Funding and Scholarships for MA students

ISS receives a majority of students on a partial or full scholarship programme. In the past, many of our students received the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) scholarship (also known now as Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP)) to study at ISS, there are other group of students who had received scholarship from other resources.  We therefore, have compiled all the available scholarships per-country and created a scholarship database to assist you in your quest to search for external funding.

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Top 4 scholarships for ISS students

External scholarships

The websites below also provide information on scholarships and funding:

  • 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 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.

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

      To apply for this fund, please include:

      1. A Motivation Statement (one page) - Explaining the reason you should be the beneficiary of this fund.
      2. Detailed financial information (including supporting bank statements) to prove your ability to support yourself for the remaining tuition fee, 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.

      To apply please email your request and the supporting documents to the ISS admission office (admission@iss.nl) as soon as possible (but before 15 June at the latest).

    • This fund can provide a fee discount of up to 30% of the tuition fee. The following candidates may 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.

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

      To apply for this fund, please include:

      1. A Motivation Statement (one page) - Explaining the reason you should be the beneficiary of this fund.
      2. Detailed financial information (including supporting bank statements) to prove your ability to support yourself for the remaining tuition fee, 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.

      To apply please email your request and the supporting documents to the ISS admission office (admission@iss.nl) as soon as possible (but before 15 June at the latest).

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.