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Utrecht Excellence Scholarships, Netherlands

2021-01-31 Netherland
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Who we are

We are explorers.

The unknown draws us in. We are original, independent thinkers, hungry for new experiences, ideas, and perspectives. We see possibilities and keep looking for more.

We do not only look at the horizon, we also move towards it. We form alliances because we believe that will help us progress.

We are ambitious. We want to be among those at the top. Only then can we continue to make an important difference in society. Personal initiative and entrepeneurship are essential to this.

We feel involved. We take our social responsibility seriously. Through cooperation, we make impact and innovation possible.

We think independently and act with integrity. We search for new trails to blaze beyond the borders of disciplines. We give students the space to experiment.

New insights and perspectives inspire us. We are curious, optimistic and resourceful.

Mission and vision

Our mission: what do we want to contribute to the world?

We are working towards a better world.

We do this by researching complex issues beyond the borders of disciplines. We put thinkers in contact with doers, so new insights can be applied. We give students the space to develop themselves. In so doing, we make substantial contributions to society, both now and in the future.


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Brief Description

Utrecht Excellence Scholarships, Netherlands is open for International Students . The scholarship allows Masters level programm(s) in the field of All Subjects taught at Utrecht University . The deadline of the scholarship is 31 Jan 2021.

The funds for the scholarships come from the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship Fund, established by Utrecht University and from contributions by Utrecht University alumni.


To be eligible for an Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

Belong to the top 10% of your graduating class:an official document issued by your university that proves you are among the top 10% of your graduating class, such as a statement signed and stamped by your University, a reference letter, a class ranking certificate, etc.

Not hold an EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans;

Have completed your secondary school and/or Bachelor degree outside the Netherlands;

Have applied for an international master’s programme with a start date of 1 September, 2021. 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;

The international master’s programme at Utrecht University is not a Distance Learning/Online Programme;

Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa/residence permit.

Failure to meet one or more of these criteria automatically means the student is not eligible for this scholarship.

Selection Procedure:

Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of 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, letters of recommendation;

The quality and relevance of the 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).

After submitting an application for the Master’s programme, non-EU/EEA students will have the option to submit an application for an Utrecht Excellence Scholarship from 1 November.

You will need to upload the following document:

Proof of belonging to the top 10% of your graduating class:an official document issued by your university that proves you are among the top 10% of your graduating class, such as a statement signed and stamped by your University, a reference letter, a class ranking certificate, etc.

Please note that students starting their programme in February are not eligible for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarships.

Submit an application for a Master’s programme; if you do not do this first, your UES application will simply be deleted.

After submitting an application for a Master’s programme, you can go to Osiris Online Application.

Log in with your Osiris username and password.

Click on the link 'New application'.

Answer the UES questions and upload the requested document(s).

Submit your application.

You will not be informed whether you have been awarded the scholarship prior to the scholarship deadline and not before you have been (un)conditionally admitted to the programme.


Prospective students who wish to be considered for the scholarship must apply before 31 January 2021 (23:59 CET), after which the application portal will be closed. Your application for a scholarship will only be processed if you have submitted an application for a Master’s programme as well. Please note that in some cases you may need to apply before 1 December; check the ‘When to apply’ section under Admission and application of your master’s programme.

Level/Field(s) of Study


Scholarship value/inclusions/duration

The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as:

  • tuition feesor
  • tuition fees plus 11.000 euro living expenses

As the grant is not automatically a full scholarship, it may be necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance your studies and stay completely. Students requiring a residence permit in the Netherlands must prove to the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Office) that they have sufficient financial means. Read more about the budget the University advises.

Available Subject

All Subjects

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