Utrecht Excellence Scholarships, Netherlands

Deadline: varies (BA: 1 April, 1 June; MA: 1 March, 1 September)
Open to: highly talented prospective students from non-EU countries
Scholarship: 5 000 – 27 300 euro per year

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship offers a number (55) of highly talented prospective students the opportunity to pursue a degree in a selected number of fields at Utrecht University:

International Bachelor’s programmes:

* Economics and Business Economics
* Liberal Arts & Sciences at University College Utrecht

International Master’s programmes offered by the following Graduate Schools:

* Graduate School of Geosciences
* Graduate School of Humanities
* Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance
* Graduate School of Life Sciences
* Graduate School of Natural Sciences
* Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences

Note that Master’s programmes that are not state-funded (see programme description) are not eligible.

The scholarship programme is highly selective. Only candidates showing the highest achievement and promise may receive a scholarship.

Duration and number of scholarships

Selected students receive a scholarship for the duration of the degree programme, which is a maximum of two years for a Master’s degree and three years for a Bachelor’s degree. Approximately 55 scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship will only be renewed for the second (and third) year if the student is making satisfactory progress towards the degree.


Selected students are awarded a scholarship between 5 000 and 27 300 euro per year. Students should be aware that the grant is not necessarily a full scholarship, and that it may be necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance study and stay completely. As one of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands, students from abroad must prove to the IND (immigration and naturalisation office) that they have sufficient financial means. Read more about the budget the University advises.


The applicant must meet the eligibility criteria in order to be considered for this scholarship. The applicant should:

1. Not have the Dutch or an EU/EER nationality;
2. Hold a non-Dutch secondary school diploma;
3. Have been admitted to an International Master’s programme within one of the Graduate Schools mentioned above, the Bachelor’s programme in Economics and Business Economics or to University College Utrecht;
4. Hold a relevant Bachelor’s degree (for a Master’s programme) or secondary school diploma (for a Bachelor’s programme), or an equivalent thereof;
5. Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa;

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 on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field of study;
2. The academic quality and results of the preceding education, as evidenced, for example, by grades, test scores, publications, letters of recommendation;
3. The quality and relevance of the motivation letter (academic content, intercultural and communication skills, personal motivation);
4. The quality and feasibility of the financial plan in the application;
5. The quality of the application itself (completeness, accuracy, consistency).


It is not possible to apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship. The Selection Committee of the programme will select eligible candidates on the basis of the selection criteria mentioned above. The selected candidates will be offered an Utrecht Excellence Scholarship in May.

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

To start the admission procedure to Utrecht university click here.


Utrecht University
P.O Box 80125
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands

Tel.: +31 30 253 91 11 (operator)
Tel.: +31 30 253 70 00 (information and advice on study programmes)

The official webpage.

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  1. Name: Bisimwa Genereux

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    To whom it may concern,

    Dear brothers, may my cordial greeting reach you in the name of our holy GOD, who dwells and reigns for ever in the holy most high place "heaven"

    I am a student at the university of the western cape " UWC ", i am currently doing my third year now, in the faculty of science, depart of pharmacy.

    i here by informing you about my self and my academic situation (financial problem),

    i am a twenty-five years old man, single, born and grow in the republic democratic of congo -DRC-, from a family of twelve children and both my parents, i am the tenth, by grace of lord Jesus Christ we all still alive. my father was a soldier in the regime of our former president Mobutu- ex zaire- and my mother was not doing any thing.

    After this regime of former president, we were all scattered during the war of Laurant Kabila, the father of the present kabila to day as the president of Congo, in the year of nineteen hundred- ninety seven. i was still young at that time, twelve years; my mother, i and my three elder sisters were left for awhile, but after some family members came back together and some alive but scattered around,

    in two thousand and seven, i got in the republic of South Africa, RSA, where i currently live to day and study as a refugee, i am really struggling for my living and for school fee.

    And now, i am addressing my issues (situations), because some told me about you, that you may help me out of this situation by proving a bursary or any academic aid, and as i am writing, i am hoping for the best out come result in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    i am a honest, hard working person, cool and open, fast to help and thinking forward the development and renovation of the new world of tomorrow. and again, a christian, who believe in the Lord JESUS CHRIST, as a personal lord and savior.

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    BG Ntizala

    1. Dear Bisimwa Genereux NTIZALA,

      thank you for such a long and all-encompassing comment, but everything lies in your hands; Mladiinfo can only provide you with information, all the work must be done by you.
      If you are interested in The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship and you are eligible then do not hesitate and try to apply for the Utrecht University.
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      Good luck for you in the future.


  2. Hey Mladiinfo
    I am interested in the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship but I don't know how to apply. I am confused because it is said in the text that it is not possible to apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship and that The Selection Committee of the programme will select eligible candidates.

    How will they consider me interested in the scholarship if it is not possible to apply for it?


  3. The max pell u can get is $ 2625.. if u can get a lot of private gatnrs and scholarships, u may be o.k Most students have to take out loans.. they have no choice.. however, they don’t have to be repaid until u are out of school 6 months and there r several deferment options (u can defer for up to 10 years or so).. GL

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