If you are thinking about applying to NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, you may be eligible for a scholarship. These scholarships award selected international undergraduate students from outside the EU/EEA with a one-time financial contribution. 

In addition, NHL Stenden starts with a new Excellency Scholarship for bachelor students. This is a performance-based scholarship. This means that you cannot apply for it before starting your studies. It will be granted to our best-performing NON-EU/EEA bachelor students during their first and second year of being a student at NHL Stenden. 

Holland Scholarship

Holland Scholarship

About the Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship exclusively applies to the Dutch NHL Stenden campuses. Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and various Dutch higher education institutions (including NHL Stenden), the scholarship in the amount of 5,000 euros is awarded to a select number of first-year students from non-EU/EEA countries.

Please bear in mind that the Holland Scholarship only partially covers the cost of the first year of study. Recipients of this scholarship will receive it after their arrival in the Netherlands in the first semester. It is important that you have a full understanding of tuition fees and the costs of living involved in studying in the Netherlands.

Do you qualify?

To qualify as a candidate for the Holland Scholarship, you must fulfil the requirements below before the 1 May 2020 deadline:

  • be a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country;
  • not have previously attended a Dutch institute of higher education;
  • have received a conditional or unconditional offer from NHL Stenden for a bachelor programme starting in September 2020;
  • have a high level of English-language proficiency (IELTS 6.5 or higher), native speakers will also be eligible for a Holland Scholarship.

If you do not meet the above qualifications before the Holland Scholarship deadline of 1 May 2020, your Holland Scholarship application will not be considered.

Please note that NHL Stenden has opened a second window to apply for a Holland Scholarship. Candidates who have already applied for the first window – with an application deadline of 1 February 2020 – but who have not been selected will automatically be re-assessed if they meet the requirements.

How to apply

To apply for the Holland Scholarship at NHL Stenden, please fill out the application form and submit it to Please include a cover letter with the following information:

  • Your student ID.
  • Why you are applying for the Holland Scholarship.
  • What makes you an outstanding candidate for this prestigious scholarship.
  • How you will benefit from being selected.

How does NHL Stenden select candidates?

All applicants will be evaluated individually by a selection committee at NHL Stenden. Applicants will be informed individually around 15 May 2020. 

Additional information

If you have any questions about the Holland Scholarship, please contact

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Excellency Scholarship

About the Excellency Scholarship

The Excellency Scholarship is a performance-based financial award, which is granted to our best-performing Non-EU bachelor students. If you are in the top 40 of Non-EU bachelor students at the end of your first or second year at NHL Stenden, you will be awarded a scholarship of €2,000. This is based on the number of ECTS (study points) you have acquired in the previous year at NHL Stenden. If you do exceptionally well two years in a row, you may be awarded a total of €4,000 maximum over the course of your studies at NHL Stenden.

Please be informed that the Excellency Scholarship is not an entry scholarship.

How do you qualify?

You will be nominated by NHL Stenden if you are a NON-EU bachelor student who started in or after September 2019 and you earn at least 54 ECTS (study points) during either your first or second year of studying at NHL Stenden. The 40 best-performing NHL Stenden NON-EU bachelor students per academic year (only year 1 and/or year 2) will be granted a € 2,000 scholarship. If more than 40 students are nominated, those with the highest amount of ECTS (60, 59, 58 and so on) will be selected only. The Excellency Scholarship is also available to NON-EU bachelor students starting in February, students progressing through NHL Stenden’s pre-bachelor language course, or students who have (already) earned themselves a Holland Scholarship upon entering NHL Stenden.

Students selected by NHL Stenden will be informed personally. The awarded amount will be paid to selected students during the first period of the subsequent academic year, the Excellency Scholarship is not applied as a (partial) tuition fee waiver.

Please keep an eye on this webpage for the latest updates regarding the Excellency Scholarship. 

Additional information

If you have any questions about the Excellency Scholarship, please contact