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NL Scholarship

The NL Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The University of Groningen offers NL Scholarships to international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their master’s in the Netherlands. The EEA consists of the EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. Please note that students from Switzerland and Suriname are not eligible to apply.

NL Scholarship

Are you ready for the chance of a lifetime? Apply for the NL Scholarship!

Scholarship Amount

A scholarship of €5,000 to contribute to your living costs in The Netherlands. You will receive this in the first year of your studies.


To qualify for the NL Scholarship University of Groningen:

  • You do not hold the nationality of one of the EEA countries
  • You are going to study in the Netherlands
  • You do not have a degree from an educational institution in the Netherlands
  • You have excellent grades during your bachelor/undergraduate studies
  • You meet the specific requirements of the University of Groningen
  • You have a letter from the University of Groningen with an admission offer for one of the programmes mentioned in this list
  • Write a motivation letter in which you make clear why you are the right candidate for the NL Scholarship University of Groningen
Selection Procedure

A ranking of candidates will be made after a careful evaluation of the applicant's academic merit (i.e. results obtained in the study programme, academic research activities, overall evaluation of previous education etc.) and of the candidates' NL Scholarship motivational statements.

We aim to notify all applicants of the selection results for the first call by 15 March and for the second call by 15 July. Rest assured that every applicant will receive a notification regarding their application outcome. There is no need for applicants to take any further action in this regard.

How to Apply

You can apply for the scholarship after you have received an admission offer from the University of Groningen for one of the programmes mentioned on this list.

The deadline for the first call is 1 February 2024 (23:59 CET). Furthermore, the deadline for the second call is 1 June 2024 (23:59 CEST).

You can apply by clicking on the following link: Apply now.

Please note: incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Carefully read how to apply and make sure to attach all required documents to your application. You can only apply for either the first or second call, not both.

Are you currently enrolled at the University of Groningen and want to study, do an internship, or research project abroad? Go to our NL Scholarship page for outbound students.

Ben je een Nederlandse studiekiezer? Ga dan naar onze pagina's voor Nederlandse studenten.

Last modified:07 December 2023 2.11 p.m.