Subsidy Guide

Overview of subsidies and grants for researchers and students.

Researchers and students can apply for subsidies.

Leiden University Fund / Leiden University Excellence Scholarship


Find funding with COS Funding Opportunities: search the world's most comprehensive funding resource, with more than 25,000 records representing nearly 400,000 opportunities, worth over $33 billion. For information in the different fundings, please visit the COS website.

Elsevier Subsisy Total

Elsevier Subsidie Totaal is a database about subsidies, project funding and funds in the Netherlands. The database gives 2000 existing arrangements for individuals, corporations, governments and non-profit organizations. Besides the arrangements, Subsidie Totaal gives news and information about jurisprudence, examples and collections about themes. Please note that most of the information is provided in Dutch. However some organisations do have an English website available.

EU Grants

This website lists all the grants that are available by the EU.


The Netherlands Student Grantfinder is an online search engine for those who want to study in the Netherlands and are looking for financial aid. The Grantfinder contains information on a range of dutch scholarships for foreign students. These scholarships can be searched by selecting one or more of the categories below and subsequently pushing the search button.


LURIS is one of the starting points for any questions you have on research and funding. Please visit our pages on National Opportunties, European Opportunities and International Opportunities to find out more about who to contact and where to find more information on funding and subsidies.


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research(NWO) promotes scientific research at Dutch universities and institutes through nearly 120 different research programmes and grants.

European Young Investigators (EURYI) An initiative of 21 European Union Research Organisations from 16 countries, thus contributing to the creation of the European Research Area. The aim of the EURYI Awards is to enable and encourage outstanding young researchers from all over the world to work in an European environment for the benefit of the development of European science and for building up the next generation of leading European researchers. Due to great interest in the scheme, the rate of success is expected to be very slim (ca. 3 per cent).

Rubicon Rubicon offers researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside the Netherlands (maximum of two years). The Rubicon programme also offers talented researchers from abroad the opportunity to obtain grants to spend one year conducting research in the Netherlands.

Top Talent
A prestigious programme aimed at graduating top talent who have their own creative research ideas. Successful candidates can start their PhD study as soon as they have graduated.

Veni, Vidi, Vici : Innovational Research Incentives Scheme
The Innovational Research Incentives Scheme has been set up in 2000 by NWO, KNAW and the universities jointly. The aim is to promote innovation in the academic research field. The scheme is directed at providing encouragement for individual researchers and gives talented, creative researchers the opportunity to conduct their own research programme independently and promote talented researchers to enter and remain committed to the scientific profession.

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

The KNAW awards grants for research, conference visits or periods of residence abroad and contributes to the cost of organising international conferences, workshops and colloquia in the Netherlands. The KNAW also promotes international communication and partnerships.  

Academy Colloquia
The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences offers financial and logistical support in organising a maximum of six top-flight research colloquia a year, each one attended by no more than fifty participants.

The China Exchange Programme
The China Exchange Programme aims at stimulating long-term scientific cooperation through exchange of senior researchers and joint research projects between both countries in all fields of research.

Academy Professorship Programme
Every year the Academy will appoint five eminent senior researchers as Academy Professors.
The programme has two aims. Firstly, senior scientists between 54 and 59 years of age are released entirely from administrative and management tasks for a period of five years at the end of their careers. This enables them to devote all their time to doing innovative research and to training young researchers. Secondly, new research leaders are appointed to replace the Academy Professors in the same or similar fields of science or scholarship. The Academy's total contribution to a five-year Academy Professorship amounts to 1.000.000 euro. Nominations for Academy Professors are assessed by an international assessment committee, which comprises members of foreign academies or scientists and scholars of comparable stature.

Seventh Research Framework Programme

The Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is designed to support a wide range of participants: from universities, through public authorities to small enterprises and researchers in developing countries.

Private companies
While the Seventh Framework Programme is the European Union’s chief instrument for the public funding of research, an increase in private funding of R&D is one of the key goals of the EU’s Lisbon Strategy for ‘knowledge for growth’, and the programme is designed with this in mind.

