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Home | Graduate program | Admissions | Tuition fees, scholarships and financial support

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. In the second year, the vast majority of the 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 2023-24 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, with a maximum of € 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, with a maximum of € 40 a month;
  • A tuition fee waiver and costs for health insurance, with a maximum of € 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 2023 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. Grantfinder).

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 € 2,960 per month. 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 2022-2023 is:

EEA national € 2,314
non-EEA national € 16,200
students holding a Dutch Master's degree € 16,200

Tinbergen Institute recognizes that talented students who have already earned a Dutch master degree may be discouraged by the high tuition fee. Under certain conditions, TI will offer financial assistance to these students.

In the PhD phase no tuition fees are charged.

Experience has shown that students living and studying in the Netherlands for one year spend between € 800 and € 1,100 a month. Read more