L-EARN for Impact Scholarship for Developing Countries

The L-EARN for Impact Scholarship is open to individuals from developing countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts, applying to a Master’s degree programme.


Application deadline: Sunday, 1 March 2020

  • The scholarship amounts between € 10,000 – € 22,000 for maximum 12 months;
  • For non-EEA students the faculty will also provide a tuition fee waiver that covers the difference between the non-EEA tuition fee and the EEA tuition fee

For whom?

  • Your nationality is from a Developing Country according to the list of the World Bank;
  • You have recent relevant work experience after earning a Bachelor’s degree;
  • You are a prospective student, starting your studies in the academic year 2020/2021;
  • You are applying for a full-time master’s programme at RSM;
  • You meet the specific requirements of the programme you are applying for;
  • You do not already have a degree from an educational institution in the Netherlands (excluding exchange programmes in the Netherlands).

In principle, a fair distribution of scholarships over the various programmes will take place. This principle may be deviated from and priority may be given to applicants for certain programmes. Additionally, the school may strive for a certain distribution over the continents.

Selection criteria

  • Prospective students for the MSc programmes at RSM need to meet all minimum requirements including GMAT and English proficiency when applying;
  • Excellence for applicants with a Bachelor of Science from non-Dutch universities is proven if the average grade over the entire programme at the time of application is at least the equivalent of the Dutch grade of 8.0 on the Dutch grading scale 1 – 10. The Scholarship Committee will decide on the local grade equivalents for the Dutch grade of 8.0 using the grade information included in (a.o.) the Nuffic country modules.
  • By accepting this scholarship, you agree to start your visa procedure before 1 June 2020. RSM holds the right to cancel your scholarship if you have not started your visa procedure and holds the right to offer the scholarship to a student on the waiting list.

Application procedure

First step is to register for the Master programme in Studielink. Once you have registered yourself, you will receive a link to our Online Application Form (OLAF).

Required documents:

  • A scholarship application letter in OLAF of maximum 1 A4 size page, including the following information: an explanation why you would need a scholarship, comprising a description of your current financial situation; an explanation why you would deserve a scholarship, comprising a description of academic excellence and if applicable other merits;
  • A budget plan using this template;
  • If applicable: certified copies of other scholarships granted

Please note that we can only take a scholarship application into consideration if it is complete and meets all of the requirements. This includes a GMAT score, English language test results, a scholarship application letter and a budget plan.


Applicants can apply starting from 1 October 2019 until 1 March 2020.

Applicants for MSc International Management/CEMS should apply before 31 January 2020.


The scholarship will be awarded on 30 April 2020.

Practical information

The RSM Scholarship Committee can be contacted through email via scholarships@rsm.nl

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