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Frequently Asked Questions - Scholarships - last updated 18 August 2020

What types of scholarships are available?

There are a large variety of scholarship opportunities available for the University of Twente and UT students, ranging from partial scholarships to 'full' scholarships. Most scholarships are part of a subsidy framework and are allocated through a scholarship programme.

Coverage

Largely, the majority of programmes cover tuition fees only. Students will have to cover their own living costs. A few programmes additionally cover travel expenses (likely a nominal fee), visa fees, insurance costs and living expenses for duration of your studies. The latter consitutes as 'full' scholarships. However, note that it is very likely that a 'full' scholarship will not cover all your study related costs. Costs may occur that are not covered by this type of scholarship. Students are expected to pay the remaining costs of study.

Nature of a scholarship programme

There is also a difference in the nature of scholarship programmes.

Need-based

Some scholarship programmes grant scholarships based on a financial need. Usually a parent's income is assessed in this regard. Academic performance and/or capacity building  may also be considered during your application.

Capacity building

There are scholarship programmes that focus on certain regions, certain fields (like STEM) or development themes. These are also called capacity building scholarships.

Merit-based

In addition, there are also merit-based scholarships which largely focus on academic success. If you have a high GPA, you could qualify. Within the UTS scholarship programme, we require that you belong to the best 5 to 10 percent of your class, and an average grade of 7 (out of 10) at the end of the third quartile of the first year. A merit scholarship is not just limited to outstanding academic records. This type of scholarship could also be awarded to a high – achieving student because of other factors, including community service, leadership roles, talent, and extracurricular activities.

Loan-based

Loan-based scholarship programmes can be a combination of the two aforementioned types of scholarships. This type of scholarship often requires a succesfull academic trajectory, and a (often long-term) commitment to the scholarship provider, country or region. Should one not comply with the requirements (i.e. unsuccesfull in obtaining degree or not return homebound after finishing of studies) the student may be expected to pay back the loan (in part or in full, and sometimes with additional interest). Before accepted a loan-based scholarship you are strongly advised to check the conditions and consult with family or friends, as it may be a long-time commitment and can cause debts for years to come.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on details and requirements for all types of available scholarship programmes for degree mobility. Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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Are there scholarships available for a study abroad?

Yes, the University of Twente supports students who wish to have a Study Abroad experience during their Bachelor's or Master's studies at the UT.

The UT also creates opportunities through third party programmes, such as an Erasmus+ mobility programme, financed by the EU (European Union).

There are multiple financial support programmes. More on Financial support for mobility trajectories can be found on our Study Abroad pages.

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Can I get a scholarship for graduate study?

Yes, through our UT Scholarship Finder you will be able to see which programmes apply for which level of studies. This also includes graduate level studies.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on details and requirements for all types of available scholarship programmes and levels.

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Where do I go to find scholarship opportunities?

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on details and requirements for all types of available scholarship programmes for degree mobility. Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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Where do I start with my scholarship application?

We facilitate scholarship application through our UT Scholarship Finder. For UT funded programmes, you will be redirected to the UT scholarship application form through the Scholarship Finder. This will lead you to the UT's administrative system OSIRIS. For other (third party) programmes, application or application forms are more often than not hosted online by the designated scholarship provider. To know where and how to apply, please consult our UT Scholarship Finder.

Even though you can start your scholarship application parallel to your academic application, all scholarship programmes require unconditional academic acceptance to the study programme. An academic acceptance letter or proof of academic acceptance is often required as part of the application process for a scholarship. So, make sure you have this letter and all other documentation complete and ready available at the time of your scholarship application.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on required documentation, entry requirements, and how to apply for all types of available scholarship programmes.  Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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Can I apply for a scholarship before being (unconditionally) academically accepted into a university?

Even though you can start your scholarship application parallel to your academic application, all scholarship programmes require unconditional academic acceptance to the study programme. An unconditional academic acceptance letter is often required as part of the application process for a scholarship. So, make sure you have this letter and all other documentation complete before you start your scholarship application.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on required documentation, entry requirements, and how to apply for all types of available scholarship programmes.

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How do I know if I am eligible to apply?

All scholarship programmes serve a designated aim. Where one scholarship programme aims to improve or facilitate capacity building for developing countries, others focus on creating a center of excellence. Depending on the scholarship programme each has their own set of requirements, regarding entry as well as documentation. A completed application form is always required, which will include information about yourself and your contact details. You may also be asked to provide additional documentation, such as (a combination of):

  • Employer's statement
  • Government's statement
  • Passport or Identification documentation
  • A transcript of grades
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • An essay on a given topic
  • Motivation on implementation of your studies within a specific (set of) themes

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on eligibility requirements and required documentation for all types of available scholarship programmes.

Do note that you need to fulfil all specific requirements before you start the application.

Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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What should I submit with my scholarship application?

