Please note that we do not request our candidates any payment in advance for awarding a full Dutch scholarship. No full-scholarship recipients will be asked for visa expense payments. Please email us at if you have any doubts about emails you have received on our behalf. All IHS emails, including those of staff are official emails that follow the structure name[at]ihs[dot]nl.

Studying abroad is a lifetime investment in your academic development and career. As exciting as it may be, we know that funding your studies abroad is not the easiest of tasks. Here are some tips and ideas on funding sources:

  1. Private or family savings
  2. Student loan
  3. Bank loan
  4. Employer staff development budget
  5. Scholarship

If you are looking for a fellowship to sponsor your study at IHS then you must take a number of steps. IHS can try to assist you for this purpose, but in most cases, it is the student’s responsibility.

Keep in mind that procedures to get a fellowship take time. We advise you to approach donors and funding agencies at least 6 months in advance. If you have any questions on fellowship possibilities, please contact

More information and useful scholarship tips can be found in the brochure below:

    Applying for funding

    Many fellowship donors require proof of the candidate's admission to the course. Therefore, before looking for funding, candidates need to apply with IHS first and be admitted to the course they applied for. For admitted candidates of master programmes, IHS will issue an admission letter. Candidates who are admitted to one of the short courses will receive an email confirming they're admitted which can later be used as a proof of admission.  Please go to our education page to find an overview of the courses you can apply for. 

    If you apply directly for external funding, you should contact the relevant office or representative of a funding agency or the diplomatic mission of your country providing financial assistance. In all cases, letters of endorsement from appropriate authorities and letters of acceptance from the university or training institution should support the application. In some countries, fellowships are allocated to governments, who then nominate candidates. In this case, the standard procedure for an applicant is to request his/her employer or university to nominate him/her to the pertinent government office in his/her country. Only then one can be finally nominated as a candidate to a fellowship donor.

    Info tip:

    This website can be helpful in identifying suitable fellowships:

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