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Fully/Partially Funded Funded Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

Funded Amsterdam Merit Scholarships (AMS) 2021 – Netherlands

  • University of Amsterdam
  • Tuition Fee/Fully Funded
  • Netherlands
  • Any Subject
  • Non-EU Citizens
  • January 15, 2021

Applications are invited for Partially/Fully Funded Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) 2021 at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.


The University of Amsterdam (UvA) 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). The AMS is a scholarship that covers the tuition fee for the nominal duration of the program.

UvA provide a limited number of scholarships for highly talented non-EU students applying to a Master’s programme. The total amount for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship dedicated to Economics and Business is established annually. As the actual number of scholarships is derived from this amount, no fixed number of available scholarships is in place.


To apply for Funded Amsterdam Merit Scholarships, applicants must:

  • hold non-EU nationality only
  • have excellent academic results
  • not be entitled to receive a Dutch study grant or loan (“Studiefinanciering”)
  • not receive a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS scholarship
  • have submitted a complete application to one of the degree programmes at the University of Amsterdam
  • be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND)


Applications should be submitted to the Admissions Offices of the Graduate Schools. Deadlines for the AMS differ per Faculty or Graduate School. You can find the specific eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application instructions on the Faculty or Graduate School websites.

Selection criteria

Eligible candidates are selected for Funded Amsterdam Merit Scholarships on the basis of their academic excellence and promise in the field, as evidenced by:

  • A high GPA expected, 8.0 (out of 10) or 80%
  • Applicants should write an AMS motivation letter (use no more than 300 words to tell us why you deserve this scholarship)
  • Proof of English proficiency:
    • a TOEFL (internet based) – overall score of 100 (minimum score of 22 in each component)
    • IELTS (academic) – overall score of 7.0 (minimum score of 6.0 in each component)
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) – grade A
    • Cambridge for Proficiency in English (CPR) – grade C 
    • Students who have attended an English language university (eg. In the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand) are exempt

Application process

  1. Apply for the degree programme via Studielink and the online application form (Embark)
  2. Apply for the scholarship by submitting the scholarship application form (available later in October) including:
    • Proof of excellence (academic results or letter from University for example)
    • GPA and transcripts of the past years
    • Motivation letter explaining why you deserve this scholarship (300 words)
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Recommendation letter by a dean, teacher, or academic supervisor
    • English Test 
    • GMAT or GRE QR results