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Emergency Fund

Last modified on 21-07-2022 17:08
If you are a UvA student or PhD candidate facing financial difficulties because of an emergency, you can apply to the Emergency Fund for assistance.
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The assistance provided by the Emergency Fund is intended for students or doctoral candidates with limited financial means. You must be making sufficient progress with your study and the situation must be acute, incidental, of limited scope and resolvable.

Emergency situations

The purpose of the Emergency Fund is to alleviate emergency situations that are:

  • acute - they cannot be resolved via other means (student finance, the graduation fund or special assistance) at the time of the occurrence of the emergency situation
  • not repeated, permanent or structural emergency situations
  • limited in scope (no large sums of money are involved)
  • resolvable - one-off assistance will make a realistic and effective solution possible.

The financial assistance provided is a gift that needn't be repaid.

How to apply

If you'd like to apply for assistance from the Emergency Fund, make an appointment to see a student counsellor. The student counsellor will submit an application and supporting documents to a committee of 3 other student counsellors, who will check that the application meets the fund criteria and assess whether or not it can be approved. Applications for incidental assistance will be dealt with in just one week.

Emergency Fund for Surinamese students

Each year, a maximum of 5 grants of €300 per month are made available to Surinamese students who, through no fault of their own, are finding it difficult to pay for their studies. These grants are awarded for a period of no more than 8 months. Their aim is to promote study progress, which will make it easier for students to apply for funds from private institutions. The following factors will be taken into consideration during the selection process: study progress, the expected graduation date and other income.

The application deadline for Surinamese students will be around 1 November 2022. This page will be updated and an online form made available closer to this time.


Student counsellors

You can contact the student counsellors for a confidential conversation about your personal situation and your study progress. Please check our conditions for guidance here.

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