Opportunity for SA students to study in the Netherlands: Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme 2024

Bursary Summary

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is inviting young students and professionals to pursue Master’s programmes in the field of cultural heritage in the Netherlands.

Closing date: The deadline to submit an application is Monday 8 April 2024 (16.00 CEST).

The aim is to contribute to provenance research of cultural objects from participating countries in Dutch museums and to support the (request for) return of cultural heritage objects.

This programme is designed to empower young professionals from Indonesia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and South Africa to enhance their knowledge of cultural heritage management.

Degree level: One-year master’s programmes in the Netherlands, starting in September 2024. 

Fields of Study

The offered specialisations include programmes such as Applied Museum and Heritage Studies, Colonial and Global History or Cultural History and Heritage, and other related fields that closely align with the needs of the participating countries.

Programme course list

Name institutionName master’s degree programme
Leiden UniversityTrack Heritage and Postcolonial Studies of the MA Colonial and Global HistoryMA Heritage and Museum StudiesMA Arts & Culture (track Museum Studies & track Art History)
Maastricht UniversitySpecialisation Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education of MA Arts and Culture
Reinwardt Academy
(Amsterdam University of the Arts)
MA Applied Museum and Heritage Studies
University of GroningenMA Arts, Cognition & CriticismMA Curatorial StudiesMA History & Heritage Consultancy 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)MA Global History & International StudiesMA Heritage Studies

Scholarship holders are expected to select courses relevant to the purpose of the programme and to seize the opportunity to use their thesis research or internships, where relevant, to research topics relevant to the programme’s goals

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Who can apply?

  • South African national or a permanent resident;
  • Not older than 35 at the time of submitting the application;
  • Hold (at least) a bachelor degree or will obtain a bachelor degree before 1 June 2024 in one of the following fields of study: Art history, heritage studies, museum studies, history, archaeology, or a related field;
  • The master’s programme for which you are applying must be on the Programme Course list and must be full-time during the academic year 2024-2025;

  • You are academically admitted to one of the programmes on the course list, this means:
    • You must have received at least confirmation of your application for academic admission for the selected master’s programme (s) of your choice, at the time of submitting your scholarship application.
    • You are at least conditionally admitted to the master’s programme (s) and you have submitted the (conditional) admission letter at Nuffic (via, not later than Monday 15 April 2024 (14.00 CEST);
    • You are unconditionally admitted and you have informed Nuffic (via, not later than 15 June 2024.
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  • After gaining new knowledge and skills, scholarship recipients must contribute to the museum and heritage field in their country for example by conceptualising exhibitions, conducting provenance research or supporting requests for return of objects currently in Dutch museums.

What the scholarship offers

  • Handling fee;
  • Tuition fee;
  • Travel costs;
  • Visa costs > 90 days;
  • Insurance;
  • Study materials.

How to Apply

Application process

You must apply through the Delta Portal System. Applicants should follow the steps below before applying for this scholarship opportunity.

  1. Check if you meet the programme’s eligibility criteria.
  2. Select a master’s programme from the Programme Course list (max. 3).
  3. Apply for academic admission to the Dutch higher education institution offering the programme(s) of your choice.
  4. Collect all required information and documents and apply for a Cultural Heritage Scholarship. Please note that it is not possible to save during the online application process. Therefore, make sure you have prepared all relevant information and documents in advance when applying online.
  5. Apply in the Delta system using the application instructions (209.4 kB).

Important dates:

  • Feedback to applicants: May 2024
  • The programme starts around 1 September 2024 and ends in September 2025 at the latest.
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For more information about the Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme, please contact

Please note that this opportunity is not offered by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Applicants are required to undertake their own research into programmes and institutions and are responsible for ensuring that the qualifications will be recognised in South Africa by contacting the South African Qualifications Authority and the relevant professional bodies.

If there are any discrepancies in the details provided, the information given by the sponsor supersedes the details provided above. No additional financial support will be provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

More information on the Cultural Heritage Scholarship Programme can be found at


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