All scholarship programmes serve a designated aim. Where one scholarship programme aims to improve or facilte capacity building for developing countries, others focus on creating a centre of excellence. Depending on the scholarship programme each has their own set of requirements, regarding entry as well as documentation. A completed application form is always required, which will include information about yourself and your contact details. You may also be asked to provide additional documentation, such as (a combination of):

  • Employer's statement
  • Government's statement
  • Passport or Identification documentation
  • A transcript of grades
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • An essay on a given topic
  • Motivation on implementation of your studies within a specific (set of) themes

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on eligibility requirements and required documentation for all types of available scholarship programmes.

Do note that you need to fulfil all specific requirements before you start the application.

Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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When is the best time to apply for a (study abroad) scholarship?

An application process from application (by you) to granting of scholarships by a scholarship provider may take 6 to 10 months. Therefor, we strongly advise you to start early in your search for financial assistance. Preferably more than one year prior to the start of your academic programme. As most programme require a set of documentation as part of your application, it is evident you will need to start to gather these documents early on in your application process. 

Since all scholarships programmes for degrees at the UT require unconditional admission to a study programme at the UT, academic assessment by the UT also may take ample time. Academic assessment may take up to a month. 

Most scholarship programmes open their application phase at 6 to 10 months prior to the start of a study programme or a study abroad trajectory.

For degree programmes at the UT, the UT only starts your visa applicaton process once you have secured funding for the study programme. In this light, and in case you rely on the outcome of a scholarship allocation, be certain that you will receive a grant award letter well in time of the visa application deadline.

We also advise you to not put all your eggs in one basket. Instead of focusing on one scholarship programme look into other scholarship programmes that may be suited for you as well. Often, scholarship grants can be combined and doing so your chances of obtaining a scholarship to top off all of your study related costs may increase.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on details and eligibility requirements for all types of available scholarship programmes for degree mobility. Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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How and when will I be notified of the results of my application?

Most scholarship application processes run for about 6 to 10 months. Each scholarship programme provides a deadline related to the start of a study programme. Most scholarship programmes focus on study programmes starting in September of each year.

Results may be expected within 2 months of a closing deadline. It takes the UT or a third party scholarship provider time to assess your application. We may require additional information form for instance an embassy or consulate, or may require information from you to further eloborate on your application.

For UT funded programmes we offer you an infographic which explains the process and shows you when you may expect results. This can be found through our UT Scholarship Finder, for the UTS programme, the OTS programme and the HS programme.

Please know that the number of applications always exceeds the number of avaiable scholarships.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on details and eligibility requirements for all types of available scholarship programmes for degree mobility. Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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How does UT select who receives a UT funded scholarship?

For UT funded programmes, we select through a faculty committee and/or a UT wide committee, consisting of internationalization experts, academic staff, and scholarship coordinators. In this light, we take time to select the very best.

We assess your application on completeness and quality. Some of the key questions are:

  • Does your academic background meet the requirements of the programme;
  • Is your motivation for applying sufficiently in line with the aim of the programme;
  • Are you academically excellent (in case of a merit-based programme);
  • Is this your first study programme at the University of Twente;
  • What is your objective to contribute to a theme or project, based on obtained international competences, as a global citizen, during and after your studies to (your) region or (your) country;
  • Depending on the nature of the programme your CGPA is assessed.Depending on the nature of the programme the ranking of your home university is assessed.
  • What is your financial background.

The faculty commitee and/or UT wide committee will score your application. A selection is made as well as a reserve list is defined. Likely, two months after the application closing deadline you may expect the result of your application. You will be informed accordingly.

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What are the most common deadlines for scholarships?

Most scholarship application processes run for about 6 to 10 months. Each scholarship programme provides a deadline related to the start of a study programme. Most scholarship programmes focus on study programmes starting in September or February, which usually leads to a scholarship programme opening for application around December, January, February, and closing around April, May or June.

For UT funded scholarship programmes for degree programmes, we offer you an infographic which explains the process and shows you when a programme closes for applications and when you may expect results. This can be found through our UT Scholarship Finder, for the UTS programme, the OTS programme and the HS programme.

  • For UTS and HS 1st cycle October till February; results first week of March.
  • For UTS, HS and OTS 2nd cydle February till May; results first week of June.

For study abroad scholarship programmes we align our deadlines with the semesters of each academic programmes. More on this can be found on our UT Study Abroad pages.

Most scholarship programmes offered by third parties are in line with the UT funded scholarship programmes. If your scholarship provider allocates past July, please note that entry for September is most likely not possible. However, note that the UT has programmes with a start for February.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on deadlines for all types of available scholarship programmes. Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes. In fact, we actually encourage you to apply for more than one scholarship programme. Instead of focusing on one scholarship programme look for additional scholarship programmes that may be suited for you as well. Often, scholarship grants can be combined and doing so your chances of obtaining a scholarship to top off all of your study related costs may increase.

When you are applying for more than one scholarship programme at a time, be certain that you note the aim of the scholarship programme and the requirements. At times, scholarship programmes allow one application, for one study programme, per deadline, per level of study. It may well be your multiple applications for the same scholarship programmes in the same deadline are limited or are disregarded on basis of the former.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on eligibility requirements and required documentation for all types of available scholarship programmes. Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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What are my chances of getting a scholarship?

