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Incoming Master’s students: other scholarships

We offer a variety of scholarships for Master's students, funded by external parties

Examples are the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, foreign non- profit organisations and private operating foundations.

VU Amsterdam itself also offers scholarships to Master's students.

Other scholarship options

  • Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

    VU Amsterdam does not participate in Round 2 (2023) of OKP scholarship. Please note that OKP stops per 31 August 2024. As such it is no longer possible to apply for this scholarship. For more information please check the website of Nuffic

  • NN Future Matters Scholarship

    NN Group has decided to no longer continue with the NN FM Scholarship programme and shifts its focus to other projects to support people in the area of financial, physical and mental well-being. Therefore, it will be no longer possible to apply for the scholarship. Please contact external.communications@nn-group.com if you have any further questions.

  • Scholarships for students from Latin-America

    Colfuturo (for Colombian  students)

    COLFUTURO is a Colombian non-profit foundation that was established in 1991 with the support of the National Government and some of the most important companies of the private sector in the country at that time. Its main objective is to provide financial support and increase the possibilities of Colombian citizens to access high-quality postgraduate study programs abroad. With a total population of 47 million inhabitants, only 4% of Colombia’s professionals have postgraduate degrees, of which only 2% have Master’s degrees and less than 1% have Doctorate-level degrees. Thanks to this initiative, students, after finishing their postgraduate studies, return to the country and encourage the promotion of constant social, economic and cultural transformation in Colombia.

    FINANCIAL SUPPORT MODEL:

    The financial support model we use is a Scholarship-Loan. COLFUTURO offers each student up to US $50,000, which may be requested in full, even if the program is one year. Students may be awarded scholarships for 80% of the loaned amount, provided they accomplish these requirements: (1) be awarded their postgraduate degree, (2) return to Colombia, and (3) remain in the country for three to five years.

    APPLICATION:

    Information how and where to apply for this scholarship- loan can be found on Colfuturo website: https://www.colfuturo.org/

    REQUIREMENTS:

    To participate in COLFUTURO’s yearly application process, students shall follow the regular admission process to the program in the educational institution in the country of their choice. COLFUTURO does not get involved in the different universities’ or in their study programs’ application and selection processes. Additionally, applicants shall demonstrate advanced proficiency in a foreign language and hold an undergraduate degree, except for those students applying to double degree programs.

    SELECTION:

    The selection process considers three main criteria: academic quality of students, the quality of the study program, and the comparison amongst all applicants, maintaining each student’s anonymity. The academic quality of students is assessed with three aspects: undergraduate GPA (Grade Point Average), ranking position within their graduating class and an essay.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    Colfuturo students are entitled to a 30% discount on the tuition fees at VU Amsterdam. We provide individual invoices for all students clearly stating the original tuition fee and 30% discount offered by us. Students need to upload it in Colfuturo system to arrange the payments.

    Students who are nominated for the Colfuturo have 2 years to make use of it (enroll at the selected university). For example list of nominated students we have received for 2020- 2021 is still valid for 2021- 2022 and 2022- 2023 academic years.

    QUESTIONS?

    For questions about the application, documents, eligibility criteria, results etc. please contact Colfuturo. In order to request your invoice or in case of questions regarding the payment of tuition fee please contact: scholarships.incoming@vu.nl

    FUNED (for Mexican students)

    FUNED is a private operating foundation that promotes the professional careers of future Mexican leader through higher education providing complementary financial aid and scholarships for Mexicans pursuing Master's degrees abroad at one of the best 200 universities and 100 best programs worldwide.

    APPLICATION:

    Information how and where to apply for this scholarship- loan can be found on FUNED website: https://www.funedmx.org/

    REQUIREMENTS:

    To apply for FUNED funding you need to meet the following requirements:

    - Be a Mexican national.

    -Have achieved a GPA of 8.0 minimum of 10 point scale in their first degree program (i.e., Licenciatura) and to hold a first degree Mexican "Título."

    - Submit to FUNED an official Certificate of Admission issued by VU Amsterdam.

    - Submit your application to FUNED no later than 90 days before leaving to study their Master's degree.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    FUNED can be combined with funding from CONACYT for studies in the field of Health. It can also be combined with funding from EdukPro.

    FUNED students are entitled to a 30% discount on the tuition fees at VU Amsterdam. We provide individual invoices for all students clearly stating the original tuition fee and 30% discount offered by us. Students need to send them to FUNED to arrange the payments.

    QUESTIONS?

