Scholarship Master’s programme – Master of Public Health / Master in International Health

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 Royal Tropical Institute. Financial means for the scholarships come from donations from foundations, organisations and persons, who support our goals.
More information KIT Scholarship Fund.

For academic year 2021-2022 KIT Scholarship Fund in cooperation with different foundations offers a few full scholarships to follow a 1-year Master programme at KIT.


Thematic focus of the scholarship

The scholarship is open to candidates who fulfil the general eligibility criteria for KIT Scholarship as written below. In addition, we would like to encourage the application of candidates who are currently working or who have concrete plans to work in the following thematic areas:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, including Gender Based Violence
  • Mental health
  • Climate Change
  • Digital Health
  • Rebuilding Disrupted Health Systems
  • Covid-19

Since this scholarship is part of the initiative “Women Leaders in Global Health” we would like to especially encourage women for this scholarship opportunity.

Eligible Countries

Applicants from the following countries are encouraged to apply:
Bhutan, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


The scholarship candidate will study either the Master of Public Health or the Master in International Health. When applicable, scholarship grantees will be asked to use their thematic areas as a focus for the different assignments and the thesis project lined to the Master programme. The student will work on a series of assignments throughout the year aiming to build the required competencies of the Master programme and as preparation for the thesis work. Not only the thesis research but also these other assignments can be partly related to whenever the assignment allows for it. The different assignments may include, a paper describing the broad determinants of health of a public health problem, the development of a full project proposal, the development of a protocol for a qualitative research study, a policy brief and a news release.

Selection Criteria for KIT Scholarship Fund

Admission Criteria KIT Masters programmes

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent academic training in medicine, nursing, public health or other fields of health sciences, economics, social science.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant working experience, including managerial responsibilities in health related services in a low resource country and including some experience in public health.
  • Proven proficiency in spoken and written English academic TOEFL or IELTS test. A minimum written TOEFL score of 550, iBT TOEFL score of 80, computer based TOEFL score of 213, or an IELTS academic score of 6.0 is required.
  • Computer literacy is required.

Additional Eligibility Criteria for KIT Scholarship Fund

A candidate applying for the scholarship from KIT Scholarship Fund must:

  • This scholarship opportunity is open to candidates the countries mentioned above
  • Have been unconditionally admitted to a KIT for the Master of Public Health or Master in International Health. This means that the candidate must have met all the academic and administrative requirements set by KIT Royal Tropical.
  • Have proven interest and work experience optionally in one or more of the mentioned thematic areas, and/or clear plans to continue in this field based on motivation letter, curriculum vitae and essay.
  • 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).
  • Preferably have a proven commitment for the public case (for example, work in remote rural areas or for disadvantaged populations).
  • 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.
  • Endorse the objectives and aims of the KIT Scholarship Fund. The aims of the KIT Scholarship Fund (and of the donor) cannot be achieved if the fellowship holder does not return to his or her home country. Therefore a student must return to his/her country of origin after graduation and contribute to improving the health situation in his/her country with the knowledge acquired during the masters programme.

More information on the amount scholarship:

  • The full scholarship consists of the tuition fee for MPH or MIH to study at KIT in the academic year 2021-2022.
  • Other costs included in the full scholarship are: return flights from your home country to Amsterdam, in country travel, living costs, accommodation, visa and insurance (as indicated in the financial statement applicants received with their admission).
  • Any other costs are the responsibility of the applicant.

If you are interested to apply read all information below and follow application steps as described in detail below.

Application procedure

Scholarship Application deadline: 30 May 2021

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

Obtain academic admission for the MPH or MIH. Only accepted applicants can apply for this scholarship. 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. (your evaluation will be given priority) (Please note that this scholarship is only available for the full-time programme for the Master of Public Health or Master of International Health)

Step 2

After you have been admitted to the masters programme, 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. Please also indicate also if you are applying for on the above mentioned thematic focus areas or not. (Upload your letter in your file in KIT online application system with clear title: ‘Your name, Motivation KIT Scholarship Fund 2021-2022’)
  2. Write a 500-700 word essay describing a a public health problem that 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. (This can optionally be on one of the above mentioned thematic focus areas). Upload your essay in your file in online application system with clear title: ‘Your name, Essay KIT Scholarship Fund 2021-2022’
  3. An updated CV with contact information (e-mail, telephone nr, mobile phone nr so we can contact you easily for a telephone interview)
  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 30 May 2021

Step 3

After uploading the required documents in step 2, fill in the application form via the link below at the latest 30 May 2021

(ONLY fill in the form after you followed all actions from step 2. )

Complete applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of the results and contacted for a telephone interview if on shortlist.

Complete applications will be reviewed in week 1 of June 2021 and applicants will be notified of the results and contacted for a telephone interview. A final selection is made in week 2 of June 2021. The selected applicant will have to agree with the rules and regulations of KIT Scholarship Fund and the obligations for this scholarship within 8 days of being selected. Not adhering to this will result in the offer of the scholarship to the next candidate on the reserve list of the scholarship.

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.

More information on KIT Scholarship Fund and its rules and regulations.

KIT and coronavirus

It is impossible to know what the coronavirus situation will look like in September. But we do hope that by September 2021 the situation will have improved sufficiently to allow our courses to take place in Amsterdam as planned.
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