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Tuition fees, scholarships and financial support

TI runs its own merit-based scholarship program for students in the research master program. Over the years, we have offered scholarships to some 50% of the students that entered the program. Percentages are even higher for second-year students; all second year students who qualify for admission to the second year get a fee waiver. The vast majority of second year students get additional income from part-time appointments as teaching or research assistant.

TI’s scholarship program for Research Master students

Tinbergen Institute has three levels of scholarships (level academic year 2024-25 for first-year students):

  • A full scholarship of € 1200 per month, tuition fee waiver for university registration for the year for which the scholarship is awarded and costs for health insurance (€ 40 a month);
  • A partial scholarship of € 600 per month, tuition fee waiver for university registration for the year for which the scholarship is awarded and costs for health insurance (€ 40 a month);
  • A tuition fee waiver and costs for health insurance (€ 40 a month).

Students who meet the requirements to pass to the second year, irrespective of their GPA, receive in year two a full tuition fee waiver and a monthly contribution to health care insurance of 40 euros. Additional full and partial scholarships will be available in the second year based on performance in the first year. The full second year scholarship is €1100 in addition to the teaching assistant income from giving tutorials for the first year core courses. For details on scholarship regulations that apply in 2024 we refer to the scholarship regulations.

Applicants who would like to be considered for a TI 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

Students in the program’s PhD phase are typically employed by one of the TI faculties as PhD researchers. These are full-time positions that come with all of the benefits of employment, including a good salary. 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.

The core (first-year) program leaves little or no time for any jobs. For second-year students Tinbergen Institute offers a number of teaching assistantships. Many second-year students also find research assistantships in one of the TI departments connected with research masters' thesis research. 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.

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

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

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.