Funding and Scholarships

ISS receives a majority of students on a partial or full scholarship programme. While in the past many of our students have enjoyed their studies on a Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) scholarship, there is an increasing group who apply for other scholarships. ISS has therefore created a scholarship database to help you find funding you are eligible for. 

Deferral

Your admission is valid for two consecutive years.  If you have unconditional admission for the MA programme, you will need to request a deferral  - please visit our Deferral procedure page for more information.

Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)

The Dutch government offers scholarships to international students Orange Knowledge Programme (previously NFP). The aim of OKP is to aid the development of the capacity, knowledge and quality of individuals as well as institutions in the field of higher and vocational education. 

ISS is now accepting applications for the OKP programme. Please apply before 15 February 2018.

Joint Japan/World Bank Grauduate Scholarship Programme (JJWBGSP)

The programme is open to women and men from developing countries with professional experience and a history of supporting their countries' development efforts.

Application possible from 22 February - 12 April 2018.

Download the information flyer below with details of eligible Masters programmes and the application process.

Dreilinden scholarship

The German NGO Dreilinden gGmbH has granted ISS a scholarship for capacity building in the area of decent work, social inclusion and sexuality discourses for lesbian, gay, trans- and intersexual (LGBTI) persons. Dreilinden provides a scholarship for MA students from the Global South and East.

The selected applicants will participate in the Social Policy for Development Major of the ISS MA Programme in Development Studies.

More information and how to apply.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

The Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme is a collection of scholarships offered by Dutch higher education institutions, multinationals and government institutes. The scholarships are administered by Nuffic and offered to excellent students from these countries who wish to pursue the MA in Development Studies at ISS:

  • Indonesia
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • India
  • Korea
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Russia

More information and how to apply

ISS Funds

ISS established two funds to support students without any other form of scholarship. Both funds are open to Dutch and international students who wish to enroll in the MA in Development Studies at ISS. Students need to have a letter of admission from ISS.  

Please note that the ISS funds are not available to students intending to pursue a PhD at ISS.

ISS Scholarship Fund for Excellent Students

ISS Hardship Fund

ISS offers scholarships for excellent students, each worth 40% of the tuition fee. The following candidates can apply:

  • People with relevant work experience, a degree in one of the social sciences (upper second or first class) and a strong motivation to study at ISS, or
  • Recent graduates with a first class degree in one of the social sciences and a strong motivation to study at ISS.

Students who do not comply with the criteria for the scholarship fund for excellent students but do not have sufficient means to pay the entire tuition fee can apply to the ISS Hardship Fund.

This fund can provide a fee discount of up to 30% of the tuition fee.

Applications to this fund are dealt with on an ongoing basis.

To apply please email your request to the ISS student office (studentoffice@iss.nl)

as soon as possible (but before 15 June at the latest).

Applications to this fund are dealt with on an ongoing basis.

To apply please email your request to the ISS student office (studentoffice@iss.nl)

as soon as possible (but before 15 June at the latest).

Requests should explain shortly the reason why a fee reduction will enlarge your opportunity to study at ISS  and include detailed financial information (including supporting bank statements) to prove your ability to support yourself for the remaining tuition fee, the living expenses and health insurance.

The decisions on allocation of the scholarship are taken on an ongoing basis. Students selected for the scholarship bursaries will be informed by the student office.

Requests should explain shortly the reason why a fee reduction will enlarge your opportunity to study at ISS and include detailed financial information (including supporting bank statements) to prove your ability to support yourself for the remaining tuition fee, the living expenses and health insurance.

The decisions on allocation of the scholarship are taken on an ongoing basis. Students selected for the scholarship bursaries will be informed by the student office.

External scholarships

The websites below also provide information on scholarships and funding:

Important information for EU citizen students

Students with European Union Citizenship should be aware that the subsidies that the Dutch Government (IB-Group) provides for a study at a regular Dutch university do not apply to the study programmes at ISS, although the ISS MA programme is fully accredited.