Utrecht Excellence Scholarship for international students (UES)

Utrecht Excellence scholarship for international students Masters Degree

Deadline: 1 Feb 2024 (annual)
Study in:  Netherlands
Next course starts Sept 2024

Brief description: 

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship (UES) offers a number of international students from outside the European Economic Area, the opportunity to pursue a Master’s degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University.

Host Institution(s):

Utrecht University, Netherlands

Level/Field of study:

Eligible International Master’s programmes offered by the University. Not all programmes participate, please check www.uu.nl/masters > master’s programme > Tuition fees and financial support to see if the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship is mentioned as a scholarship opportunity.

Number of Awards:

Not specified

Target group:

Non-EEA International Students (EEA = the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)

Scholarship value/inclusions/duration:

The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as tuition fees OR tuition fees plus  the required income linked to a residence permit for study as set by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for one year.

The scholarship is awarded for the nominal duration of the programme and can be renewed for the second year of two-year master’s programmes.


To be eligible for an 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 eligible international master’s programme with a start date of 1 September 2024.

Application instructions:

After submitting an application (or applications) for an UES eligible Master’s programme, before the determined deadline, non-EU/EEA students will have the option 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.

Prospective students who wish to be considered for the scholarship must apply before 1 February 2024, 23:59 CET, after which the application portal will be closed.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website:  http://www.uu.nl/masters/en/general-information/international-students/financial-matters/grants-and-scholarships/utrecht-excellence-scholarships

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