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Summer Programme Scholarships

Scroll through our list of scholarships: check your eligibility and follow the instructions listed below each opportunity to apply. It is only possible to apply for one scholarship per applicant per summer, and scholarships cannot be combined.

  • First Generation Scholarship

    Application deadline: Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2020. 

    Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be the first person in their family to have the opportunity to attend university and who do not have the financial means to attend our summer programmes without a scholarship. Our definition of first generation scholar is someone who's parents have not undertaken university/community college education after high school. The scholarship is only eligible for university-level summer programmes. Applicants for these scholarships must download, fill out, and sign the declaration of eligibility. Your application is incomplete without this document (linked at the end of this section). 

    Qualifying programmes: All university-level summer programmes organised by the Summer Programmes Office at the Graduate School of Social Sciences. 

    Scholarship value: This scholarship covers all of the tuition fees for the programme. Travel and accommodation expenses at own cost. 

    Number of available scholarships: There are a total of 10 First Generation Scholarships available for summer 2020. 

    How to apply: When applying via the online application system on our website, please indicate this opportunity in the scholarship field. In addition, please write a personal statement in addition to the letter of motivation required. The personal statement must include: 

    • In 400-500 words please describe how being awarded the First Generation Scholarship would benefit you academically, professionally, and/or personally and give us insight into your reasons for applying for this scholarship. 
    • Be sure to attach the completed Declaration of Eligibility (downloadable below). Without this declaration, your application will be incomplete.
    • Upload your Personal Statement, Declaration of Eligibility, and Letter of Motivation as one (merged) PDF document when you apply via our online application portal. 

    Selection criteria: Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the quality of their application as a whole (completeness, accuracy and consistency). Candidates should pay specific attention to the following selection criteria:

    • The quality of the letter of motivation in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the summer programme they are applying to
    • The quality of the personal statement in which the candidate clearly explains the broader context and relevance of the course for future personal, professional and/or academic goals.

    It is a plus if a candidate also:

    • Clearly formulates goals or research questions indicating topics of interest the applicant wishes to explore further during their summer programme
    • Formulates plans for knowledge sharing and/or community impact after the programme
    • Has had few or no prior international/study-abroad opportunities.

    Questions: If you have any questions about eligibility requirements, or about this scholarship in general, please email summer-info-gsss@uva.nl.

    Declaration of Eligibility
  • UvA Student Scholarship

    Are you a current UvA student with an interest in international education, and innovative academic programmes? Look no further: apply for a UvA Student Scholarship today!

    Application deadline: Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2020

    Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be a current student at the University of Amsterdam, and currently studying (or recently finished studying) in a related programme. The Student Scholar must be available in the month before the start of the programme, and the duration of the programme itself. Below is an overview of qualifying programmes.

    Qualifying programmes: All university-level summer programmes organized by the Summer Programmes Office at the Graduate School of Social Sciences. The following programmes are no longer accepting scholarship applications: 

    • The Politics of Suspicion
    • Activism and Social Change
    • Economics: Markets and Society
    • Mindfulness and Compassion-based Interventions
    • Urban Studies: Planning and Living in Cities
    • Building Brands and Influencing Behaviour 
    • Machine Learning for the Social and Behavioural Sciences 

    Scholarship value: This scholarship covers all academic fees for the programme to which you are applying.

    Description: Student Scholars apply for a hybrid position in the programme of their choice. They receive a full scholarship to study in the programme, and in addition to attending all class sessions, they also assist with the smooth-running of the programme. As a Student Scholar, you will work closely with the Summer Programmes Office and the Academic Director(s) to ensure the programme is a success. You will also act as a local reference for your international classmates, and help them feel more at home while they are in Amsterdam.

    How to apply: When applying via the online application system on our website, please indicate this opportunity in the scholarship field. In addition, please expand on the required personal statement (visit the How to apply page on each programme website for more details) the ways in which this programme and scholarship would benefit you academically, professionally, and/or personally. Be sure to list any relevant experience in planning academic events/programmes, and give us a clear picture of how you will fit in to the programme to which you are applying, and our team.

    Questions? Get in touch with us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl

  • Summer Programmes Travel Grant

    Application deadline: Regular admissions deadline: 1 April 2020.

    Eligibility requirements: The Amsterdam University Fund is sponsoring partial scholarships to help students cover the cost of travelling to Amsterdam. Applicants must live outside of the Netherlands in order to be eligible.

    Qualifying programmes: All university level Summer Programmes (excludes Pre-University Honours Programmes and Internal Candidates to the Comprehensive Introduction to Research Methodology and Design)

    Scholarship value: €400 tuition fee reduction. If accepted, the amount will be deducted from your tuition fee upon payment.

    Description: The AUF provides 12 scholarships valued at €400 to help cover the cost of travel to the Netherlands for international students. Priority will be given to University of Amsterdam alumni residing in countries outside the Netherlands.

    How to apply: When applying via the online application system, please indicate this opportunity in the scholarship section. Please write a one-page addendum to your motivation letter which states why you need the travel grant in order to participate in the summer programme.

    Questions? Get in touch with us at summer-info-gsss@uva.nl

  • Summer Programmes Alumni Discount

    Description: Have you participated in a summer programme organized through our office before? If so, we'd be excited to welcome your application for another of our programmes! The alumni discount is valid for all summer programmes alumni (students and professionals) who would like to continue their education with us in Amsterdam. 

    Qualifying programmes: All university level summer programmes organised by the Summer Programmes Office at the Graduate School of Social Sciences. 

