Applications KIT Scholarship Fund

KIT Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to talented health professionals from low-income countries to study a Master’s programme at KIT Royal Tropical Institute. The aim being that with what they learn they will contribute to improving the health care situation in their country and/or around the world.

This scholarship is made possible thanks to alumni, foundations, friends of KIT and the KIT Scholarship Fund who want to support better health around the world.

Read more about KIT Scholarship Fund and its aims.

If you are interested please read carefully the Rules and Regulations KIT Scholarship Fund and the application procedure below

Rules and Regulations KIT Scholarship Fund

Read more about KIT Scholarship Fund and its aims:

Scholarships for academic year 2020-2021

2020-2021: Partial scholarships will be offered. Please read the information below for eligibility, additional funding required and the application instructions.

Application period 20 January – 16 March 2020
See the application link further down this text. Please only fill it in after having followed all application steps as described in detail below.

Who is eligible?

Candidates must be admitted to either the Master in International Health or Master in Public Health and meet all application requirements of the scholarship. They must hold a passport from an emerging country in South America, Africa or Asia and meet the requirements for obtaining a Dutch visa (MVV residence permit).
Read full Rules and Regulations KIT Scholarship Fund for complete eligibility and details.

A candidate applying for a scholarship from KIT Scholarship must:

  • Be a professional with at least two to three years relevant work experience. For most of KIT’s courses the criteria are as follows: – Minimum of 2 to 3 year of relevant work experience (in low- and middle-income countries) – Minimum Bachelor in medicine, other academic education related to healthcare (nursing, health sciences, social sciences with focus on health care)
  • Preferably have a proven commitment for the public case (for example, work in remote rural areas or for disadvantaged populations).
  • Endorse the objectives and aims of the KIT Scholarship Fund. The aims of the KIT Scholarship Fund cannot be achieved if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her home country.
  • Be a national of, and working and living in a low income country at the time of application.
  • Have been unconditionally admitted to a KIT for the course or program for which the candidate applies for a KIT Scholarship Fund scholarship. This means that the candidate must have met all the academic and administrative requirements set by KIT.
  • Not be employed by: a. a multinational corporation (e.g. Shell, Unilever, Microsoft); b. a large national and/or a large commercial organisation; c. a bilateral donor organisation (e.g. USAID, DFID, Danida, Sida, Dutch ministry of Foreign affairs, FinAid, AusAid, ADC, SwissAid); d. a multilateral donor organisation, (e.g. a UN organisation, the World Bank, the IMF, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, IADB); e. an international NGO (e.g. Oxfam, Plan, Care).
  • Work in a field where studying at KIT can make relevant contribution.
  • Be in a position to introduce the newly acquired skills and knowledge.
  • Be available full-time to pursue the course or program without interruption, and be physically and mentally able to participate in the entire program.
  • Have a partial other scholarship or other financial means adding to the partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship to be able to cover all costs.
  • We encourage especially applicants from countries that are not eligible for the Orange Knowledge Scholarship, or from countries that are on the list for the Orange Knowledge Programme but have no priority on health, to apply. (see the OKP page for details)

Amount of the scholarship

The scholarship is worth €17,700 and is intended as a contribution to the tuition fees of the Master’s programme at KIT for a maximum period of 12 months from September 2020-September 2021. All remaining other costs are the responsibility of the scholarship holder. The scholarship starts and ends on the dates indicated in the award letter and covers in principle one academic year.

Application procedure

Only accepted applicants for the Master in International Health or Master in Public Health can apply for this scholarship.

Only applicants with a proven source of co-funding can apply for this scholarship. The selection of candidates will be made from applicants with proven funding to cover all costs involved for their studies (For exact costs applicants should read the financial statement that they received with their conditional letter of admission).

Make sure you fulfill all requirements before starting the application procedure. If you do not fulfill the requirements your application will unfortunately not be considered.


Step 1

Upload the following documents in your existing file to the KIT online application system:

  1. A motivation letter: Why you are applying to KIT Scholarship Fund and how you plan to use the skills acquired to the advantage of the public case. (Upload your letter in your file in KIT online application system with clear title: ‘Your name, Motivation KIT Scholarship Fund application 2020’)
  2. Write a 500-700 word essay describing a public health problem you have experienced in the last two years that you would like to discuss or address in the course. Explain how this problem has consequences for the community and the health system. (Upload your essay in your file in online application system with clear title: ‘Your name, Essay KIT Scholarship Fund application 2020’
  3. Proof of financing for the remaining part of the funding (approximately 17.500 Euro. Check the financial statement you received with your admission letter for the exact sum). This proof of financing can be bank statements, a letter of financial support by another scholarship provider, employer or other source of financing. If the proof of financing is using an other currency, make sure to add a correct conversion to Euro with the conversion date. (Upload your files with clear title ‘Your name, Proof of Funding KIT Scholarship Fund application 2020).
    IMPORTANT: If you are selected for the KIT Scholarship Fund you will be asked to transfer the remaining sum not covered by the allocated scholarship to KIT before 15 April 2020. Please take this into account when you apply. The reason for this is that NL immigration services have strict rules w.r.t. proven financing of students. And timing is short to arrange for visum, accommodation and other practical matters.
  4. Please note that your application will not be processed if these documents are not part of your application file and if the previous steps were not followed. Upload your documents in the online application system before 16 March 2020.

Step 2

After you have followed step 1: Please fill in the separate registration form below for the application to the partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund before 16 March 2020.

Step 3:

Complete applications will be reviewed between 16 March and 15 April and applicants will be notified of the results and contacted for a telephone interview. The final selection is expected beginning of April.

IMPORTANT: Please note that no correspondence (or other communication by phone) is possible about this opportunity and your application. If you follow the above application period exactly as indicated you will automatically be informed of the status of your application. Thank you for your understanding.

Note: sometimes we are able to offer full scholarships. Usually we have to take into account requirements from funders w.r.t country, gender. If such an opportunity arises we will directly mail accepted applicants from that country on this opportunity and inform you here on the specific requirements (keep an eye on this website between March and April). Please note that no correspondence is possible about this opportunity.