Types of scholarships

From requirements to deadlines and eligibility criteria, scholarships come in many different forms. Some are based on merit, such as those offered by universities to attract top students. Others are designed to increase knowledge within a specific field or to make tertiary education open to a wider demographic.

Unlike other funding options, you don’t have to pay a scholarship back – the money goes directly to your education provider, or in some instances to you. It is worth the effort to apply for as many scholarships as you are eligible for.

Finding a scholarship: where to start

First of all, see which scholarships are available. This scholarship finder allows you to filter by education level and your home country. You will find a wide variety of scholarships that are geared towards international students interested in studying in the Netherlands. It may also be beneficial to ask the Dutch embassy in your home country if they know of any opportunities.

Timing is everything

Pay close attention to the application closing dates, as some scholarships close as early as a year before you finish school. It can be time-consuming to collate the information and documents for each application but hang in there (you’ll thank us later).

Tips for a winning application

  • As with a job application, it is crucial to tailor a scholarship application to the audience. Research the organisation and find clues as to what they’re looking for on their company websites.
  • If you have taken part in extra-curricular activities, speak up about it. You might think that writing for the school newspaper, playing sports or taking the lead in stage productions isn’t relevant to your career, but to universities and scholarship providers, it demonstrates your well-rounded skillset.
  • Seek out essay contests. You’re busy, we get it. But the fact of the matter is that when an application requires more work, fewer people will do it. Take the time to write the extra assignments and you’ll be one step closer to landing the scholarship.
  • Don’t discount grants for smaller sums of money. Very few scholarships will cover your full tuition and competition can be tough. You’ll have a greater chance of being awarded the smaller ones with fewer applicants, and that € 500 will go a long way towards student life in Amsterdam!