    Number of available discounts: 1 per alumn. Cannot be combined with other scholarships. 

    Scholarship value: €250 tuition fee reduction. If accepted, the amount will be deducted from your tuition fee upon payment.

    How to apply: In your letter of motivation, please mention the name of the previous programme you attended, and the year. If you are admitted for the programme to which you are applying, the Alumni Discount will be deducted from your tuition fees. 

  • LERU / U21 Partner University Scholarship

    Limited number of scholarships remaining for summer 2020 awarded on a first-come-first-served basis. 

    Application deadline: Early Admissions Deadline: 1 February 2020. We recommend that students from partner universities apply by the Early Admissions deadline of 1 February should they require extra documents/information about the programme for registering credits at their home university. 

    Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be current, full-time, students (at the time of application) registered at a LERU or U21 University. Please see the LERU and U21 websites to see if your university qualifies.

    Qualifying programmes: All university level Summer Programmes organized by the Summer Programmes Office at the Graduate School of Social Sciences (excludes Pre-University Honours Programmes).

    Scholarship value: € 500 tuition fee reduction. The amount of available scholarships is limited. If accepted, the amount will be deducted from your tuition fee upon payment.

    Description: If your home university is a member of the League of European Research Universities or the Universitas 21, then you are eligible to apply. Students from Dutch universities on this list are not elligible for scholarships.

    How to apply: When applying via the online application system, please indicate this opportunity in the scholarship section. The Summer Programmes Office GSSS will then be able to submit your application to the U21/LERU scholarship fund. The final decision on granting these scholarships is made by the UvA following the acceptance of the candidates into the summer programmes. If successful, the scholarship will be deducted from your tuition.

  • Social Media Scholarship

    Description: The social media scholarship is a €400 tuition fee reduction in exchange for content collection and creation about your experience as a summer programmes student. The scholarship receivers will report in a form that suits them and their skills. Examples include; photography, videography and/or writing/blogging (in English). Are you excited about social media in general or do you feel at home behind a camera? Then this is a great opportunity for you!  

    Application deadline: Regular admission deadline: 1 April 2020. 

    Qualifying programmes: All university level summer programmes organised by the Summer Programmes Office at the Graduate School of Social Sciences. 

    Number of available scholarships: 3 Scholarships with a value of €400 each. 

    How to apply: To apply for this scholarship, please write personal statement of one-page in which you introduce yourself and describe relevant skills and experiences in addition to your programme specific letter of motivation. Shortly discuss your ideas for the ways in which you would like to report on your programme during the summer and include a link to your online portfolio, Instagram page and/or blog.

  • FWOS Scholarship

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: TBA 2020. Only applicable for applicants to the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society. Please note this scholarship requires a 2-step application process: both to our office, and to FWOS.

    Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be Dutch nationals OR full-time residents in the Netherlands. Applicants must be current PhD, Master's student, or researcher with an NGO, researching a topic related to human sexuality.

    Qualifying programmes: The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

    Scholarship value: Final scholarship value to be determined by FWOS, with a maximum value of €3000

    Description: The Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Seksualiteit (FWOS)  is offering two scholarships (with maximum value of €3000 per scholarship) to researchers in the field of sexuality studies. For a full description, please visit the FWOS website. An English description follows the Dutch.

    How to apply: When applying via the online application system, please indicate this opportunity in the scholarship section so we are aware that you are applying. Visit the FWOS website and download, fill out, and submit the application form. The link to the form can be found underneath the scholarship criteria.

  • Middle East - North Africa Scholarship (MENA/MSP) | Closed for summer 2020

    All available MENA/MSP scholarships have already been awarded for summer 2020. 

    Application deadline: Friday 18 October 2019 for Summer 2020 programmes

    Eligibility requirements: Applicants must be professionals (with a maximum age of 45) who are nationals of (and living and working) one of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, and Syria*.

    • *MENA/MSP is not currently open to students applying from Syria. Applicants with Syrian nationality may apply if they are residing and working in one of the other countries listed above.

    Qualifying programmes:

    Scholarship value: Total Scholarship value determined by the MENA committee, and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    Description:  The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Scholarship Programme (or MSP) offers scholarships to professionals from ten countries. The scholarships can be used for short courses in the Netherlands. The programme is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The main aim of the MSP is to contribute to democratic transition in the selected countries. It also aims at building capacity within organisations, by enabling employees to take part in short courses in the Netherlands.

    How to apply: While scholarships are awarded to individuals, the need for training must be demonstrated in the context of the organisation for which the applicant works. The training must help the organisation develop its capacity. This means that employers must nominate an applicant and motivate his or her application in a supporting letter.

    The application procedure is as follows:

    1. Ensure that you meet the minimum requirements for the MSP scholarship
    2. Complete the online application located on our How to apply webpage (refer to the list on the top of this page). Make sure to include these extra documents: 
      - A completed Employer Statement (see the below example for the correct format)
      - A Government Statement (if necessary – check here to see if you are required to complete a Government Statement. If required for your country, see the below example for the correct format for the statement).
    3. Apply via Delta, the Dutch Government's application portal. Submit the same documents.
    4. In December 2019, you will be notified the results of the scholarship selection. Please understand that the University of Amsterdam does not decide the results of the scholarship selection.

    Please note that an Employer Statement is a mandatory document in the application process. Please attach the completed Employer Statement at the end of your letter of motivation (in one, merged PDF). Please use the below letter templates for the Employer Statement and the Government Statement (if necessary).

    MENA Employer Statement form MENA Government Statement form
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