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Mr Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund

Amsterdam Law School

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. To be considered for this scholarship, the Graduate School of Law requires you to be admitted conditionally for the Masters programme of your choice, before applying for this scholarship.

  • Application deadline

    If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to have submitted your 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.

  • Scholarship

    One Mr Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund 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 fund, must meet the following requirements:

    • Before applying for this scholarship, the Amsterdam Graduate School of Law requires you to either:
      1. (in case of a regular master) be conditionally admitted to
      2. (in case of a selective master) have received confirmation from us that your application has been forwarded to the selection committee of

    an English-taught LLM programme starting in September. To make sure you receive confirmation on either of those in time, note that the application deadline for your LLM programme is 1 January if you want to be considered for a scholarship. Please check the general application requirements for the programme of your choice.

    • Be admitted to a Master's programme at the UvA for the first time. The scholarship will not be awarded to candidates who are seeking a second Master's degree, or attending a second Master's programme, at the UvA.
    • Be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).
    • Be enrolled at the UvA as a full-time student for the academic year and programme for which the scholarship is awarded. Scholarship funding is not guaranteed if a candidate changes Master’s programmes.
  • Selection criteria

    All applicants for the Mr Julia Henriëtte  Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund 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 a letter of recommendation from a teacher or academic (thesis) supervisor, and a telephone interview (if needed).
    • 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. 
    • Candidates must not be eligible for financial support from the Dutch government (study financing).
    • Overall quality of the application.

    English proficiency

    The language skills are assessed by taking one of the following tests:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). The minimum TOEFL score required is: 100 iBT, with a minimum of 24 for subscores reading and writing, a minimum of 22 for subscore listening and a minimum of 25 for subscore speaking;
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System). The minimum IELTS score required is 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 for each subscore;
    • Cambridge English Language Assessment: minimum grade C1 Advanced with a minimum score of 190

    The test results may not be more than two years old, calculated from the start date of the English-language Master’s programme in question.

    Please note:

    The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English language proficiency test results that are no more than two years old at the time of your start of the programme.

    Chinese applicants need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL iBT test and request a Nuffic certificate.

    The following students are exempted from the afore-mentioned tests:

    • students who have received their prior education in one of the following English speaking countries: Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States;
    • students who possess an international or European baccalaureate diploma (provided that it is an English-language diploma);
    • students who have completed an English-language study programme (the minimum level is a Bachelor’s programme);
    • students who possess a Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch research university.
  • How to apply?


    1. Complete and submit the Scholarship Application Form below before 15 January 2023.
    2. 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 Academic requirements);
    • 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 (see Selection criteria).

    Please note that incomplete scholarship application files will not be considered.

    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.