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Amsterdam Law School

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Amsterdam Law School

AES application deadline

It is no longer possible to apply for the AES scholarship for the academic year 2019-2020, the deadline of 15 January has passed.

Application deadline for the academic year 2020-2021 is 15 January 2020.


Candidates wishing to apply for an AES scholarship of €25.000,- must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (Studiefinanciering; for more information please refer to The scholarship office should be notified as soon as possible throughout the academic year of any change in nationality, type of residence permit, and/or possible support via Studiefinanciering.
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to an English-taught LLM programme at the Amsterdam Law School. 
    Please check the general application requirements for the programme of your choice.
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to a Master's programme at the UvA for the first time. AES 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.
  • Not be in receipt of another scholarship for the same period of study as the AES. Students must notify the scholarships office if another scholarship has been awarded and accepted.

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:

  • Minimum GPA, comparable to:
    • 3.7 (USA);
    • First class degree (UK);
    • Cum laude (Dutch system) or 8+ (Dutch EC-system, 10-point scale)
  • The candidate’s academic records. LLB (or LLM) students belonging to the top 10% of graduates from their class can apply;
  • The academic quality of the educational institute from which the undergraduate or previous graduate programme has been obtained;
  • Two letters 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 commissions, international experience, sports or music at a high level or volunteer work;
  • Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL (internet-based) - score of 100 (with a minimum score of 25 for reading and listening skills and 24 for speaking and wirting skills. TOEFL ITP scores are not accepted). IELTS (academic) - overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components) - Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A (Important: this is a higher score than is required for admission to the Amsterdam Law School) - Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C. Only native English speakers who have attended an English-language university (eg. in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand) are exempt

* Please note:

1. That a waiver received during the application for a LLM programme is not valid for the AES scholarship;
2. The required IELTS subscores are higher than required for admission to your LLM programme.

  • The quality of the application as a whole (completeness, accuracy, consistency).

How to apply?

Submit your scholarship application and Master's application by completing the following steps:

  1. You start your application for a Master's programme. For instructions on how to apply for a Master's programme, please go to Application & Admission of the master’s programme of your choice.
  2. In your MyInfo application form for the Master's programmes you will find the option ‘apply for a scholarship’. Tick this box. You will then receive an email message from the Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School with further information about the scholarship.
  3. You send send the following required application documents:
  • 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
  • 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 Academic requirements).

The above mentioned documents must be received before 15 January 2020 as hard copies to

University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Law School
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 1030
NL-1000 BA Amsterdam
The Netherlands

For registered post:
University of Amsterdam
Admissions Office Amsterdam Law School
Valckenierstraat 59
1018 XE Amsterdam
The Netherlands

The selection committee of the Amsterdam Law School will decide whether you will be pre-selected for an AES and nominated to the AES UvA selection committee. Candidates who are awarded an AES scholarship will be contacted in the Spring.

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.


Specific questions may be emailed to the Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School.

Admissions Office

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