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Mr Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund

Amsterdam Law School

This scholarship is meant for exceptionally talented and motivated students, from within and outside the EEA, who wish to pursue an LLM at the Amsterdam Law School. Students must be (conditionally) admitted to an LLM and selection is based on (undergraduate) academic records and motivation. Students who apply must belong to the top 10% of their class.

  • Trudie Vervoort-Jaarsma

    Trudie Vervoort-Jaarsma studied psychology at the UvA in the 1960s. Her parents were high-profile jurists in Surabaya in the former Dutch East Indies. The two funds established from her bequest commemorate her mother, a successful lawyer who amassed a substantial share of the family's wealth, and her own daughter, who also studied psychology at the UvA and who died at a young age. Believing travel to be vital in students' academic training, she designated the scholarship specifically for this purpose.

  • Scholarship

    One Mr Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund scholarship will be awarded every academic year. If the scholarship recipient is a non-EU citizen, the scholarship grant covers approximately €16.500 for non-EU tuition fees and €8.500 for living expenses. If the scholarship is awarded to an EU citizen, the scholarship will be €12.000, covering  approximately €2.100 for the tuition fee and €9.900 for living expenses.

  • Selection criteria

    All applicants for the Mr Julia Henriëtte  Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund scholarship will be subject to strict selection criteria. These criteria are as follows:

    • Excellent grades during the undergraduate programme: A minimum GPA, comparable to:
      • 3.7 (USA);
      • First class honours/upper division  (British system));
      • Cum laude (Dutch system) or 8+ (Dutch EC-system, 10-point scale)
    • Students must belong to the top 10% of their class and provide proof by submitting a formal statement from the dean or examinations board. 
    • The academic quality of the university where the undergraduate degree was obtained will be taken into account.
    • 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 relevance of obtaining this scholarship;
    • Talent for academic research will be proven by means of a letter of recommendation from a teacher or academic (thesis) supervisor, and a telephone interview (if needed).
    • Candidates must be able to demonstrate participation in certain extracurricular activities such as university/student committees, experience abroad, sports, or music at a high level, or voluntary experience. 
    • Candidates must not be eligible for financial support from the Dutch government (study financing).
    • Overall quality of the application.
    • 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.

    Exceptions will be made for students who have English as their native language and completed an English-language legal study programme (in either the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand).

  • 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 Academic requirements);
    • Two letters of recommendation by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor;
    • Statement of your dean confirming 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) and the importance of receiving the scholarship;
    • 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 Selection criteria)

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

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

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

    Before the end of April, all applicants will be informed of the results by email.


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