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Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

We provide a limited number of scholarships for highly talented non-EU students applying to a Master's programme. The total amount for the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship dedicated to Economics and Business is established annually. As the actual number of scholarships is derived from this amount, no fixed number of available scholarships is in place.

The scholarship application for 2021/2022 intake is closed.

General Criteria

In order to be considered for the AMS scholarship applicants need to meet the following general criteria:

  • hold non-EU nationality only
  • have excellent academic results
  • not be entitled to receive a Dutch study grant or loan ("Studiefinanciering")
  • not receive a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS scholarship
  • have submitted a complete application to one of the MSc programmes of Economics and Business including an English test score
  • be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).

Selection criteria

Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of their academic excellence and promise in the field, as evidenced by:

  1. A high BSc GPA expected, at least 8.0 (out of 10) or 80%; 
  2. applicants should write an AMS motivation letter (use no more than 300 words to tell us why you deserve this scholarship).
  3. Proof of English proficiency (if applicable)*:
    • TOEFL IBT: overall score of 100 (minimum score of 22 in each component);
    • IELTS (Academic test): overall score of 7.0 (minimum score of 6.0 in each component);
    • Cambridge Assessment English: Certificate in Advanced English: 190 points overall and in each skill or Certificate of Proficiency in English: 190 points overall and in each skill.
  4. GMAT/GRE** test with at least the expected scores (if applicable) 

*You are exempted from taking the English test if you have a secondary school diploma from a school located in and accredited by the respective authorities in Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK, or the US. 

** You might be exempted from the GMAT/GRE based on mutual agreements from these universities.

Application process

  1. Apply for the MSc programme via Studielink and the online application form (Embark)
  2. Apply for the scholarship by submitting the scholarship application form including:
    • GPA and transcripts of the past years
    • Motivation letter explaining why you deserve this scholarship (300 words)
    • CV
    • Recommendation letter by a dean, teacher, or academic supervisor
    • English Test 
    • GMAT or GRE QR results

Limited number of scholarships

We provide a limited number of scholarships for excellent students. The total amount for the AMS, dedicated to Economics and Business, is established annually. As the actual number of scholarships is derived from this amount, no fixed number is in place.

Payment of the scholarship

Please note that the scholarship works on a reimbursement basis and is not a tuition fee waiver. You will therefore have to arrange the payment of your tuition fee yourself. The scholarship will be paid out in 12 equal installments.


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