Scholarship for excellent international female student - Master's programme in Theology

The Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies has a generous scholarship available for an excellent female student from Asia or Africa, who wishes to start the three-year Master’s programme in Theology on the 1st of September 2023.

The master programme in Theology is one of the most culturally diverse MA programs at Radboud University and is ranked top 50 in the world in the field of Theology according to the QS Ranking 2021. Additional information about the M.A. programme in Theology is available here.

The scholarship amounts to € 15.000, which covers the the first year of the Master’s programme tuition fee of € 12.500. The scholarship is renewable for two more years, for three years in total, provided you remain in good academic standing.

For an overview of living expenses in Nijmegen, please visit our page on student budget and expenses.


Out of all applicants the selection committee selects applicants who have demonstrated the capacity to make a significant contribution to the academic excellence of the Faculty. This criterion can be assessed on the basis of the academic transcript, a writing sample (e.g. Bachelor's thesis), a motivational letter, recommendation letters, and/or a Skype interview. Please be aware of the fact that the selection committee will only start their procedure after the first of April 2023. The committee strives to assign the scholarship to one of the candidates before the first of May.

If there are more excellent applicants than scholarships available, the selection committee prioritizes the applications using societal contribution and contribution to internationalization policy as additional criteria. These criterion allow the committee to select applicants who can demonstrate extra-curricular activities in their motivation letter and CV, such as volunteer work whilst studying, and a clear vision about how a second degree contributes to their ability to take up responsible positions in the Church or society.

By contribution to internationalization policy we define students that might be future ambassadors for the Faculty in their home countries, for example, students that are coming from academic institutions with which our Faculty has currently a partnership, or those that are affiliated with the academic institutions, organizations, and networks that the Faculty would like to engage with in the future. This criterion can be assessed on the basis of the applicant's CV, letter of motivation, and/or the applicant's letters of recommendation.


If you have any questions about the scholarship or the procedure, do not hesitate to contact us at theology [at] or call us on +31 24 36 12 476.

Eligible countries or regions
All EU/EEA countries
Duration of scholarship
3 years
Maximum financing
€ 15.000
Coverage of scholarship
Full scholarship
Involved faculty
Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
Amount of scholarship
€ 15.000

How to apply

1) Apply to our program through Studielink


2) Once your application is completed for our Master program (1-year or 3-year) you can upload the following documents in Osiris before the 1st of April:

  • A letter of motivation stating which area of Theology
  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • An academic writing sample/essay. It is preferable that the subject of the writing sample is related to the academic discipline of theology, broadly conceived (including biblical, historical, empirical, or constructive/systematic perspectives). The essay should be between 2000-2500 words (excluding bibliography).
  • A Skype interview may be part of the scholarship procedure.

Please note that we will not be able to consider your application for funding until your application for admission to the Master’s programme has been processed. Application to the Master’s programme is free of charge and non-binding.

3) Our selection committee will choose the students who will receive a scholarship. We strive to do this before the first of May.

1st of April.