Amsterdam Merit Scholarships Application procedure, eligibility criteria, deadlines

The Amsterdam Merit Scholarships are a set of scholarships offered by the University of Amsterdam to outstanding non-EU/EEA students who are pursuing a Master's degree program at the university. These scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded based on academic excellence and potential. Graduate schools facilitate these scholarships, and the application process slightly differs from one school to another.

Scholarship details

Offered by

The University of Amsterdam

Amount granted

8,000 - 16,000 EUR

Type of scholarship

Partly funded

Level of program


Deadline/important dates

Variable with graduate schools

Official URL

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must fulfill the Amsterdam Merit Scholarships eligibility criteria listed below:

  1. Applicants must be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
  2. Applicants must have applied for a full-time Bachelor's or Master's degree programme at the University of Amsterdam.
  3. Applicants must have been admitted to a Bachelor's or Master's degree programme at the University of Amsterdam.
  4. Applicants must have achieved excellent academic results in their previous studies, as evidenced by a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to at least:
    • 3.0 out of 4.0 for American students
    • 2.1 out of 2.1 for UK students
    • 7.0 out of 10 for Dutch students
    • Other international qualifications will be evaluated on an individual basis.
  5. Applicants must demonstrate an outstanding motivation to study at the University of Amsterdam, both in their application letter and the interview (if applicable).

Application process

The application process may slightly differ for each graduate school. For instance, it is a part of the admission application process for the science faculty, whereas there is a separate application form for humanities degrees.

See the table below for the AMS application process for different graduate schools:

Graduate school

Application portal

Scholarship amount

Child Development and Education

Via email to

2,000 - 12,000 EUR

Communication Science

Apply via department

Partial tuition fee

Economics and Business


Tuition fee + 5,000 EUR



25,000 EUR


Apply via department

8,000 - 16,000 EUR


Digital student service desk.

4,000 EUR


My Info

Partial tuition fee


Program-application portal

26,250 EUR

Social Sciences

My Info

Tuition fee


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Selection process

  • The AMS selection process is carried out by a selection committee.
  • Applicantsare selected primarily based on their academic merit and motivation letter.
  • There might be an interview of the shortlisted Applicantsfor some graduate schools.

Contact details

Central Student Service Desk:

Telephone: +31 (0)20 525 1401

WhatsApp: +31 (0)6 48 34 76 69

Disclaimer: Data published on this page owe its credit to the official page of Amsterdam Merit Scholarships maintained by the University of Amsterdam. See the official website for recent updates and concerns about the Amsterdam Merit Scholarships.

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