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This scholarship is meant for exceptionally talented and motivated students, from within and outside the EEA, who wish to pursue a full-time LLM at the Amsterdam Graduate School of Law, starting in September. Selection is based on (undergraduate) academic records and motivation. Students who apply must belong to the top 10% of their class.
  • Application 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.

  • Trudie Vervoort-Jaarsma

    Trudie Vervoort-Jaarsma studied psychology at the UvA in the 1960s. Her parents were high-profile jurists in Surabaya in the former Dutch East Indies. The two funds established from her bequest commemorate her mother, a successful lawyer who amassed a substantial share of the family's wealth, and her own daughter, who also studied psychology at the UvA and who died at a young age. Believing travel to be vital in students' academic training, she designated the scholarship specifically for this purpose. (See also:, text only available in Dutch, so please feel free to translate)

  • Scholarship

    One Mr. Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Scholarship will be awarded every academic year. If the scholarship recipient is a non-EU citizen, the scholarship grant covers approximately €16.500 for non-EU tuition fees and €8.500 for living expenses. If the scholarship is awarded to an EU citizen, the scholarship will be €12.000, covering  approximately €2.100 for the tuition fee and €9.900 for living expenses.

  • Requirements

    Candidates wishing to apply for a scholarship from the Mr. Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Scholarship must meet the following requirements:

    • Have a non-Dutch nationality.
    • 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. This Scholarship 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 a (conditionally) accepted candidate, who will complete his/her enrolment by 1 September.

  • Selection criteria

    All applicants for the Mr. Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Scholarship will be subject to strict selection criteria. These criteria are as follows:

    • Excellent grades during the undergraduate programme: A minimum GPA*, comparable to:
      • 3.7 (USA);
      • First class honours/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.
    • Students must belong to the top 10% of their class and provide proof by submitting a formal statement from the dean or examinations board. 
    • The academic quality of the university where the undergraduate degree was obtained will be taken into account.
    • 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.
    • Candidates must be able to demonstrate participation in certain extracurricular activities such as university/student committees, experience abroad, sports, or music at a high level, or voluntary experience. 
    • Overall quality of the application.
    • If needed, a telephone interview may be part of the selection process.
  • How to apply?


    1. Submit your complete LLM application before 1 January.
    2. Submit the 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;
    • Statement of your dean confirming that you belong to the top 10% of your class/year;
    • 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;
    • CV, including a description of extracurricular activities such as participation in student committees, international experience, sports or music at a high level or volunteer work;
    • 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 Jaarsma and the AMS Scholarships, you will be able to indicate this in the Scholarschip 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.