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On Thursday, 11 October, the UvA held a special ceremony in the Aula to honour this year’s UvA scholarship recipients.

Scholarship recipients October 2018

The students attending this special evening in the Aula included recipients of the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship, the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship, the Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship, the Orange Tulip Scholarship and the Holland Scholarship.

Tomorrow’s future

In her opening speech, UvA president Geert ten Dam welcomed the new scholarship students to the university and thanked the scholarship funding partners and ambassadors for their generosity in making these scholarships possible. Ten Dam also spoke to the scholarship recipients about their future importance to the UvA and society at large.

The president advised the recipients to focus on their studies but also take the time to reach out to fellow students and participate in the many extracurricular activities on offer. These, the president said, are part of a university education and will enrich their time at the UvA.

Geert ten Dam speaks at Scholarship Ceremony
Prof. Geert ten Dam, UvA President (Credits: Monique Kooijmans/UvA)

Sharing knowledge across borders

Camila Puig, Master’s student in Archival and Information Studies and recipient of an AES Scholarship, gave a speech in which she highlighted the value of her scholarship within today’s political and academic world. She said, ‘The AES is a celebration of the value of sharing knowledge across borders, which is extremely important in our current global situation where an increasing number of politicians are calling for more strict national divisions.’ 

Saumya Joshi AMS Scholarship
Saumya Joshi (credits: Monique Kooijmans/UvA)

Scholarship recipients

Saumya Joshi, an AMS recipient from India who is doing a Master’s in Economics said she appreciated the way UvA professors are both knowledgeable and approachable, which allows for good class discussions because students are encouraged to speak up and look critically at each topic.

Oakley Haight AES Scholarship
Oakley Haight (credits: Monique Kooijmans/UvA)

Oakley Haight, an AES recipient and Research Master’s student in Cultural Analysis, shared that through his studies he hopes to help make academia more accessible. ‘I’ve done field work in the Middle East, North America and Europe, and I’m interested in moving academia out of its ivory tower into the diverse context of knowledge production.


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. For that reason, it has established several scholarship programmes specifically designed to offer talented and motivated international students the opportunity to pursue a degree at the UvA.