Thanks to donations this year we are able to offer a few partial scholarships to talented health professionals from low income countries who want to work on improving the health situation in their countries and would like to study the Masters of Public Health or Masters of International Health at KIT. Please read the information below for eligibility, additional funding required and the application instructions.
Application period 1 February – 15 March 2023
IMPORTANT: Please note that for this scholarship you will need additional funding from another source.
If you are interested to apply read all information below and follow application steps as described in detail below.
Who is eligible?
Candidates must be admitted to either the Master in International Health or Master of 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.
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 and the donors. This means the candidate MUST return to his/her country of origin and contribute to improving the health situation with the knowledge and skills acquired during the Masters programme.
Be a national of, and working and living in a low income country at the time of application.
Have academic admission to the KIT masters programme 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 other financial means adding to the partial scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund to be able to cover all costs. These other financial means can be in the form of employers support, another scholarship, savings, support from others e.a.
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).
We encourage candidates from a number of Arab countries to also apply for a scholarship from the Rabbani Foundation.. KIT Scholarship Fund has worked together with Rabbani Foundation before. Visit their website for more info on eligible countries and other criteria.
A candidate applying for a scholarship from KIT Scholarship must:
Amount of the partial scholarship
The scholarship is worth 19.180 Euro 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 2023-September 2024.
Please note that: All remaining other costs are the responsibility of the scholarship holder. Remaining costs are approx. 17.500 Euro (return flights from country of origin to Amsterdam, in country travel, living costs, accommodation, visa and insurance. See the financial statement that you have received with your admission letter for exact details of all costs. The scholarship starts and ends on the dates indicated in the award letter and covers in principle one academic year.
Application procedure for partial scholarship
Only accepted applicants for the Master in International Health or Master of Public Health(MPH: track in Health Systems Policy and Management, or MPH: track in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights) can apply for this scholarship. This means you have to apply first to the masters programme of your choice to obtain academic admission.
In order to apply for this scholarship you need to have a proven source of co-funding /other funding. The selection of candidates will be made from applicants with proven funding to cover all costs involved for their studies (applicants should be able to cover the remaining costs of approx. 17.500 Euro. (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 all the requirements your application will unfortunately not be considered.
If you have not yet obtained academic admission to the masters programme of your choice please make sure to apply as soon as possible for admission in our online application system via the webpage of the masters programme. (Please note that this scholarship is only available for the full-time programme for the Master of Public Health or Master of International Health)
After you have been admitted to the masters programme, upload the following documents in your existing file to the KIT online application system:
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 2023’)
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 2023’
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 2023).
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 1 May 2023. 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.
Please note that your application will NOT be processed if these 3 documents are not part of your application file and if the previous steps were not followed. Applicants will not be mailed about missing documents. Upload your documents in the online application system before 15 March 2023.
After you have followed the previous actions from step 2: Please fill in the separate registration form. On 1 February the registration link will be published below. The application period will be open from 1 February to 15 March 2023.
(ONLY fill in the form after you followed all previous steps!
The reason we emphasise this is that we see a lot of incomplete applications in the system with no proof of funding or other documents. Or people who only upload the required documents in the online application system without filling in the registration form. Unfortunately if these steps are not followed exactly as indicated, and if anything is missing we are unable to review these applications. We are unable to mail all individual applicants).
Complete applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of the results and if they are among the top ranking they will be contacted for a telephone interview. The final selection is expected half 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.