Maastricht University (UM) invites applications for the Holland High Potential Scholarships for Africans in the Netherlands for the 2022/23 academic session.
The Scholarship programme consists of both the High Potential Scholarship (funded by the Maastricht University Scholarship Fund) and the Holland Scholarship. It is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in conjunction with Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences. It is aimed at international students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to follow a full degree programme in the Netherlands.
Worth of Award
The Scholarship programme offers 24 full scholarships of € 30,000 (including tuition fee waiver and monthly stipend) each academic year. This is for highly talented students from outside the European Union (EU) who have been admitted to a master’s programme at UM.
All candidates must meet the following requirements: You
- hold nationality in a country outside the EU/EEA, Switzerland or Surinam and meet the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for the Netherlands.
- do not hold a double nationality from an EU/EEA country.
- have applied for admission to a participating full-time master programme at Maastricht University for the 2023-2024 academic year.
- meet the specific admission requirements of the UM master programme to which you have applied.
- have never participated in a degree-seeking higher education programme in the Netherlands. Students who have completed exchange programmes in the Netherlands are welcome to apply.
- are not older than 35 years of age on 1 September 2023.
- have obtained excellent results during your prior education programmes, as demonstrated by your latest grade transcript or certified by academic excellence.
How to Apply
Your application should include the following: Your
- CV should be up-to-date, contain relevant information about your education and (job) experience, and should not be longer than two A4 pages.
- letter of motivation letter should follow the template provide on the official website and should focus on your motivation for the scholarship.
Similarly, you may upload one of the following documents in order to prove your academic excellence:
1. Your university transcript that explicitly states your grade point average or class ranking (i.e. first class honours) for your entire study programme; or,
2. A letter signed by your institution’s Head of Department or Registrar stating that you are one of the top 20 students in the graduating year of your study programme. Please ensure that the letter contains the contact details of your Head of Department or Registrar.
- Please explain why you would benefit from being awarded a scholarship and describe your personal circumstances such as financial difficulty, sole parent/caretaking responsibilities, medical condition, disability, refugee status, etc.
- Please forward the prepared scholarship reference letter guidelines to your referee, as they will help your referee to write a good reference letter on your behalf. Equally note that referees must be (former) professors, lecturers, or employers, and not family members. Recommendation letters should be dated and written no earlier than February 2022.
In conclusion, please ensure that you take the following steps when choosing a referee and submitting their details:
- Relationship to applicant; indicate your referee’s connection to you. Is this your professor, thesis supervisor, employer? Please remember that family members may not function as referees.
- Work telephone number of your referee; be sure to include the applicable country calling code.
- Work or institutional email address of your referee. Letters referencing only a personal email address will be rejected.
Deadline: The application deadline for the Holland High Potential Scholarships is up to and including February 1, 2023 23:59 CET.