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Other grants for study or placement abroad

Besides the Erasmus grant and the Marco Polo grant there are other grants available from different institutions. These grants may also be available for students that do not participate in one of our exchange programmes or go on an placement period abroad.

Please note that the list of grants is by no means complete, and only offers a selection of the possibilities for grants to cover the extra expenses of a study or placement period abroad. For a more extensive list of possible grants or funds, students can consult the Information Office for Study and Careers at the Student Service Centre (SSC). In addition, students should always check the specific requirements for a grant, because in many cases there are restrictions or strict conditions which have to be met in order to qualify for the grant.

Groningen University Fund (GUF) – grants, field trips, etc.

Students who wish to spend their period abroad at a university with which there is no exchange agreement may be eligible for funding by the GUF. The GUF subsidizes various activities that benefit studies at the University of Groningen. Specific requirements and an application form can be found on the GUF website. The form gives details of the guidelines for applications for financial assistance. A supporting letter can be provided by the International Office.

Fund International Office

In some exceptional cases, when no other funds can support the student’s exchange period (or internship) abroad, a modest grant of the International Office Fund can be made available. Such a grant is not given to students who already receive an Erasmus or Marco Polo grant, or funding from other sources. Should you require more detailed information, please ask at the International Office (during student office hours).

VSB Grant programme for study and research grants

The Stichting VSB Fonds offers grants to postgraduate students. VSB scholarships are intended to assist students who have graduated from a Dutch university to follow a programme (a Master’s degree, for instance) or conduct research abroad that will broaden or deepen their knowledge. The scholarship is not intended for a placement. Specific requirements and more information can be found on the VSB fonds website.

Cultural treaties

The Dutch government has entered into numerous agreements with other countries with the aim of furthering collaboration in the fields of culture and education. One such aspect is study exchanges. The pamphlet ‘Beurzen voor studie en onderzoek in het buitenland’ (Grants for study and research abroad), published by NUFFIC, is available at the Information Library for Study and Careers. It contains details of all the cultural treaties relating to study exchange programmes. The grants are primarily aimed at final-year students or recent graduates. More information is available through the NUFFIC website:

Fulbright grant for study or placement in the United States

The Fulbright Programme is an international (exchange) programme sponsored by the United States Government and is mainly aimed at early-career professionals, graduate students, PhD students or scholars. The specific conditions for qualification of the Fulbright programme can be found on

Grotius grants

The Stichting Grotius Academie is a foundation that provides postgraduate specialization courses for lawyers who already have some practical experience.
In June 2009, Stichting Grotius Academie for the first time awarded ten grants of €3000 to talented students from ethnic minorities and for the past years Groningen law students have been among these talented students.
The Grotius grant is intended as a stimulus for students from ethnic minorities, offering them the opportunity to study abroad or follow a placement abroad. In the context of their study at a university in the Netherlands, their time abroad should be spent on subjects related to the commercial law practice.

The most important conditions for to qualify for a Grotius grant are:
● You must be among the top 25% of students, either at the end of year 2 of the Bachelor phase or at the end of the Bachelor phase, and
● You are from an ethnic minority, and
● You are going on a placement or are going to study at a university abroad for at least two months. Your placement or study will be in the field of commercial law.
For more information, the specific deadlines and an application form, see and contact the International Office. The International Office of the Faculty of Law is the one that nominates the students for the Grotius grant.

Laatst gewijzigd:26 oktober 2016 10:55