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Utrecht Excellence Masters Scholarships for International Students

Founded in 1636 and located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of Europe's leading research universities. They are recognised internationally for their high-quality, innovative approach to research and teaching.




As an international student, you’ll be in good company at Utrecht University. Every year, approximately 1,500 international students come to the university to take English-taught degree programmes and other courses. Students work and study closely together, learning to operate in an international environment from the outset. This is essential for scientists and scholars in our increasingly globalised world.



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:

  • an official document issued by your university that proves you are among the top 10% of your graduating class, such as a statement signed and stamped by your University, a reference letter, a class ranking certificate, etc.

  • 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 degree outside the Netherlands;

  • Have applied for an international master’s programme with a start date of 1 September 2021. 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;

  • Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa/residence permit.

  • Failure to meet one or more of these criteria automatically means the student is not eligible for this scholarship.


SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT

The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as:


tuition fees

or

tuition fees plus 11.000 euro living expenses


NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS

20-25 scholarships will be available for 2021-2022, distributed across the 6 Graduate Schools.


The scholarship is awarded for the duration of the degree programme, which is one or two years, depending on the degree programme. The scholarship will only be renewed for the second year if the student is making satisfactory progress towards the degree.


DEADLINE

Prospective students who wish to be considered for the scholarship must apply before 31 January 2021 (23:59 CET), after which the application portal will be closed. Your application for a scholarship will only be processed if you have submitted an application for a Master’s programme as well. Please note that in some cases you may need to apply before 1 December; check the ‘When to apply’ section under Admission and application of your master’s programme.


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 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 for the Master’s programme, non-EU/EEA students will have the option to submit an application for a Utrecht Excellence Scholarship from 1 November.


You will need to upload the following document:


  • Proof of belonging to the top 10% of your graduating class:

  • an official document issued by your university that proves you are among the top 10% of your graduating class, such as a statement signed and stamped by your University, a reference letter, a class ranking certificate, etc.

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