2022 Amsterdam Merit Awards International Students in Netherlands – NEW


Closing Dates: 15 January 2022 – 1 March 2022

Application calls for the 2022 Amsterdam Merit Awards International Students in Netherlands. The scholarship aims to assist high achieving and outstanding international applicants who wants wants to commence study at the University.

The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest and greatest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

The University of Amsterdam is ambitious, creative and committed: a leader in international science and a partner in innovation, the UvA has been inspiring generations since 1632.


Students who hold a non-EU/EEA passport and have applied for a degree programme at the University of Amsterdam may submit an application for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

Please read the specific eligibility criteria of each faculty (links to faculty pages found below).

How To Apply?

Applications should be submitted to the Admissions Offices of the Graduate Schools. You can find the specific eligibility requirements, selection criteria and application instructions on the Faculty or Graduate School websites. Deadline for scholarship applications differ per Faculty. Most faculties have a deadline of 15 January 2022 except for some which is on 1 March 2022.

Available filed of study:

Eligible Masters Degree programme offered by the following Faculties:

•  Child Development and Education
•  Communication
•  Economics and Business
•  Humanities
•  Law
•  Medicine
•  Psychology
•  Science
•  Social Sciences

scholarship value

Depending on the faculty, the scholarship can vary between €2,000 – €25,000.  The Amsterdam Merit Scholarship can sometimes be supplemented with the Holland Scholarship, of which the University of Amsterdam is a participating member.


To be considered for the AMS scholarship applicants need to meet the following general criteria:

  • 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
  • be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).

Selection criteria

The best candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of their academic excellence and promise in the field, as evidenced by:

  1. A high BSc GPA expected, at least 8.0 (out of 10) or 80%; 
  2. Motivation letter (use no more than 300 words to tell us why you deserve this scholarship).
  3. Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)*:
    • TOEFL IBT: overall score of 100 (minimum score of 22 in each component, higher subscores give you an advantage);
    • IELTS (Academic test): overall score of 7.0 (minimum score of 7.0 in each component, you can apply with a subscore of 6.5 but higher subscores give you an advantage);
    • Cambridge Assessment English: Certificate in Advanced English: 190 points overall and in each skill or Certificate of Proficiency in English: 190 points overall and in each skill.
  4. GMAT/GRE** test (if applicable) with at least the expected scores for the programme, see admission and application info for the programme. A high score gives you an advantage.

NOTE: You are exempted from taking the English test if you have a secondary school diploma from a school located in and accredited by the respective authorities in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, or the US. See all exemptions on the programme website.

You might be exempted from the GMAT/GRE based on mutual agreements from these universities.