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Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Criteria and conditions for an AES Scholarship at the Faculty of Economics and Business

For highly talented prospective non-EU students with an excellent academic record and involvement in extracurricular activities, the University of Amsterdam offers the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES). If you belong to the top 10% of your class, have a high English proficiency test score and are involved in extracurricular activities, you can apply for the AES.

Please ensure that you have checked the regulations for this scholarship and apply for the MSc programme and AES scholarship simultaneously via Studielink and  the online application form.


The deadline for this scholarship is: 15 January

General criteria

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

  • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under studiefinanciering, the Dutch system of study grants and loans (for more information, consult the DUO website).
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at the University of Amsterdam which is registered in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO). You can apply for the Master's programme and the AES scholarship simultaneously. Your Master's application will be assessed before the AES deadline. In your application, clearly indicate that you are applying for the AES scholarship. 
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to a Master's programme at the UvA for the first time. An AES will not be awarded to candidates who are admitted for 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 the programme for which the scholarship is awarded. Scholarship continuation is not guaranteed when a candidate changes his or her Master’s programme.
  • The candidate should not receive another scholarship for the same period of study as the AES. Notify the UvA if you have been awarded and accepted another scholarship.

Selection criteria

Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field, as evidenced by:

  • the candidate’s academic record. Students from any discipline belonging to the top 10% of graduates from their class can apply;
  • the academic quality of the educational institute where the undergraduate (or graduate) programme has been obtained;
  • a letter of recommendation by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor;
  • the quality of the letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the specific Master’s programme (broader context, relevance for future career);
  • 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: a. TOEFL (internet-based) -  overall score of 100 ( minimum score of 22 in each component); b. IELTS (academic) - overall score of 7.0 (minimum score of 7.0 in each component); c. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - grade A; d. Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE) - grade C; e. native English speakers who have attended an English-language university (eg. in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand) are exempt;
  • the quality of the application as a whole (completeness, accuracy, consistency).

Conditions for continuation of the AES

AES recipients must maintain good academic standing:

  • The scholarship will only be continued if the AES student is making satisfactory progress towards the degree.
  • At the end of the academic year, all of the required credits should have been earned with a grade point average of 8 (out of 10).
  • If the AES recipient decides to cease studying, the AES payments already received must be reimbursed in full.
  • Students who receive the AES for a two-year Master’s programme will be evaluated after one year of study. The scholarship will only be continued for the second year if the AES student has completed all courses of the first year on time and with a grade point average of 8.0.

It is expected that AES recipients will: 

  • participate in activities with AES sponsors.
  • join extracurricular activities and become part of a select community, including the AES alumni network.
  • form a strong international network during their period of study, which will be stimulated by an interesting tailor-made extracurricular programme.
  • AES scholarships may be terminated if the recipient unreasonably refuses to participate in such activities.