Scholarships

Choose the right scholarship or loan and apply

A variety of scholarship programmes exist for international Master’s students. These are the ones most commonly awarded to our students:

Scholarships offered by VU Amsterdam

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective international students the unique opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. VU Amsterdam has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated and excellent students.

All VUFP applications received by 1 February 2018 will be reviewed by the faculty of the Master’s programme applied for. Faculties then nominate applicants to the central scholarship committee, which subsequently awards scholarships to the most talented students. The award is based on the motivation letter, the quality of previous education and the student's academic performance therein. A scholarship offer will be made to successful candidates.

Eligible candidates
The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) is a Merit scholarship programme for strongly motivated students with excellent study results. Eligible candidates must be able to prove their academic excellence, and they must be admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree at VU Amsterdam. Students with the Dutch nationality and/or a Dutch degree (given that the Dutch degree is used for admission) are not eligible for admission. Students following a one-year Master’s programme may not apply for the VUFP scholarship for a second year. Students already enrolled in a two-year Master’s programme who have not been awarded the VUFP scholarship in 2017/2018 are not eligible to apply for the VUFP scholarship 2018/2019. Only when a student was granted a scholarship from the beginning, then the scholarship can be extended if he/she achieved 100% of the credits of the first year. The Faculty VUFP committee will be asked to demonstrate to the Central VUFP committee that these credits have indeed been achieved.

One VUFP scholarship will be reserved for an applicant who previously completed a semester or full academic year abroad at the VU Amsterdam via the Semester in Amsterdam program and is now applying for a full time Master's programme at VU Amsterdam. The application process for Semester in Amsterdam alumni is the same as applying for a VUFP scholarship. When you are applying as a Semester in Amsterdam alumnus or alumna then you need to email semesterinamsterdam@vu.nl to inform the staff that you applied via VUnet for a VUFP scholarship. Please indicate in your motivation letter that you previously completed a semester or full academic year at VU Amsterdam via the Semester in Amsterdam program. Students who are not selected for the scholarship reserved for Semester in Amsterdam alumni can still be considered for a regular VUFP scholarship.

Scholarships amounts
The VUFP scholarship is a tuition fee waiver. VUFP scholarship does not provide any additional allowance towards study or living costs.

Application procedure
1. Register for Master’s programme   

Students register for a Master's programme in Studielink and after that in the VUnet portal. Here you can find more information on how to apply for one of our English taught Master's programmes. Please note that you must have applied for the Master programme before you can apply for the VUFP scholarship.
Deadline: 1 February 2018.

2. Submit VUFP application

Submit your VUFP application  in VUnet. 
Deadline: 1 February 2018

For VUFP application 3 documents in PDF format are required:

            A. Proof of excellence/ GPA
 Please upload a proof of transcript of your previous degree or current Bachelor's degree. Please provide a document with the used grading schale and clear explanation of the GPA calculation. Students who apply for a VU Fellowship Programme need to have a GPA of at least 80% of the highest possible mark (calculated over full previous degree or current Bachelor's degree). For example, if the highest possible mark is a 10 you need to have an average of at least an 8.
 Excellence in previous education is proven if the grade point average achieved is at least the equivalent of the Dutch grade of an 8.0 on the Dutch grading scale 1 – 10. The VUFP  Scholarship Committee will decide on the local grade equivalents for the Dutch grade of an 8.0 using the grade information included in the NUFFIC country modules.

           B. Motivation Letter
 We would like to know your motivation for the VU Fellowship Programme. Why do you think you deserve to receive a VUFP scholarship?
 Topics that are reviewed in the motivation letter are the following:

• Why do you want to study this specific programme?
• What are your future perspectives?
• Why do you deserve the VUFP scholarship?

Do not hesitate to mention other motivations as well, we like own initiative!

           C. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
 We strongly recommend the use of the Europass format.

3. Decision

The Central VUFP Committee decides which students will be offered a VUFP scholarship. The Committee makes a merit based selection.

4. Results

All students will receive an e-mail/ notification informing them of the Central scholarships  Committee's decision concerning their application.
 Expected date:  1 April 2018 (8 weeks after the deadline).

5. Acceptance of VUFP or HSP offer

Selected candidates  accept/ decline the VUFP offer in VUnet. Deadline: 15 April 2018 (2 weeks after the results are published).

