The Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) is a scholarship that covers the tuition fee and a portion of the living expenses for one academic year, with the option of extending for a second year (for two-year Master’s programs).
Candidates interested in applying for an AMS program should;
- Not be a national of one of the EU/EEA or Swiss member states
- Not be eligible for study grants or loans under the Dutch system (for more information please refer to www.duo.nl).
- Not be eligible for the UvA’s reduced tuition fee rate for EEA students
- Not be awarded a full-tuition scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS
- Have completed an application to one of the MSc programs (see the website of your MSc programme for the application and admission procedure)
- Have been (or will be) admitted for the first time to one of the UvA’s MSc programs
- Be able to meet the requirements for obtaining a Dutch visa (if applicable)
- Have completed their previous academic program within the last three years.
Scholarship Eligibility Criteria
There are a limited number of Amsterdam Merit Scholarships available at the Faculty of Science. In addition to the Master’s programme admission requirements, eligible candidates are chosen based on their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field, as demonstrated by:
Academic Records of the Candidate
- Students in the top 10% of their graduating class are eligible to apply. This generally equates to an overall GPA of 3.5. (American system, 4-point scale)
- First-class honors/upper division (British system)
- 8 or higher (Dutch EC-system, 10-point scale);
- Academic standing of the educational institution from which the (under)graduate degree was (or will be) obtained.
- The quality of the motivation letter (maximum 500 words), in which the candidate explains why he or she chose the specific Master’s programme in a broader context and why this scholarship is important for the candidate’s future academic career.
- Curriculum vitae of the candidate, including a description of extracurricular activities such as participation in student commissions, international experience, high-level sports or music, or volunteer work.
Evidence of English proficiency
- TOEFL (internet-based); score of 100 overall, with a minimum of 22 in each of the four components
- IELTS (academic): 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in each of the four components
- A Cambridge Examination Score with at least a C1 Advanced (CAE) A or B test result will also be accepted. A minimum score of C is required for the C2 Proficiency test (CPE).
- The overall quality of the application (completeness, accuracy, consistency).
- Failure to meet one or more of the requirements or selection criteria automatically disqualifies the student from this scholarship.
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