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 8 Holland Scholarships available for 2022.

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 an English-taught 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.

Eligible applicants can make a request to be selected and apply for the Holland Scholarship at the Amsterdam University of the Arts between 1 February 2022 and 31 May 2022.

An eligible applicant can make the request to apply for the Holland Scholarship to the admission committee of the study course. Please note that the AHK academies will only invite those applicants who have successfully been admitted to the study programme, and those eligible applicants who are still in the process of being admitted but whose chances being admitted are high.

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 June 2022;
  • The AHK is entitled to reject registrations from candidates who do not meet the required criteria;
  • The AHK faculties are entitled to reject registrations that arrive late or which are incomplete;
  • The AHK faculties are entitled to make a pre-selection of candidates eligible for registration on the basis of their talents;
  • All applicants for the Holland Scholarship will be informed by email no later than 15 July 2022 regarding the outcome of their registration;
  • The nominees on the AHK’s shortlist for the 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 8 bursaries (i.e. those on the ‘reserve list’) will be notified no later than 22 August 2022 regarding the final status of their nomination;
  • Applicants who have sound and reasonable arguments to appeal against their rejected registration 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 two instalments: in November 2022 and March 2023.

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