Conditions VUFP Scholarship Programme

Current VUFP scholars
VUFP scholars enrolled in a two years Master’s programme do not need to re-apply for the VUFP scholarship for the second year. The VUFP scholar will be nominated for a second year provided that he or she has obtained at least 80% of all ECTS. VUFP candidates will receive an e-mail from the Central Scholarships Committee on or around 1 July 2018 confirming the extension of the VUFP scholarship. Students who have not achieved sufficient study results will be informed that they will not be offered the VUFP scholarship for the next academic year, unless there are clear reasons why the results were lower than average.

Complaint procedure
An interested party that does not agree with the decision of the scholarship committee, may file a written complaint to VUFP@vu.nl. Complaints regarding the application procedure (not the results!) should be addressed to the student ombudsman by e-mail and must include:

• Your name and full address.
• Details of the selection procedure that you do not agree with.
• The grounds for complaint: why are you unable to accept the selection procedure?
• Date and signature.

For pressing questions regarding the VUFP scholarship, please email: vufp@vu.nl.

HSP logo

The Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP) is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Dutch research universities, and universities of applied sciences. Students eligible for this scholarship are students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who are applying for the first year of a Master’s programme in the Netherlands. Students from Suriname and Switzerland are not eligible to apply for the HSP scholarship.

Scholarship amount
The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies.

Application criteria

  • You hold a non-EEA nationality that is not Surinamese or Swiss.
  • You are applying for the first year of a full-time English taught Master’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • The degree with which you are seeking admission has not been obtained in the Netherlands.
  • You need to have applied for VUFP. We will only award HSP scholarships to recipients of the VU Fellowship Programme.
  • We select excellent students who contribute to the diversity at our campus.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam embraces diversity as an enrichment to our teaching, research and our contribution to society. Furthermore, we aim to prepare our students for a global and diverse society and workplace. Before applying for the Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP), you need to apply for a Master’s programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. You can apply for the scholarship until 1 February 2018. We will contact you about the outcome of the selection procedure no later than 1 April 2018. Please note that you must have applied for the Master’s programme before you can apply for the HSP scholarship. Both applications must be complete and submitted before the deadline of 1 February 2018.

Application procedure
1. Follow the VUFP scholarship application

Please follow the steps to apply for a VUFP scholarship as described above. Please mention in your motivation letter that you would like to apply for a HSP scholarship as well. Your CV needs to proof that you are an added value for diversity on our campus.
Deadline: 1 February 2018

2. Decision
The Central HSP Committee decides which students will be offered a HSP scholarship.

3. Results
All students will receive an e-mail/notification informing them of the Central Scholarships Committee's decision concerning their application.
Expected date: 1 April 2018 (8 weeks after the deadline).

4. Acceptance of HSP offer
Selected candidates accept/decline the HSP offer in VUnet.
Deadline: 15 April 2018 (2 weeks after the results are published).

Conditions Holland Scholarship Programme

Contact
For any further questions please contact us through: hsp@vu.nl

The VU Fellowship programme sponsors the Orange Tulip Scholarship programme. It is now possible for excellent students from Brazil, China, Indonesia, South-Korea, and Russia to apply for this highly selective VUFP / OTS scholarship.

Value
OTS scholarship is a tuition fee waiver. This scholarship does not offer any additional allowance towards living costs.

    • Brazil (two scholarships available)
    • China (two scholarships available)
    • Indonesia (two scholarships available)
    • South-Korea (two scholarships available)
    • Russia (two scholarships available)

Deadline
1 February 2018

Fields of study
Eligible candidates should be admitted to one of English taught Master degree programmes at VU Amsterdam. In addition, OTS candidates need to have applied for one of the VUFP scholarship programmes in your VUnet portal.

Application procedure
Students apply for the specific OTS programme (Brasil, China, Indonesia, South-Korea, Russia). Please see the specific NESO website:  

     NESO Brazil 
     NESO China  
     NESO Indonesia
     NESO Russia
     NESO South-Korea

• Students need to apply separately for a VUFP scholarship. Deadline for OTS is the same as the regular deadline for VUFP scholarship: 1 February 2018.
• OTS will make the selection for the OTS candidates.
• OTS will send their selection before 1 March to the central VUFP scholarship committee.
• The central scholarship committee will confirm the OTS selection.
• OTS nominees will be excluded from the ‘regular’ VUFP scholarship.

Eligibility
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. In addition, this grant is also not available for US students with another EU nationality who intend to study at the VU on the basis of their EU nationality, or a spousal EU visa.

Institution profile
Vrije Universiteit 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.

Language
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. U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands.

Grant benefits
The grant will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1.100. 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 € 550 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.

