Studying abroad is a life-time 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

External funding

Scholarships are available from various donors. View full scholarship information leaflet here.

There are several major funding bodies that you can consider to fund your master’s or PhD: 

Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)                The Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) aims to improve the competencies of skilled staff at a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organisations from 50 different countries. More information here.
Mena Scholarship Programme (MSP) The Mena Scholarship Programme aims at developing capacity of professionals from 10 Middle Eastern countries and a few Northern African ones. More information here.
Joint Japan World Bank Scholarships (JJWBGS) The World Bank Scholarship Programme invests in education and developing human resources in the developing world. More information here.
Lembaga Pengelola Dana Pendidikan (LPDP) The LPDP scholarship body aims to prepare bright Indonesians to be future leaders and professionals by sponsoring their study abroad. More information here.

Organization of American States (OAS)

The Organization of American States (OAS), through the Department of Human Development, Education and Employment (DHDEE) and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, through the OAS Partnerships Program for Education and Training (PAEC), are offering scholarships to qualified candidates of the Americas to participate in the Urban Management and Development Master's programme. More information here.
Salie Mae The Erasmus University Rotterdam is participating in the Private Loan Programme from Sallie Mae. EUR students with U.S. citizenship may apply for the Smart Option Student Loan and the Sallie Mae Parent Loan. The loan is meant to finance your stay at the EUR and could cover your tuition fee, room & board and miscellaneous. More information here.


Scholarships at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam 

Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) 

The Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme is a collection of scholarships offered by Dutch higher education institutions, multinationals and government institutes. The scholarships are administered by Nuffic and offered to the excellent Indonesian, Brazilian, Mexican and Russian students who wish to pursue MSc in Urban Management and Development (UMD) at IHS, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The OTS programme offers the possibility for students to partially cover the tuition fees for their Master’s degree studies and it amounts to 30% of the tuition fee. More information can be found on Nuffic website and on Study in Holland website.

OTS Indonesia

The eligibility requirements as well as the information about application process can be found on the Nuffic Neso Indonesia website. To apply for OTS Indonesia, please contact Nuffic Neso Indonesia at

OTS Brazil

The eligibility requirements for the scholarship and the application procedure is explained on the Nuffic Neso Brazil website. To apply for OTS Brazil, please contact Nuffic Neso Brazil at

OTS Mexico

The eligibility requirements for the scholarship and the application procedure is explained on the Nuffic Neso Mexico website. To apply for OTS Mexico, please contact Nuffic Neso Mexico at Furthermore, the latest news about the programme and its institutions are published on Facebook.

OTS Russia

The eligibility requirements for the scholarship and the application procedure is explained on the Neso Russia website. To apply for OTS Russia, please contact Nuffic Neso Russia at

Holland Scholarship 

The scholarship amounts to € 5,000 and it is awarded in the form of a tuition fee waiver for an excellent non-EU/EEA student. Please note that this is not a full-tuition scholarship. More information here.


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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