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Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS)

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the EU/EEA can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS).

  • Deadline

    AMS applications for the academic year 2021-2022 must be received before 15 January 2021.

  • Requirements

    Candidates wishing to apply for an AMS scholarship, which can range from €1,000 to €5,000 must meet the following requirements:

    • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (Studiefinanciering; for more information please refer to The scholarship office should be notified as soon as possible throughout the academic year of any change in nationality, type of residence permit, and/or possible support via Studiefinanciering.
    • Be (provisionally) admitted to an English-taught LLM programme at the Amsterdam Law School. 
      Please check the general application requirements for the programme of your choice.
    • Be (provisionally) admitted to a Master's programme at the UvA for the first time. AMS will not be awarded to candidates who are seeking a second Master's degree, or attending a second Master's programme, at the UvA.
    • Be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).
    • Be enrolled at the UvA as a full-time student for the academic year and programme for which the scholarship is awarded. Scholarship funding is not guaranteed if a candidate changes Master’s programmes.
  • Selection criteria

    Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of their academic merit.

    • Minimum GPA, comparable to:
      • 3.7 (USA);
      • First class honors/upper division  (British system));
      • Cum laude (Dutch system) or 8+ (Dutch EC-system, 10-point scale)
    • Two letters of recommendation by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor;
    • The quality of the letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the specific Master’s programme  and the importance of receiving the scholarship;Proof of English proficiency:
      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) - The minimum required TOEFL score is 100 iBT, with a minimum score of 24 for each subscore. TOEFL ITP-scores are not accepted.
      • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - The minimum required overall IELTS score is 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.0 for each individual component.
      • Cambridge English Language Assessment - A Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) certificate (minimum grade B ) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) certificate.

    Please note:

    * The Amsterdam Law School only accepts English-language proficiency test results that are no more than two years old at the time of the start of the programme. 

    *Chinese applicants will need to submit an IELTS or TOEFL iBT test score and request a Nuffic certificate.

    * Only native English speakers who have attended an English-language university (e.g. in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand) are exempt. 

  • How to apply?

    Submit your scholarship application and Master's application by completing the following steps:

    1. You start your application for a Master's programme. For instructions on how to apply for a Master's programme, please go to Application & Admission of the master’s programme of your choice.
    2. In your MyInfo application form for the Master's programmes you will find the option ‘apply for a scholarship’. Tick this box. 
    3. You send the following required application documents:
    • Academic records: certified transcripts (and diploma if you have already finished your degree), including your GPA (see Selection criteria);
    • Two letters of recommendation by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor; CV; 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) and the importance of receiving the scholarship;
    • Proof of English proficiency (see Selection criteria)

    The above mentioned AMS documents must be received before 15 January 2021 as hard copies and can be sent to:

    University of Amsterdam
    Amsterdam Law School
    Admissions Office, room 6.01a
    P.O. Box 1030
    1000 BA Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    For registered post:
    University of Amsterdam
    Admissions Office Amsterdam Law School, room 6.01a
    Valckenierstraat 59
    1018 XE Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    You will be informed about the decision of the selection committee of the Amsterdam Law School in April.


Specific questions may be sent via email to the Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School.