Tuition & scholarships

For fellows who enroll in the Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in Governance (GPAC²) in the academic year, starting 1 March, the following tuition is applicable.

Year one:  € 9000
Subsequent years: € 7000 (per year)

The tuition fees include all programme-related costs. It does not include costs associated with  books, specific research costs, travel costs, visa and accommodation.


Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)

The NFP scholarship is specifically targeted at people from 51 home countries to study in The Netherlands. More information is available here.

The NFP scholarship does not offer full funding. The fellowship is intended to complement salary payment of fellows . The fellowship is intended to cover extra expenses such as tuition, rent, visa expenses, travel expenses, insurance and research expenses. The fellowship covers a maximum of 48 months, and it is required to share time between home country and The Netherlands. The fellow can travel to The Netherlands for the GPAC2 workshops and supervisory meetings, and Nuffic offers a fixed amount to add to the travel expenses.

How to apply:

  1. The candidate should request academic acceptance to the GPAC2 programme first (fill out the GPAC2 application form fully), to allow Maastricht University / MGSOG-UNU-MERIT to process the application. You cannot obtain the NFP fellowship if we do not accept you in the GPAC2 programme.
  2. The candidate needs to verify he/she is fully eligible for the NFP fellowship and collect the required information and documents. The candidate can apply for NFP for PhD fellows (NFP-PhD) starting 1 September 2016, using the programme Atlas via this link (, choosing the option PhD studies. The application for the Nuffic fellowship needs to be completed before 4 Oktober 2016. (please note this is 3 weeks before the GPAC2 programme deadline). Please keep your copy passport, Employer statement, Government statement and (if you have) admission letter.
  3. The UM will nominate candidates to Nuffic, before 3 November.
  4. Nuffic and local Dutch embassies will further deal with the applications. The UM will be informed on the outcome, and if successful we will inform the candidate and financially arrange the scholarship distribution.

Other Scholarships

Currently, UNU-MERIT/Maastricht Graduate School of Governance does not offer scholarships for joining the GPAC2 programme.

In case you wish to apply for scholarships, we gladly assist you in this effort after you have been accepted in the programme, with recommendations and proof of enrollment. Before you have been accepted in the programme, we can only indicate that you have applied for the programme, and confirm your eligibility to participate in a PhD programme to the funding institute. However, we cannot offer letters of acceptance or letters of recommendation.

You can find a list of scholarships at the following website:

USA Students

Students from the USA are now entitled to use the USA direct loan system when they apply to Maastricht University education programmes. This concerns BA, MA and PhD students. For more information, please visit :