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The Netherland-America Foundation (NAF) provides interest-free loans to eligible Dutch or American students and professionals enrolling in advanced studies (post-baccalaureate) coursework or research at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States or the Netherlands respectively. The NAF Education Committee reviews loan applications annually. The annual deadline to submit an application is April 15th (end of day). Late submissions will not be reviewed. All loan applications must be completed in English.

Awardees can receive 1 type of loan out of the 4 types offered:

  • Maarten van Hengel Study Loan: Applicants must demonstrate a record of superior academic accomplishment. Applicants may apply for up to $20,000.
  • Mark Pigott Education Fund Loan: Dutch and American NAF-Fulbright Fellows are eligible to apply for up to $15,000 to supplement their NAF-Fulbright grants.
  • NAF Study Loan: Study loans available up to $20,000 for a year of academic study or research.
  • Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust Loan: Applicants must demonstrate a record of superior academic accomplishment and leadership capabilities. Applicants may apply for up to $10,000.

During completion of this application, you will be asked to include the following documents:

  • Proof of identity: Upload a scan of your passport, driver’s license or identity card.
  • Proof of residency: This includes a scan of a utility bill or anything that verifies your residence.
  • Current resume/CV
  • Copy of grades/transcript
  • Proof of admission: Upload a scan of your offer of admission to an academic program in the United States or the Netherlands.
  • Two professional recommendation letters: As the applicant, you only need to supply the email address of the reference, who will receive a separate email with instructions for submitting their letter. Letters of recommendation must be written by someone able to attest to the applicant’s academic record and potential within his/her field of study (e.g., former professor, academic advisor, or employer). Personal references are not accepted. Reference letters are due by April 30. If the reference letter is not received by then, the application is incomplete and therefore ineligible for consideration.
  • Budget: A table will be included in this application for you to list your estimated budget for the duration of your study program, including sources of income and expenses. This helps the Education Committee understand how you plan to fund your studies.
  • Statement of purpose: In no more than 2 pages, briefly state your goals for the period of the loan. How will achieving these goals further your academic or professional development? Why is it important to go abroad to carry out the proposed study program?
  • Information for guarantors: A guarantor is an individual who promises to pay a borrower's debt in the event that the borrower defaults on their loan obligation. This program requires one guarantor for loans up to $10,000 and two guarantors for loans up to $20,000. You will also have to provide proof of residence for each guarantor. At the end of this application, please submit a scan of you and your guarantor(s) signatures as acceptance of the terms of agreement.

Applicants will be notified of their award status in mid-May and are subject to a credit check and verification.

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