Study Abroad – Utrecht Excellence Scholarships to Study Master Degree in the Netherlands

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship (UES) is a highly selective programme meant for talented international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA = the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) who seek to pursue a Master’s degree at Utrecht University. UES is awarded for the nominal duration of the programme.

Utrecht Excellence Scholarship ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

To be eligible for a Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

  • Belong to the top 10% of your graduating class;
  • Not hold an EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans;
  • Have completed your secondary school and/or Bachelor’s degree outside the Netherlands;
  • Have applied for an international Master’s programme with a start date of 1 September, 2022. Not all programmes participate, please check www.uu.nl/masters > Master’s programme > Tuition fees and financial support to see if the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship is mentioned as a scholarship opportunity.

Utrecht Excellence Scholarship SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT

The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as:

  • tuition fees
    or
  • tuition fees plus the required income linked to a residence permit for study as set by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for one year.

Utrecht Excellence Scholarship DEADLINE

Prospective students who wish to be considered for the scholarship must apply before 31 January 2022 (23:59 CET), after which the application portal will be closed. 

Utrecht Excellence Scholarship SELECTION CRITERIA

Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the following criteria;

  • Academic excellence and promise in the proposed field of study; The academic quality and results of preceding qualifications, as evidenced by proof of belonging to the top 10% of the class, grades, test scores, a writing sample, letters of recommendation; 
  • The academic quality and results of preceding qualifications, as evidenced by your Master’s application (grades, test scores, a writing sample, letters of recommendation). In addition, we need proof of you belonging to the top 10% of your graduating class (class ranking certificate, GPA with grade distribution overview, statement/reference letter signed and stamped by your University);
  • The quality and relevance of the motivation letter for the Master’s programme (academic content, intercultural and communication skills, personal motivation);
  • The quality of the application for the Master’s programme itself (completeness, accuracy, consistency).

HOW TO APPLY

After submitting an application (or applications) for a UES eligible Master’s programme, before the determined deadline, non-EU/EEA students will have the option to submit an application for one Utrecht Excellence Scholarship from 1 November 2021. 
You will see the UES application(s) in your Osiris Online Application account dashboard. Click View/edit for the UES linked to the programme you wish to apply for, upload the requested proof of belonging to the top 10%, answer the questions and submit the application.

Utrecht Excellence Scholarship FUNDING

The funds for the scholarships come from the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship Fund, established by Utrecht University and from contributions by Utrecht University alumni.

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