Dependents
No dependent allowance is available.

Application procedure
Apply for the Fulbright grant by the deadline of 5 October 2017 for the academic year 2018-2019. 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.

Decisions
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.

Contact
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.

Homepage Fulbright Center (Dutch)   

Homepage Fulbright Student Programme

Other scholarship options

The NN Future Matters Scholarship is a programme financed by NN and administered by Nuffic. At VU Amsterdam this scholarship is applicable for students from the selected countries, who applied for Master’s in:

•    Economics
•    Finance
•    Finance; Duisenberg honours track in Quantitative Risk Management
•    Business Administration; specialization in Financial Management
•    Business Administration; Duisenberg honours track in Financial Markets and Regulation

The application deadline is 1 May 2017.  You can submit the application per email to f.vande.wiel@vu.nl.

Application criteria

• You are from the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain or Turkey.
• You are applying for a full-time master’s programme in the field of finance, risk management or economics at VU Amsterdam. Please note the admission deadlines are 1st of April for non-EU students and 1st of June for EU students.
• You are starting your master’s studies in September 2017.
• You meet the specific requirements of the institution of your choice.
• You have an average grade of 7 (out of 10) on your BA or BA equivalent.
• You are a first generation academic, i.e. no parent or guardian has earned a bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree in your family.
• Preferably you have not yet studied or worked abroad before.

Payment of the scholarship
The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive € 4,500 in two installments of € 2,250 each in the first year of your master's studies. You will receive the remaining € 500 towards the end of your studies.

Application
In order to obtain the NN Future Matters Scholarship you need to meet the admission criteria, and apply before the deadline of 1 May 2017.
For questions about the application process or the scholarship, you can contact the International Office at f.vande.wiel@vu.nl.
A jury consisting of NN Group and EP-Nuffic will select the applicants who will be granted the scholarship. In case of equal suitability of the candidates, first generation academics will be favored.

Desmond Fortes Scholarship is a programme financed by FMO Entrepreneurial Development Bank. It is a scholarship meant for ambitious professionals from Asia and Africa who are employed within FMO's client network and who applied for the Master's programme Environment and Resource Management at VU Amsterdam. 

The application procedure is in detail described on the Desmond Fortes Scholarship website of EP NUFFIC.

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. STUNED Scholarship Programme

For academic year 2018-2019 the NFP programme is ended. At this moment the outline of a new fellowship programme is being developed.

Find all information on the NFP Website.

Funding for Indonesian students who wish to pursue a master-, or PhD degree through the LPDP programme (Indonesia Endowment Fund of Education). 
Indonesia Endowment Fund of Education (LPDP)


The GlobalEducationProgram is a Russian government funding program that offers Russian citizens an opportunity to study at leading foreign higher education institutions and to get employment in accordance with the qualification gained. Russian students can apply for fully funded tuition fee & living expenses via this program. At Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam this scholarship is applicable for students from Russia, who applied for Master’s in:

•    Computer and Information Science
•    Information and Computer Engineering
•    Information Security
•    Chemical Technologies
•    Architecture
•    Health Science and Preventive Medicine
•    Fundamental Medicine
•    Clinical Medicine
•    Pharmacy
•    Earth Science
•    Technosphere Safety
•    Environmental Engineering and Biotechnologies
•    Biology
•    Geology, Mining, Oil and Gas Industry and Geodesy

Student Loan Programmes

The William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) offers financial aid for eligible students from the U.S. to help cover the cost of higher education. Eligible students borrow directly from the ED at participating schools. 

As a foreign school, VU Amsterdam has participated in the Direct Loan Program for several years and will continue its participation in the program as an eligible school for the academic year 2016-2017.

US Loans Guide
In the information guide for US loans you can find information about the following topics:

    - General information about direct loans
    - Applying for financial aid
    - Application procedures
    - Financial information
    - Procedures at VU Amsterdam
    - SAP, brief description
    - Exit counseling
    - In School Deferment Request
    - Refund policy
    - Alcohol and drugs

US Loans Guide

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
All students applying for or receiving US Federal Aid (subsidized, unsubsidized and PLUS) must progress satisfactory towards completion of the study programme at VU Amsterdam to remain eligible for federal financial aid. You can find detailed information in the following document.

SAP document

Questionnaire VU
To start the loan application, please complete the questionnaire and mail the form to usloanprogram@vu.nl.

