If you are going to take part in an exchange or internship abroad, you can apply for a scholarship. The university offers a range of different scholarships. Besides VU Amsterdam, there are also external organizations that can provide grants and scholarships. Most scholarships will only cover a portion of the expenses associated with an exchange and will certainly not cover all of them.
Exchange step 5: scholarships
Information on exchange scholarships
Exchange within Europe
Erasmus+ scholarship for study
Requirements and application
- You have to be selected for exchange at a VU partner university in Europe.
- You will receive an email with information about the application and the documents that you will need.
- The amount of funding that you will receive depends upon the country you are going to and varies between €240 and €360 per month.
- You are entitled to one Erasmus+ scholarship at every degree level of your studies.
Erasmus+ top-up grant, extra funding on top of the Erasmus+ Grant
In the academic year 2020-2021, there will be an extra opportunity for funding (top-up) for students who are eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship AND a supplementary grant from DUO. The amount is €180 per month, on top of the existing Erasmus+ scholarship. The funding is a pilot of the European Commission to increase the opportunities for all students to study a semester in Europe*. In order to be eligible for this extra top-up you need to comply with the conditions of the Erasmus+ scholarship and have an official statement from DUO with the confirmation of being awarded the supplementary grant for the calendar year in which you will study a semester in Europe*. The application round for the Erasmus+ scholarship and the top up will start end of April. In case you are selected for a semester in Europe*, you will automatically receive an e-mail regarding the procedure end of April.
* Europe = EU and EER, plus Serbia and Turkey, Switzerland is excluded. For the academic year 2021-2022, scholarships are still available for an exchange or internship in the United Kingdom.
Exchange outside Europe
There are a limited number of GLOBE scholarships available for students who are selected for an exchange to a non-EU partner.
VU International Office will make a selection of students who can apply for this scholarship. We will use the score of the scorecard that we used during the selection phase. We will send an email to the students that can apply for this scholarship. They can apply for the scholarship in VUnet. If you did not receive an email, your scholarship application will be declined.
The grant amount will be around € 1250 in total.
More information about the GLOBE scholarship.
Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP)
There are HSP scholarships available for students who are selected for an exchange to a VU Amsterdam partner university in Indonesia and South Africa. If there are Scholarships left, these are available for students selected for the Contemporary China Studies Programme at Renmin University or Beijing University of Technology (BJUT), McMaster University (Montreal, Canada) or Simon Fraser (British Colombia, Canada).
VU International Office will send an email to these students to inform them about this in May. After this, you will be able to apply for the HSP scholarship in VUnet. Without invitation, your scholarship application will be declined.
The scholarship amount is € 1250 in total.
More information about HSP.
Internship within Europe
Erasmus+ scholarship for traineeships
- If you do an internship as part of your studies within the European Union and some other European countries, you are eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship for traineeships.
- The internship should last at least 2 complete months (60 days).
- If you have been on exchange already during your current study programme, the combined duration of your exchange and internship may not exceed 12 months.
- The internship should be approved by your supervisor at the VU and by the examination board of your programme.
- The amount of the scholarship is different for three country groups, that have been classified by costs of living. The monthly amounts are approximately € 500.
- You have to apply for the scholarship at least one month before the start of your internship.
- Your international internship must be registered at VU Amsterdam (My Dashboard).
Internship after graduation
It is also possible to apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship for internships, if you like to do an internship after your Bachelor’s or Master’s programme as preparation for the labour market.The Erasmus+ scholarships are handled by the Technical University Eindhoven. You can apply here. Please note: the application has to be done well in advance before the graduation date!
(If you have been on exchange already during the relevant programme, the combined duration of your exchange and internship is not allowed to exceed 12 months.)
Internship outside Europe
- The scholarships are available for students with limited financial means and can prove this because they receive a Supplementary grant from DUO during the period of their internship.
- Your internship or fieldwork research has to be mandatory part of your study programme and has to be approved by your internship coordinator or the examination board.
- The internship lasts at least 2 months.Your internship is not eligible for an Erasmus+ scholarship.
- You need to apply before the deadlines (1 April for internships starting between 1 January and 30 June, and 1 September for internships starting between 1 July and 31 December).
- You have to register your international internship.
- You can apply for Fondsendesk scholarship only once during your studies at VU.
- The available budget is limited. Applications which meet the requirements will be awarded in order of application.
- Fondsendesk statement
- DUO letter granting study finance for the calendar year in which the internship takes place. You can find it on the Mijn DUO page under Mijn berichten. A scan of the paper version of the letter (as PDF) is also accepted.
The scholarship amount is €1250,-.
Applying for a scholarship
- If you are going on exchange in Europe, you will receive an Erasmus+ scholarship. We will send you an email with information on how to apply for the scholarship together with the necessary documents at the beginning of April. For details please see Erasmus+ scholarship to study in Europe.
- When you are selected for a scholarship GLOBE your will be invited by email to apply for the scholarship. Please see here for more information about the Globe Scholarship.
- HSP: In April you will be invited by email to apply for this grant.
- More information about the HSP scholarship more information about HSP
- Erasmus+ internship
FGB Travel Expenses Scholarship
Students of the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences may be eligible for the FGB Travel Cost Fund, and have to make a request for it.
Other scholarships for studying abroad
In addition to the regular scholarship options offered by Vrije Univeristeit Amsterdam, there are other ways to get a grant or scholarship. You can find some of these possibilities below:
- Chinese Government Scholarships Cultureel Verdragbeurzen
- Darmasiswa Scholarships Indonesia
- ECHO Foundation Scholarships
- French embassy
- Fulbright scholarships for study in the US
- Nederlandse Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut
- Nederlandse Hartstichting
- Nederlands Instituut Athene
- Nederlands Instituut in Rome
- Nederlands Instituut Sint Petersburg
- Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
- Vulcanus in Japan
- VSB Beurs
- Studienkolleg zu Berlin (Berlin Studies Centre)
- Studiebeurzen van het Nederlands Instituut in Turkije Istanbul
- TÜBITAK scholarships for study in Turkey
- Abroad with Housing Anywhere
- Scholarships of the Turkish government
- Scholarships for study in Mexico
- Scholarships for research of the Europees Universitair Instituut (EUI) in Florence
There are various search engines that you can use to search for scholarships.:
When you choose to embark on a trip abroad for either study or internship purposes, then it is paramount that you have arranged your insurance matters well. The requirements differ per country of placement, but we do recommend that you consider to take out a supplementary insurance, special declarations of your insurance company and a liability insurance.