The 2007 Huygens Scholarship Programme (HSP) for International Students (Second Round), The Netherlands

The Huygens Scholarship Programme (HSP) is open to students from all countries of the world. It is aimed at excellent students who want to come to the Netherlands in the final phase of their bachelor’s studies or during their master’s studies.
Important: the information provided below relates only to the second, additional round of applications in 2007 for the HSP Huygens Programme.

3.3 million euros
The Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science has made an extra 3.3 million euros available for international students coming to the Netherlands under the Huygens programme. Applications for HSP for the 2007-2008 academic year must be received by Nuffic by September 15th 2007 at the latest.

HSP Huygens Programme
The prestigious HSP Huygens programme is open to excellent students from all countries of the world. It is aimed at talented students who want to come to the Netherlands in the final phase of their bachelor’s studies or during their master’s studies.

Applications for the 2007-2008 academic year must be sent to Nuffic before 15 September 2007 at the latest. The starting date of the HSP scholarship is January 1st, 2008. Once we receive your application, we will send a confirmation via email. Because of the volume of applications, it may be some time before you hear from us.

Requirements for eligibility
If you want to take part in the HSP Huygens programme, you must meet the following requirements:
* You are an excellent student: you have obtained excellent results in all your previous studies and you are in the top 10% of students in your study or research programme
* You must have already attended a programme of education (e.g. high school or above) in your home country
* The Dutch study programme should be on the CROHO list.
* Your study in the Netherlands should be in the final phase of your bachelor’s studies, or during your master’s studies, and must be used primarily to earn a degree at the Dutch institution.
* At the start of the second semester (1 January) in which you study in the Netherlands, you must be no older than 35 years of age.
* You are now studying abroad and you want to start studying in the Netherlands in the second semester (January-February) of the 2007-2008 academic year; or
* You are already studying in the Netherlands and you want to continue studying in the Netherlands in the second semester(January-February) of the 2007-2008 academic year.
* Scholarships are only awarded for studies lasting at least 6 months, but no longer than 24 months.
* Your studies/research in the Netherlands must constitute a deepening and broadening of your previous studies in your home country.
* You must be proficient in the language of instruction of your chosen study or research programme.
* If you are already a graduate, you must have graduated less than two years ago.

Scholarship outline
Scholarships are awarded for a period of no less than six months and no more than 24 months.
They include the following components:
* a monthly allowance of € 900 euros (this includes a standard contribution towards healthcare insurance)
* a generous reimbursement of tuition fees or a contribution towards the costs of the PhD thesis, as estimated in the research proposal
* visa fees (standard contribution)
* a one-off payment towards international travel costs (standard contribution based on country of origin)

Application procedure
If you want to apply for a scholarship, you must first obtain a HSP Huygens nomination letter from the Dutch host institution for your chosen study or research programme.
* First of all, you are an excellent student
* You have to apply for admission to a study or research programme
* When you apply for admission to a programme in the Netherlands, you should indicate that your study performance is excellent and that you wish to be nominated for the prestigious HSP Huygens programme.
* Important! The admission criteria for the programme at the Dutch host institution will differ from the requirements that the selection committee adheres to when selecting academically excellent students for the HSP Huygens programme. See the section entitled
Requirements for eligibility elsewhere on this website.
* If the Dutch institution does not agree with your candidacy for a HSP Huygens scholarship, they will not provide you with a HSP Huygens nomination letter. This means that you cannot apply for a HSP Huygens scholarship. You can explore other ways of funding to finance your studies or research activities in the Netherlands, e.g. at www.grantfinder.nl.
* If the Dutch institution agrees with your candidacy for a HSP Huygens scholarship, they will send you a HSP Huygens nomination letter.

You can only submit an application to Nuffic after you have received a HSP Huygens nomination letter. The application dossier must include the following documents:

1. A printed HSP Huygens application form (including checklist), completed in full, signed.
2. A HSP Huygens nomination letter
3. Your curriculum vitae
4. Copies of relevant diplomas, certificates and transcripts
5. A reasoned account of your motivation for wanting to study or do research in the Netherlands (about one side of an A4-sized sheet)
6. Two letters of reference
7. A copy of your passport or identity card.

Explanation of the required documentation
The HSP Huygens nomination letter
The nomination letter is a standardized form used by the institution to provide Nuffic with some details about your unique attributes and your proposed programme of study. The nomination letter from the Dutch institution is a required document for your application for a HSP Huygens scholarship. Without this nomination letter it is not possible to apply for a HSP Huygens scholarship.

Your motivation must include the following points:
* why you have chosen to study this programme or to do your research for this programme in het Netherlands;
* what value the programme would add to your previous education;
* what the Dutch programme would mean for your future career;

The letters of reference should be on the institution’s official notepaper (headed paper) and must be signed and dated (a scanned version of your letters of references is acceptable). They must also include:
* the student’s name
* the name, position, institution and department of the referee (and their relationship to the candidate)
* description of the candidate’s excellent academic ability
* at least one of which should be from your home country or the country where you are currently studying.

Note: Students wishing to follow a professional programme in the fine arts or performing arts should not include a portfolio or samples of their work (e.g. photos or a CD) as these will not be assessed.

Important: do not complete this application form until you have received your nomination letter from the Dutch institution.

Once you have compiled your application dossier
1. Send the application form by e-mail to: hsp.nuffic[ at ]gmail.com. You must include your family name and the name of the HSP Huygens programme in the subject of your e-mail; Important:
* It is very important that you only use the original application form: download the application form under 8, save it, and send it as an attachment with your e mail. Please note that you must only send it as an Excel file (.XLS). Do not convert it to PDF format.
* We only accept completely filled out digital application forms. Incomplete application forms can not be accepted. So you have to fill in the application form completely, including CROHO code, tuition fee, name of the Dutch institution, admission status.
* Do not send any other documents together with your digital application form.
2. Send the complete dossier, including a print-out of the application form (the print-out should be identical to the one you sent by e-mail) by post to the following address:

Nuffic
HSP Huygens Programme
Kortenaerkade 11
2518 AX THE HAGUE or
PO Box 29777
2502 LT THE HAGUE
The Netherlands

Do not include original documents in your dossier, but make single-sided copies of relevant documents on plain A4-sized paper. All documents must be in either English or Dutch. Documents in any other language must be accompanied by an official translation.

Important: the 2007-2008 academic year starts on 1 September 2007. All scholarships are awarded only from the second semester of the academic year onwards (starts on 1 January 2008).

Closing date
Applications for the 2007-2008 academic year must be sent to Nuffic before September 15th 2007 at the latest (i.e. the date of the postmark must be 14 September or earlier).

Your digital application form must be received by Nuffic by e-mail no later than September 14th 2007.

Important: incomplete dossiers or dossiers received late cannot be accepted!

For more information and application form, please see the downloadable document from Nuffic’s website.

Via: Official Announcement.