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2024 Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships for International Students

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship (UES) is a highly selective programme for talented international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA = the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) who wish to study for a master’s degree at Utrecht University.

Aim and Benefits

The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as:

  • The tuition fee, or
  • The tuition fee plus the income required for a period of one year linked to a residence permit for study as determined by the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service).

The scholarship can be renewed for the second year of two-year master’s programmes.

Requirements

To be eligible for a Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must belong to the top 10% of your graduating class.
  • You must not hold an EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch study grant and loan system.
  • You must have completed your secondary school and/or bachelor’s degree outside the Netherlands.
  • You must have applied for an international master’s programme with a start date of 1 September 2024. Not all programmes participate. Please check Master’s programme > Tuition fees and financial support to see if the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship is mentioned as a scholarship opportunity.

Interview date, Process and Venue

Eligible candidates will be selected for a scholarship based on the following criteria:

  • Academic quality and promise in the proposed field of study, as evidenced by your master’s application. 
  • Academic excellence, as evidenced by proof of belonging to the top 10% of your graduating class (class ranking certificate, GPA with grade distribution summary, statement/reference letter signed and stamped by your university).
  • The quality and relevance of your 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).

Deadline:

Prospective students who wish to be considered for the scholarship must apply before February 1st 23:59 CET. The application portal will close at this time. Selection will only start after the deadline. We aim to publish the results by mid-April.

Application Deadline

February 1, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Utrecht University on www.uu.nl to apply

After submitting an application (or applications) for a UES eligible master’s programme before the stated deadline, non-EU/EEA students will have the opportunity to submit an application for one Utrecht Excellence Scholarship from 1 November 2023. You will see the UES application(s) in your OSIRIS Online Application account dashboard. Click view/edit for the UES linked (related process) to the programme you wish to apply for, upload the requested proof of belonging to the top 10% of your class, answer the questions and submit the application.

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