Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS)


The Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) is a full scholarship of €25,000, covering tuition and living expenses for one academic year.

Scholarship recipients

The scholarship is highly competitive; there are approximately five scholarships available for Humanities students starting in September 2017.

  • In September 2016 nine Humanities students were awarded an AMS.
  • In September 2017 four Humanities students were awarded an AMS.

Can I apply?

The scholarship review committee looks at study excellence (min. GPA: 3.7 (USA), First class degree (UK), Cum laude (Dutch system), motivation, English proficiency and extra-curricular activities. We recommend you only apply if you are certain you meet the eligibility requirements.

Deadline scholarship application

Please upload your scholarship application onto your Personal Service Page before 1 February.

How to apply

The MA application and the scholarship application are two separate applications and will be reviewed by different selection committees.You will therefore need to upload a scholarship application parallel to your MA application.
Submit your scholarship application by completing the following steps:

  1. You start by applying for a regular MA programme (1-year programme). On the online application form for the Master's programmes in the Humanities, all students have the option to apply for a scholarship. Tick this box.
  2. After you have filled in the online application form, make sure you upload all the MA application documents onto your Personal Service Page before 1 February.
  3. Also upload your scholarship application onto your Personal Service Page before 1 February at the latest. It should be uploaded under the section 'Scholarship application' as one document called Scholarship application and include your last and first name. For example: 'Scholarship Application, Roosdorp, Sascha'. Only complete applications will be taken into consideration. Under Requirements scholarship application you will find the required content and format for a full scholarship application.
  4. The selection committee of the Graduate School will decide whether you will be pre-selected for an AMS. Candidates who are awarded an AMS scholarship will be contacted in the Spring.

Requirements scholarship application

Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field, as evidenced by the quality of the documents that make a complete scholarship application and by the scholarship application as a whole.

Please note, only complete applications, uploaded as one document under 'Scholarship application'  before 1 February, containing the following will be considered:

  • Academic records: transcripts (and diploma if you have already finished your degree), including your GPA:
    • 3.7 (USA)
    • First class degree (UK)
    • Cum laude (Dutch system)
  • 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:
    • TOEFL (internet-based) -  overall score of 92 (minimum score of 22 for each component);
    • IELTS (academic) - overall score of 6.5 (minimum score of 6.5 for each component);
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) - grade B;
    • Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE) - grade B (or C if test taken after Jan. 2015);
    • Exempt are students who have completed their BA in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Australia or New Zealand or a BA in English Language and Culture at a Dutch university.

Please find the required format for your scholarship application below. Your scholarship application needs to be saved as a PDF and uploaded onto your Personal Service Page under "Scholarship Application".

Eligibility requirements

Candidates wishing to study at the Graduate School of Humanities (GSH) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in September 2017 can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) if they meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under Studiefinanciering, the Dutch system of study loans (for more information, consult the DUO website. The GSH should be notified as soon as possible of any change in nationality, type of residence permit, and/or possible studiefinanciering support throughout the academic year.
  • Have completed an application for a regular Master’s programme (duration one year) in the Humanities at the University of Amsterdam. It is not necessary that the candidate has already received the outcome of this application when applying for a scholarship.
  • Be new to the UvA. An AMS will not be awarded to candidates who are applying for a second MA programme at the UvA.
  • Be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service.
  • Be enrolled at the UvA as a full-time student for the entire academic year and the programme for which the scholarship has been awarded. Scholarship continuation is not guaranteed when a candidate changes his or her Master’s programme.
  • Have not been granted a full scholarship in addition to AMS. Please notify the GSH if you have been awarded and have accepted another scholarship.


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Published by  Graduate School of Humanities

14 December 2017