Amsterdam Merit Scholarships in Humanities in the Netherlands 2022

The University of Amsterdam in Holland invites applications for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarships for outstanding students from non-EEA countries pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Amsterdam for the 2022/23 academic year.

Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area (holding a non-EEA-nationality) can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS).
Selected students receive a scholarship for the official duration of the programme they are enrolled in the field of:
Architecture and town planning, Arts and Humanities, Business administration and management, Communication, Education and Teacher Training, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Fine and applied arts, Law, Mathematics and computer sciences, Medical and health sciences, Natural sciences, Service, Tourism and Leisure, Social and behavioural sciences, Transport and communication.

Worth of Award

The Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) is a full scholarship. Scholarship recipients become part of a select community, taking part, for example, in extracurricular activities developed especially for them.


  • You hold a non-EU/EEA passport and are not eligible for support under Studiefinanciering, the Dutch system of study loans.
  • You are new to the UvA. An AMS will not be awarded to candidates who are applying for a second Master’s programme at the UvA.
  • You have not been granted another scholarship in addition to AMS. Please notify the UvA if you have been awarded and have accepted another scholarship.
  • You are applying for a one-year Master’s programme that does not have interviews as part of the admissions procedure.
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How to Apply

You will need to upload a scholarship application parallel to your Master’s application. The Master’s application and the scholarship application will be reviewed by different selection committees. Submit your scholarship application and Master’s application by completing the following steps:

  • You start your application for a one-year non-selective Master’s programme. For instructions on how to apply for a Master’s programme, please go to Application and admission;
  • On your MyInfo application form for the Humanities Master’s programme, you will find the option ‘apply for a scholarship’. Tick this box;
  • You upload all the Master’s application documents in MyInfo before 15 January for your choice of Master’s programme;
  • In the meantime, you also upload your scholarship application form in Pontifex Survey before 15 January. You need to use the Required Scholarship Application Format (see below) and upload it under the section ‘Scholarship application’ as one document containing the following components:
  • Academic records: transcripts (and diploma if you have already finished your degree), including your GPA (see Academic requirements);
  • Letter of recommendation by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor, in which he/she confirms that you belong to the top 10% of your class/year;
  • Letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) in which you explain the reasons for choosing the specific Master’s programme (broader context, relevance for future career);
  • CV, including a description of extracurricular activities such as participation in student committees, international experience, sports or music at a high level or volunteer work;
  • Proof of English proficiency (see Academic requirements).
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Deadline: Please make sure you submit your Master’s and scholarship application before 15 January. Late or incomplete applications for the AMS scholarship will not be considered.


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