By Jenny Egnér Lin
As an Indonesian student looking to study in Holland, there are a number of scholarships available. Some tailored specifically to Indonesian students. In this article, we will guide you through four of the most renowned Dutch scholarships available for Indonesian citizens to apply for.
The aforementioned scholarships are granted by the following organisations:
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The first of the four grant-giving organisations we will go through, is StuNed.
StuNed, an abbreviation of Studeren in Nederland, is a scholarship programme that aims StuNed aims to contribute to “Developing Indonesia with Global Competitive Human Resources”.
There are StuNed scholarships covering master studies, short courses, and customised training programmes for Indonesian professionals with at least two years' work experience in a development-related organisation.
The StuNed Program is part of the bilateral cooperation of the Dutch government with Indonesia listed in the Multi Annual Policy Framework (2014-2017), which gives priority to the following areas:
StuNed focused on developing the capacity of individuals and institutions in order to support these fields and strengthen bilateral relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia.
Candidates for StuNed should ideally be committed to increasing the human resources and capacity of the institutions where they work, strengthening bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands and also increasing the effectiveness of ongoing work programs.
Priority is given to applicants studying within the prioritised areas of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands.
Ideal candidates have the potential to be a leader in the future, those who have excellent academic and non-academic / leadership achievements, as evidenced by various achievements at national and international levels.
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The Holland Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands. It is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as well as several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences.
The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. The grant is given in the first year of studies. Note that this is not a full-tuition scholarship.
The grant is awarded for one year and can only be received once.
Find your programme in the overview of participating research universities or in the overview of participating universities of applied sciences. You will find detailed information about the application procedure and deadlines in the links provided in both lists.
The university will contact you to let you know if you have been awarded a scholarship.
You can now apply for the 2020-2021 academic year. The deadline for application is either 1 February 2020 or 1 May 2020. Please check the website of the institution of your choice to confirm the correct deadline.
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The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. This 5-year programme is initiated and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic.
Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries. The programme is the successor of the NICHE and NFP programmes.
The application process depends on your chosen course. Contact you selected education institution of the course you wish to enroll, and ask how to apply for the scholarship.
You can find a list of courses and institutions that are linked to the Orange Knowledge Programme in Studyfinder. Set the filter to 'OKP qualified - Yes'.
Scholarships are available for a selection of short courses (duration 2 weeks to 12 months), and master's programmes (duration 12 – 24 months).
Each institution has their own application requirements and selection criteria. Contact your institution of choice, and make sure you have the most up to date information of OKP via their website.
Note that there are focus areas for each country, which are taken into consideration when scholarship applications are nominated and assessed. Applications that fall within the focus areas for a specific country are given priority.
For Indonesia, the focus areas are the following
Read more about the focus areas in the document Country focus document Orange Knowledge Programme (220 KB).
There are 3 application rounds for individual scholarships every year. Application rounds usually open in February, June and September.
Application deadlines are respectively around April, August and November. The deadlines vary per institution.
The application rounds in April and August are for scholarships for master's degree programmes and short courses. The round in November is only for short courses.
Disclaimer: While we strive to keep the information up to date and correct, information may change at any time without notice. For accurate and updated information, please refer to the official website of the organisation granting the scholarship.
About the author: Jenny Egnér Lin is a Swedish university graduate with a MSc in Strategic Market Creation from Copenhagen Business School, and a BSc in Business and Economics from Stockholm School of Economics. With firsthand experience from studying in Europe, she is sharing prime insights about life as a European university student.