Scholarships Fontys ACI


Fontys Academy for Creative Industries (ACI) awards a limited amount of scholarships to students from countries other than those of the European Economic Area (EEA).

We offer two different type of scholarships, only for students who have applied for one of our study programmes: Marketing Management - Digital Business Concepts or International Lifestyle Studies. Please note: The scholarships do not cover your whole tuition fee but it is a onetime payment. The amounts are mentioned below.

Holland Scholarship Programme

The Holland Scholarship is subsidized by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. The purpose of the scholarship is to support excellent non-EU students during their first year of studies. Each academic year ACI hands out three of these scholarships.

To be eligible for the Holland Scholarship Programme you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Your nationality is non-EEA
  • You do not have a degree from an education institution in the Netherlands
  • You start with one of our 4-year Bachelor Programmes as a regular, degree seeking student
  • You have achieved excellent secondary school results with a grade point average of 75% or higher

More information on the Holland Scholarship Programme can be found here.


ACI Creative Mind Scholarship

The ACI Creative Mind Scholarship is an ACI specific scholarship. The scholarship amounts to € 3,000. The purpose of the scholarship is to support young, creative minds during their study period at ACI. Each academic year ACI hands out three of these scholarships. For the ACI Creative Mind Scholarship students of all study years can apply.  

To be eligible for the ACI Creative Mind Scholarship you have to meet the following criteria:

  • Your nationality is non-EEA
  • You do not have a degree from an education institution in the Netherlands
  • You have to be enrolled as a regular student for one of ACI’s study programmes
  • You can demonstrate that you have a creative mind and focus**
  • For applicants of higher study years (years 2, 3 and 4): You do not have any study delay (all courses passed so far). There are no negative entries in your student file

** Creative Mind & Focus
The Creative Industry has attracted your attention. Tell us why and convince us that you are the perfect match for one of our creative study programmes. What does creativity actually mean to you? Who or what inspires you? What’s the Creative Industry like in your home country? You decide in what way you’d like to convince us of your creative mind & focus. Keep it short (no longer than two minutes or one A4) and make sure that your motivation is accessible online.

Application procedure

  • To apply, you have to be registered in Studielink for one of our bachelor's programmes Marketing Management - Digital Business Concepts or International Lifestyle Studies.
  • Once you have registered you will receive an e-mail from the Student Service Desk including information regarding scholarships at Fontys Academy for Creative Industries.
  • You can already prepare your application, including your motivation letter, CV, grade records and in case of the ACI Creative Mind Scholarship your demonstration of your creative mind and focus.
  • Application deadline for both scholarships is the 15th of June in each year.
  • An assessment committee will examine all applications and decide to whom the scholarships will be granted.
  • Even if you fulfil all application criteria, there is no guarantee that you will be awarded a scholarships as scholarships are limited in number.
  • Allocation of scholarships is only possible if your enrolment is complete.
  • Payment of scholarships will be done in October.
  • You can only apply for one scholarship. In your application, make sure to mention for which of the two scholarships you are applying.