Frequently Asked Questions

What are the selection criteria for an application?

To be eligible for a SSF Scholarship you:

  • should have have the South African nationality;
  • should be registered as a student at a South African university;
  • should be accepted at one of the Dutch universities or recognised research institutions
  • should have good working knowledge of the relevant language of instruction (Dutch or English).

What types of academic activities can I embark on with a SSF scholarship?

  • The SSF prioritises college series that are part of, or contribute to, the completion of your Master or PhD studies/research at a university in South Africa;
  • Study visits that contribute towards the completion of collaborative research projects involving Dutch and South African academics;
  • Taught courses (covering a period of three to six months), the credits of which are accepted towards the completion of your South African post-graduate degree course;
  • Research activities that can be completed within three to six months and that contribute towards the completion of your South African post-graduate degree course;
  • Travel allowances to the Netherlands to do research (also for non-degree purposes), attend academic courses, conferences and master classes.

What does the Study Fund scholarship cover financially?

  • For a Masterstudent  € 970 monthly. This amount is meant to cover all monthly expenses (including medical insurance, rent, and the costs of visa).
  • For a PhD student € 1190,- monthly. This amount, as above, is meant to cover all monthly expenses (including medical insurance, rent, and the costs of visa).
  • Additionally a ‘one time amount’ of  € 1000 can be granted to cover travel costs.
  • A travel allowance for short visits amounts  € 1200 p.p.