The Radboud Scholarship Programme is an exclusive opportunity for talented and highly motivated non-EEA students with exceptional academic achievements. This prestigious scholarship offers recipients the chance to pursue a complete English-taught Master’s programme at Radboud University.

Scope of the programme

Through the Radboud Scholarship Programme; successful applicants will benefit from a reduction in tuition fees to €2,530. 

The regular fee of €17,000 significantly exceeds this reduced amount. Additionally, the scholarship covers expenses such as visa and residence permit fees, health insurance, and liability insurance during the student’s stay in the Netherlands. However; it’s important to note that living and studying expenses are not covered by the scholarship.

For the academic year 2024/2025, a maximum of 28 Radboud Scholarships are available across various faculties. The distribution is as follows: Faculty of Arts (2), Faculty of Law (5), Nijmegen School of Management (4), Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (2), Faculty of Science (11), and Faculty of Social Sciences (4).

Additional information

If selected as a scholarship recipient and admitted to a two-year Master’s programme, it’s important to maintain academic excellence in order to qualify for the scholarship in the second year. This means successfully passing all courses in the first year.

The Radboud Scholarship cannot be combined with the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship or the Fulbright-Radboud Scholarship. However; eligible applicants may apply for multiple scholarships, but only one will be granted. It’s important to note that the Radboud Scholarship Programme and the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship cannot be applied to simultaneously. Please choose only one of these two options.

Beneficiaries of the Radboud Scholarship can combine it with the NL Scholarship. For more information on the NL Scholarship and how to apply, please refer to the relevant sources.

  • Type: Scholarship
  • Eligible countries or regions: All non-EU/non-EEA countries
  • Duration of scholarship: Equivalent to the nominal duration of the chosen Master’s programme
  • Coverage of scholarship: Partial scholarship
  • Faculties involved: Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Law, Nijmegen School of Management, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Science


All English-taught Master’s programmes at Radboud University are eligible for the Radboud Scholarship, excluding Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes and joint-degree Master’s programmes.

To apply for a Radboud Scholarship, you must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Hold a non-EU/non-EEA passport.
  • Not be eligible for the lower EU/EEA tuition fee for reasons other than nationality.
  • Have obtained or will obtain a Bachelor’s degree from a university outside the Netherlands. Degrees achieved in the Netherlands or previous education in the Netherlands (excluding exchange programs) will disqualify applicants.
  • Meet the English language proficiency requirements for the chosen Master’s programme.
  • Have been fully admitted to an English-taught Master’s programme at Radboud University, with a starting date of September 1, 2024, as stated in the formal letter of admission.
  • Be able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands.
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at Radboud University for the academic year and Master’s programme for which the scholarship will be awarded.

How to apply

To apply for a Radboud Scholarship; indicate your interest during the application process for admission to a Master’s programme in the OSIRIS Application system. Subsequently, you will be prompted to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae. If you have already submitted these documents for your Master’s programme application, you can upload them again for your scholarship application.

It’s important to note that the selection process for the scholarship and admission to the Master’s programme are separate. Being admitted to the Master’s programme does not guarantee selection for the scholarship.


To be considered for the Radboud Scholarship, you must submit your application in the online OSIRIS Application system by January 31, 2024, 23:59 CEST at the latest. After submitting your application; it will be reviewed by Radboud University’s Student Admissions office. If any documents in your application are incorrect, illegible, or missing, they will be communicated to you for resubmission along with the payment of the handling fee. It’s crucial to ensure your application is complete by February 14, 2024, 23:59 CEST at the latest. Incomplete applications will not be considered for the Radboud Scholarship selection.

We strongly advise submitting your proof of English proficiency by the February 14, 2024 deadline as well.

The final decision regarding your Radboud Scholarship application will be communicated by the department of Student Life and International Mobility before mid-April 2024 (subject to change).

Selection procedure

The selection of scholarship recipients is based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic excellence: Outstanding study results in the applicant’s field of study, demonstrated through grades, test scores, and publications.
  2. Relevancy of previous degree: The previous degree’s relevance to the chosen Master’s programme.
  3. University Ranking: Rank the university where you earned the previous degree(s).
  4. Ambition: The quality and relevance of the applicant’s motivation letter for the chosen Master’s programme; demonstrating promise based on previous accomplishments and work in the relevant field of study.
  5. Life experience and extracurricular activities: The applicant’s engagement in extracurricular activities such as internships or volunteering, showcasing their overall life experience.

References play an important role in the selection process. Ideally, two academic references should be provided. Faculties individually review all Radboud Scholarship applications and consider them based on the mentioned criteria. Some study programmes may also conduct interviews as part of their selection process.

The Radboud Scholarship Programme provides an exceptional opportunity for highly motivated non-EEA students to pursue their Master’s studies at Radboud University. With a reduction in tuition fees and coverage of additional expenses, this scholarship alleviates the financial burden for deserving students. By maintaining academic excellence, demonstrating ambition, and showcasing life experience; applicants have a chance to secure this prestigious scholarship and unlock their full potential in their chosen Master’s programme.

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