SCHOLARSHIPS

For more information about Holland Scholarship, a programme in which the Theological University participates, click here.

At some point, most students in the Netherlands encounter the Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, commonly known as DUO. This organisation is mostly known for providing students with student finance and the student travel product. Depending on residency status, course registration and age, international students can also get funding from DUO. You can find all information about the requirements and the amounts on DUO’s website for international students.

The Theological University itself is not in the position to offer scholarships or stipends. However, after being formally accepted as a student, the Theological University can refer and recommend students to several independent foundations, which do offer stipends. In general students are expected to contribute (personally or through their own fund-raising) at least part of the costs of studying in Kampen. 

The general points to which the Theological University pays attention in its recommendations are the following:

  • Academic qualifications - former education, academic papers, English language skills, etc.;
  • Motivation – why a student wants to study in Kampen, what he or she wants to learn and how he or she is planning to use his or her education;
  • Academic perspectives - it is important to understand how students are going to use their studies in Kampen. younger teachers who need upgrading and young students with a clear perspective to teach in an academic setting in their home country will have priority;
  • Personal circumstances – we want to understand the applicant’s situation (family, cultural-religious context, responsibilities in the church, financial situation, etc.);
  • Recommendations
    • students need to have good recommendations from theological professors / leaders from the (last) institution they graduated from;
    • those in service of a church need a recommendation from their synod or classis;
  • Ecumenical factors – we take into account the church background of applicants as our Seminary is a denominational Seminary: students from denominations or seminaries we have confessional or ecclesial ties with, have a certain priority.

NB: The Theological University can only supply a recommendation, but is not responsible for the decision of the foundations or the size of the stipend.