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Both UvA and VU University Amsterdam aim to attract the best and the brightest students to their international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for several scholarships: the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship and Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (both offered by UvA) and the VU Fellowship Programme.

UvA and VU

UvA: Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES)

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. The AES programme is highly selective and only awarded to candidates who have both been (provisionally) accepted for the Master’s programme and selected by the AES selection committee. The deadline for this scholarship is: 15 January 2020.

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship

UvA: Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS)

The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS), which covers your full tuition fee + a €3,500 start-up allowance. A limited number of AMS scholarships is available for non-EEA students in the Master's programmes. Last year the top 8 percent of non-EEA MSc students were awarded an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. The deadline for this scholarship: 15 January 2020.

Please ensure that you have checked the regulations for this scholarship and apply via our digital application form in Embark

Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

UvA: Orange Tulip Scholarship

Economics and Business also offers Orange Tulip Scholarship for non-EU Master's students in several countries. The scholarships are administered by the  Nuffic NESO in the countries below, this covers your full tuition fee + a €3,500 start-up allowance. This year the Orange Tulip Scholarship is open for applicants with a Brazilian, Indonesian, Mexican, Russian and South Korean nationality. The application to the scholarship is done via the Neso offices and the application to the progrramme via our  Embark digital application form

The deadline for the scholarship and application to the programme: 15 January 2020.

VU: Fellowship Programme

The VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP) offers talented prospective students the unique opportunity to pursue a degree from a selection of Master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. VU Amsterdam has committed to providing approximately 1 million euro towards attracting highly motivated, excellent students. The deadline for application is set to 15 January 2020.

Other sources of financial aid

  • The Dutch Ministry of Education and Sciences offers scholarships covering costs of living expenses within the framework of cultural agreements between the Netherlands and other countries. Information is available from the Dutch embassy or consulate in your country or via  Grantfinder and the  Nuffic.
  • You can also contact the Ministry for Higher Education in your own country. There may be funds or foundations available for students planning to study abroad. Like the  Colfuturo Scholarship for students from Colombia. 

Student loans for Dutch/EU students

​In certain cases it is possible for Dutch/EU students to receive a monthly student loan from the Dutch government (via DUO). Check their website for further information.

DUO loans