"Radboud Encouragement Scholarship" at the Radboud University

February 28, 2022
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Deadline: February 28, 2022




  • Netherlands
Houtlaan 4 6525XZ Nijmegen


Radboud University wants to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. We find it important to realise a diverse and inclusive campus for all our students and staff. In order to give all talented students the opportunity to become part of our academic community, including students from non-EU/EEA countries who might be financially struggling to pay the institutional Radboud University tuition fee, we offer a number of full scholarships.


Scope of the programme

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes and joint-degree Master's programmes). 

For 2022-2023, a total of 12 scholarships are available:

  • Faculty of Arts (1),
  • Faculty of Law (1),
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences (1),
  • Nijmegen School of Management (3),
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (1),
  • Faculty of Science (3),
  • Faculty of Social Sciences (2).

How to apply?

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission(verwijst naar een andere website) for a Master's programme in the OSIRIS Application system that you wish to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload two reference letters and a curriculum vitae (you may upload the same reference letters and CV if you have already uploaded those for your Master’s programme application) and the scholarship motivation letter.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.


You must have completed your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 28 February 2022 23:59 CEST at the latest.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship selection. An incomplete application means that some information and/or documents are missing or illegible. Therefore, we strongly advise you to submit your application in the online OSIRIS Application early February 2022 at the latest so that the Admissions Office has enough time to review your application and inform you in case that it is incomplete. We recommend you hand in your proof of English proficiency before the deadline of 28 February 2022 as well.

You will be informed about the final decision by team Student Life and International Mobility with respect to your application for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship before mid-April 2022 (date subject to change).

More information

For more information about the scholarship programme, you may contact team Student Life and International Mobility via scholarships@ru.nl. Please do not use this e-mail address for the application.

About Radboud University

What we do

Radboud University is contributing to a healthy, free world with equal opportunities for all.

Who we are

Radboud University is a private university that owes its origins to the Catholic emancipation movement of the early twentieth century. In keeping with this tradition, staff and students feel a commitment to one another, to society and to the world. Our focus is on caring for each other and the world around us. We remain committed to the empowerment of social and cultural minorities. We want to have an impact, and in this we are guided by both academic questions and societal challenges.

How we do it

Research and teaching at Radboud University are closely intertwined. Our researchers and students explore and push the frontiers of knowledge and expertise, giving true meaning to their findings. We educate students to become expert, committed, critical and self-confident graduates who help to shape society by taking on positions of responsibility in which they demonstrate their understanding of issues. We are active across a wide range of collaborative disciplines and ask questions about the relationship between academia, society and sense of purpose. We also provide space for open discussion on social and ethical issues.

We stand for the quality and freedom of teaching and research that are both independent and accessible. We encourage an open intellectual climate in which we inspire and challenge one another, a climate in which the talents and abilities of all individuals can flourish. Through rigorous, honest and transparent academic endeavour, we push the boundaries of our knowledge. We have the courage and responsibility to continually subject our findings and ideas to critical review. We reflect on our own actions and offer space for reflection to others.

Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate

Who is eligible?

You will only be eligible to apply for a Radboud Encouragement Scholarship if you:

  1. hold a non-EU/EEA passport
  2. are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
  3. do not have sufficient funds or access to grants or loans to finance your studies at Radboud University
  4. have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands, have no degrees achieved in the Netherlands and did not receive any previous education in the Netherlands (exchange programmes excluded, provided that they are part of the bachelor degree achieved outside the Netherlands)
  5. meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
  6. are fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September 2022 as stated in the formal letter of admission
  7. are able to comply with the conditions for obtaining a visa for the Netherlands
  8. are enrolled at Radboud University as a full-time student for the academic year and Master's degree programme for which the scholarship will be awarded

How will students be selected?

The selection of the scholarship recipients will be based on the following criteria:

  • Academic excellence
    • Outstanding study results in your present field of study, for example through grades, test scores, publications.
    • Relevancy of your previous degree to the master’s programme.
    • The ranking of the university where you obtained your previous degree(s).
  • Ambition
    • The quality and relevance of your motivation letter for the Master’s programme.
    • Show promise, based on previous achievements, performances and work in the relevant field of study.
    • Life experience and/or extracurricular activities such as internships or volunteering.
  • References
    • Quality of the recommendations in the two reference letters, preferably two academic references, please see these reference guidlines (pdf, 87 kB).

All students applying for the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship will be individually considered by the selection committee of the faculty they applied to. The faculty will make an initial selection based on academic qualities. Faculties may base their selection on other criteria as well; some study programmes hold interviews for example. Then, team Student Life and International Mobility will make a final selection based on motivation for the scholarship.


Deadline: February 28, 2022

Cost/funding for participants

The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,100 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

Additional information

  • The scholarship also covers costs for visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance for your stay in the Netherlands (Aon Student Insurance(verwijst naar een andere website)). You will find an indication for the costs of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website(verwijst naar een andere website).
  • In case you are selected as a scholarship recipient and you are admitted to a two-year Master's programme, please note that in order to qualify for the grant again for the second year, you need to have passed all courses in the first year.
  • The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship cannot be combined with a Fulbright-Radboud Scholarship, Orange Tulip Scholarship or Holland Scholarship. You can apply for more than one scholarship, but only one will be granted.
  • You can only apply for either the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship or the partial Radboud Scholarship. It is not possible to apply for both of these scholarships.
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