NL Scholarship (for prospective students)

About the NL Scholarship

The NL Scholarship (formerly known as Holland Scholarship) is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their Master’s degree in the Netherlands. The scholarship gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University.

This NL Scholarship (NLS) is co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Radboud University.

Scope of the programme

The scholarship amounts to €5,000. The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once. You will receive this in the first year of your study programme. Please note that this is not a full scholarship. The costs of living and studying in the Netherlands are not covered by the scholarship.

A maximum of 12 scholarships will be available at Radboud University for the academic year 2024-2025: Faculty of Arts (2), Faculty of Law (1), Nijmegen School of Management (2), Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (2), Faculty of Science (3), Faculty of Social Sciences (2).

Radboud Scholarship Programme

The NL Scholarship (NLS) will always be combined with the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP). This means that students applying for the NLS must also apply for the RSP. You can be awarded both the NLS and RSP, or just the RSP. You cannot be awarded just the NLS. This scholarship cannot be combined with the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship.

Eligible countries or regions
All non-EU/non-EEA countries
Maximum financing
Coverage of scholarship
Partial scholarship
Faculty involved
Faculty of Law, Nijmegen School of Management, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences

All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the NL Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes).

You will only be eligible to apply for a NL Scholarship if you:

  1. Hold a non-EU/non-EEA passport.
  2. Are not eligible for the lower EU/EEA tuition fee for other reasons.
  3. Have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands).
  4. Meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice.
  5. Have been fully admitted to the English-taught Master's programme starting 1 September 2024 as stated in the formal letter of admission.
  6. Have applied for the Radboud Scholarship Programme for 2024-2025, starting 1 September 2024.
  7. Are able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.
  8. Are enrolled at Radboud University as a full-time student for the academic year and Master's programme for which the scholarship will be awarded.

How to apply

You can apply by indicating during your application procedure for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a NL Scholarship.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the programme does not imply selection for NLS.

You must have submitted your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 31 January 2024 23:59 CEST at the latest. Then, your OSIRIS Application will be checked by Radboud University’s Student Admissions office and sent back to you for payment of the handling fee, as well as for any documents in your application that may be incorrect, illegible, or missing. You need to resubmit your application as soon as possible. Then, your application needs to be complete by 14 February 2024 23:59 CEST at the latest. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for the Radboud Scholarship selection.

We recommend you hand in your proof of English proficiency before the deadline of 14 February 2024 as well.

You will be informed about the final decision by the Student Life and International Mobility department with respect to your application for a Radboud Scholarship around mid-April 2024 (date subject to change).
Selection procedure

The selection of the scholarship recipients will be based on the following criteria:

Academic excellence

  • Outstanding study results in your present field of study, for example through grades, test scores, publications.
  • Relevancy of your previous degree to the Master’s programme.
  • The ranking of the university where you obtained your previous degree(s).


  • The quality and relevance of your motivation letter for the Master’s programme.
  • Show promise, based on previous achievements, performances and work in the relevant field of study.
  • Life experience and/or extracurricular activities such as internships or volunteering.

All students applying for the Radboud Scholarship will be individually considered by the selection committee of the faculty they apply to. This selection is based on the criteria as mentioned above.


More information and contact

For more information about the scholarship programme, you may contact Student Life and International Mobility via scholarships [at] (scholarships[at]ru[dot]nl). Please do not use this email address to apply for a scholarship.

This scholarship is funded by the Profiling Fund of Radboud University. As such, the scholarship’s requirements are in accordance with the Profiling Fund’s regulations.

Ask your questions via Zoom

Do you have any questions about the scholarship? On the following dates and times, we will be available via Zoom to answer any questions you may have related to Radboud University’s scholarships. Please note that the times are in the Amsterdam time zone (Central European Time). You can join us on those dates, during those hours, via this Zoom link. No password is required. The Q&A on Thursday 14 December has a separate registration and Zoom link.

  • Wednesday 15 November 2023, 10:00-11:00 CET
  • Wednesday 22 November 2023, 16:00-17:00 CET
  • Wednesday 29 November 2023, 10:00-11:00 CET
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023, 16:00-17:00 CET
  • Thursday 14 December 2023, 15:00-16:00 CET (please register for this Q&A)
  • Wednesday 10 January 2024, 10:00-11:00 CET
  • Wednesday 17 January 2024, 16:00-17:00 CET
  • Wednesday 24 January 2024, 16:00-17:00 CET