All scholarship programmes on offer are highly competitive, meaning that the number of applications we receive each deadline largely exceed the number of available scholarships.  Although some scholarships depend on outstanding academic records (‘merit-based scholarships’), your chances of success are often determined by the quality of your application, and whether or not you are in financial need. 

There are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of being granted a scholarship. For instance, include all the documentation requested in the requirements of the scholarship you are applying for. These can be found per available scholarship programme via our scholarship finder.  In addition, dedicate plenty of time to writing a motivation if this is required in your application. Most importantly, note the deadlines for the scholarship for which you are applying. The UT is strict in these deadline and does not permit exceptions in this regard.

Lastly, we advise you not to put all your eggs in one basket. Instead of focusing on one scholarship programme look for additional scholarship programmes that may be suited for you as well. Often, scholarship grants can be combined and doing so your chances of obtaining a scholarship to top off all of your study related costs may increase.

Please consult our UT Scholarship Finder to find out more on eligibility requirements and required documentation for all types of available scholarship programmes. Please consult our Study Abroad pages for scholarship opportunities for outbound Exchange.

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As a scholarship recipient, can I work next to studying at UT Ilike a summer job)?

Studying next to your study is allowed in the Netherlands. There are a multitude of factors you need to take note of, before you do accept a job (and subsequent salary), either at or outside of the UT.

One of those factor is indeed if you are a UTS, OTS and/or HS recipients. 

Started in 2018 or 2019

If you started your studies in academic year 2018 or academic year 2019, and you are a UTS, OTS and/or HS recipient, unfortunately you are limited by the work rules and regulations of those programmes. 

Limitations of UTS, OTS and HS scholarship programme

A. You are not permitted to accept a paying job at the UT.

B. You may work with pay outside the UT, but:

  • The UT may not be your employer.
  • You must adhere to the IND requirements.
  • Your employer is required to arrange a TWV (a work permit).
  • You are likely to be taxed by our tax office. They may consider your total income (scholarship and salary ) in this regard. To know what is taxed, you are required to contact a tax consult. Consultation is not free of charge. Check with your faculty international support officer if they can assist.Likely, you have a student coverage or student health. insurance (AON). You must take up a basic health insurance, which is more expensive than a student health insurance. Check this video for more information on work and insurance.

There are also immigration restrictions and important implications to conside before accepting a job.

Before you accept a job, we advise you to check the webpage of the Immigration Office of the Ministry of Justice and Security in the Netherlands: https://ind.nl/en/study/Pages/study-at-university.aspx.

Do note that an employer has to apply a employment permit (a TWV) before you are allowed to work at his company/place. Also you will have to pay tax for the salary you are going to received. The tax office will charge you for the income tax.

Again, please check all the requirements for work and study, and your financial consequences of working next to study, before accepting a job. It may very well be, that your salary may have an negative affect due tax and insurance on your total income. 

Please note that work, as described here, does not entail an internship trajectory as part of your UT Bachelor's or Master's programme.

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I want to know more about my specific scholarship application? Who can I contact?

We have a scholarship team available for you! Our scholarship coordinators are working hard each working to answer your questions as quickly as possible. We aim to answer upon receipt of your question with 2 working days. Note that, if you ask your question on a Friday or during the weekend, you may expect an answer by the following tuesday or wednesday.

The Netherlands has public and national holidays, which may affect the respons time.

During a peak period, you may also expect a delay in response. You'll be notified if this occurs. However, the team will do their very best to provide you with an answer as quickly as possible.

Your question is welcome at student services.

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I am a pre-master student and I am searching for a scholarship to continue with my UT Master's

For pre-Master studies no UT-funded scholarships are available. When you are a pre-Master student and you have finalized two-thirds of your studies you may request your Faculty to consider you for a UTS scholarship for the continuing Master studies The Faculty will inform you of their decision.

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I am a foundation year (Navitas) student and am searching for a scholarship to continue with my UT bachelor's

Within the foundation year no UT-funded scholarships are available. For the bachelor studies you might not have the chance to apply for scholarships, since the application deadlines for scholarships might have expired before you have finalized your two-third study period to be assessed for a scholarship.

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Due to the corona virus, I cannot finalize my studies on time. As I am due payment of UT fees for an extension in the next academic year, is there an extension available for my scholarship?

If you are a UTS or OTS recipient, then yes, you may be entitled to an extension in case of a study delay due to results of the COViD-19 pandemic. However, there are conditions that apply, as this exention is a last resort option with the financial assistance means in place at the UT due to the pandemic.

  • You must already have had a waiver applied to you due to COVID-19.
  • No other financial assistance through UT schemes apply to you.
  • The extension request cannot exceed beyond December 2020.

The extension may then be applied on the basis and in relation to what you have already received through UTS and OTS.

In case you meet the former conditions, you may defer your request to the Scholarship Office, either directly, or through your study advisor or faculty contact.

In case you receive a scholarship from outside of the UT, please check the grant conditions and with your grant provider on what may apply to your situation.

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