Public companies
The Seventh Framework Programme has a simple and clear structure, based on four principal programmes, with public sector bodies eligible to participate across all four:

  • The biggest in budgetary terms, with € 32.4 billion, called Cooperation, has the ambition to help Europe gain leadership in key areas of science and technology by having our best brains from across Europe working together.
  • The second programme is called Ideas , with a budget of € 7.5 billion to foster competition and excellence in frontier or fundamental research.
  • The third programme, People with € 4.7 billion will enable tens of thousands of researchers to benefit from fellowships for research training. The programme will help with training and career development in different sectors both public and private.
  • The fourth programme is Capacities , with a budget of € 4.2 billion to ensure scientific and technological capacity-building, for example in the area of infrastructures or in helping European regions to gear up their scientific potential.

Individual researchers
The expanded programme of ‘Marie-Curie’ activities funded under FP7’s People programme will support researcher training, career development and mobility through a variety of fellowships and networking activities. The Capacities programme is designed to optimise the development and use of research facilities in Europe by supporting, for example, research infrastructures, high-tech SMEs, regional clusters and international cooperation.

JTP European Construction Technology Platform

 Since October 2006 and till March 2008, the CHRAF Project is supporting the activities related to the Focus Area of Cultural Heritage, its dissemination, coordination and integration into the ECTP and FP7.


The Dutch government is attempting to make Dutch higher education as accessible as possible to students and mid-career professionals from other countries. Nuffic manages a large number of programmes for purposes of exchange and cooperation in higher education. 

The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes
NFP are demand oriented fellowship programmes designed to foster institutional development. The NFP target group consists of mid-career professionals who are already in employment and who are nationals of and working in one of the selected countries.

Professional Recognition
Do you have Dutch qualifications and want to work in another EU country? Or do you have foreign qualifications and want to work in the Netherlands? The countries of Europe have a agreements to recognize each other’s qualifications which give access to regulated professions. This website is about the recognition of professional qualifications in the 27 countries of the European Union, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. If you want to practice your profession in another country, you will need to know about the relevant legislation, the official bodies involved and the procedures to get your professional qualifications recognized.

The Huygens Programme
The programme main aim is to keep and develop foreign topstudents om Dutch gounds.
The HSP Huygensprogramma is a grantprogramm for excellent foreign students whom want to study in The Netherlands. The HSP Talentenprogramma is meant for excellent Dutch students whom want to experience an international study environment.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The MA Programme Euroculture has been selected by the European Commission among the Erasmus Mundus masters courses for five years. This implies that the European Commission will grant scholarships to highly qualified third-country graduate students to follow the MA Programme Euroculture. Every year there are also a number of scholarships available for post-graduate scholars to carry out teaching and research assignments and scholarly work at the Euroculture universities participating in the MA Programme Euroculture.

Grant amounts
According to the European Commission, each student grantee will receive € 10,000 to cover the tuition fee, and € 1,600 each month for living and travel costs during sixteen months. Each scholar will receive € 4,000 each month for a period of 3 months and a fixed amount of € 1,000.

Onassis Research Grants

The Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation operates an annual Programme of Research Grants and Educational Scholarships addressed to foreign Members of Academies of Sciences, Scholars, Researchers, Elementary and Secondary School Teachers of the Greek Language, Artists and Postgraduate Students.   Please find herebelow the link for the Announcement of the 15th Foreigners' Fellowships Programme, for the academic year 2009-2010          

All grants and scholarships cover research IN GREECE only.

European Research Council

ERC Grants are awarded to a single researcher ('Principal Investigator') heading an individual research team to conduct a frontier research project on the condition that he/she is engaged by a legally established host organisation. The Principal Investigator does not necessarily need to be employed by the host organisation at the time when the proposal is submitted, but there should be a mutual agreement on how the relationship will be established, should the proposal be successful. In order to be eligible for a grant, the PI must be scientifically independent or, for the ERC Starting Grant, at the stage at which he/she is establishing scientific independence (i.e. starting or consolidating a research team) or, depending on the field, establishing an independent research programme.

