European Economic Area (EEA). In recent years, more and more students from outside the EEA have decided to study in the Netherlands, resulting in a growing demand for academic scholarships. Below you can find the few scholarships that might be applicable to you.

China Programme

This programme is developed for excellent Chinese students who would like to study in the Netherlands. Please visit China CSC and Nuffic for more information about requirements and the value of the grant.

Erasmus Education Fund

Every academic year, the Erasmus Education Fund (EEF) supports several students with a scholarship of 3000 euro's per year. The EEF is only for excellent students who need provable financial support. Students may apply by following the application procedure for the EEF.

Erasmus School of Economics Student Waiver for excellent students from non-EEA countries

The Erasmus School of Economics has created a separate fund to support excellent students. The maximum award of the waiver consists of a tuition fee waiver for the year 2017-2018. Resulting in a tuition fee equal to the statutory fee. Current or prospective students who are awarded this waiver will therefore not themselves directly receive a sum of money. The Excellent Student Waiver has specific requirements to be eligible.

Holland Scholarship Erasmus University

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 scholarship amounts to € 5,000. More information.

Fulbright grant

This scholarship is for American citizens who would like to study in the Netherlands. When you are granted this scholarship you can receive 1050 euro for nine months from which you can cover tuition fee, living costs and housing. For more information about this scholarship, please visit the website of Fullbright.


StuNed is a programme for mid-career professionals from Indonesia willing to study in the Netherlands. There are different requirements for students who would like to obtain a Master’s degree or just follow courses for a short period. Please find more information on the website of Nuffic Neso Indonesia.

NFP Programme

This programme is also designed for mid-career professionals who would like to extend their experience with studying in the Netherlands. At Erasmus School of Economics the MSc in Maritime Economics and Logistics (MEL) is NFP qualified. Please carefully read the requirements and the application procedure of the NFP programme.

NN Future Matters Scholarship

The NN Future Matters Scholarship is a programme financed by Nationale Nederlanden and for students from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain, who want to do a master in the Netherlands in finance, risk management or economics. The scholarship amount is € 5,000. The application deadline is 1 May 2017.  


For questions about the application process or the scholarship, you can contact the International Office EUR at

In general

If you find that none of these scholarships are applicable to you, please visit one of the websites below. You can also check with the government from your own country whether they support studying in the Netherlands or studying abroad in general.