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Funding and scholarships

A number of different grants are available for the purposes of doing research in the Netherlands, going abroad for a temporary stay or research period, organising academic conventions or attending conferences.

If you are employed as a doctoral researcher by the UvA, you can sometimes apply for an additional grant to carry out fieldwork abroad, for example. Once you have completed your doctoral programme, you may also be able to apply for a grant to pursue an academic career after graduation.

A wide range of different grant options is available. Some of the more popular scholarships are listed below. This list is in no way comprehensive. You are therefore advised to contact the coordinator of the Graduate School or research institute that covers your discipline. They will be able to advise you on the most relevant grant providers in your specialist field.

General grants

China Scholarship Council (agreement) China Scholarship Council PhD Programme (factsheet, PDF)

Nuffic grant finder

Grant finder EU scholarships

COS Pivot opportunities

NWO grants

Open Society Foundations

Scholarship Times

Dutch grant providers





NL Agency


Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM)

Technology Foundation STW

The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw)

Fulbright Center

Dutch charity funds

Diabetes Fonds



Maag Lever Darm Stichting

Fonds Psychische Gezondheid

Astma Fonds

Nederlandse Brandwonden Stichting



Prinses Beatrix Fonds

Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Stichting Aids Fonds

Stichting Kinderpostzegels Nederland

KWF Kankerbestrijding

Stichting MS Research

European grant providers

Horizon 2020


Axa Research Fund

US grant providers

National Science Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation