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Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

General information

The Graduate School of Psychology aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship (AMS).The AMS is a scholarship that covers part of the tuition fee.

In addition to the general requirements, the Graduate School of Psychology requires unconditional acceptance in one of the Master’s tracks in our one-year Master's programme in Psychology or in the Research Master's Psychology.

Candidates are asked to apply for the Master’s programme and AMS simultaneously. Please indicate in the online application form that you apply for the AMS scholarship by ticking a box.

Selection procedure

The scholarship will be awarded to a student selected for a Master’s track in Psychology or the Research Master's Psychology.

The AMS is targeted at exceptional talented and motivated students with a non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationality. Therefore the selection procedure will strongly focus on former academic performance. Please note that belonging to the top 10% of your class and having an overall GPA of at least 8 (scale 1-10) is required.

Also sufficient English language skills are selection criteria, here the same criteria apply that are required for selection for the master’s tracks:

Requirements regarding English language level are:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    Required score: at least 7.0 on the academic module, with a minimum score of 6.5 for the separate components of the test.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Our TOEFL code is 9011 University of Amsterdam. 
    Required score: at least 100 (internet based test) with a minimum score for the separate components of the test:
    • Reading: 24
    • Listening: 22
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 24
  • Cambridge International Examination.
    Required score: at least 190 on C1 Advanced.

English language test results may not be older than 2 years

Please note that AMS is only awarded to students without other financial assistance providing substantial coverage.

Application instructions

  • When you apply for the Master's track of your choice, you will be able to indicate that you wish to apply for the AMS
  • You will be asked to upload proof of belonging to the top 10% of your class; a statement that indicates your ranking. This statement is only accepted if it is signed by the examinations board or dean

Application deadline

1 March 2021

The admissions committee will notify you early May 2021 if you have been awarded the scholarship.

Please note that Amsterdam Merit Scholarships are awarded once a year to a new Master's student that starts in September.