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Master's programmes

Application for NFP scholarship

Every year, several students studying LLM programmes at Utrecht University qualify for a Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) grant. This scholarship covers both tuition fees and the costs of living in the Netherlands for one year.

The NFP scholarships are awarded to mid-career professionals who wish to improve and develop their professional and academic capacity. Please note that only nationals from a selected group of countries can apply for the NFP scholarship. You can find out if you are eligible for an NFP grant by checking this country list.

The NFP scholarships are provided by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The application process is handled by Nuffic, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education, and by your local Dutch embassy.

Application details 

To qualify for an NFP scholarship, you need to submit separate applications for both the LLM in Law and Economics, and the NFP scholarship. Nuffic requires a letter of acceptance from the university before your application for a grant can be examined. We therefore advise you to begin your application to Utrecht University as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline set by the Dutch embassy handling your NFP application.

The exact application procedure for an NFP grant is described on the Nuffic website.

Important information

Before you begin your applications to Utrecht University and to Nuffic, you should take the following points into account:

The NFP scholarships are only awarded to nationals from certain countries. Please make sure you are eligible before you apply.

The application deadline for NFP scholarships is set by the individual Dutch embassies who handle the applications. These deadlines vary from country to country. Please check the Nuffic website to find out the application deadline set by the embassy handling your application. On the same website you will also find an explanation of the application process.

Apply as early as possible for the LLM programme. Please bear in mind that it may take up to three months for Utrecht University to send you a letter of acceptance, and you should therefore apply no later than the September or November prior to the year in which you plan to start your studies. Please follow the online application procedure of Utrecht University.

Please include all documents required along with your application form. If, for whatever reason, you are unable to supply one or more of the required documents when you apply, please include a letter of explanation, and state the date by which the missing documents can be sent.

You need to obtain the required score on an English proficiency test. However, if you did not achieve the required score at your first attempt, you may continue to repeat the test until you do.

Please contact the LLM programme director, prof. Annetje Ottow, if you intend to apply, or have already applied, for both the LLM in Law and Economics and an NFP scholarship. You can contact her in the following ways:

Telephone: +31 (0)30 253 7041


Once you have submitted your application to follow the LLM in Law and Economics at Utrecht University, please allow up to three months for receipt of an official letter of acceptance if we choose to offer you a place. Your NFP application will not be taken into consideration if you cannot supply a letter of acceptance before the deadline set by your local embassy.

There is no guarantee that you will be granted an NFP scholarship. It is extremely important that you also seek out alternative methods of funding. A list of potential funding organisations can be found on the Netherlands Student Grantfinder.