Fellowship information

Finding funding is one of the challenges faced by students wanting to study at KIT. Below are a few suggestions which may be useful.

Explore different options and apply early!
It is important to explore different options and apply to as many different scholarship agencies as possible. Most agencies offer just a few scholarships each year, so applying to several will improve your chances of receiving a scholarship. Finding a scholarship requires motivation, time and inventiveness. It is very important to start applying to funding bodies well in advance, as it often is a lengthy process.

Be creative: Many options are not listed anywhere but are worth investigating. Suggestions: governments, universities and employers, a.o.

For your convenience we have listed below a number of funding agencies that may be prepared to sponsor candidates needing financial support, and links to other fellowship pages. This page can be used as a starting point for your search for funding.

List of funding agencies

Orange Knowledge Programme (former NFP)
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) and NICHE entered a new phase on 1 July 2017. The new programme is now officially named the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP).
This 5-year programme aims to advance the capacity, knowledge and quality of both individuals and institutions of higher and vocational education.
At the moment not all regulations are clear yet. There are changes on eligible countries. Visit our Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) page for up to date information.
For the list of KIT Masters and short courses that are eligible for NFP, application procedures and more information follow this link: OKP scholarships.

OKP application periods for short courses and Masters are:

  • 26 March 2018 (closed)
  • 23 July 2018 (*)
  • 22 October 2018 (**)

(*) For the upcoming OKP application deadline in July 2018 you can apply for:

(**) For the upcoming OKP application deadline in October 2018 you can apply for:

For the exact deadline details per course see the particular course information.


World Bank
The World Bank Scholarship Program and the Fellowships Program are for mid-career professionals undertaking graduate studies in development-related fields.

Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Programme
The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGS programme) awards scholarships to individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at universities renowned for their development research and teaching. It is vehicle for knowledge sharing and capacity building in the developing world.  Click here for more information and application deadline.
Please note that Royal Tropical Institute/KIT is not on the list of preferred universities. KIT has however received students with JJ/WBGS scholarship. The application procedures have changed and this moment only applications to preferred universities are accepted. KIT is working to get on this list.

STUNED Scholarship Programme (Indonesia)
Applicants from Indonesia can apply for StuNed scholarships to study a Masters program or advanced course at KIT. This scholarship programme aims to contribute to the development of Indonesia through strengthening the human resources of Indonesian organizations. Each year some 200 full scholarships are offered for professionals to follow master’s programmes, short courses or tailor-made training. Graduates commit themselves to return to Indonesia immediately after graduation and to be actively involved in the development of their organization and the country in general.

Application deadlines are twice a year: please check the Stuned website from NESO Indonesia for exact deadlines and more information.

Please note that short courses scholarship is also available for the Netherlands Course in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (as an exception).

Aga Khan Foundation
The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.
Open for applicants from: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgystan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, UK, USA and Canada.
See The Aga Khan Foundation website for application deadlines. Application opens January 2018.
Deadline March 2018
, different deadlines per country of application. Check The Aga Khan website for detailed information.

KIT Scholarship Fund
KIT Scholarship Fund offers a limited number of scholarships to talented health professionals from low income countries to study a Master’s programme at KIT. Deadline 5 May 2018 for accepted candidates from low income countries. Read more

Bilateral Development Agencies
To identify unilateral or bilateral donor agencies which might support your studies, we suggest you contact embassies with a donor presence in your own country. Below you will find a number of agencies:

  • United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Danish International Development Aid (DANIDA)
  • Norwegian Agency for International Development (NORAD)
  • Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)

EU Fellowships for candidates from ACP countries
Candidates from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries associated with the European Union through the Lomé Agreement can apply for fellowships from the European Development Fund. Information and application forms can be obtained from the EU diplomatic representative in the candidate’s country. If they are unable to provide information, contact:

The European Commission
200 Rue de la Loi
B-1049 Brussels

Ghana Education Trust Fund
Ghana Education Trust Fund, GETFUND, offers scholarships to applicants from Ghana to study abroad. KIT has received several students over the last years. For more information see: http://www.getfund.gov.gh/

HIV Research Trust
The HIV Research Trust is a charitable foundation that provides financial support for researchers in resource – poor countries working in the field of HIV infection. The support is in the form of scholarships awarded annually. These are designed for the research worker to travel to another research unit to learn techniques that will be of value when he or she returns. All aspects of research are eligible including clinical care, epidemiology, psychological and societal aspects, basic and applied biology.
The Scholarships, which are usually for a few months duration, cover travel, living expenses and consumables. They are awarded competitively based on a peer-review process. Applications for scholarships are requested annually from early September for approximately seven weeks.
See: http://www.hivresearchtrust.org.uk

Wellcome Trust
The Wellcome Trust offers fellowships for Master programs in Public Health and Tropical Medicine. KIT is registred as administering organisation and can be chosen as study institute to study Master in Public Health or Master in International Health (which contains a part Tropical Medicine and Hygiene).
Application deadlines are twice a year. Check the Wellcome trust website for detailed information. Application deadlines are usually March and October.
For more information follow link. 

