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Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS)


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.

Scholarship recipients

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

Eligibility criteria

  • 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 Master's programme (regular, dual or research) that does not have interviews as part of the admissions procedure. Unfortunately, for programmes such as Art and Performance Research Studies, where one of its specialisations (Artistic Research) includes interviews in its selection process but the other (Art Studies) does not, this means that none of the students of this programme are eligible for an AMS. 

Academic requirements

  • Minimum GPA, comparable to:
    - 3.7 (USA)
    - First class degree (UK)
    - Cum laude (Dutch system)
  • English proficiency:
    - TOEFL iBT*: overall score of 98 (minimum score of 24 for reading and listening, 23 for speaking and 27 for writing);
    - IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (minimum score of 7.0 for each component);
    - Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE)**: A
    - Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE)**: C

*The TOEFL institution code for the University of Amsterdam is 9011. Students will need to enter this code on their answer sheets when sitting for the examination. If asked for a department code, please indicate none, or 99 (any department not listed).

**If you have taken a Cambridge Exam, please also include the secret code and Cambridge ID in your MyInfo application for verification purposes.

The Graduate School of Humanities only accepts English language score reports from tests taken within the past two years.

Exempt from providing an English language score report are: only students who have completed their Bachelor's in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Australia or New Zealand or a Bachelor's in English Language and Culture at a Dutch university.

To be able to apply for the AMS Scholarship, providing an English language score report is mandatory if you do not meet the above exemption requirement. Exemptions from the Examination Board are not accepted as proof of English proficiency in the scholarship application.

Deadline scholarship application: 15 January

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.

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:

  1. 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;
  2. On your MyInfo application form for the Humanities Master's programme, you will find the option ‘apply for a scholarship’. Tick this box;
  3. You upload all the Master's application documents in MyInfo before 15 January for your choice of Master's programme;
  4. 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).

The selection committee of the Graduate School of Humanities will decide whether you will be pre-selected for an AMS. Candidates who are awarded an AMS scholarship will be contacted in the Spring.


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