Social security and benefits

Social security

If you are an employee of Leiden University you will be insured against illness, maternity, disability, accidents at work and occupational illnesses and unemployment, and you will be covered by the schemes for old age pension, survivor benefit, and child benefit.

In case you are a scholar, or do research on a stipend (and not on payroll), whether or not social security is applicable to you depends on your personal situation. Be aware not all provisions will be available for you. The Sociale Verzekeringsbank (SVB) is the organisation that implements national insurance schemes in the Netherlands. The schemes are:

1. General Old age Pensions Act (AOW)
2. General Surviving Relatives Act (ANW)
3. Exceptional Medical Expenses act (AWBZ)
4. The Health insurance act (ZVW)
5. Child Benefit Act (AKW)
6. Sickness Benefits act (ZW)
7. Work and Income according to labor capacity (WIA)
8. Unemployment Insurance Act (WW)

For any further information please visit the Euraxess website or the SVB website.

Benefits (toeslagen)

If you reside in the Netherlands and have health care insurance, a rented house or children, you may be eligible to a contribution of costs.  This is called ‘a benefit’.

The benefits are:
1. Health care benefit (zorgtoeslag)
2. Child care benefit (kinderopvangtoeslag)
3. Housing benefit (huurtoeslag)
4. Income dependent Child benefit (kindgebonden budget)

You can apply for a benefit online, using DigiD, via the Dutch tax office. Unfortunately all application forms are in Dutch. You can apply for health care benefit, rent benefit and supplementary child benefit for a certain year up to 1 September of the following year. For example, you can apply for a benefit for 2015 until 1 September 2016.

For more information about benefits, please check the website of the Dutch tax office.

Last Modified: 16-02-2016