ERC Grants aim to support "frontier research", in other words the pursuit of questions at or beyond the frontiers of knowledge, without regard for established disciplinary boundaries. Applications can be made in any field of research - including the social sciences and humanities - with particular emphasis on the frontier of science, scholarship and engineering. In particular, proposals of an interdisciplinary nature which cross the boundaries between different fields of research, pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or proposals  introducing unconventional, innovative approaches and scientific inventions are encouraged, as long as the expected impact on science, scholarship or engineering is significant. In essence, ERC-supported research should aim to broaden scientific and technological knowledge. As such, projects should not be linked to commercial objectives.

Marie Curie grants

Marie Curie Excellence Grants (EXT) give promising researchers the opportunity to set up or develop their own research teams in Europe. The action helps enhance the careers of these promising researchers by helping them attain research independence more rapidly.

In order to qualify as a team leader, the applicant should have a recognised potential to reach a high level of scientific excellence, as well as the ability to manage and inspire a research team. With the help of the EXT grant, the researcher will be able to carry out an ambitious leading-edge research project of particular importance to Europe. By creating solid opportunities inside Europe for excellent researchers at a crucial stage in their careers, this action aims both to retain the best European brains and to lure worldclass talent back to Europe.

Royal Dutch Institute Rome

The KNIR (Royal Dutch Institute Rome) provides young researchers, Meant for excellent students who wish to pursue a PhD research in the field of Italy studies, the opportunity to write a research proposal and help them get a place to do their PhD research in the Netherlands or elsewhere.

This Hugenholtzstipendium is established for students in their last year of a research master or graduated young researchers. The subject must involve Italy and the research needs partially to be done in Rome and partially elsewhere in Italy. The stipendium provides a subsidy for a three months stay in Italy.

Netherlands Institute at Athens

The NIA (Netherlands Institute at Athens) provides a number of grants for students and researchers. The yearly stipend allows a PhD student to spend up to three months at the institute to prepare a publication or (part of) a dissertation or a book. The study grants allow Master students and recently graduated students to stay at the NIA for up to three months. Closing dates for applications are 15 september and 15 february. The development grants, made possible by the Friends of the NIA, allow students at every level to spend three weeks at the NIA to further the development of research ideas. These may be applied for throughout the year. The subject of all proposals must involve Greece. All grants offer free accomodation, (partial) compensation of the travel cost and an expenses allowance.

Stichting Nederlands Museum voor Anthropologie en Praehistorie

Stichting Nederlands Museum voor Anthropologie en Praehistorie provides subsidy for publications.


National Geographic Society for Research and Exploration

Since 1890 the National Geographic Society's (CRE) has supported more than 8,300 projects and expeditions—including the excavation of Machu Picchu, the discovery of Titanic, and the work of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and the Leakey family. The CRE's primary objective is to support field-based scientific research around the world, within the context of National Geographic's mission of "inspiring people to care about the planet." This encompasses, but is not limited to, an emphasis on multidisciplinary projects addressing environmental issues.

The CRE provides several grants and programs:

Of special interest for PhD candidates is the Young Explorers Grants (YEG). The YEG offers opportunities to individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 to pursue research, conservation, and exploration-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs, including: the Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE), the Expeditions Council (EC), and the Conservation Trust (CT). Funding is not restricted to United States citizens—foreign nationals are invited to apply. Researchers planning work in countries abroad should make great effort to include at least one local collaborator as part of their team.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation

The Wenner-Gren Foundation has two major goals – to support significant and innovative anthropological research into humanity's biological and cultural origins, development and variation and to foster the creation of an international community of research scholars in anthropology.

The Foundation has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence.

Prins Bernhard Cultural Fund

The Prins Bernhard Fund provides grants for students who have finished their Master with excellent results at a Dutch University whom want to study or do their PhD research abroad for a duration of more than three months.


A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values.

Many foreign Fulbright grantees are early-career professionals who will return to take leadership positions in their home countries, often working at universities or in government service.

More than 1,800 new Foreign Fulbright Fellows enter U.S. academic programs each year. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries. The Institute of International Education (IIE) arranges academic placement for most Fulbright nominees and supervises participants during their stay in the United States.

Leiden University Scholarship Information

Scholarship Information for students coming from abroad.

Last Modified: 05-08-2015