Fully Funded University of Amsterdam 2022 Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

Written by David on October 7, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    Email: [email protected]  

The University of Amsterdam wants to ensure that its international classrooms are filled with students who are among the smartest in the world. Students who have excelled academically are encouraged to submit applications for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS).


About the Scholarship:

The University of Amsterdam was established in 1632 and is a university that is owned by the city of Amsterdam. It was founded by the municipal authorities of the city and given the name Athenaeum Illustre when it was first opened. The number of students more than doubled from 1917 to 1931, rising from 1100 to 2500. Following the end of World War II, the University of Amsterdam rapidly expanded to become the largest educational institution in the Netherlands; it had 7,100 students in the academic year 1950-1951. Today, it is widely considered to be one of the top research universities in the world. In addition to this, it is a member of numerous prestigious organizations including EUA, UNICA, Universitas 21, and LERU.

The educational and research endeavors of the university are carried out across its four campuses, all of which are located in Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands. The primary campus is located in the middle of Amsterdam and is comprised of the academic buildings and the central library that belong to the faculty of humanities. The books in the university library number in excess of four million volumes, and they are utilized for both learning and teaching purposes. The Science Park location in east Amsterdam is home to the university’s second campus. This campus is home to over 120 different businesses, as well as some of the world’s top research institutes, science faculty, and a university college. Academic Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, and a Research Hospital can all be found on the campus of the University Medical Center in Bijlmermeer. The CREA block as well as the academic buildings for three faculties can be found on the Roeterseiland Campus.


Restaurants, cafeterias, and assembly halls are just some of the other types of facilities that the university offers. Other facilities include medical, religious, and athletic centers. Students are provided with housing in the form of apartments thanks to a partnership between the university and a number of non-profit organizations. The majority of the residential properties are situated at a distance of approximately one hour from the main campus

At the University of Virginia, there are seven distinct faculties, each of which is responsible for the administration of more than two hundred different degree programs. It confers degrees in a wide variety of academic fields, including the arts and humanities, applied sciences, economics, business, law, medicine, dentistry, and behavioral and social sciences. In addition to this, it has partnerships with schools located in other countries, which makes it possible for students and faculty to participate in exchange programs.


There are a variety of student organizations at UVA that together host more than fifty different sporting and recreational events and activities. Some of these events and activities include dance, theater, tennis, skating, aerobics, music, swimming, golf, and photography. There are almost 35,000 students there, in addition to 3,000 Ph.D. researchers. More than one hundred different nations are represented among the more than 5,000 international students and researchers who are enrolled at this particular educational institution. The academic and administrative staff combined make up 6,000 of the university’s total workforce of 6,000 employees.

In the fields of mathematics, science, politics, writing, media, art, and sports, the university keeps a list of notable alumni who have gone on to become pioneers and award winners in their respective fields. The renowned geneticist Alec Jeffreys, who is best known for his contribution to the field of DNA fingerprinting, is a graduate of the university. Other illustrious graduates of the University of Amsterdam include Jacobus vant Hoff, a Great Theoretical Chemist; Pieter Zeeman, a Popular Dutch Physicist; Boudewijn Sirks, an Academic Lawyer; Max Euwe, an Author, Mathematician, and a Popular Chess Player; and Charles Michel, a Renowned Chess Player (Present Prime Minister of Belgium).



Scholarship Sponsor(s):  University of Amsterdam

Scholarship Country: Netherland

Scholarship Worth: Fully Funded

Study Level:  Postgraduate

Nationality: International Students


Scholarship Offer:

  • The Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS) is a scholarship that covers the tuition fee and a portion of the living expenses (the exact amount will be announced as soon as it is possible) for one academic year, with the possibility of extension for a second year (for two-year Master’s programs). The exact amount of the scholarship will be announced as soon as it is possible.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

Candidates who desire to submit an application for an AMS programme should do the following:

  • not be a citizen of a member state of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland
  • not qualify for financial assistance under the Dutch system of grants and loans for higher education
  • not qualify for the lower tuition rate that is applicable to students from EEA countries attending the UvA
  • not be granted a scholarship that covers their expenses in full for the same amount of time as the AMS
  • have provided all of the required materials for their application to one of the MSc programs
  • have been (or will be) accepted into one of the Master of Science programs at the University of Amsterdam for the first time.
  • be able to satisfy the requirements in order to obtain a visa for the Netherlands
  • have finished their most recent academic program within the last three years at the very most.
  • During the course of the academic year, if there is a change in a student’s nationality, the type of residence permit they have, or if they receive additional financial support, they are required to inform the International Team as soon as possible.
  • The Faculty of Science is currently accepting applications for one of a limited number of Amsterdam Merit Scholarships. In addition to the prerequisites for enrolling in the Master’s program, prospective students who meet the eligibility requirements are chosen for the program based on their demonstrated academic prowess and potential in the area of study, as demonstrated by the following criteria:
  • The candidate’s previous schooling and grades. Students who would place in the top 10 percent of their graduating class are eligible to apply. In general, this refers to an overall grade point average that is equivalent to:
  • 3.5 (American system, 4-point scale)
  • 1st class honours/ upper division
  • 8+ (Dutch EC-system, 10-point scale);
  • The standard of education provided by the educational institution from which the (undergraduate or graduate) degree was earned (or will be earned);
  • The quality of the letter of motivation that the candidate submits (with a maximum word count of 500), in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the particular Master’s program within the larger context of the candidate’s future academic career and the relevance of obtaining this scholarship for the candidate’s future academic career;
  • the candidate’s curriculum vitae, which should include a description of their extracurricular activities, such as their participation in student commissions, their experience traveling abroad, their skill level in a sport or musical instrument, or their volunteer work;
  • Evidence that you are proficient in English
  • TOEFL (internet-based), with a minimum overall score of 100 and a score of at least 22 on each of the test’s four sections.
  • IELTS (academic), minimum overall score of 7.0, and a score of 7.0 or higher on each of the four subtests
  • You can also submit a score from the Cambridge Examination with a minimum test result of C1 Advanced (CAE) A or B. This will also be accepted. In order to pass the C2 Proficiency Exam (CPE), you need to earn at least a score of C.
  • The overall merit of the candidate’s submission in all aspects
  • If a student is unable to fulfill any of the prerequisites or selection criteria, it is automatically determined that they are not qualified to receive this scholarship.



The University of Amsterdam 2022 Amsterdam Merit Scholarship is open to all International Students


Scholarships are available through Auckland University of Technology and the Nicholas Tarling Charitable Trust for foreign students who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree at New Zealand’s Auckland University of Technology for the academic year 2023-2024.


Application Procedure

  • Your application for the Master’s program of your choice will not be processed until you have also submitted an application for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship. On the application form, we will ask you whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship from the University of Virginia. Mark this box to indicate that you want to be considered for this position and that you meet all of the requirements outlined above.
  • In addition, you need to make sure that your motivation letter contains a paragraph in which you explain why you think you should be considered for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship and what receiving the scholarship would mean for your future academic career.
  • Following the submission of an application, the coordinators of the MSc Programmes will determine which students are eligible to submit an application for the scholarship. Everyone in the class will be updated as soon as it’s possible.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for the University of Amsterdam 2022 Amsterdam Merit Scholarship  is January 15, 2023

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