Fulbright Scholarships


Only students from the U.S. can apply for the Fulbright scholarship. U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to The Netherlands. Also, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch citizenship are excluded.

Institution profile

VU Amsterdam is ranked among Europe’s top research universities and provides an internationally oriented community in which students can develop their full potential. A high level of ambition characterizes research and education at this university. Free and open communication of ideas, strongly oriented toward people and society, are encouraged. The university seeks renewal, using the strength of the variety of academic disciplines, nationalities, ideologies and social convictions that exist in the environment.

VU Amsterdam offers a competitive range of research and academic graduate programs, covering all major academic disciplines. The university is located in one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in The Netherlands in which employees with an international background are widely appreciated. Amsterdam is the most culturally diverse city in the world, boasting 179 different nationalities, where English is widely spoken.


Some knowledge of Dutch is useful at the time of arrival in The Netherlands, but not mandatory. The grants are available only for Master’s programmes taught in English.

Grant period

12 months, starting September 1.

Candidate profile

Applicants must have strong motivation and excellent study results. Candidates must be admitted (at the time of application or later during the selection process for the Fulbright grant) to English taught Master’s degree programs at VU Amsterdam.

Grant benefits

The grant will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1.050. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 350) will be covered as well. An extra allowance of € 1.150 will be paid at arrival and can be used to cover the cost of the tuition fee or the costs of settling in. Tuition fees are not waived, but differ per program.


No dependent allowance is available.

Application procedure

Apply for the Fulbright grant by the deadline of mid-October 2015 for the academic year 2016-2017. Here you can find more information on how to apply.

After the application for Fulbright grant the students prepare their application for the VU application and submit this before 15 January at the latest (even though the VU Amsterdam deadline might be later.


The Fulbright Commission and the VU programs in the Netherlands will make their decision, and once both decisions have been taken, the student will be informed, usually in March or April.

For further information about the Fulbright grant, please contact Ms. Linda Pietersen - l.pietersen@fulbright.nl. For more information about the programs of VU Amsterdam contact vufp@vu.nl.

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Homepage Fulbright Student Programme

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