Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

On this page:

  • Scholarships for excellent students
  • Requirements for eligibility
  • Application

Scholarships for excellent students

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).


Amsterdam Merit Scholarship 2013 recipients

Requirements for eligibility

Candidates wishing to take part in the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship programme must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support understudiefinanciering, the Dutch system of study grants and loans (for more information, visit the DUO website). The scholarship office should be notified as soon as possible of any change in nationality, type of residence permit, and/or possiblestudiefinanciering support, throughout the academic year.
  • Be fully admitted to a degree programme at the University of Amsterdam which is registered at the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO).
    For more information about general application requirements, please consult the individual programme descriptions at for study programmes taught in English, or for study programmes taught in Dutch.
    Scholarship continuation is not guaranteed when a candidate changes his or her degree programme.
  • Be admitted to a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at the University of Amsterdam for the first time. AMS will not be awarded to candidates who are admitted for a second Bachelor’s or Master’s programme at the University of Amsterdam.
  • Be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations. For more information, see the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation (IND) website.
  • Be enrolled at the UvA as a full-time student for the academic year and the programme for which the scholarship is awarded.
  • The candidate should not be receiving a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS scholarship. Notify the UvA if you have been awarded and accepted another full scholarship.
  • 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.

The programme you wish to apply for might set extra conditions such as academic and language requirements. Please see the faculty information below for more information.


The faculties and international schools award scholarships themselves; as such, regulations may vary. Students interested in an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship should contact the faculty or international school offering the study programme of their choice.


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