FAQ Education Programs


What is the application process for a U.S. student interested in applying for a NAF/Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands?
The Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York processes applications. There is a single application form for all grants for graduate study abroad. Applications and guidelines are available online at IIE.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
Students currently enrolled in an institution of higher education in the United States can identify their on-campus Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) at Fulbright Program Adviser.

At-large applicants (applicants who are not enrolled in an institution when they submit their applications) may obtain materials from IIE regional centers.

All applicants should review the detailed instructions on the application brochure.
All applications must be submitted to IIE’s New York Office by October 23 in order to qualify for awards for the next academic year. Enrolled students should be aware that their applications must be submitted to their adviser by the campus deadline and may not be submitted directly to IIE.

IIE forwards selected applicants to the NAF for review by its Education Committee in mid-March of each year. Selected applicants are notified in mid-April of each year.

The application period for the 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Program will open May 1, 2015. The deadline for applications will be on or around October 14, 2015. New application materials for each year’s Fulbright competition are available annually on May 1.

What is the application process for a Dutch student interested in applying for a NAF/Fulbright Fellowship to study in the United States?

Visit the Fulbright Center in Amsterdam at www.fulbright.nl for information on the application process, deadlines, etc.

For questions about the Fulbright program, NAF/ Fulbright grants, contact Linda Pietersen at the Fulbright Center at l.pietersen@fulbright.nl.


What is the difference between an educational loan and a grant?
Grants are not required to be paid back, but NAF interest-free educational loans must be paid back within three years of the date the loan is originally given.

Does the NAF’s loan program support undergraduate study?
The NAF does not award loans for individual undergraduate study.

Do you have a geographical focus?
Only U.S. citizens may apply for a NAF study loan to study in the Netherlands, and only Dutch citizens may apply for study in the United States.

How do I apply for a study loan?
Please visit NAF STUDY LOAN PROGRAM for guidelines and application.

How much tuition assistance is available?
The maximum loan amount for a year of academic study or research is $20,000 (Maarten van Hengel Education Loan Program), $15,000 (Mark Pigott Education Fund Loan–available only for NAF-Fulbright Fellows) or $10,000 (NAF Education Loan Program) and for a summer program $2,000. The maximum loan amount for a year of advanced training is $3,000.

Is there a timeframe for using the assistance?
If you are approved for a loan, it must be used fully during the academic year requested.

What are the loan program criteria that I must follow to be considered?
Academic Program: Priority will be given to students pursuing study or research in an advanced academic degree program (e.g. Masters or Doctoral degree) at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Trainees Program: If funds are available, the NAF will consider requests from individuals who are enrolled in a course, or courses, with the intent of developing a skill or specific technical expertise. The course of study must culminate with the award of a diploma or certificate.

In either case, the student must provide evidence of having been accepted by an academic or training program before the loan is awarded. Only in exceptional circumstances will the Education Committee award a second loan to an individual be considered in a subsequent year.

Do you provide education funding for summer pre-doctoral research or language programs?
Students attending summer programs as part of their graduate education may also apply.

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