Introduction to the Radboud University Full Scholarship for Excellent International Students

Applications is now open for the Radboud University full scholarship for excellent international students in the Netherlands. This full scholarship is available for outstanding students who are pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree program at the university. The scholarship provides a full tuition waiver, living expenses, and health insurance. Applicants must meet all the eligibility criteria and apply by the specified deadline. Interested? This article provides a full overview of the full scholarship opportunity. More details below.

About Radboud University Full Scholarship

Radboud University aims to contribute to a healthy and free world with equal opportunities for all. The institution deems it crucial to establish a diverse and inclusive campus for both students and staff. To enable all talented students to join the academic community, including those from non-EU/EEA nations who may face financial difficulties, the university provides several full scholarships.

The scholarship includes coverage for visa expenses, health insurance, liability insurance, and a residence permit for the recipient’s stay in the Netherlands, with Aon Student Insurance. The university website contains an estimate of the expenses for living and studying in the country. If a student is chosen as a scholarship recipient and is accepted into a two-year Master’s program, they must pass all courses in the first year to be eligible for the grant again in the second year.

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship cannot be combined with either the Fulbright-Radboud Scholarship or NL Scholarship. Applicants can apply for more than one scholarship, but only one will be awarded. Applicants can only apply for either the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship or the partial Radboud Scholarship Programme, but not both.

Available Fields of Study

For 2024-2025, these scholarships are available:

  • Faculty of Arts (1),
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences (8),
  • Nijmegen School of Management (1),
  • Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies (1),
  • Faculty of Science (1),
  • Faculty of Social Sciences (1).

Eligibility Criteria for the Radboud University Full Scholarship

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

  1. Hold a non-EU/non-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’s 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 programme starting 1 September 2024 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 full-time students for the academic year and Master’s programme for which the scholarship will be awarded.

Selection Criteria

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, and publications.
  • Relevance of your previous degree to the master’s programme.
  • The ranking of the university where you obtained your previous degree(s).


  • The quality and relevance of your two motivation letters, one for the Master’s programme and one for the scholarship.
  • 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.


  • Quality of the recommendations in the two reference letters, preferably two academic references, please see these reference guidelines.


  • The motivation letter for the scholarship needs to be a different letter than the one you already uploaded as part of your application for the Master’s programme. It should explain why you need this scholarship in order to be able to attend Radboud University.
  • The letter must be in the required format. Click here to download the format.

All students applying for the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship will be individually considered by the selection committee of the faculty they applied to after the motivation letter has been judged. The faculty will make a selection based on academic qualities. Faculties may base their selection on other criteria as well; some study programmes hold interviews for example.

Benefits of the Radboud University Full Scholarship

The Radboud Encouragement Scholarship is available for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, applying for one of our English-taught Master’s programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes and joint-degree Master’s programmes). The scholarship covers the full tuition fee and living costs of €11,520 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2023-2024) for the duration of the Master’s programme.

How To Apply

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission to a Master’s program 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 program are two separate processes: admission to the Master’s program does not imply selection for the scholarship. Please note that applicants for the Radboud Encouragement Scholarship are not automatically waived from having to pay the handling fee for the Master’s application. Once you enrol at Radboud University, the handling fee will be refunded to you.

Application Deadline

You must have submitted your application in the online OSIRIS Application system on 31 January 2024 at the latest. Then, your OSIRIS Application will be checked by Radboud University’s Student Admissions office and sent back to you for payment of the handling fee, as well as for any documents in your application that may be incorrect, illegible, or missing. You need to resubmit your application as soon as possible. Then, your application needs to be complete 14 February 2024. Please note that incomplete applications will not be considered for the Radboud Scholarship selection.

We recommend you hand in your proof of English proficiency before the deadline of 14 February 2024 as well. You will be informed about the final decision by department Student Life and International Mobility with respect to your application for a Radboud Scholarship before mid-April 2024 (date subject to change).