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Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for International Students in Netherlands

Applications are invited for Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for pursuing a master’s program at Utrecht University. The awards are open for the academic session 2024/2025.

Scholarships are open to non-EU/EEA students for the duration of the degree program, which is one or two years, depending on the degree program. The successful applicant will receive tuition fees plus 11.000 euros for living expenses.

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Founded in 1636 and located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of Europe’s leading research universities. It is a wide-range, international research university of high standing. It is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe.

Application Deadline: February 1st

Brief Description

  • Scholarship Provider: Utrecht University
  • Course Level: Master’s program
  • Scholarship Open for International Students: Non-EU/EEA students can apply for Utrecht Excellence Scholarships.
  • Awards: Varies
  • Number of award(s): NA
  • Scholarship can be taken in the Netherlands

Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for International Students in Netherlands


To be eligible for a Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Belong to the top 10% of your graduating class
  • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
  • Have you completed your secondary school and/or Bachelor’s degree outside the Netherlands
  • Must have applied for an international master’s program
  • Study Subject(s): Scholarships are awarded for the study of the subjects offered by the university.
  • Admissible Criteria: Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship based on the following criteria:
  • Academic excellence and promise in the proposed field of study;
  • The academic quality and results of preceding qualifications, as evidenced by proof of belonging to the top 10% of the class, grades, test scores, a writing sample, and letters of recommendation.
  • The quality and relevance of the motivation letter for the Master’s program (academic content, intercultural and communication skills, personal motivation)
  • The quality of the application for the Master’s program itself (completeness, accuracy, consistency).

How to Apply

After applying to the master’s program, non-EU/EEA students can apply for a Utrecht Excellence Scholarship. You will need to upload the following documents:

  • Proof of belonging to the top 10% of your graduating class
  • Economics programs: A writing sample
  • Apply for a Master’s program. If you do not do this first, your UES application will simply be deleted.
  • After applying to a Master’s program, you can go to the Osiris Online Application.
  • Log in with your Osiris username and password.
  • Confirm to which master’s program you have applied.
  • Answer the UES questions and upload the requested document(s)
  • Submit your application


The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as follows:

  • Tuition fees
  • Tuition fees plus the required income linked to a residence permit for study as set by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service for one year.

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