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Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

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

Economics and Business provides a limited number of scholarships for highly talented non-EU Master’s applicants with an excellent academic record and involvement in extracurricular activities excellent students.

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


The deadline for this scholarship is: 15 January 2019.

General Criteria

The total amount for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship dedicated to Economics and Business is established annually and the number of scholarships awarded each year is based on that amount.

In order to be considered for the AMS scholarship applicants need to meet the following general criteria:

  • hold a non-EU/EEA passport;
  • not be eligible for support under studiefinanciering, the Dutch system of study grants and loans (for more information, consult the DUO website);
  • have above average academic results;
  • the candidate should not be receiving a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS scholarship;
  • have submitted a complete application to one of the MSc programmes of Economics and Business including a sufficient English test score;
  • be (provisionally) admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at Economics and Business;
  • be enrolled at the UvA as a full-time student for the academic year and the programme for which the scholarship is awarded;
  • be admitted to a Bachelor's or Master's programme at the University of Amsterdam for the first time;
  • be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).

Selection procedure

  1. Applicants should write an AMS motivation letter (use no more than 300 words to tell us your motivation for applying to the scholarship).
  2. Applicants should upload the digital AMS motivation letter in their online application for the MSc programme before 15 January 2019.
  3. Before the end of May 2019, all applicants will be informed of the results by email.

Condition for the continuation of the AMS

Scholarship continuation for subsequent year(s) of study depends upon satisfactory study progress. Because this depends on the curriculum and the rules and regulations of the department, your programme sets the standard for satisfactory progress, and the time and manner in which progress will be measured. Please be advised that you are expected to gain approximately 80% of credits in any one year.