Free Study in the Netherlands – Radboud Scholarship Program

A highly selective scholarship program is the Radboud Scholarship Program. It gives bright, driven non-EEA students with exceptional academic records the chance to win a scholarship for the full master’s program at Radboud University, which is taught entirely in English.

Host CountryNetherlands
Host InstituteRadboud University
No. of scholarships28 
Eligible NationalityAll non-EU/non-EEA countries
BenefitsTuition Fee + costs for visa, residence permit, health insurance
DurationNominal duration of Master’s programme
Closing Date31 January 2024 23:59 CEST
Summary of the Radboud Scholarship Program

The Radboud Scholarship is available for any Master’s program taught in English, with the exception of joint-degree and Erasmus Mundus master’s programs.

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Free Study in the Netherlands - Radboud Scholarship Program
Free Study in the Netherlands – Radboud Scholarship Program

Radboud University

Located in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Radboud University is a public research institution. The institution is named for the Dutch bishop Saint Radboud, who lived in the ninth century and was renowned for his intelligence and assistance to the poor. Four significant university rating tables have continuously ranked Radboud University, which was founded in 1923, among the top 150 universities in the world.

Benefits of the Radboud Scholarship Program

With a Radboud Scholarship, your tuition will only be €2.530. For example, a grant recipient in 2024–2025 will only have to pay €2.530 toward tuition—instead of €17,000—in tuition. During your time in the Netherlands, the scholarship also pays for your health insurance, liability insurance, residence permit, and visa (Aon Student Insurance). The scholarship does not pay for living or educational expenses while studying in the Netherlands. The Radboud Scholarship can be combined with the NL Scholarship.


The applicants for the Radboud Scholarship Program must fulfill the following criteria:

  • possess a non-EU/non-EEA passport.
  • For other reasons, are not qualified for the reduced EU/EEA tuition rate.
  • possess (will acquire) a bachelor’s degree earned outside of the Netherlands, have no degrees from the Netherlands, and have never attended school there before (exchange programs excluded, as long as they are a component of the bachelor’s degree earned outside of the Netherlands).
  • fulfill the English language competency prerequisite for your preferred Master’s degree.
  • have been granted full admission, as specified in the official letter of admission, to the Master’s program taught in English, beginning on September 1, 2024.
  • are capable of meeting the requirements to get a Netherlands visa.
  • are enrolled full-time in the Master’s degree at Radboud University for the upcoming academic year, for which a scholarship will be given.

Eligible Fields

For 2024/2025, a maximum of 28 Radboud Scholarships are available for the following categories:

  • Faculty of Arts (2),
  • Faculty of Law (5)
  • Nijmegen School of Management (4)
  • Faculty of Philosophy
  • Theology and Religious Studies (2)
  • Faculty of Science (11)
  • Faculty of Social Sciences (4).

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You have to have filed your application by at least January 31, 2024, 23:59 CEST, through the online OSIRIS Application system. Subsequently, the Radboud University Student Admissions office will review your OSIRIS Application and return it to you after requesting payment for the handling charge and any missing or erroneous papers. Your application has to be resubmitted as soon as possible. On February 14, 2024, at 23:59 CEST, at the latest, your application must be completed.

Application Procedure

You can apply by stating in the OSIRIS Application system that you would want to apply for a Radboud Scholarship when you apply for admission to a master’s program. After that, you’ll be asked to upload three more files: a curriculum vitae, two reference letters, and another document. You can upload the same files again for your scholarship application if you already did so for your Master’s program application.

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NL Scholarships

For foreign students wishing to pursue a master’s degree in the Netherlands but are not citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA), there is the NL Scholarship, formerly known as the Holland Scholarship. The scholarship enables deserving students to attend Radboud University. Radboud University and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science are co-financiers of this NL Scholarship (NLS).

There will always be a combination between the Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) and the NL Scholarship (NLS). This implies that applicants for the NLS must simultaneously submit an application for the RSP. Either the RSP alone or both the NLS and RSP may be given to you. You cannot only receive the NLS. It is not possible to combine this grant with the Radboud Encouragement grant. The scholarship has a €5,000 value. The grant is awarded for 1 year and can only be received once. This will be given to you throughout the first year of your course of study.

For the 2024–2025 academic year, Radboud University will offer up to 12 scholarships.

More details about NL Scholarships can be found here.

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