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Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship 2015

Deadline: Deadline: Always Open15-Jan-2015

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What is Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship 2015?

A prestigious new scholarship programme has recently been launched targeting exceptionally talented Master’s students from outside Europe. The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES) is a full scholarship of €25,000, covering tuition and living expenses for one academic year. There is the possibility of an extension for a second year for two-year Master’s programmes. The UvA will award up to 15 of these scholarships annually.


Who is eligible?

Students from any discipline who graduated in the top 10% of their class may apply. Selection is on the basis of academic excellence, ambition and the relevance of the selected Master’s programme to a student’s future career. Scholarship recipients become part of a select community, taking part, for example, in extracurricular activities developed specially for them.

How to apply?

The AES application period runs from 1 November 2014 to 15 January 2015. Applications are made through the Admissions Offices of the graduate schools. Students who meet all the requirements can apply for the AES when they apply to their chosen Master’s programme. However, please be aware that the scholarship application deadline is 15 January 2015 which is earlier than the application deadline for most of the Master’s programmes.

Scholarship recipients selected for 2014-2015

For the academic year 2014-2015, fifteen students have been selected by the Executive Board and the faculty deans to receive the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship. The award will go to eight women and seven men from nine different countries. The selected students were among the very best applicants from non-EU/EEA countries to the UvA’s Master's programmes.

Who can apply for this scholarship ?

Requirements for eligibility

Candidates wishing to apply for an AES scholarship must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under studiefinanciering, the Dutch system of study grants and loans (for more information, consult the DUO website). The scholarship office should be notified as soon as possible of any change in nationality, type of residence permit, and/or possiblestudiefinanciering support throughout the academic year.
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to an English-taught Master’s degree programme at the University of Amsterdam which is registered in the Central Register of Higher Education Programmes (CROHO). You can apply for the Master's programme and the AES scholarship simultaneously. Your Master's application will be assessed before the AES deadline. In your application, clearly indicate that you are applying for the AES scholarship. 
    For more information about general application requirements, please consult the individual programme descriptions for Master’s study programmes taught in English.
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to a Master's programme at the UvA for the first time. An AES will not be awarded to candidates who are admitted for 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 the programme for which the scholarship is awarded. Scholarship continuation is not guaranteed when a candidate changes his or her Master’s programme.
  • The candidate should not receive another scholarship for the same period of study as the AES. Notify the UvA if you have been awarded and accepted another scholarship.

Selection criteria

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

  • the candidate’s academic record. Students from any discipline belonging to the top 10% of graduates from their class can apply;
  • the academic quality of the educational institute where the undergraduate (or graduate) programme has been obtained;
  • a letter 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 (broader context, relevance for future career);
  • 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 (IELS/TOEFL) :TOEFL (internet-based) -  overall score of 100 (with a minimum score of 22 in each of the different components), IELTS (academic) - overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components);
  • the quality of the application as a whole (completeness, accuracy, consistency).

Conditions for continuation of the AES

AES recipients must maintain good academic standing:

  • The scholarship will only be continued if the AES student is making satisfactory progress towards the degree, i.e. completing the courses of the first semester of the first year on time and with a grade point average of 8 (out of 10).
  • At the end of the academic year, all of the required credits should have been earned with a grade point average of 8 (out of 10).
  • If the AES recipient decides to cease studying, the AES payments already received must be reimbursed in full.

Students who receive the AES for a two-year Master’s programme will be evaluated after one year of study. The scholarship will only be continued for the second year if the AES student has completed all courses of the first year on time and with a grade point average of 8.0.

It is expected that AES recipients will:

  • participate in activities with AES sponsors
  • join extracurricular activities and become part of a select community, including the AES alumni network
  • form a strong international network during their period of study, which will be stimulated by an interesting tailor-made extracurricular programme.

Their special relationship with the UvA will continue to be fostered once they have graduated. The UvA’s Alumni Office is actively involved in setting up international alumni chapters, and AES alumni are ideal candidates to play an active role in these. In so doing, they will maintain a special link with the UvA and pave the way for new AES students.

AES scholarships may be terminated if the recipient unreasonably refuses to participate in such activities.

How can you apply ?

Applications for the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES) are made through the admissions office of the faculties and graduate schools. As long as you meet all the requirements, you can apply for the AES at the same time as you register for your programme.

Application deadline

Applications will be accepted until 15 January 2015.

Faculties and graduate schools offering AES

Click on the links below for detailed information about the application procedure.

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