Utrecht Excellence Scholarship 2024

Utrecht Excellence Scholarship 2024: Embark on your educational journey in the Netherlands with exciting news! The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship is currently accepting applications. This comprehensive guide will provide detailed insights into the scholarship, its perks, and a step-by-step walkthrough of the application process.

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year is a fully funded master’s scholarship tailored for international students. A total of 25 scholarships are up for grabs, covering both the full tuition fee and living expenses.

Utrecht University stands as a frontrunner among Europe’s top research universities, renowned internationally for its innovative and high-quality research and teaching methodologies. International students at Utrecht University enjoy a vibrant academic environment. Each year, approximately 1,500 students from around the globe join the university to pursue Master’s programs conducted in English.

Here are some key details about the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship:

  • Number of Scholarships: 20-25 scholarships will be available for the 2024-2025 academic period, distributed across the 6 Graduate Schools. The financial support for these scholarships is derived from the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship Fund, established by Utrecht University, supplemented by contributions from Utrecht University alumni.

Seize this opportunity to be part of a leading institution and experience the rich academic and cultural environment offered by Utrecht University. Apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship and pave the way for an enriching master’s program with financial support that covers both tuition fees and living expenses.

Scholarship Summary

  • Level of Study: Masters
  • Institution(s): Utrecht University
  • Study in: Netherlands
  • Program Period: The scholarship is awarded for one to two years depending upon the duration of the degree program. (The scholarship will only be renewed for the second year if the student is making satisfactory progress).
  • Deadline: February 1st 23:59 CET. (Annually)

Courses Offered

  • Global Criminology.
  • Social, Health, and Organizational Psychology.
  • Applied Cognitive Psychology.
  • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
  • Clinical Psychology.
  • Neuropsychology.
  • Methodology and Statistics for the Behavioral, Biomedical, and Social Sciences.
  • Social and Health Psychology.
  • Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
  • Comparative Literary Studies.
  • Gender Studies.
  • Linguistics.
  • Media, Art and Performance Studies.
  • Musicology.
  • Art History.
  • History.
  • Mathematical Sciences.
  • Philosophy.
  • Development and Socialization in Childhood and Adolescence.
  • Legal Research.
  • Social and Health Psychology.
  • Sociology and Social Research.

Scholarship Coverage

Utrecht Excellence Scholarship provides the recipient with:

  • The tuition fee, or
  • The tuition fee plus the income required for one year is 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 a two-year master’s program.

Eligibility Criteria for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship

To qualify for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, the candidate must fulfill all of the following requirements below:

  • Required Language: English
  • Eligible Countries: All World countries except European countries.
  • Belong to the top 10% of your graduating class.
  • Not holding a European Union passport and not being 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 program with a start date of 1 September 2024.
  • 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 criteria: Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship based on the following criteria:
    1. Academic excellence and promise in the proposed field of study;
    2. 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;
    3. The quality and relevance of the motivation letter for the Master’s program (academic content, intercultural and communication skills, personal motivation);
    4. The quality of the application for the Master’s program itself (completeness, accuracy, consistency).

How to Apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship?

Please follow the following instructions to apply for this scholarship:

(1). Apply first for a Master’s program; if you do not do this first, your scholarship application will simply be deleted.

(2). Follow the next steps to submit a complete application for the chosen Master program:

  • Check the entry requirements for this Master’s program.
  • Apply on time, preferably well before the deadline; see ‘When to apply’ according to the chosen masters program.
  • Download the instructions for applying for the master program.
  • Go to the online portal and complete the online application.
  • You will receive an email with login details for the OSIRIS Online Application, where you can upload the required documents. In OSIRIS Online Application you can also check the status of your application.
  • Pay the application fee.

(3). After applying to the Master’s program, you will have the option to apply for a Utrecht Excellence Scholarship from 1 November.

  • Please note that if the masters program deadline is after the scholarship deadline, you will have to submit your masters program application before the scholarship deadline to be considered for the scholarship.

(4). After applying to a Master’s program, you can go to Osiris Online Application.

  • Log in with your Osiris username and password.
  • Click on the link ‘New application’.
  • Answer the Utrecht Excellence scholarship questions and upload the requested document(s).

(5). 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).

(6). Submit your application.


To learn more about the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, please visit the official website:

Official Website

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