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 is that with what they learn they can contribute to improving the health care situation in their country or around the world.
This scholarship is made possible thanks to alumni, foundations, friends of KIT and 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:

Scholarships for academic year 2019-2020 (CLOSED)

Application period 15 April – 22 May 2019 (Closed).
Keep an eye on this page for the application period for academic year 2020-2021. It will probably be open between March-May 2020.

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 fellowship 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: – Minimal 2 to 3 year of relevant work experience (in low and middle income countries) – Minimal 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 fellowship. 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 a study 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.

Amount of the scholarship

The scholarship is worth €15.000 and is intended as a contribution to the tuition fees of the master’s programme at KIT for a maximum period of 12 months. All remaining 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).


Step 1

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

  • A motivation letter why you apply to KIT Scholarship Fund and how you think you plan to use the skills acquired to the advantage of the public case.
  • 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.
  • Proof of financing for the remaining part of the funding (approx. 17.000 Euro. Check the financial statement for exact sum). This can be bank statements, a letter of financial support by another scholarship provider, employer or other source.
  • Please note that your application will not be taken account if these documents are not part of your application file. Upload your documents before 15 May 2019 (EXTENDED UNTIL 22 May 2019)
  • A telephone interview will form part of the selection.

Step 2

Please fill in the form below but only after you have followed step 1!

Step 3:

Complete applications will be reviewed between 22-30 May and applicants will be notified of the results and contacted for a telephone interview in week 1 of June 2019. The final selection is made in week 2 or week 3 of June 2019.

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 week 4 June 2019. 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.

IMPORTANT: Please note that no correspondence (or other communication by phone) is possible about this opportunity and your application.