Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science together with Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is intended for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the Netherlands. The EEA consists of the European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Nationals of Switzerland and Suriname are also excluded from this scholarship programme. The Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK) takes part in the Holland Scholarship programme.  

The scholarship is worth € 5,000. The AHK has 14 Holland Scholarships available for 2018.

The applicant must:

  • have a non-EEA nationality;
  • not be eligible for other reasons to pay the statutory tuition fee, which is determined by the Dutch Ministry of Education, and thus be required to pay the institutional tuition fee;
  • be applying for a full-time or part-time Bachelor’s or Master's degree programme at the Amsterdam University of the Arts*;
  • meet the admission requirements of the AHK programme for which he or she is applying;
  • have started the admission procedure for one of AHK’s degree programmes;
  • have never previously studied at an educational institution in the Netherlands.

*Exception: applicants to the Master of Museology are not eligible for a Holland Scholarship because this programme is not funded by Dutch government.

Eligible applicants can make a request to be selected and apply for the Holland Scholarship at the Amsterdam University of the Arts between 1 January 2018 and 30 April 2018.
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Only the most talented students according to the AHK are eligible for selection. The selection of the candidates is based on ranking. A scholarship can only be granted when a candidate on the final ranking list is admitted to the study programme.

The applicants will be assessed initially by the admissions committee of the faculty. The applicants will be ranked on the basis of the quality of their motivation letter and artistic talent by the director of the faculty.

Terms of the Holland Scholarship at the AHK

The following terms apply:

  • All applications must be received by 1 May 2018;
  • The AHK is entitled to refuse applications from candidates who do not meet the required criteria;
  • The AHK faculties are entitled to refuse applications that arrive late or which are incomplete;
  • The AHK faculties are entitled to make a pre-selection of candidates eligible for application on the basis of their talents;
  • All applicants for the Holland Scholarship will be informed by email no later than 15 June 2018 regarding the outcome of their application;
  • The nominees on the AHK’s shortlist for the 14 Holland Scholarships for incoming students will be awarded the scholarship only after they have been successfully admitted to the study programme;
  • The nominees on the AHK’s Holland Scholarship shortlist who are ranked outside the first 14 bursaries (i.e. those on the ‘reserve list’) will be notified no later than 15 July 2018 regarding the final status of their nomination;
  • Applicants who have sound and reasonable arguments to appeal against their rejected application can send an objection letter to the director of the faculty where they have applied;
  • The bursary holder must enroll at the AHK as full-time or part-time student in the same academic year for which they have applied for a scholarship;
  • If the applicant is unable to enroll for any reason, the scholarship will be withdrawn;
  • The successful candidates will receive this scholarship in the first year of their studies;
  • The scholarship will be paid to the successful candidate in November 2018.

The Holland Scholarship is made available by the AHK in association with:

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Deadline: 30 April 2018