Step 1: Questionnaire

NB: Vrije Universiteit does not receive any automatic messages from the United States telling us that you have applied or re-applied for a Direct Loan. If you would like to take out a loan, you therefore have to mail us the questionnaire after making your loan application in the FAFSA system. Only then can we start the origination process of the loan on our side.

Deadline
The deadline for students who would like to apply for a Direct Loan for the academic year 2017-2018 is 1 July, 2017.

Contact
VU Amsterdam
International Office / US Loan Team
De Boelelaan 1105
NL-1081 HV Amsterdam
Usloanprogram@vu.nl

For additional information on U.S. federal loans, please visit the Direct Loans website of the U.S. Department of Education.

SallieMae is a loan provider in the US, who offers private loans to US students to cover their costs for their study period abroad. Only students with the American nationality will be eligible for this type of loan. The loan is meant to finance your stay at VU Amsterdam (VU) and could cover your tuition fee, room and board, etc.

Programmes
All degree programmes offered at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Bachelor, Master, LL.M, Research Master).

Application procedure VU
Step 1: Questionnaire VU, to start the loan application, please complete the questionnaire and mail the form to usloanprogram@vu.nl.
Step 2: Only if you are (conditionally) admitted to the study programme: send an email to usloans@vu.nl and indicate that you want to apply / have applied for a SallieMae loan so that we can finalize the loan procedure.

Deadlines VU
Deadline for submitting the application for the study programme: 1 April
Deadline for informing the International Office by email of application to SallyMae: 1 July

Application procedure SallieMae
Apply online for the loan: https://www.salliemae.com
Our School code for this programme is: 008376-00

Contact person VU: Henny Smit: usloans@vu.nl

Important notes
• Please read the procedure of VU Amsterdam carefully.
• Students are always fully responsible for the repayment of their loans to SallieMae.
• The loan period only covers for 1 year, which means that if you are participating in a study programme which takes longer than 1 academic year, you will have to submit a loan application for the following year. 

• The loan will be disbursed in 1 – 4 terms (depending on the length of the study programme and amount certified). 

• SallieMae has the final decision on the approval / denial of your loan application. One of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands is that students must submit proof that they have sufficient financial means to finance their study period in the Netherlands. VU advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of approx. €10,000 to €15,000 per year to cover the costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, course books and local transportation. How much money students actually spend will of course depend on their life style and spending habits
• Private loan applications with Sallie Mae must not exceed 180 days between the application date and disbursement date. Therefore for loan applications for the new academic year (which will normally have an earliest disbursement date of 1 October), do not make an application to Sallie Mae any earlier than 1 May.
• If your private loan is approved before September, you can expect the check to arrive in the first weeks of October. Students are therefore strongly advised to have extra funding to cover for their costs for at least the period mid-August - October. Also, if you have applied for accommodation via VU, you must pay the rent of three months before you arrive in Amsterdam.
• You are kindly advised to set up an installment agreement for the payment of the tuition fee. For information see: www.vu.nl/tuitionfee.

Disclaimer

The student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described above before the aforementioned deadline. VU Amsterdam cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is able to process applications for US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) funding. Eligible students wishing to study at VU Amsterdam should first visit the US Department of Veterans Affairs webpage and apply for benefits.
Students are then advised to email usloanprogram@vu.nl to ensure that the course they wish to study is approved for VA benefits. Please allow as much time as possible to check that your course is approved, as approval of a course can take a few weeks to be processed.
Distance or online learning are not eligible for VA funding at foreign schools outside of the US.
Once you have registered at VU Amsterdam for the academic year and your course has been approved, we will complete and submit your enrollment information on VA Form 22-1999. The VA will process your benefit and send a check to the University. We will then notify you when your check is available for you to collect.
We are obliged to inform the VA when your enrolment status changes at any stage such as:

    •    Graduation
    •    Change from full-time to part-time
    •    Suspension
    •    Withdrawal

Please note that receipt of VA will not affect your Federal US Loan entitlement.

Disclaimer

The student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described above before the aforementioned deadline. VU Amsterdam cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.

The Erasmus+ Master Loan aims to support learning mobility, because studying abroad can be expensive– especially in countries with high living costs. The loan scheme is being established in cooperation with the European Investment Fund (Part of the EIB Group).

Find out if you are eligible to apply.

Scholarship search tips

  • The Netherlands Student Grantfinder website is a search engine for students who want to study in the Netherlands and are looking for sources of funding for their studies. Grantfinder is easy to use and contains information on a range of Dutch scholarships for foreign students.

  • The Study in Holland website also contains information on grant possibilities.

  • Scholarships to obtain a PhD degree.