University of Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS), Graduate School of Humanities
AMS was designed in 2007 to offer talented and excellent, hard-working non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to pursue a degree in one of the academic fields covered by the UvA. The scholarship is € 10,000,- per year (with the possibility of extension for a second year for 1,5 and 2 year Master’s programmes if you meet the requirements).
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).
How to apply?
- You start by applying for a research MA programme. On the online application form for the Master's programmes in the Humanities, all students have the option to apply for a scholarship. Tick this box.
- Make sure you upload all the MA application documents by 1 February and include the grant application file.
- All grant application documents should be uploaded as one document called Application scholarship and your first and last name. For example: Application Scholarship Katie Crouwel. Do this before 1 February 2015. Incomplete or late files will not be taken into consideration.
- A selection committee of the Graduate School will decide whether you will be pre-selected for an AMS. Candidates who are awarded an AMS scholarship will be contacted in April 2016. Should you be pre-selected but not awarded for an AMS scholarship, and there are extra Holland Scholarships for MA students, you will automatically be put forward for a Holland Scholarship.