The Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague of Erasmus University is an international postgraduate school and one of the oldest and largest centres for the comparative study of social, political and economic development.

Students come from government, NGOs, universities and private companies, as well as some directly from their previous studies. The staff is drawn from around 30 countries from all over the world. The multicultural community at the ISS offers an excellent learning environment both inside and outside the classroom, in which students can gain from each other's diverse experience.

Eligible programme

Development Studies (master's programme)

In this master's programme you will learn about the most recent theories and debates in your area of specialisation. You will learn to apply this knowledge to practical issues of development and social change. Majors on offer:

  • Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies
  • Economics of Development
  • Governance and Development Policy
  • Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives
  • Social Policy for Development
  • Governance of Migration and Diversity

Please refer to the programme's web page for more information

Scholarship details

Scholarships available

2 scholarships per country, for students from:

  • India
  • Indonesia

Value of the scholarship

Tuition fee: € 7,000

Duration of scholarship

Entire duration of the studies


Academic requirement

Bachelor's degree in one of the social sciences or equivalent, compromising at least 3 years studies at a recognised university or institute of higher education.

Applicants must have obtained at least class 2.2 (Lower Second), B or equivalent, but preferably class 2.1 (Upper Second), B+ or equivalent.

For more information, see the academic requirements on the ISS website.

English level

  • TOEFL iBT minimum score: 92
  • IELTS minimum score: 6.5

Working experience needed?

Professional experience relevant to the Major which the applicant wishes to study is normally expected and is a preference for admission.

More information

Contact person


How to apply

Application deadline

1 April 2023

Documentation to provide

  • Budget plan
  • ISS admission letter

Terms and conditions

By applying for OTS you agree to the Orange Tulip Scholarship terms and conditions.

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