    For questions about the application, documents, eligibility criteria, results etc. please contact FUNED. In order to request your invoice or in case of questions regarding the payment of tuition fee please contact: vufp@vu.nl.

  • STUNED Scholarship Programme

    The STUNED Scholarship Programme is open for professionals from Indonesia who have completed a Bachelor's programme (S1). It is aimed in particular at teacher-educators, government officials (central and regional), NGO employees and journalists. The programme gives priority to candidates from outside Java and takes account of gender equality. However, strongly motivated candidates from all other sectors including the private sector are encouraged to apply. PhD students are not eligible for grants under this programme. See for more information STUNED Scholarship Programme.

    Unfortunately it is not possible to apply for STUNED Scholarship Programme in 2023-2024 academic year. 

  • Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme

    The Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme, a project funded by the EU, aims at increasing the number of experts in the EU field and supporting Turkey’s administrative capacity building efforts for the effective implementation of the EU acquis within the framework of Turkey’s negotiation process for the full membership to the EU. The Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme began in the 1990-1991 academic year and is one of the longest running projects in Turkey.

    Within the scope of the Scholarship Programme, Turkish public officials, graduate students (master/PhD), academic and administrative staff of the universities in Turkey as well as employees of the private sector and NGOs may apply. Scholars shall only conduct academic studies at graduate or research level at a university or similar institution in one of the EU member countries for periods of minimum 3, maximum 12 months. Academic studies longer than 12 months will not be supported even if the scholars are willing to fund the remaining period.

    Scholarships are granted exclusively for academic studies directly related to Turkey’s EU harmonisation process and the EU acquis. The Jean Monnet Scholarship Programme plays an important role in developing a better understanding of EU standards, legislation and implementation of EU acquis in EU member states among scholars who are believed to take an active role in the accession process of the Turkey to the EU. What is more, the Scholarship Programme aims to increase cultural exchange and intercultural dialogue that are essential to the development of EU-Turkey relations. 

    For more information about the application process please visit www.jeanmonnet.org.tr.

  • Cultural Heritage Scholarship

    The Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme is a one-year scholarship for a Heritage Master's programme in the Netherlands, for applicants from selected countries.

    This programme offers students and young professionals from Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Suriname the opportunity to follow a one-year master’s programme in the Netherlands related to their cultural heritage, specifically related to objects stolen during the Dutch colonial era. The programme offers 15-20 scholarships to students from participating countries for one-year master’s programmes in the Netherlands, starting in September 2024. Are you ready for the chance of a lifetime? Apply for the Cultural Heritage Scholarship now!

    Deadline

    The deadline to submit an application is Monday 8 April 2024 (16.00 CEST).

    For more information about the application process, see the Study in NL webpage.

  • Aon Scholarship - Risk management

    Are you a non-Dutch student and writing your thesis in the academic year 2024/2025? Is your subject related to Risk Management? Then you can apply for the Aon Scholarship!

    Aon, together with Nuffic, developed the Aon Scholarship of €6,000 for non-Dutch students who are talented and motivated to contribute to society and maybe, most importantly, are also helped by this financial incentive. The deadline to apply is 1 May 2024.

    Target group

    • Study programme: Risk management
    • Level: 
      • Second-year Master's student in a 2-year programme (first year completed)
      • Third-year Bachelor's student in a 3-year programme (first and second year completed)
    • International student, both EU/EEA or non-EU/EEA

    Application

    Please send an email to scholarships.incoming@vu.nl, and make sure to add the required documents to your application. 

    Required documents

    • Copy paspoort / ID
    • Diploma or study transcript of your previous and current higher education
    • CV and motivation letter (combined in one PDF) which should include:
      • Motivation for the selected Bachelor's or Master's programme and Dutch institution
      • In case the scholarship is for a research project: description and motivation for the (research) project
      • Explanation of the need for a scholarship / financial support, 
    • Reference letters (combined in one PDF): The reference providers must be current or previous professors or study supervisor. If the scholarship is for a (research) project, include a reference from the supervisor describing the relevance of your (research) project. One of these two reference letters should address the candidate's need for financial support.
    • Proof of registration / admission at your institution for the academic year 2024-2025 -> Please send this as soon as possible after you resubmitted your application.

    Timeline

    1. Application deadline: 1 May 2024
    2. Nomination of candidates by VU Amsterdam: 1-15 May 2024
    3. Nominated student need to apply via Delta. Nominated students will receive a link
    4. Selection procedure by Nuffic and Aon: May / June 2024
    5. Selected kandidates will be informed: End of June 2024

Contact information

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