We know that finding funding can be difficult and it is wise to start on time with investigating different funding options. Don’t place your bet on one option only. Studying abroad is a life time investment in yourself and your career. Funding can be arranged through different sources:

1. private or family savings,
2. a bank loan,
3. employer staff development budget,
4. last but not least, fellowships from governments or other donors.

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 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

Please check our general information on fellowships for further details.

Funding bodies

Fellowships are available from various donors. Several bilateral and multilateral organisations may be prepared to grant fellowships to eligible candidates, subject to budgetary limitations and particular criteria.

Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) and Mena Scholarship Programme (MSP)
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building within organisations in 50 countries by providing training and education through fellowships for professionals. The Mena Scholarship Programme covers 10 Middle East and a few countries in Northern Africa. The NFP and MSP programmes are initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.

Find out more about how to apply for the NFP and MSP Programme on our website.

See the Nuffic website for more information on the NFP and MSP programme.

Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships (JJWBGS)
In 1987, the World Bank, with funding from the Government of Japan, established the World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program for graduate studies in subjects related to economic development. Each year, the Program awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at renowned universities throughout member countries of the Bank.

See the World Bank website for more information on the JJWBGS scholarship.

Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS)
The Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme (OTS) is a scholarship programme administered by Nuffic  and offered to excellent students who wish to pursue the MSc in Urban Management and Development (UMD) here at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The Orange Tulip Scholarship in relation to the IHS courses is available in Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and Brazil. Find out more about the Orange Tulip Scholarship

Applying for funding

Many fellowship donors require proof of the candidate's admission to the course. For that purpose, IHS will issue an admission letter to qualified candidates whose application have reached IHS with all attached certified documents. Please go to the online application form to apply for the course of your choice.

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.

Useful websites

These lists provides several websites that can be helpful in identifyingsuitable fellowships.


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