The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world's brightest students to its international classrooms. As from September 2007, outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. The scholarship equals the tuition fee. Please note that the scholarship cannot be used as a (partial) tuition waiver. The applicant must still pay the full amount of tuition due, and can do this in instalments. Scholarship holders will also receive their grant in monthly instalments.
The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships (AMS) have specifically been designed by the University of Amsterdam to offer talented and hard-working non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to pursue a degree in one of the academic fields covered by the UvA. The AMS programme is highly selective: only applicants with excellent study results and motivation might be eligible to receive a scholarship.
Candidates wishing to take part in the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship programme must meet the following requirements:
The Master’s programme you wish to apply for might set extra requirements such as academic and language requirements.
We have a limited number of scholarships. The best eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the following criteria:
You can submit your AMS application by completing the following steps:
Applications for an AMS scholarship should be submitted no later than 15 January 2024, 23:59 CET.
Please note that this is the final date and no late applications will be accepted.
Only students who have been fully and unconditionally admitted to one of the English-taught, selective Master's programmes of the GSSS can be awarded a scholarship. Students are selected for the AMS on the basis of academic merit. Selection takes place in March. Applicants will be informed no later than mid-May.
A scholarship granted for one academic year cannot be transferred to another academic year. Students who are granted an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship are required to assent to the conditions applying to the scholarship in writing before the scholarship will be remitted.
Please note that the AMS is highly competitive. In 2023 four scholarships were awarded to students of the Graduate School Social Sciences (2.0% of received scholarship applications).
The Graduate School of Social Sciences also participates in the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP). Please note: Research Master's students are exempted from the OKP.
See Orange Knowledge Programme for eligibility and requirements.
Candidates need to be fully accepted in the Master's programme of their choice. They also need to meet the requirements on eligibility as stated on the mentioned website.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will do the selection for the OKP scholarship.
If you (can) meet all the requirements, please apply before 15 January 2024, 23:59 CET the latest.
The GSSS does not offer or administer other scholarships than the ones mentioned here above. There are however many funds and foundations that may be available to our students from particular countries. Students can consult the study abroad office of their home or previous university or the Dutch Embassy in their country of residence.
Students are also advised to consult:
If you wish to apply for a scholarship other than above, please keep in mind the deadlines for application to a programme.
Students who are applying for a scholarship and therefore need early notification of admission, are advised to apply at least 3 months before the desired date of notification, and before applying for the scholarship itself. Please indicate with your application the date by which you need to receive notification. Timely handling will be aimed for but cannot be guaranteed.