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Home | Graduate Program | Admissions | Tuition fees, scholarships and financial support

Tuition fees, scholarships and financial support

Scholarships and tuition waivers are available based on merit and performance. In the second year, the vast majority of the students get additional income from part-time appointments as teaching- or research assistant. Over the years, we have offered scholarships to some 50% of the students that entered the program. The vast majority of second year students get additional income from part-time appointments as teaching or research assistant.


Scholarship program for Research Master students

For selected students, the Tinbergen Institute (TI)/ Business Data Science (BDS) research master program offers full, partial, or basic scholarships. Specifically, TI/BDS may offer one of the following scholarships:

  • Full scholarship: a monthly stipend of 1710 euros and a monthly contribution to health care insurance of 40 euros; total 1750 euros;
  • Partial scholarship: a monthly stipend of 910 euros and a monthly contribution to health care insurance of 40 euros; total 950 euros;
  • Basic scholarship: a monthly stipend of 210 euros and a monthly contribution to health care insurance of 40 euros; total 250 euros.

For second year students TI/BDS offers one of the following scholarships to all students who 1) have followed the full year 1 curriculum of the Research Master as stipulated in section 4 of the TI and BDS AERs; and 2) are allowed to pass to year 2 of the program (see sections 4 and 5 of the TI and BDS AERs):

  • Full scholarship: a monthly stipend of 1585 euros and a monthly contribution to health care insurance of 40 euros; total 1625 euros. Such a scholarship is awarded to students for whom the weighted GPA* is 7.5 or higher for core courses at the end of block IV of the first year of the program;
  • Partial scholarship: a monthly stipend of 860 euros and a monthly contribution to health care insurance of 40 euros; total 900 euros. Such a scholarship is awarded to students for whom the weighted GPA* is between 7.0 and 7.5, 7.5 excluded, at the end of block IV of the first year of the program;
  • Basic scholarship: a monthly stipend of 210 euros a month and a monthly contribution to health care insurance of 40 euros; total 250 euros. Such a scholarship is awarded to students for whom the weighted GPA* is below 7.0, at the end of block IV of the first year of the program.

For details on scholarship regulations that apply in 2024 we refer to the scholarship regulations. 

Applicants who would like to be considered for a scholarship should indicate this on the application form. Because the institute’s resources are limited, prospective students are advised to apply for external funding as well (see e.g. Study in NL).

PhD funding

PhD students in the Netherlands are usually employed by a university. Indication of salary levels: a gross salary starts at € 2,541/€ 2,960 per month (depending on the duration of the contract). In their final year, students receive a monthly gross wage of € 3,247. Most positions include a small teaching assignment to help the students gain teaching experience, which is useful for those considering an academic career. PhD positions may be sponsored by industry partners. The level of collaboration and interaction with the industry partner varies depending on the project, the company and the student.

The first year of the program leaves little or no time for any jobs. For second-year students the program offers teaching assistantships. For second-year students research assistantships connected to research masters' thesis research are available at the affiliated departments. Please check rules for working alongside your studies while staying in the Netherlands.
 
In the master phase of the program a tuition fee is charged to all students. Tuition fees are due until all examinations, including the final thesis, are passed. The tuition fees are determined annually by the Dutch government and the universities.
All students have to pay the annual statutory fee (2530 euros in 2024-25) and it is the student’s responsibility to make the payment before the beginning of the academic year.
 

The annual tuition fee for the academic year 2024-2025 is:

EEA national (statutory fee) € 2,530
non-EEA national € 17,000
EEA students holding an EUR, UvA or VU Master's degree (statutory fee) € 2,530
Students holding a Master's degree from another Dutch university € 17,000

For selected students the high fee can be partly waived; the statutory fee is never waived and all students must pay the statutory fee before the start of the academic year.

In the PhD phase no tuition fees are charged.

Expect to spend between €935 and €1,500 per month on living expenses, including rent, but not including the tuition fee. Read more.