Netherlands Education Support Offices (NESO)
Netherlands Education Support Offices (NESOs) are the overseas representative offices of Nuffic. Their main tasks are the generic promotion of Dutch higher education and the enhancement of cooperation between higher education institutions in the Netherlands and institutions in the NESO regions. The NESO offices provide information about scholarships and grants for study in the Netherlands. Please contact for more detailed information:

Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships Programme will be continued by the Global Scholarship Program. The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships programme is to promote international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries. The programme sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. Applications should be made through local Rotary offices. See for more information link and link.

UNESCO Study Abroad
Prospective students may wish to consult Study Abroad, UNESCO’s international guide to higher-education study opportunities and training.
Information on scholarships and financial assistance is provided, as well as details on living expenses in various countries.

UNESCO – L’Oréal, For Women in Science
The L’Oréal National Fellowship with the support of the UNESCO National Commissions is granted annually for female researchers in the field of life sciences.

Boumeester Foundation
In the past KIT students have received a Master scholarship from Boumeester Foundation. For more information visit their website.

Gives scholarships to refugees in the Netherlands to study. Follow link.

JN Tata Endowment Fund (India)
The JN Tata Endowment awards loan scholarships to Indian nationals for Postgraduate/PhD/Post doctoral studies abroad. Only those students who have graduated from an Indian university are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a consistently high academic record and other achievements to their credit. View website

K.C. Mahindra Education Trust (India)
 K. C. Mahindra Education Trust offers interest-free loan scholarships and scholarships to deserving students to pursue post-graduate studies abroad in various fields. Application deadline January. More information, click here

Becas Magdalena O. Vda. De Brockman (Mexico)
A grant for Mexican students interested in doing postgraduate studies. For more information, click here.

FIDERH (Mexico)
The Mexican National Bank (Banco de México) provides special loans for mexican students that want to do a postgraduate programme in Mexico or in another country. For more information, click here.

Anandamahidol (Thailand)
For applicants from Thailand: Anandamahidol Foundation is established and funded by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej with an aim to support excellent academic and good moral students to the highest academic opportunity abroad. Although there is no commitment, the awarded students are expected to bring back to knowledge to help developing Thailand in the future. For more information, click here.

Thai government scholarship
Thai government is sponsoring excellent students from Thailand to study abroad and come back to join the civil service. Fore more information, click here.

This Scholarship is intended for Arab Students interested in pursuing their education in The Netherlands. For more information, click here.

Kosovo Scholarship
The Young Cells Scheme is the EU Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for Kosovo, aiming to contribute to the creation of an effective, efficient and transparent public administration in Kosovo at all levels. The YCS aims to improve the professional capacity and expertise of civil servants in key sectors of the Kosovo public administration by offering the opportunity to Kosovan graduates to undertake postgraduate masters programme in EU Universities. For more information, click here.

Bolashak (Kazakhstan)
Financed by the Kazakhstan government, the Bolashak programme allows the most talented students from Kazakhstan to specialise at the world’s best higher education institutions. For more information, click here.

CMB Next Generation Fellowships (China)
Offer financial support to any qualified Chinese citizens resident in China for international Master’s degree study in the fields of Health Policy and Systems Sciences. KIT has requested to be on ‘list of selected schools’. Students can apply already and ask special permission. For more information click here. Application deadline is most probably end November.

Fulbright Program
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.
It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
For more information, click here.

Scholarship possibilities for students from the Netherlands and Suriname:
Fundatie van Renswoude
For NL and Suriname students. Visit website for more information.

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
This foundation gives mainly grants on culture and nature preservation. In addition it also gives scholarships to students from the Netherlands to study (minimum 1 year) or do research (minimum 3 months) abroad. This is also the case for research on health related topics. For students (NL nationality) who want to study a Masters at KIT and follow advanced modules, or do research abroad, this could be an interesting option. Visit website for more information.

Stichting Bekker-La Bastide
Support to NL students who do not have financial means to study. Visit website for more information.

Dr LA Buma Stichting
Gives scholarships to NL students from Friesland. Visit website for more information.

Gives scholarships to NL and Suriname students for study abroad or Master programs in the Netherlands. Visit website for more information.

Other scholarship databases and lists

Nuffic Grantfinder
Nuffic Grantfinder helps international students find scholarships for study in the Netherlands. Nuffic is the Netherlands’ organization for international cooperation in higher education. It promotes Dutch educational institutions abroad and provides up-to-date information about Dutch higher education, including scholarship information. This new search engine is aimed at international students and research staff who are looking for sources of funding for their studies in the Netherlands.

Nuffic Beursopener: For Dutch students looking for scholarships to study abroad. Can be of interest to Master students who take advanced modules or do research abroad. And look good because some foundations mentioned also give scholarships to study in the Netherlands. Follow link.

Unesco Fellowships
List of several scholarships. Follow link.

Scholarship Portal EU: link

JASON: postgraduate scholarships for Australians who want to study abroad. Follow link.

Higher Education Commission (HEC)
website gives information about scholarships available for Pakistani students for foreign study.

The Education Observer website: provides a list of scholarships available for Indian students by study field and country.

International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)
IEFA is a resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad. View website

Scholarship Positions.com: Link