How to apply?

Step 1. Admission to a (Dutch) university or study programme

Before you can apply for a scholarship, you first will have to apply for admission to a study programme in the Netherlands. A letter of admittance is one of the (important) documents you need to apply for a scholarship. 

Step 2. Application form and necessary documents

Download the application form.

Complete the document and send this form by email to the secretary and attach the following documents:

  • Letter of admission of the Dutch university / study programme of your choice
  • A short overview of your academic records after leaving (secondary)school
  • Copies of (academic) certificates and academic records;
  • Study plan: a short description (maximum 2 x A4) of your planned study in the Netherlands for a period from three to six months.

[Please see that you answer the following questions: 1. Problem statement 2.- Why do you want to study at the mentioned Dutch university or institution?3. Who will be your particular tutor?]

- Ask your South African study coordinator/professor/research mentor to send us (directly and confidentially) a reference letter to support your request for financial support


31 January for studies starting in September

31 May for studies starting in February next year

Where to apply:

Send your application form and attachments in one e-mail to the secetary of the SSF:


Make sure that you start well in advance applying for a study visa at the Dutch Embassy in Pretoria or the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town.


Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pretoria
210 Florence Ribeiro /Queen Wilhelmina Avenue
Cnr Muckleneuk Street
0181 New Muckleneuk

Telephone: +(27) (12) 425 4500

Opening hours:
Monday – Thursday: 08.00 – 17.00 hrs
Friday: 08.00 – 13.00 hrs.

Dutch Consulate  General Cape Town
Strandstraat 100
Kaapstad 8001
Telephone: (27) (21) 421 5660
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday 08.00 – 17.00 hrs
Friday: 08.00 – 13.00 hrs


A grant of a scholarship is subject to the following rules and regulations.

After arrival in the Netherlands you are kindly asked to present yourself in person at the secretary of the Studyfund (Zuid-Afrikahuis, Keizersgracht 141 – C  Amsterdam). The secretary may ask you to identify yourself by showing your passport. No payments whatsoever are made before this presentation.

Once your term as holder of a scholarship is over, it cannot be renewed.

Scholarships are awarded for a maximum period of six months.

Half way through your studies, the foundation could ask either your Dutch or South African tutor whether they are satisfied with your work. The Foundation reserves the right to end the scholarship.

If you decide to amend your study plan, you’ll have to notify the Foundation by email.

If it becomes known that you use your scholarship for any other purpose than mentioned above, the foundation reserves the right to end the scholarship immediately.

If you receive any other scholarship in either South Africa or the Netherlands, and if you don’t notify the foundation, you may lose the scholarship from the Foundation. You have to inform the foundation of any scholarships you have applied for - before or after applying for this one.

For the scholarship to be acknowledged, the Foundation requires:

(1) A report on your activities (both academic and social) must be sent to the Foundation no later than two months after your scholarship has ended. This small report should’nt be longer than one page A4.

(2) A copy of your publications, or theses as a result of your specific research or study in the Netherlands should be sent to the library of the Zuid-Afrikahuis, Keizersgracht 141 – C 1015 CK Amsterdam.

(3) It is highly appreciated when you give any acknowledgement to the Foundation Study Fund for South African Students in your publications. .

The scholarship will be terminated immediately and any payments that were received will have to be paid back:

  • If any of the information supplied on the application form is found to be untrue.
  • If the holder arrives in the Netherlands too late to take part in the intended activity.
  • If the holder is forced to withdraw from the activity.

The Board’s decisions are final. No correspondence relating to these decisions will be entered into.


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