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The University of Amsterdam (UvA) aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the EU/EEA can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS). For the academic year 2024-2025, one (1) scholarship of €19.030,- will be available.
  • Deadline

    If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to have submitted your complete LLM application (including all required documents) before 1 January. The deadline for submitting the intake form for the scholarship and all scholarship related documents is 15 January.

  • Requirements

    Candidates wishing to apply for an AMS scholarship must meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (Studiefinanciering; for more information please refer to The scholarship office should be notified as soon as possible throughout the academic year of any change in nationality, type of residence permit, and/or possible support via Studiefinanciering.
    • Apply to a Master's programme at the UvA for the first time. AMS will not be awarded to candidates who are seeking a second Master's degree at the UvA.
    • Be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).
    • Enrol at the UvA as a full-time student for the academic year and programme for which the scholarship is awarded. This scholarship can only be awarded to applicants of:
      • International and European Law
      • European Private Law
      • Law & Finance
      • International Criminal Law

    Please note that you do not need to have received your admission decision at the time of the AMS deadline. However, the AMS will only be awarded to an (conditionally) accepted candidate, who will complete his/her enrolment by 1 September.

  • Selection criteria

    Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of their academic merit.

    • Minimum GPA*, comparable to:
      • 3.7 (USA);
      • First class honors/upper division  (British system));
      • Cum laude (Dutch system) or 8+ (Dutch EC-system, 10-point scale)
        * If you obtained a non-legal bachelor that gives admission to the LLM programme of your choice, we only include the law courses in the calculation of your GPA
      • The quality of the letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the specific Master’s programme and the relevance of obtaining this scholarship;
      • Talent for academic research will be proven by means of two letters of recommendation from a teacher or academic (thesis) supervisor.
      • Your CV.
      • Overall quality of the application
  • How to apply?
    1. Submit your complete LLM application before 1 January.
    2. Submit the complete scholarship application Form below before 15 January 2024.
    3. Upload the following required documents in your scholarship application form:
    • Academic records: certified transcripts (and diploma if you have already finished your degree), including your GPA (see Selection criteria);
    • Two letters of recommendation by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor;
    • CV;
    • Letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) in which you explain the reasons for choosing the specific Master’s programme (broader context, relevance for future career) and the importance of receiving the scholarship;
    • Proof of English proficiency (as uploaded in your LLM application).

    Please note that incomplete scholarship applications will not be considered.

    If you wish to apply for both the AMS and the Jaarsma scholarships, you will be able to indicate this in the scholarship application form.

    You will be informed about the decision of the Selection Committee of the Amsterdam Law School by the end of May.

    Scholarship application form


Specific questions may be sent via email to the Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School.