Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

Amsterdam Merit Scholarships (AMS)
The Academic Medical Centre of the Universiteit van Amsterdam offers the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS), a scholarship for outstanding non-EU/EEA students who have been admitted to one of the (Master's) programs of the Faculty of Medicine. The AMS is highly selective: only applicants with excellent study results and motivation will be considered for the scholarship. The scholarship is funded by the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Who can apply?
The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered for the AMS scholarship. The applicant should:

  • hold non-EEA nationality or nationalities only
  • not be entitled to receive a Dutch study grant or loan ("Studiefinanciering")
  • not be eligible to pay the reduced tuition fee rate for EEA students at the UvA
  • not receive a full coverage scholarship for the same period of study as the AMS scholarship
  • have submitted a complete application to one of the (Master’s) programs of the AMC UVA
  • have been (or will be) admitted to one of the (Master’s) programs of the AMC UVA
  • be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa (if applicable).

Selection criteria
As we have a limited number of scholarships, only the most eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field, as evidenced by their academic records, letters of recommendation, written work and/or publications;
  • The quality of their letter of motivation.

How to apply?
AMC UVA applicants wishing to apply for an AMS scholarship should send an email with their letter of motivation attached to Mrs. M.J.L. Lenoir at m.j.lenoir@amc.uva.nl.

When to apply?
Applications for an AMS scholarship for the Master’s program Medical Informatics should be submitted before June 1 (start in September) or November 1 (start in February), applications for the Medicine program should be submitted before June 1.

Selection
Only students who have been admitted to the Master’s program Medical Informatics or the program Medicine of the AMC UVA can be awarded a scholarship. Selection will take place in June and November for the Master’s Medical Informatics and in June for the Medicine program. Applicants will be notified before respectively the end of June or the end of November.

The scholarship
Please note that the scholarship cannot be used as a (partial) tuition waiver. The applicant must still pay the full amount of tuition. The scholarship consists of € 6,000 - € 9,000 - € 12,000 or a proportional amount if the student starts in February.

Conditions
Amsterdam Merit Scholarships are only awarded to applicants who have been admitted to one of the (Master’s) programs of the AMC UVA. A scholarship granted for a specific academic year cannot be transferred to another academic year. Students who have been granted an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship are required to assent to the conditions applying to the scholarship in writing before the scholarship will be remitted.

A scholarship will only be extended to the second year of study if the applicant has successfully completed 80% or more of the maximum number of credits in the first year of study.

Questions
If you have any questions please email Mrs. M.J. Lenoir at m.j.lenoir@amc.uva.nl.

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship

In 2014, a new prestigious scholarship programme will be launched, targeting exceptionally talented Master’s students from outside Europe. The AES is a full scholarship of €25,000 (covering tuition and living expenses) for one academic year with the possibility of extension for a second year (for two-year Master’s programmes).

√ Do you have excellent academic records and belong to the top 10% of your class;

√ Do you hold a non-EU/EEA passport and are you not eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (Studiefinanciering);

√ Do you have a TOEFL (internet-based) overall score of 100 (with a minimum score of 22 in each of the different components), or an IELTS (academic) overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components), or are you an English native speaker and/or was the diploma that qualifies you to enter higher education completely taught in English (this does not include the European Baccalaureate or French OIB (British or American version).

√ Have you been involved in extracurricular activities (such as participation in student commissions, international experience, sports or music at a high level or volunteer work)?

Do you meet the above requirements?

→No, unfortunately you cannot apply for the AES scholarship Fund. You might be able to apply for the AMS Scholarship Fund.

→Yes:
Then you might be able to apply for the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship Fund. For more information about the application requirements and the selection criteria see: http://www.uva.nl/en/education/master-s/finance/scholarships-and-loans/amsterdam-excellence-scholarship/amsterdam-excellence-scholarship.html.

Please mind that the AES programme is highly selective and only awarded to candidates who have both been (provisionally) accepted for the master’s programme and selected by the AES selection committee.

I confirm that I have read and understood the application requirements and selection criteria, and would like to apply for an AES Scholarship:

Please upload:
√ a letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) in which you explain the reasons for choosing the specific Master’s programme (broader context, relevance for future career);

√ a letter of recommendation by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor, in which he/she also confirms that you belong to the top 10% of your class

√ a description of your extracurricular activities such as participation in student commissions, international experience, sports or music at a high level or volunteer work;

How to apply?
AMC UVA applicants wishing to apply for an AMS scholarship should send an email with their letter of motivation, recommendation and CV to Ms. M.J.L. Lenoir at m.j.lenoir@amc.uva.nl.

When to apply?
Applications for an AMS scholarship for the Master’s program Medical Informatics should be submitted before, applications for the Medicine program should be submitted before January 15.

Selection
Only students who have been admitted to the Master’s program Medical Informatics or the program Medicine of the AMC UVA can be awarded a scholarship. Selection will take place in January/|February for the Master’s Medical Informatics. Applicants will be notified before April 15.