University of Groningen Eric Bleumink Fund

Deadline: 15 January 2013
Open to: academically excellent applicants from developing countries
Scholarship: tuition fee, costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance.


The Eric Bleumink Fund awards scholarships to talented students and young researchers from developing countries. Such scholarships enable them to further develop as individuals and to make important contributions to the development of their own countries.

Since 2000, the year the fund was started, the EBF has handed out over 40 scholarships. This means more than 40 young, ambitious and very talented people were able to follow an additional study at the University of Groningen. Here they were introduced to an academic culture, libraries and  international contacts they are often lacking in their homeland.

The grant is awarded for a 1 year or 2 years Master’s degree programme at the University of Groningen. The grant covers tuition fee, costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance. Please note that a considerable number of students apply for this scholarship each year, whereas the University can issue only a limited number of grants.

The primary objective of the Eric Bleumink Fund is to provide financial support to Master’s students and PhD students from developing countries who wish to pursue a Master’s degree or a doctorate (see the list below for eligible countries). This initiative will not only improve the cooperation between the University of Groningen and universities in developing countries, but will also raise the level of academic expertise in these countries.

Please carefully read the Rules and Regulations HERE. This document contains information about the application procedure, assessment of applications and grant amounts. You will also find a grant application form, an overview of rights and obligations, an overview of universities and institutes in developing countries that have cooperation agreements with the RUG, and an overview of the range of international Master’s degree programmes available and an overview of the research schools.

The information page for prospective international students contains practical information about travel and accommodation, possibilities for other grants, information about studying at the RUG and lots of other useful information.


Applicants must be from one of the following countries of origin: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Central African Replublic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, China, Colombia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kiribati, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Moldova, Mongolia, Macedonia, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Morocco, Nepal, Niger, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Namibia, Niue, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Autonomous Palestinian Territories, Rwanda, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe, East Timor, South Korea.

Criteria for approval are:

  1. academic excellence, shown by academic performance and may be confirmed by letters of recommendation from university professors;
  2. contribution of candidate’s education in terms of strengthening the scientific capacity in the candidate’s home country;
  3. perspectives to a long-term linkage between the home institution and the University of Groningen.


To be nominated the student needs to be (conditionally) admitted to one of the Master’s programmes. Nominations will be handled by the admissions officers.

Master’s degree programmes: A step-by-step application guide

  1. First the candidate should apply for admission to a Master’s programme at the University of Groningen.
  2. When the candidate applies for this admission, he or she must indicate on the online application that he/she wishes to be nominated for a Eric Bleumink Fund scholarship.
  3. If the study programme board agrees with the candidacy for a EBF scholarship, they will send a standard application form including the motivation of the candidate to the Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund prior to 1 March. Per study programme only two candidates can be nominated.
  4. The Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund will take a decision during their meeting in March.
  5. The study programme and the candidate will both be informed on the decision taken by the Board.
  6. If a candidate is selected the coordinator and the candidate will have contact on the details of his or her arrival. If necessary he/she can contact the Board of the Eric Bleumink Fund for extra assistance.

For detailed information regarding the scholarship programme, please contact the office of the Ubbo Emmius Fonds, look at the website of the Eric Bleumink Fund or check the rules & regulations.

If you want more information about a grant, please contact the Mobility and Scholarship Desk: For more information, please see the website of the Eric Bleumink Fund or the University of Groningen’s official call for applications.

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